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

It's psychological horrors like Se7en, Shutter Island and The Silence of the Lambs that have such deep meaning embedded within them. Often portrayed are psychological disorders that many people face and these movies can reveal the severity of them in an exaggerated way. - lucyd_

Psychological stories are number one for me because they are believable. They take something seemingly innocent and make it horrifying.

They are scarier in the long term because they mess with your mind but the blair witch project is scary too

My favorite - blackflower

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2 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

Its ok but there all the same really


3 Slasher

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

Not a big horror fan, but these flicks are the most realistic, making them even more terrifying. Some weirdo in a hockey mask could be outside your window. No seriously, you should look behind you. He's there.

I'm typically not a horror fan. Movies about posession/demons or ghosts tend to scare me.It's the unknown factor. Slasher's however are the one horror subgenre I've liked. Scream is my all time favorite movie. Cheesy,gory classic serial killer stuff is the best.

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4 Found Footage and Point of View

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

Three letters. R E C

5 Ghost

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

Some of the best - blackflower


6 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

7 Haunted House

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

Especially with added family drama - blackflower

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

8 Urban Legend

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

First movie comes to mind is Annabelle. - Goku02

9 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

10 Alien Lifeforms

Aliens. I found this because I was trying to think of any other horror movies as good as Aliens...

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

Does Lovecraft count, or is it just Alien and Predator?

true - CallumSmith

The Contenders

11 Revenge

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

12 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

I live in the woods so I feel like they could really happen.

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13 Psychopathic

Its very scary I nearly cried when I saw frozen tozer

14 Torture Porn

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.


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15 Monster

The universal monster movies and creature features

16 Vampire

Has vampire in it. Not much more to say.

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

17 Drama

Horror mixed with real human emotion is a volatile mix.

18 Body Horror
19 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.

20 Home Invasion
21 Cult

Wicker Man, Hereditary

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Top Remixes

1. Haunted House
2. Cat and Mouse
3. Alien Lifeforms
1. Possession
2. Found Footage and Point of View
3. Psychological


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