Best Types of Horror Movies

Best genres or sub-genres, so to speak withing the horror genre. I'm ranking these by scariest. Obviously you can have more than one genre in a horror movie, but for the lists sake, these are some of the individual ones horror movies have evolved into.

The Top Ten

1 Psychological

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

Honestly very trippy

It affects the mind of reality which is awesome

The shining is pretty good

2 Slasher

This sub-genre has perfect horror movies to watch with a group of friends for fun. Nothing is really too serious, final girl scenes are always nail-biters, jump scares are fun, acting is sometimes laughable. Fun for most people

Its classic and cheesy fun

I don't know about Possession movies, and I hate found footage, it was ok when the Blair Witch Project did it, but I seriously don't think it got any better, like the paranormal activities, I think I remember one scene that was kind of freaky, but other than that, I did not find it anywhere nears as scary

Movies like scream and saw get me, because they are real people.. They aren't some fake urban legend. There are psychopaths out there, who won't be stopped by "breaking the curse". And there are usually closed endings

3 Possession


Movies like The Rite, The Exorcist, The Exorcism of Emily Rose... Something about possession strikes us at the core of our fear. The scariest because they're so realistic. - heather

I love when they take a crucifix and pray,and then the crucifix flies up in the sky,and get upside down.It is so good.And then they take a holy water,and the Satan went crazy.And then exorcist screams-For the name of Jesus Christ is send you back too hell.
And I am religious person,u know those people with crucifixes on the wall.Those who has cross around their neck and those who go too the church every week.i'm orthodox what.
And I still enjoy watching those movies.

Its ok but there all the same really

4 Found Footage and Point of View

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

Films like The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, and Cloverfield. These movies add an element of realism that is super creepy. - heather

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5 Zombie


Quickly becoming a favorite amongst movie goers. Zombies are great. You can do so much with a zombie movie, it's just such a fun genre. - heather

Now most of the zombie movies are comedy movies to me. - zxm

These movies are good

6 Ghost

Three words. THE.. BEST!

Some of the best - blackflower

Ghost stories, reminiscent of hiding under a sheet with a flashlight at sleepovers. The stories that have fascinated us since we were kids. - heather


7 Haunted House

Especially with added family drama - blackflower

Films like House on Haunted Hill, The Legend of Hell House... - heather

Ok come on, Insidious, The Conjuring, The Shining and Poltergeist. Some of the best horror movies ever.

8 Urban Legend

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When a Stranger Calls, Urban Legends, Candyman, and similar films. - heather

First movie comes to mind is Annabelle. - Goku02

9 Supernatural

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

10 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

The Contenders

11 Cat and Mouse

Movies like The Strangers, Straw Dogs, not quite slasher films, but where a regular bad guy (s) toys with a regular person.. - heather

12 Splatter

Involving Saw, Hostel, Serbian Film and Would You Rather. The only thing I hate in the subgenre of horror it involves torturing people to death and can also involve the Splatter genre together with Torture in a film along with a Slasher film except it involves people being in absolute suffering and is meant to shock the audence and turn there stomach.

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


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13 Alien Lifeforms

Examples: Alien saga, Predator, Life, Cloverfield, The Thing, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Blob

Guys have you ever seen "The Thing", and I'm not talking about the prequel. Now that's a good horror movie - Yeetthebaby

These movies make us very careful about what's out there, in the universe.

true - CallumSmith

14 Torture Porn

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

15 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.

I love revenge movies. My favorite is the I spot on your grave movies. The first is the best in my opinion.

I love when it's like someone's getting back at someone. I like when horror movies also have a story.

Movies like I Spit On Your Grave, or Shutter. - heather

16 Backwoods

Wrong Turn is the best horror movie... Love how it happens in the middle of woods.

Wrong Turn is the best horror movie... Love horror movies that happen in woods.

Movies like Texas chainsaw massacre, wrong turn and friday the 13th

Well, I've got to say that the atmosphere is scary in these movies and technically backwoods -horror movies could be based on real events

17 Psychopathic

Its very scary I nearly cried when I saw frozen tozer

18 Monster

The universal monster movies and creature features

19 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

20 Drama

Horror mixed with real human emotion is a volatile mix.

21 Cult

Hereditary is not a cult film. It’s a masterpiece and has been from the start.

Wicker Man, Hereditary

22 Gore
23 Witch Craft
24 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

25 Cyber Horror


Involves being filmed on a person's computer in first person view with only the screen in the entire film. Movies like Den, Unfriended and the new one sequel of Unfriended Game Night.

26 Clowns
27 Dark
28 Alter Short Horror Films

You guys should watch these. They are the best horror films. They also post comedic horror if your into that. Its all usually short or about half an hour depends. They're on youtube and free to watch

29 Voodoo
30 Vampire

Has vampire in it. Not much more to say.

E.g Nosferatu, The Lost Boys and 30 Days of Night.

31 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

32 Home Invasion

To be honest Home Invasion is scary in movies cause it's a real thing so if you add a horror movie with home invasion I can be pretty scary

33 Creepy Kids

I like kids as well

I like kids

34 Snuff
35 Cosmic/Lovecraftian Horror

Cosmic horror explores the fear of the unknown and can make us feel insignificant

Lovecraft pioneered this genre of horror and although there aren’t that many horror movies that depict just how frightening it can really be, a simple fix would be to read Lovecrafts books

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

36 Sci-Fi Horror
37 Dark Fantasy

Hellraiser, Pans labyrinth

38 Suspense

What will happen next?

39 Kidnapped
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