(Module 11) Types of Horror Films

Horror Films

Things you will find in films of the horror genre

(Many of these could be classified as sub-genres).

  • Monsters – (Vampires, werewolves, zombies, mummies, Cabin in the Woods, etc.).vampire-category_o_181029
  • Ghouls, ghosts, spirits and unexplained phenomenon (“Paranormal Activity,” “Annabelle”, “The Sixth Sense,” “The Fog”, “it,” “Babadook”, “Slenderman”, “Flatliners”, “A Quiet Place”, “Us”, “His House”).
  • Slasher films (typically involving a hard-to-kill or catch psychopathic killer stalking helpless victims and violently killing them (“Friday the 13th”, “Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Saw”, Halloween,” “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”). It’s about the blood and gore and body count.
  • Demons and Demon Possession (“The Exorcist”, “The Evil Dead,” “Jennifer’s Body,” “The Last Exorcism”, “The Nun”, “The Vigil”).
  • Witches and curses (“Drag Me to Hell”, “Blair Witch Project,” “Thinner”, “The Witch”, “The Ring”, “The Grudge”, “Wish Upon”, “Truth or Dare”, “Pet Semetary”).
  • Psychological (suspense) Thrillers – Serial killers, crazy people on the rampage and pure evilness alive in humanity, characters playing mind games with victims. Also look for films where the very mind itself attacks the host. Many times these films are closer to reality than others in the ‘horror’ genre. (“Silence of the Lambs,” “Psycho,” “Misery”, ”The Village”, “Memento,” “The Shining”, “The Purge”, “Hotel Artemis”, “Seven”, “One Hour Photo”, “Blood Simple”, “Shutter Island”, “Insomnia”, “The Invisible Man”).

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Here is a list of the Best Horror Films of All Time pulled together for an editor for Esquire Magazine.

Horror films offer safe thrills … University of Nebraska-Lincoln Film Studies Professor Wheeler Winston Dixon slashes through the history of horror movies in 2:30 minutes.


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