ByZach Enos, writer at Creators.co
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Zach Enos

The horror film genre is arguably the most diverse genre out there. There are many different types of horror films ranging from slasher flicks to creature features and everything in between. Here is this helpful article breaking down different types of horror films. So, when that person asks to watch a horror film and you ask what kind, they will not give you a face of pure confusing horror. NOTE: To modernize the genre, I will be using Netflix's handy subgenre tool for horror.

B-Horror Movies

These films tend to never make it to theaters. They go straight to video and barely make as much money as other genres. B-Horror movies usually have a cheesy element from flying sharks in Sharknado to huge insects in Stung. Special effects in B-horror movies are mostly poor CGI or badly hand-made. Even though the effects, acting, and plots are not the best, B-horror movies still exist because they are hugely entertaining. Mostly every horror film on Syfy is considered a B-horror movie. Sometimes, it is fun to laugh at how bad a film is.

Examples:

  • Sharknado series (pictured)
  • Wolfcop (pictured)
  • Ice Queen (pictured)
  • Stung (pictured)
  • Night of the Demons
  • Shark Night
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • Chillerama
  • Bad Milo
  • Attack of the 50 ft. Woman
  • Swamp Thing
  • Gingerdead Man
  • Ghoulies
  • Critters

Creature Features

Creature Features are as simple as the title. They are any horror film that features some kind of animal as the villain. Most of the time, the film's setting is in the place the villain is mostly found. For example, in a film where a shark is the villain, the film is primarily set in the ocean. Another example is if the main villain is an anaconda, the setting will be the jungle where anacondas are mainly found. Although the film ends with the villain being killed, there is always going to be another creature that is vicious out there. Many creature features have clones; films that have the same villain but a different plot. For example, Jaws and Deep Blue Sea are clones, Lake Placid and Rogue are alike, and Cujo and The Breed are alike. They are all about sharks, alligators, and dogs.

Examples:

  • Cujo (pictured)
  • Piranha (pictured)
  • Lake Placid (pictured)
  • Jaws (pictured)
  • Deep Blue Sea
  • Shark Night
  • Rogue
  • Black Sheep
  • Anaconda
  • The Breed
  • Bait
  • Arachnophobia
  • Eight Legged Freaks

Cult Horror Movies

Now, the word "cult" can be confusing when describing this subgenre. These films do not have to include a cult in the plot in order to be defined as a cult horror movie. Simply put, cult horror films have a big enough fan base to make them known to fans worldwide. They have a "cult following" that makes them hugely popular. If anyone says the film is bad, there is usually a fan that argues very aggressively against the negative opinion of one of their favorite films.

Examples:

  • Let the Right One In (pictured)
  • The Evil Dead (pictured)
  • REC (pictured)
  • Trick r' Treat (pictured)
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • The Babadook
  • It Follows
  • They
  • Re-Animator
  • Donnie Darko
  • The Orphan Killer
  • The Shining
  • Hellraiser

Horror Comedy

As simple as the title says, these are horror movies mixed with comedy. They are the perfect blend of horror and comedy. Sometimes, horror comedies are parodies of other horror films and sometimes, they are brand new ideas. Their job is to scare you yet make you laugh at the same time. It is weird but it works.

Examples:

  • Shaun of the Dead (pictured)
  • The Final Girls (pictured)
  • Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (pictured)
  • Cabin in the Woods (pictured)
  • The Evil Dead (pictured)
  • Gremlins
  • Scary Movie
  • Zombieland
  • Dead Alive
  • Drag Me to Hell
  • Young Frankenstein
  • Slither
  • Fright Night
  • Dead Snow
  • Feast
  • Housebound
  • Detention
  • Club Dread
  • Cooties

Satanic Stories

Most satanic stories involve the Devil. Many, if not all exorcism films fall into this subgenre. Demons, possessions, the Devil, and other satanic beings are included in satanic stories. Some ghost and haunted house films also fall into this category if the film has a satanic background.

Examples:

  • Devil (pictured)
  • The Exorcist (pictured)
  • Drag Me to Hell (pictured)
  • Hellraiser (pictured)
  • The Devil Inside
  • Paranormal Activity
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • The House of the Devil
  • The Omen
  • Carrie
  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Slasher Flicks

Slasher flicks are personally my favorite subgenre of horror. They involve a killer stalking and killing a group of people over the course of the movie. Many slasher flicks reach high popularity and many slasher flicks spawn many sequels and remakes. I really hope the genre comes back in full force over the next decade because the horror genre is in dying need of some good ones.

Examples:

  • I Know What You Did Last Summer series (pictured)
  • Halloween series (pictured)
  • My Bloody Valentine (pictured)
  • Scream series (pictured)
  • Sorority Row
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • House of Wax
  • Black Christmas
  • Prom Night series
  • Friday the 13th series
  • The Burning
  • Hatchet series
  • Urban Legend series
  • See No Evil

Paranormal/Supernatural Horror Films

These films are haunting, literally. The process of supernatural and paranormal films are as follows: A ghost or ghosts follow someone. They usually stay in the same place and haunt only that one house or building. Ghosts and supernatural beings are involved and they tend to be mostly about haunted houses. Anything that involves ghosts or a supernatural force as the villain falls into this category.

Examples:

  • The Conjuring (pictured)
  • Paranormal Activity series (pictured)
  • Insidious series (pictured)
  • The Ward
  • The Changeling
  • Poltergeist
  • House on Haunted Hill
  • The Haunting
  • Fragile
  • Sinister
  • Ghost Ship
  • The Haunting in Connecticut
  • The Grudge
  • The Ring

Vampire Horror Films

You guessed it, all of these films involve our favorite blood-sucking beasts, vampires. They sometimes are told from the vampire's view and sometimes told from the victim's view. There are tons of vampire films out there and they all started in the 1930s with Bela Lugosi's Dracula. You can almost find a vampire film in any store you go. They are a very popular subgenre.

Examples:

  • 30 Days of Night (pictured)
  • Dracula (pictured)
  • Interview with the Vampire (pictured)
  • The Lost Boys (pictured)
  • Fright Night
  • Dracula 2000
  • From Dusk till Dawn
  • Stake Land
  • Let the Right One In
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • John Carpenter's Vampires

Zombie Films

Another popular subgenre is the zombie film. George Romero made this genre popular and other films have continued to perfect it. They usually involve a virus that spreads through infections, usually caused by bites, cuts, and scratches from those that are infected. Zombie flicks usually end the same way or have no resolution at all. There are many different forms of zombies, quite like vampire films.

Examples:

  • Night of the Living Dead (pictured)
  • Dawn of the Dead (pictured)
  • Resident Evil (pictured)
  • Dance of the Dead (pictured)
  • 28 Days Later
  • Dead Snow
  • REC
  • Quarantine
  • Day of the Dead
  • Dead Alive
  • The Return of the Living Dead
  • Diary of the Dead
  • World War Z
  • Planet Terror

Monster Movies

Monster movies involve many subgenres but the main premise of a monster flick is that a being that is not human that terrorizes the population inside the film. From big to small, a monster is a monster and there are dozens of these types of films. Aliens, huge worms, flying beasts, and other inhumane creatures are responsible for inflicting most of the terror on our unfortunate protagonists. Do not get these confused with creature features. A film featuring an ordinary shark or dog is not a monster flick. A shark that has octopus tentacles can be considered a monster flick.

Examples:

  • Cloverfield (pictured)
  • Jeepers Creepers (pictured)
  • The Blob (pictured)
  • Tremors (pictured)
  • Trollhunter
  • Animal
  • The Host
  • Blood Lake
  • Storage 24
  • The Relic
  • Mimic series

Thanks for taking the time to read! If you have another subgenre that is not listed, please list it in the comments and I will gladly add it to the list and credit you for it!

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