Psychological horror

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Psychological horror is a subgenre of horror and psychological fiction that relies on mental, emotional and psychological states to frighten, disturb, or unsettle its audience.wikipedia
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Psychological thriller

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The subgenre frequently overlaps with the related subgenre of psychological thriller, and it often uses mystery elements and characters with unstable, unreliable, or disturbed psychological states to enhance the suspense, drama, action, and paranoia of the setting and plot and to provide an overall unpleasant, unsettling, or distressing atmosphere.
Not to be confused with the overlapping psychological horror genre, which involves more terror than psychosomatic themes.

The Silence of the Lambs (novel)

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The novel The Silence of the Lambs written by Thomas Harris, Robert Bloch novels such as Psycho and American Gothic, Stephen King novels such as Carrie, Misery, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, The Shining, and Koji Suzuki's novel Ring are some examples of psychological horror.
The Silence of the Lambs is a psychological horror novel by Thomas Harris.

Misery (novel)

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The novel The Silence of the Lambs written by Thomas Harris, Robert Bloch novels such as Psycho and American Gothic, Stephen King novels such as Carrie, Misery, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, The Shining, and Koji Suzuki's novel Ring are some examples of psychological horror.
Misery is an American psychological horror thriller novel written by Stephen King and first published by Viking Press on June 8, 1987.

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

The novel The Silence of the Lambs written by Thomas Harris, Robert Bloch novels such as Psycho and American Gothic, Stephen King novels such as Carrie, Misery, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, The Shining, and Koji Suzuki's novel Ring are some examples of psychological horror.
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (1999) is a psychological horror novel by American writer Stephen King.

Horror film

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Psychological horror films generally differ from the traditional horror film, where the source of the fear is typically something material, such as grotesque or horrifying creatures, monsters, serial killers, or aliens, as well as the splatter film, which derives its frightening effects from gore and graphic violence, in that tension in psychological horror films is more frequently built through atmosphere, eerie sounds and exploitation of the viewer's and the character's psychological fears.
Some sub-genres of horror film include low-budget horror, action horror, comedy horror, body horror, disaster horror, found footage, holiday horror, horror drama, psychological horror, science fiction horror, slasher, supernatural horror, gothic horror, natural horror, zombie horror, first-person horror, and teen horror.

Rosemary's Baby (film)

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Roman Polanski directed two films which are considered quintessential psychological horror: Repulsion (1965) and Rosemary's Baby (1968).
Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 American psychological horror film with elements of supernatural horror written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin.

Repulsion (film)

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Roman Polanski directed two films which are considered quintessential psychological horror: Repulsion (1965) and Rosemary's Baby (1968).
Repulsion is a 1965 British psychological horror film directed by Roman Polanski and based on a story by Polanski and Gérard Brach, who wrote the screenplay with David Stone.

The Shining (film)

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Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film The Shining, adapted from the aforementioned Stephen King novel, is another particularly well-known example of the genre.
The Shining is a 1980 psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick and co-written with novelist Diane Johnson.

American Gothic (novel)

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The novel The Silence of the Lambs written by Thomas Harris, Robert Bloch novels such as Psycho and American Gothic, Stephen King novels such as Carrie, Misery, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, The Shining, and Koji Suzuki's novel Ring are some examples of psychological horror.
American Gothic is a 1974 psychological horror novel by American writer Robert Bloch, a fictionalized portrayal of real life serial killer H. H. Holmes, who is renamed "G. Gordon Gregg" for the story.

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The Silence of the Lambs (1991) directed by Jonathan Demme is another example of psychological horror, whilst also incorporating elements of the thriller genre.
He is best known for directing the psychological horror The Silence of the Lambs (1991), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director.

Black Swan (film)

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Recent English-language films in the genre include Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan (2010), The Babadook (2014), and It Follows (2015).
Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological horror film directed by Darren Aronofsky.

The Babadook

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Recent English-language films in the genre include Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan (2010), The Babadook (2014), and It Follows (2015).
The Babadook is a 2014 Australian psychological horror film written and directed by Jennifer Kent in her directorial debut, and produced by Kristina Ceyton and Kristian Molière.

The Black Cat (1934 film)

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The Black Cat (1934) and Cat People (1942) have been cited as early psychological horror films.
The Black Cat helped to create and popularize the psychological horror subgenre, emphasizing on atmosphere, eerie sounds, the darker side of the human psyche, and emotions like fear and guilt to deliver its scares, something that was not used in the horror genre.

Giallo

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The Italian film genre known as giallo often employs psychological horror or elements of the psychological horror subgenre.
Especially outside of Italy, giallo refers specifically to a particular Italian thriller-horror genre that has mystery or detective elements and often contains slasher, crime fiction, psychological thriller, psychological horror, sexploitation, and, less frequently, supernatural horror elements.

Japanese horror

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Japanese horror films, commonly referred to as "J-horror", have been noted to be generally of a psychological horror nature.
Japanese horror tends to focus on psychological horror, tension building (suspense), and supernatural horror, particularly involving ghosts (yūrei) and poltergeists.

A Tale of Two Sisters

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Notable examples are A Tale of Two Sisters (2003), Hansel and Gretel (2007), and Whispering Corridors (1998).
A Tale of Two Sisters (lit. "Rose Flower, Red Lotus") is a 2003 South Korean psychological horror drama film written and directed by Kim Jee-woon.

Psychological fiction

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Psychological horror is a subgenre of horror and psychological fiction that relies on mental, emotional and psychological states to frighten, disturb, or unsettle its audience.

Kisapmata

A landmark film from the Philippines, Kisapmata (1981), is an example of psychological horror.
Kisapmata is a 1981 Filipino psychological horror film directed by Mike De Leon, written for the screen by De Leon, Clodualdo del Mundo Jr., and Raquel Villavicencio.

Eternal Darkness

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Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem is a psychological horror action-adventure video game developed by Silicon Knights and published by Nintendo.

Layers of Fear

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Layers of Fear is a psychological horror video game developed and published by Bloober Team for Linux, Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, which was released worldwide on 16 February 2016.

Manhunt 2

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Manhunt 2 is a psychological horror stealth video game published by Rockstar Games.

The Last Door

The Last Door is an episodic psychological horror point-and-click adventure game developed and published by The Game Kitchen for the Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and Linux platforms.

Observer (video game)

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Observer (stylised as >observer_) is a psychological horror video game developed by Bloober Team and published by Aspyr.

Doki Doki Literature Club!

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While the game appears at first glance to be a lighthearted dating simulator, it is in fact a metafictional psychological horror game that extensively breaks the fourth wall.

Sanitarium (video game)

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Sanitarium is a psychological horror point-and-click adventure video game that was originally released for Microsoft Windows.