Horror is a big-ass genre. A lot of things could be called "horror" as much as they could be called other things. Some people are adamant that Silence of the Lambs is a mystery-thriller while others are staunchly supportive of its horror status. Now, this all comes down to personal taste and one's own views on the horror genre. To some it's still lowly schlock and they could never imagine an Oscar-winning movie to fall in that category. To each their own I say. I'm not out to change anyone's mind. (and if you're reading a horror blog you're probably more to my way of thinking which is: horror rules - suck it, nerds!)
I'm going to do a series of post breaking down the different sub-genres with a description of each as well as some highlights and low-lights.
This one is going to be a list of the genres. If you think I've left something out, let me know. But for now, on to the list!
In no particular order...
I submit that this genre is more about monsters. Jeepers Creepers to King Kong to Hollow Man I would consider a Creature feature. Basically a creature or monster we as a collective consciousness do not have an understanding of. It needs to be explained.
These ones are monsters that we do share a collective knowledge of, specifically from the Victorian era such as Frankenstein, Dracula, Phantom of the Opera and Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Filmmakers are forced to produce a representation of the monster that either affirms our understanding of it or challenges it.
Killer - usually masked - usually chasing and killing sex loving teens until a virginal chick offs him until the next sequel
Ghosts, demons, the generally unexplainable. These forces follow unassuming people either warning them or harming them.
The big-bad-Devil did it!!! No seriously, he totes did. Big in the 60s and 70s they make reappearance every so often trying to re-define our relationship with religion.
A lot of people consider this one a genre unto itself and rightfully so. Science Fiction has enough of its own history to accomodate that. But there's still an awful lot of horror that scares the bejesus out of me.
Funny yet still scary. This one extra super tricky to get and maintain balance in. A lot of people have tried. Few have succeeded.
Big in the 70s it's recently had a bit of a comeback riding on the torture-porn wave. Lots of time is devoted to violence in this. The plots are generally quite simple with the goal being an emotional and cathartic outcome.
I'll mention at this point, which most of you already know, that movies can be a blend of genres. Survival of the Dead could be considered both a Survival and a Zombie. The ensuing blog posts will deal with the best possible examples of each genre. Thanks for all your input and keep it coming! Let's dork it up and make this as thorough as possible.