Talk:Horror film

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Year of the Devil.

Link to the "Bibliography of Fantastic Film"[edit]

Dear users/participants of Wikipedia

I have recently added links at the Wikipedia horror film, science fiction film and fantasy film pages which refer to the "Bibliography of Fantastic Film", an international bibliography of the secondary literature on fantastic film focusing on horror, science fiction, fantasy and experimental film. The administrator User_talk:Ckatz has deleted these links several times arguing that Wikipedia is not a compilation of links, that a link to the "Bibliography of Fantastic film is advertisement/spam and violates the rules of Wikipedia, and that I am not allowed to promote a site which I'm involved in as an author. A strange argumentation: not the quality of a linked site matters, but the author/contributor. Finally Ckatz commended me to find another editor to set a link to my bibliography. That suits me fine because I think (as I told the administrator previously) that it should be the decision of the Wikipedia users and not of a single person wether a link to a free scholary bibliography on the topic of the related Wikipedia article is relevant or not. So, following the suggestion of Ckatz, I request You, the users of Wikipedia interested in fantastic film, to check out the "Bibliography of Fantastic Film" and decide by yourself wether it is relevant for a Wikipedia link or not. If yes, please feel free to ad a link to my Bibliography by your own. If You want to send me a message You can use the discussion page of my Wiki username User_talk:Athenaion or email directly to

I have copied this text to the discussion site of the horror, science fiction and fantasy articles of the English Wikipedia. You can also find it at my own Athenaion discussion site. Thanks for Your attention.

Large parts of article poorly written[edit]

Large sections of this article need desperate re-writes and citations. Just thought I should bring this obersvation to the table because no one else seems to have. Alialiac (talk) 19:16, 14 August 2014 (UTC)

So you felt you had to. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:06, 11 August 2015 (UTC)

I'm not into really into horror, but this article may qualify as an entry. I'm working on copy-editing and compressing the text, and removing irrelevant or else-located information. Directors and stars are important, but anyone who wants that info can go to the film's actual WP page. I'll also be taking many unsourced lists of films out; there is an entire publishing industry alive because everyone has a favourite film. Unless there's evidence and a source to backup a specific inclusion, I'll be leaving only a few names in (and most likely at random). This is a genre page, not a "list of films by..." page. If there is a specific inclusion warranted through a good source, feel free to replace another or add it along with its contribution and the citation. I'll likely eliminate the explanations in the subgenres section (they already have pages, go there to learn about them), and shuffle a few "see also"s into that section. Rhowryn (talk) 06:05, 16 August 2015 (UTC)

This article should not remain up in its current form. Speaking as a retired journalist who worked exclusively for genre periodicals, I can see that large swaths of this article are based on opinion, whims and flawed conventional wisdom. For instance, You're Next and Cabin in the Woods, whatever their merits, have not had any appreciable effect on the number of "slasher" movies released in their wake. The article is laughable to genre die-hards and thoroughly misleading to anyone curious about horror films. I know my response to myself would be "Then fix it, know-it-all," but I am in no condition to do such, as my health is failing rapidly. Spirit is willing, but the flesh is confining me to a bedridden retirement. Please, someone fix this, with less opinion and proper citations! Do a dying old man a favor... (talk) 06:35, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

Influences on society[edit]

I found and fixed the source in the article, and then read the source. The section made claims entirely unsupported by the EW source. I also found that the previous source also led to an expired library database session. It appears that the original author neglected to find links accessible to the majority of us. The EW source was appropriate for the remaining bit about the prevalence of women as the audience for horror, but the rest was nowhere to be found in the source.

I also rewrote the last section to be a bit less condescending. "Women relatable topics such as pregnancy and motherhood"? What is this, Pleasantville? Plenty of people relate to all sorts of things, and even if the sentence wasn't so demeaning, the larger audiences of women going to both newer and older (rescreened) films (as the EW article mentions), I'm going to suppose that those "themes" aren't what's drawing anybody in. Rhowryn (talk) 04:03, 16 August 2015 (UTC)