Would you classify Black Swan as horror?

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  1. vampyr789

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    That's funny, I just rewatched this last night for the first time since I saw it in the theater. Man, I love this film.

    Yeah, I'd put it in horror. On the surface level, it is certainly shot using horror imagery and techniques. Thematically, it fits quite comfortably next to Repulsion, The Tenant and American Psycho as depictions of the slow descent into madness, etc.
     
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    It could pass for horror, with a secondary genre of drama.
     
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    A psychosexual drama filtered through some psychological and body horrors. :glasses:
     
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    I personally wouldn't classify it as such. I don't know what exactly I'd classify it as... Weird?
     
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    I say no. Only because Arnofsky's Requiem for a Dream is very similar in tone, and truly much, much more terrifying. That said, Black Swan has some terrific and unexpected scares.
     
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    id put it right next to Step UP to the Streets ;)
     
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    I know there are some haters but I loved this movie. I could see it being classified as horror or non-horror and I could understand either side - I tend to lean horror. BUT - even though I lean horror it is not in my horror section of my collection- it is with Arnofskys other movies in the independent/art area of my collection. The Wrestler and Requeim For A Dream and "pi" are all great.
     
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    I don't consider it to be a horror film. Same goes for Requiem For A Dream, even though both movies have often been discussed / reviewed on various horror websites.
     
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    Another reopening as I too thought this would be a horror movie. I think it's more psychological horror. Maybe it was hyped for me so I expected a better movie. It is like a kind of watered down Polanski movie. As I thought Black Swan would go to darker places.
     
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    I think it COULD be considered a psychological horror film depending on how you, the viewer , look at it. We tend to project our own feelings and hang ups onto films, especially those that don't neatly fall into a genre. REPULSION is generally seen as a horror film though it could also be viewed as a drama about a characters descent into insanity. By that logic, yes, BLACK SWAN could be seen as horror.
     
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    I've seen Repulsion tons of times. I might watch Black Swan perhaps once more. I think Repulsion is far darker. I guess that's why I consider Black Swan a bit watered down or I saw a few posts calling it light Polanski.

    I would consider Repulsion straight horror. Or psychological horror too. I guess you could say Black Swan is a bit easier to take compared to the normal sort of horror movies.
     
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