Horror as a Genre

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People posting movies and television programs often assign multiple genres for horror films and programs. Horror always implies Fantasy and never Science Fiction (at least as defined by Science Fiction professionals). The only other Genres that combine with Horror are Comedy.and period defined Genres (such as Western, Future, or Apocalyptic).
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groovyvic

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This is false on so many levels.
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WUB Where U Been
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Jeorj Euler

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Hi, groovyvic. You're right about it being false.
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I totally agree w/ groovyvic. This post is way off.
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Hi, Doctor Bits. Thanks for your feedback. You would be wiser to present evidence rather than trying to appeal to "authority" let alone unspecific or otherwise anonymous "authority".
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Who are science fiction professionals? If those are writers then many writers would strongly disagree as science fiction horror is a combination of an enormous prominence, probably even rivaling supernatural horror. If those are directors then it will probably have even larger percent of agreeing people. 

Science Fiction is a genre based on theme and plot while Horror is a genre largely based on pacing and structure. It is probably a very simplified explanation but it more or less works. 

Just two examples: Alien and The Thing both have structure and pacing of horror movies while thematically and plot-wise both are science fiction.  
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You're right, Nikolay Yeriomin, there are many sci-fi horror movies, not to mention thatANY genre can accompany horror- not just comedy, fantasy, and period-defined genres.

Horror-Dramas: 

Horror-Romance:

Animated Horror:

Even Horror-Sport Movies: 

..Need I continue, Doctor Bits?..

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If these science fiction professionals are not fictional themselves, then I too would certainly like to know what their names are and what the content of their portfolios is, because they are mistaken about the meaning of horror. i would even go so far as to say that it is well within the realm of possibility for a documentary (non-fiction) to be in the horror genre.
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"Another proof that genres are fuzzy and useless things" :)
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I'd rather not go as far as to say they're useless it's just that these times a single movie only fitting into one single genre is an almost impossible task due to how post-modern influences forced cinema to adapt.A single movie can fit into five-to-ten genres and subgenres and knowing such would greatly help to place it into a system of coordinates of sorts, which could be used to compare, analyze and choose what to watch next. 

I re-watched The Hitcher (one of my all-time favorites) yesterday as a part of rather chaotic Halloween marathon and it struck  me for the first time that it is classified as a single-genre Thriller for IMDb. While "thriller" is an overall fitting description, the movie is a mixture of slasher subgenre of horror, neo-noir, rather proverbial existential drama and an action film, at the very least. One of the reasons it is an unusually deep movie for its setting and plot structure is that it rarely approaches such with something as simple as one genre. It is also a cult film which could be considered a genre, of sorts.
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From my memory of that film, Thriller fits it to a tee.
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Horror always implies Fantasy and never Science Fiction (at least as defined by Science Fiction professionals).

This is how IMDb defines the genres: https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/titles/genres/GZDRMS6R742JRGAG?ref_=helpms_helpart_inline#
For attaching a genre to a title on IMDb (or for removing a genre), these definitions are all that matter.
If you disagree with the definition of a genre, you are free to suggest a better one. In the past, tweaks in the definition have been made.