The question we try to answer is simple — are these two movies horror films? They certainly share some of the tropes of horror movies and even when they don’t, the scenarios they set up are terrifying. But, they don’t rely on what so much of what horror relies on, namely, jump scares and musical stings.
So, what is it that makes a horror movie? When is something a part of the genre and when does the act of subverting the genre move a film outside the fold? Like all good horror, we don’t promise complete answers, but we can certainly try to ask the right questions.
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