This list groups other types of horror that are not really genre, but more horror styles. For examples, comedy is indeed a genre, but you’ll find that each horror-comedy can be fitted into one of the genre above: zombie (Shaun of the Dead), ghosts (The Frighteners), monsters (Troll Hunter), etc.
There are elements of comedy in a large number of the films genre presented above, but only a few movies really emphasize the comedy itself. This is however a rising sub-genre; expect to see more horror-comedies in the coming years.
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) Braindead (1992) Shaun of the Dead (2004) Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)
Post-Apocalyptic & Sci-fi
Horror and Science-Fiction are two close friends who like to interact with each other. Again, a lot of horror movies have sci-fi elements in them, but most can be classified in one of the sub-genres above. If you are into scifi-horror, David Cronenberg is the name you want to look for.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) Videodrome (1983) Event Horizon (1987) Doomsday (2008)
Again, not really a sub-genre in itself since it describes a kind of film that can be found in almost any sub-genre (slasher mostly, but also vampires, monsters, ghost, etc.). Usually very cheesy, this kind of movie always features dumb teens, a childish romance and an almost compulsory happy ending. Appeared mostly in the late 80’s- 90’s.
Piranha (1978) Fright Night (1985) Night of the Demons (1988) Prom Night (2008)
Even the horror genre cannot escape the success that romance encounters in any type of cinema. Often linked to vampires (not the sparkling one please!), they are nevertheless a few exceptions such as Warm Bodies (2013).
Near Dark (1987) Let the Right One In (2008) Thirst (2009) Warm Bodies (2013)
Creepy Kid Horror
Their innocence making them truly scary, kids have always been a favorite in horror. Creepy Kids is not a genre in itself, but a recurrent theme of horror that cannot be left aside.
The Bad Seed (1956) The Omen (1976) Children of the Corn (1984) The Chidren (2008)
Gothic Horror defines a very atmospheric type of horror, a blend between dark horror, melancholy and romance. Associated with the gothic culture, its main inspirations are Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
The Woman in Black (2012) Dracula (1992) Interview with a Vampire (1994) Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Body Horror defines films that are centered on the human body, usually involving body transformation, deformation and/or destruction. It also covers body transformations such as the human-werewolf ones.
An American Werewolf in London (1981) The Fly (1986) Society (1989) Cabin Fever (2002)
Lovecraftian horror and King’s horror
There exist two novel writers that are so popular within the horror genre that they created a proper sub-genre for themselves. The first one, H.P. Lovecraft, is the one who created the mystical world of Cthulhu and other dark tales of abomination. The second is the notorious Stephen King, whose novels have inspired something like 30 horror films.
H.P Lovecraft: Re-animator (1985) From Beyond (1986) Stephen King: The Shining (1980) The Mist (2007)
Other sub-genres that didn’t make it to the list
When I started to do research for that list, I realized that it could be endless if I wanted to. It is impossible to list everything, but here are some examples of sub-genres that are recognized by some, but that didn’t make it in my list: Action Horror (what is that really…almost every horror has some action right?) Asian Horror (I do not think they should be a genre for each country/continent)
- Alien (goes with monster)
- Clown Horror
- Creepy dolls and toys
- Dark Fantasy
- Erotic Horror
- ESP horror (extrasensory perception) such as Carrie, Scanners, etc
- Found Footage (really not a genre, but a way of shooting…)
- Mummies and Golem (included in monster)
- Weird Horror