Unease is often the first stage present in a horror film. While nothing has happened yes there is a feeling of, for lack of a better word, unease present. At this point the audience and usually the protagonist as well are both unsure about something or what is going on. Take a look at this scene from the 2015 horror film It Follows. While nothing is explicitly happening we are very unsure and can sense that something is not right
|Dread and Terror|
The next phase present is dread. During dread we know something is coming or going to happen. Looking at It Follows this happens when we see the entity somewhere in the background getting closer. Very often dread will include a false scare or cat scare as it is sometimes called in order to get a cheap thrill or make the film seem scarier than it really is.
Terror features the personification of the antagonist causing harm. There are high tension and high stakes. This is when the Freddy or Jason begins to do their thing.
Horror is not so much a point in the film but the bigger idea based around it. The phase of Horror goes beyond the moment of terror. Look at It Follows, the horror is the idea that you cannot outrun and escape the entity and that everything you do only buys you time.
Disgust is visceral and often causes disgust in the audience. Though not present in all horror film the SAW series are perfect example of this. There are several types of disgust including
-Injury, often one that is helpless to fix.
-Slicing and Dicing