A Guide To Types Of Horror Movies

Who doesn’t love to watch movies? Whether you are bored, alone or out with friends. Watching movies is a great way to chill and relax.

Movies are a form of art which are a great entertaining way to narrate a story to an audience. The genre of the movie plays a pivotal role in setting the mood and ambiance, and can also have an effect on the screenplay and the cinematography and colour schemes used in the movie. While watching movies like comedies, romantic comedies or chick-flicks, you feel light, happy but when you watch an action or a thriller you feel tense and are much more serious. 

Horror movies, on the other hand, are made for inducing emotions of fear making the audience feel afraid. Many people enjoy movies thoroughly, as they may enjoy getting scared or just enjoy movies for horror content.

While you may think that horror movies just means a movie with some paranormal or ghost business, then think again because here is a list of the different types of horror movies you need to watch.

Body horror:

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Body horror is a sub-genre of horror. Body horror is all about the human body showing disturbing and gross elements of the violations done to the human body through different ways be it mutilation, violence, disease or zombification. This subgenre was coined in 1969 by Phil Brady for his article. This subgenre aims to make the audience feel psychologically and physically disturbed, anxious, and uncomfortable  Example of films in this subgenre include Balck swan (2010), The Human Centipede (2013), It follows (2014), Get Out (2017) and Rosemary’s Baby (1968).

Comedy horror:

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Comedy horror usually combines elements of horror and comedy and are aimed at families. This subgenre will have elements of black comedies, parodies, and spoofs. A few movies of this subgenre include the ‘Scary Movie’ franchise, Shaun of the dead (2004), Jennifer’s Body (2009) and Happy death day (2017).

Horror drama:

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These films focus upon the character or their families and their problems and them going through an emotional struggle. Usually, the horror elements in this subgenre will be the cause of the problems. Examples include The sixth sense (1996), Exorcism of Emily rose, Lights out (2014), The Babadook (2014), and it (2017).

Psychological horror:

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This genre aims to create an atmosphere of unease and discomfort while it aims to scare the audience through a mental and psychological way. this subgenre will usually deal with exposing a darker side of a common notion that people would consider normal. A few movies of this genre include Rosemary’s Baby (1964), Get Out (2017), The silence of the lambs (1991), It Follows (2014) and The Shining (1980)

Sci-fi horror:

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This subgenre is a mashup of the science fiction and the horror genre and will commonly include elements of science such as aliens, mad scientists or genetically engineered or mutation. Anything from the science fiction realm gone wrong is your basic sci-fi horror movie which includes movies such as the Alien vs Predator franchise, Frankenstein (1931), The thing (1982), Resident Evil franchise, Annihilation (2018) and Signs (2002).


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The movies in this subgenre will have the main antagonist, a serial killer, wreak havoc and going on a murder spree with or without motive. These movies grew into popularity during the late 70s and 80s with some of the most iconic serial killers in the horror genre such as Michael Myers, Freddie Krueger, Chucky, Jason Vorhees, Leatherface, Hannibal Lecter, and Ghostface. A few movies from this genre include Halloween (1978), The nightmare on elm street (1984), Child’s Play (1988), Friday the 13th (1980), Texas chainsaw massacre (1974), and the “Scream” franchise. 


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This subgenre is definitely not for everyone. With a lot of explicit gore and violence to the human body, it aims to show the effects of the human body to various mutilation and torture techniques. If you plan to watch a splatter movie, make sure you do it on an empty stomach! Some movies of this genre include The human centipede (2009), Hostel (2005), The saw franchise, Cannibal Holocaust (1980), and I spit on your grave (2010).


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This subgenre includes all the supernatural entities including ghosts, demons, vampires, werewolves, poltergeists, and/or other supernatural occurrences. Movies in this subgenre include The Exorcist (1973), The Conjuring (2013), Sinister (2012), Paranormal Activity franchise, The omen (1976), Veronica (2017) and The Grudge (2004).

Gothic horror:

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This subgenre will have elements of fiction and horror with a touch of romance and some of the earliest movies were from this subgenre. Movies of this subgenre include Dracula (1939), Nosferatu (1922), Phantom of the Opera (1925) and Sleepy Hollow (1999).


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This subgenre includes the portrayal of creatures or corpses that have been reanimated. It may or may not also have a sci-fi element to it like a zombie outbreak due to a virus. Examples of movies of this subgenre include Night of the living dead (1968), Dawn of the dead (1978), Train to Busan (2016), The resident evil franchise, and 28 days later.

Found footage:

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As the name would suggest, this subgenre will usually contain a found footage video and allows a ‘first-person’ experience for the audience. It rose to popularity with movies like The Blair witch project (1999), paranormal activity franchise, REC (2008) and grave encounters (2011).


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This subgenre uses technological devices such as a computer to play out the story. While relatively new, this subgenre includes movies like Unfriended (2014), Friend Request (2016) and cam (2018).

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