What is the difference between thriller and horror movies?
In a thriller the main focus is suspense and tension whereas a horror film is trying to elicit fear, disgust and horror from its audience.
Thrillers are based on potential real-life (or sometimes actual) events and monsters: Hostage situations, Home Invasion/Rape, Plane Crashes, Bank Robberies, Car Chases, Stalkers, and many more scenarios. They can be scary and keep you at the edge of your seat, but have a potential real life theme, where as Horror is an extremely broad genre that can range from extreme gore to simply the unexplained. There is a thread of the (most-likely) impossible running through a horror tale: Supernatural, Ghosts, Spirits, Boogie Men, Magic, Killer Bunnies, and the like. The aim is not just to keep you at the edge of your seat but also to frighten the viewer/reader and are typically works of fiction.
The frightening movies in the 2000s are listed... Dead Silence (2007) Horror Mystery Saw (2004) Horror Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) Thriller Mystery The Devil Inside (2012) Horror House Of Wax (2005) Horror Mystery The Thing (2011) Horror Sci-Fi Thriller Drag Me To Hell (2009) Horror Thriller Mirrors (2008) Horror Mystery Thriller Stephen King's It (2002) Horror The Mist (2007) Horror Sci-Fi Friday The 13th (2009) Horror
Slasher horror Found footage horror Stalker horror (often overlaps with Slasher horror) Thriller/Action-Adventure horror Psychological horror/Suspense Paranormal horror Torture horror Exploitation horror Splatter horror Science Fiction Aliens (part of the larger Sci-Fi category) Monster movies (Cryptid/Creature horror) Vampire horror
Not always but sometimes. A straight thriller often takes place with realistic elements like a bomb is about to go off and there is only one cop who can stop it. That would be the elements of a thriller. Horror usually involves elements that are supernatural or other worldly. They involve monsters, ghosts, or psychos are cannot be stopped.