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This is the official Manual of Style for the Horror Film Wiki. This manual outlines the standards set for editing on this wiki. Please follow the guidelines set below. If you have any questions or want to suggest a change, please contact one of our admins: UltravoX and Samus Fan101.

Basic Editing Tips

This is a list of the most basic rules we follow when editing on this wiki. This list will grow and change over time, so please contact an admin if you have any questions or if you want something to be added to the lsit.

  • Due to updates in the color of our wiki, active links will appear in red. While this is usually the color for a broken link on other wikis, it was decided to make this change because it fits the overall theme of the wiki itself. Broken links will now appear in orange. Here are examples of both link types:


  • When you type the name of a film, there are two ways to format it. If the title is intended to be a link, then leave it in normal font. If the title isn't going to be a link, or if the film name is irrelevant to the wiki, then simply italicize the title. Here is an example of the two ways to format a title:

Example Articles

For examples of articles that conform to the standards set in this guide, please view any of the articles listed here. Each one is protected to preserve its authenticity as an MOS example.

Icons

All of the articles on this wiki feature icons at the top of their respective pages. This list will help you identify some of the generic status icons that you will come across.

Good
Donesmall
This icon means that the article is in excellent condition and, for the most part, follows the guidelines set by the MoS.
Unfinished
Unfinished
This icon means that the article has not been completed, featuring only some of the basic required sections. The content that is available does follow the standards set by the MoS.
Bad
NotdoneSmall
This icon means that the article is in terrible condition. Available content is sporadic and fragmented and may or may not contain factual, relevant information. The article typically does not follow most, if any, of the standards set by the MoS.
Verified
VerifiedIcon
This icon means that an admin has personally reviewed the article and has certified it as successfully following all of the standards set by the MoS. Only an admin can place this icon on an article.

Articles

When editing or creating an article, please follow the style set by the wiki. This includes adding the series icon (if it has one), an infobox, general information, videos, and external links. All of this is explained in detail below.

Creating an Article

When you want to create an article, first check to make sure the article doesn't already exist somewhere on the wiki. If you think the article exists already but can't find it, contact an admin for assistance. If you decide that you do need to create the article, please follow the guidelines set by the type of article. The three types of articles are films, characters, and cast members.

Creating a Film Article

The best way to correctly create an article, is to follow an example. For an example of a film article that correctly follows this wiki's guidelines please see Land of the Dead.

Naming your Article

When you name your article, you may need to be specific. If the film has a unique name however, like Ginger Snaps for example, you can just put the movie's title. If the film has a more generic name or has been remade, you should add the release year to the title. For example, if you are writing an article on the movie Carrie, then putting the simple title Carrie is unacceptable. Since Carrie has been remade twice, an appropriate title would be Carrie (1976) or Carrie (2013).

Formatting your Article

When writing a film article, make sure you follow this list of basic requirements for the article to have:

  • Film series icon infobox (if one exists, message an admin to request one to be made)
  • Film infobox (including the basic information that accompanies it) DO NOT ADD COMMA'S BETWEEN NAMES. PLEASE SEPARATE NAMES WITH A BREAK.
  • Basic film information. For example:


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Example from The Purge


  • Plot section (start with a general plot and then expand over time to develop a decent and detailed summary) DO NOT INCLUDE CAST NAMES IN THE PLOT SUMMARY.
  • Cast section (list every actor/actress that appeared in the film. Use the template named column to use up some of the empty space. An example of the template can be found on this article. Also add an image of every single character in the film in the same order as they were listed by name. An example of this can be found here)
  • Production section (details early work for the film, add the subheading for ratings here with the appropriate information)
  • Extra sections (optional) (can include music, casting, etc.)
  • Release section (details theatrical release information and home video release information)
  • Reception section (box office gross, critic reviews, award nominations and wins)
  • Sequels (optional) (brief information about sequels and link to sequel article or franchise article)
  • Videos section (include trailers and tv spots)
  • External Links section (use templates for the IMDb link, AllMovie link, Wikipedia link, etc.)
  • Add the article to the appropriate categories. DO NOT CREATE YOUR OWN CATEGORIES JUST BECAUSE YOU DON'T LIKE HOW ONE IS WORDED. Categories are meant to be uniform and organized. For more information on the appropriate categories to add, please see the main section here.

Creating a Series/Franchise Article

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Creating a Character Article

The best way to correctly create an article, is to follow an example. For an example of a character article that correctly follows this wiki's guidelines please see Laurie Strode.

Naming your Article

When naming an article about a character, you need to include that characters full name. For example, if you were writing an article about Sidney Prescott, then you wouldn't want to name it just Sidney because their is more than one Sidney in the entire horror genre. If your article is about a character from a remake of a horror film then you should add "(remake timeline)" to the end of the article name. An example would be Annie Brackett (remake timeline).

Formatting your Article

When writing a character article, make sure you follow this list of basic requirements for the article to have:

  • Film series icon infobox (if one exists, message an admin to request one to be made)
  • Character infobox (including the basic information that accompanies it)
  • Basic character information. For example:


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Example from Laurie Strode


  • Biography section (start with a characters early life then continue by film until their death)
  • Casting section (talk about the casting process for the character, i.e. who was the first choice, did anyone reject the role, etc.)
  • Trivia section (list any random facts about the character that don't appear elsewhere in the article)
  • Add the article to the appropriate categories. DO NOT CREATE YOUR OWN CATEGORIES JUST BECAUSE YOU DON'T LIKE HOW ONE IS WORDED. Categories are meant to be uniform and organized. For more information on the appropriate categories to add, please see the main section here.

Creating a Cast Article

The best way to correctly create an article, is to follow an example. For an example of a cast article that follows this wiki's guidelines please see Tom Savini.

Naming your Article

When naming your article, you need to be specific. However, only include the full name that usually appears in the credits reel of a film. For example, we have an article entitled George A. Romero on this wiki. Romero's full name is George Andrew Romero, but in the credits of his many films, he is listed as George A. Romero. Take matters like this into consideration when naming a cast article. 

In the unlikely event that two people share the exact same names, you should put their most well-known film in parentheses next to their name. When determining what film would be best to put, you may want to contact an admin who can help make the final decision.

Formatting your Article

When writing a cast article, make sure you follow this list of basic requirements for the article to have:

  • Icon Template: (For a new article, type unfinished into the first window. In the second window, type the name of the series icon that belongs with the film.) (not all films will have a series icon. Message an admin to confirm that one exists or to request one to be made)
  • Infobox Actor: (Fill out the appropriate fields, use the Age template in the Age window)
  • Basic Description: For example:


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Example from Tom Savini


  • Early Life Section: (Describe their early life, such as where they grew up and went to school, and what got them into the acting career)
  • Career Section: (Describe their career in great detail. Describe what films they've acted in, their motivations, and experiences. This is the section where you should mention any non horror-related projects they've been involved with)
  • Horror Filmography Section: (Create a table for their horror filmography. Include 4 columns for year, film, role, and notes. You may have to separate the tables by job type. Such as acting, directing, etc. For a good example, see here) (Only include HORROR-RELATED films in this section)
  • External Links Section: (Add links to their IMDb page, LinkedIn page, official website, etc.)

Photos & Videos

Images and videos are an important part of any wiki, and ensuring that they are organized and uniform can help make the editing experience much easier.

Basic Steps for Uploading an Image

  1. Click the upload button either in the Edit section for an article or in the bottom right corner while viewing an article.
  2. Select your image for your computer.
  3. For organizational purposes, rename the image to a short relevant title. For example, if you upload an image of a film poster for a movie entitled "Psychotic Killer 5" then you should name the image "Psychotic Killer 5 Poster.jpg" and leave it at that. This helps keep clutter down and allows people to find the image when searching for ones related to the film.
  4. After you've uploaded the image, you need to add the file page to the appropriate categories. For some examples of appropriate categories set up by our admins, look below. When creating new ones, the name should follow that of the film series. For an example, see Category:Images of Scream. This category contains all images related to the series organized in subcategories that are separated by film. Subcategories for this example include Category:Images of Scream (film)Category:Images of Scream 2, and two other subcategories for Scream 3 and Scream 4.

Appropriate Image Categories

Categories

Category organization is one of the largest problems on our wiki. PLEASE follow these guidelines to help us maintain order here on the wiki. Category types needed can be organized by article type:

Film Categories

For each film article, include each of the following categories:

  • Films of the (1960s, 1970s, 2010s, etc.) (put the decade that the release date falls under)
  • (year) films (Put the exact release year of the film)
  • Sequels, Prequels (only put if applicable)

Genre Categories

Please only add ONE of the following main-genre categories and ONE of the following sub-genre categories. Films featuring zombies will be an exception and will also have a sub-category of either "Undead films" or "Virus films." All of this is included below. You can click on the categories below to learn more about them.

Gore and disturbing filmsTorture films‎Splatter films‎Cannibal filmsExtreme filmsPsychological films‎Phobia and isolation films‎Fanaticism films‎‎Madness and paranoia filmsHome invasion films‎Killer films‎Slasher films‎Crime and gallio films‎Backwoods and redneck films‎Monster films‎Zombie films‎Undead films‎Virus films‎Vampire films‎Werewolf films‎Classic and mythological films‎Giant monster films‎Alien films‎Neo-Monster films‎Animals and nature films‎Small creature films‎Paranormal films‎Ghost and spirit films‎Haunted house films‎Possession films‎Devil, demons and hell films‎Witches and occult films‎Supernatural films‎Comedy horror films‎Sci-Fi horror films‎Horror romance films‎Creepy kid films‎Gothic horror films‎Survival horror films‎Body horror films‎Horror Genres 3


Special Thanks to user Horroronscreen for helping to develop this category system. DO NOT add any other category types other than the ones listed here without the approval of an admin. Also, DO NOT create new categories without first checking that what you are looking for doesn't already exist under a different name. If you have any issues with the categories, or you would like to request an additional type, please message one of our admins.

Character Categories

For each character article, include each of the following categories:

  • (name of film) characters (For a popular series, there will probably already be a series category for all of characters)
  • (gender) characters
  • (deceased/alive) characters (For special circumstances, ask an admin for assistance)
  • Villains (Killers)/Heroes (Pick one or the other)
  • Vampires/Werewolves/Monsters etc. (Use any that apply, but don't go overboard)

Cast Categories

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Images Categories

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