Best Horror Movie Subgenres


The Top Ten

1 Slasher

Originating in the early 70s with Black Christmas and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, slasher films gained massive popularity in the 80s, with generic carbon-copies coming from everywhere. A few slasher films from the era stood out, and have become huge sellers with lengthy series and tons of sequels and remakes. They may not be as scary today, but they're thrilling and fun. And you ALWAYS root for the killer! Some of the more popular slashers include Halloween, A Nightmare On Elm Street, and Friday the 13th. - ThatStrangeKid42

This is my favorite type of movie - bobbythebrony


2 Psychological

Gerald's Game, Inside, The Shining, American Psycho, The Number 23 - TheMainReason

A psychological horror movie messes with your mind. The on-screen horrors are limited, leaving the work for your imagination. Psychological horror movies are truly terrifying. A lot of classic horror movies belong to this subgenre, including Psycho and The Shining. - ThatStrangeKid42

3 Supernatural Supernatural This haunting series follows the thrilling yet terrifying journeys of Sam and Dean Winchester, two brothers who face an increasingly sinister landscape as they hunt monsters. After losing their mother to a supernatural force, the brothers were raised by their father as soldiers who track mysterious more.

Supernatural horror movies play with the ideas of spirits, ghosts, demons, and creatures of the night. They, like slashers, usually follow a formula. But they are very scary. They usually have a very dark and depressing tone to them, and have a constant feeling of dread and tragedy. They can be very sad, too. The most successful supernatural horror movies include the likes of The Exorcist and The Evil Dead. - ThatStrangeKid42

4 Thriller

Thrillers aren't mean to be very scary. They're meant to make you think. They became popular in the 90s, one of them even earning an Oscar for Best Motion Picture. They can be very twisted, sick movies about things like serial killers, mental problems, and crime. The best examples include The Silence of the Lambs and The Sixth Sense. - ThatStrangeKid42

5 Zombie

Zombie films are apocalyptic, and have...well, zombies! They became popular with the success of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead, and the sequel Dawn of the Dead. Zombies have become a huge part of pop-culture, now featured in movies, T.V., video games, and books. A zombie apocalypse series, The Walking Dead, is currently the most watched T.V. show in America. - ThatStrangeKid42

6 Splatter

For anyone who likes blood, gore, guts, brains, livers, intestines, more blood, gore, and guts, flesh, bones, and feces, etc. Their purpose is to gross you out, and many have become controversial because of their violent/disturbing content. Just take a look at Cannibal Holocaust or The Human Centipede. - ThatStrangeKid42

7 Torture

They're movies about torture. Some have a well-made plot to go along with it, others are just violent for the sake of violence. For some people, though, they're exciting and sexy...well, maybe not sexy. Unless you're, like, a dominatrix or something. Check out Saw and Hostel. - ThatStrangeKid42

8 Found-Footage

Found-footage horror films are films in which the actor holds the camera, as if documenting the story. They haven't been as successful as you'd like to think, but there are some real gems in this subgenre. It started with The Blair Witch Project, but better examples include Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield - the latter of which is an interesting mix of found-footage horror and Godzilla-style giant monster action. - ThatStrangeKid42

9 Ghost and Spirit
10 Action-Horror

This is a fusion between action and horror. They're usually not very scary, and rely mostly on blood to make for the horror-half. Some pretty decent movies have come out of here, though. Give a chance to Blade and Cabin in the Woods. - ThatStrangeKid42

The Contenders

11 Home Invasion
12 Comedy-Horror

Comedy horror became a thing in the 90s, which combined scary and funny. They're usually very silly movies that you'll roll your eyes at. Get a good ignorant laugh at Shaun of the Dead and Dead Alive. - ThatStrangeKid42

13 Body Horror

Best kind if you ask me

There's nothing more disturbing than mutilation and extreme desecration of the human body and other biological material. This is the genre David Cronenberg is best known for. Popular Body horror films: The Thing, The Fly, Videodrome, Hellraiser, Re-Animator

14 Cosmic/Lovecraftian Horror

Lovecraftian horror plays with our own existential fears, and the vast mysteries of the universe. The genre deals with other-worldly horrors--monsters and gods--that look down on us like flies. Popular cosmic/Lovecraftian horror movies: the Dunwich Horror, Re-Animator, in the Mouth of Madness, the Void

15 Snuff Horror
16 Dark Fantasy

Hellraiser, Pans labyrinth

17 Vampire
18 Creepy Kids

I like kids

19 Sci-Fi Horror
20 Jump Scares
21 Revenge

Films such as The Last House on the Left and I Spit on Your Grave are considered revenge films. The things these films have in common are that the protagonists turn evil for revenge on the antagonists. They are disturbingly real.

22 Suspense

What will happen next?

23 Monsters
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