Asked • 06/13/19

Is there a term referring to the transgression that often begins a horror film?

This question refers to the horror genre, however the desired term might well be applicable to other films or narratives.I'm looking for a term that refers to the transgression that often begins a horror film. For example, Marion's theft at the beginning of *Psycho* (1960, 1998). Another example would be the disrespect for the cemetery at the beginning of *Night of the Living Dead*. Note that this crime or transgression is often unrelated narratively to what follows, but is thematically or emotionally related - it evokes the feeling that the character(s) deserve punishment. (I sometimes read about horror, and I've run a few searches, without noticing such a term.)

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Frank T. answered • 10/03/19

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Ph.D. in Film & TV Studies (UCLA) with 35 years of Teaching/Publishing

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