2. Horror Genre
Horror film is a genre that aims to create a sense of fear, panic, alarm, and dread for the audience.
Horror films are often unsettling and rely on scaring the audience through a portrayal of their worst fears
and nightmares. Horror films usually centre on the arrival of an evil force, person, or event. Many Horror
films include mythical creatures such as ghosts, vampires, and zombies. Traditionally, Horror films
incorporate a large amount of violence and gore into the plot. Though it has its own style, Horror film
often overlaps into Fantasy, Thriller, and Science-Fiction genres. There are many subgenres in
Horror, some of the time there can be a collaboration of many genres into one movie.
3. Sub Genre
Sci-Fi Horror/ Monster
This is sub-genre of Horror that centres on a struggle between
human beings and an un-human creature. Often, the
monster/Alien in the film has been created in an experiment
gone wrong. The Alien/monster usually serves as a villain, and
the film portrays a hero or heroine that ultimately saves the
world from the monster. Although these movies commonly fall
into the Horror genre, Monster films have a long tradition within
Science-Fiction and Fantasy film as well.
Examples: Aliens, Alien v predictor, resident evil
combines comedy with traditional horror movie themes and
characters. Because of the subject matter, Comedy-Horror
films can cross over into the Black Comedy sub-genre.
Comedy-Horror films aim to scare the audience, but also
provide comical outlets that let the audience laugh at their
fear. Shaun of the dead is a perfect example of a horror
movie with a genre crossover, by have the genre of comedy
Examples: Beetlejuice, haunted mansion Shaun of the Dead,
is a sub-genre that revolves completely around a teenager or a group of
teenagers. Typically, these movies have a large cast and a clear hero or
heroine. Teen-Horror films often play upon traditional teenage issues, such as
dating and prom, and turn them into suspenseful and thrilling situations.
Examples: I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scream trilogy, Texas
is a sub-genre of Horror film that revolves around a psychopathic killer.
This killer stalks and murders his victims in extremely violent and
memorable ways. Though it centres on a specific killer, the violence is
what sets Slasher films apart from other horror films. A Slasher film will
devote more screen time to portray murder and mayhem than a
traditional Horror film.
Examples: Halloween, My Bloody Valentine, Black Christmas.
Supernatural-Horror film is a sub-genre that includes ghosts, demons, or other
depictions of supernatural occurrences. Often, Supernatural-Horror films
combine elements of religion into the plot. Common themes in Supernatural-
Horror films include the afterlife, the devil, and demonic possession. Unlike
Religious Thrillers, Supernatural-Horror films are not limited to specific religious
elements and can contain more vivid and gruesome violence.
Examples: The Exorcist, The Ring, The Omen.
is a sub-genre of Horror film that portrays mindless human beings who are
raised from the dead. These films often include a Zombie invasion, and
centre around Zombies feasting on human flesh. The plot of a Zombie film
then revolves around the struggle between the living, and the living-dead.
Zombie film not only falls into the Horror genre, but Sci-Fi, Thriller, and
Comedy as well.
Examples: Night of the Living Dead, Shaun of the Dead, 28 Days Later.