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When asked what genre The Birds belonged to, Alfred Hitchcock explained that "if you explain it, it's science fiction, if you don't then it's horror. I don't explain anything, so it must be horror."
This definition is very telling, and it's why The Thing (1982) is a horror movie and not sci-fi.
Horror is a near cousin of the mystery genre, both rely on the unknown. But where mystery is all about unraveling the truth, the scariest thing about horror is never knowing what's actually going on.
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John Carpenter, the director, is a horror guy, most famous for making Halloween , so that tells you a lot right away
Nothing exists in a vacuum
The first part of what is known as "The Apocalypse Trilogy". The Thing is followed by Prince of Darkness . The Trilogy was then completed by In the Mouth of Madness .
All are tributes to famed 20th century master of horror : H.P. Lovecraft, in one wa