Action horrorA subgenre combining the intrusion of an evil force, event, or supernaturalpersonage of horror movies with the gunfights and frenetic chases of the actiongenre. Themes or elements often prevalent in typical action-horror films includegore, demons, vicious animals, vampires and, most commonly, zombies. Thiscategory also fuses the fantasy genre.
Body horrorIn which the horror is principally derived from the graphic destructionor degeneration of the body. Other types of body horror includeunnatural movements, or the anatomically incorrect placement oflimbs to create monsters out of human body parts. David Cronenbergis one of the notable directors of the genre
Comedy HorrorCombines the elements of comedy and horror fiction. The comedy horror genre almostalways inevitably crosses over with the black comedy genre. The short story "TheLegend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving is cited as "the first great comedy-horror story"
Gothic horrorGothic horror is a type of story that contains elements of goth and horror. At times itmay have romance that unfolds in the setting of a horror tale, usually suspenseful.Some of the earliest horror movies were of this sub-genre.
Natural horrorA sub-genre of horror films "featuring nature running amok in the form of mutatedbeasts, carnivorous insects, and normally harmless animals or plants turned intocold-blooded killers." This genre may sometimes overlap with the science fictionand action/adventure genre.
Relies on characters fears, guilt, beliefs, eerie sound effects, relevantmusic, emotional instability and at times, the supernatural andghosts, to build tension and further the plot.
Often revolves around subjects that include but are not limited to killeraliens, mad scientists, and/or experiments gone wrong.
Often revolves around a psychopathickiller stalking and killing a sequence ofvictims in a graphically violent manner,mainly with a cutting tool such as aknife or axe. Slasher films may at timesoverlap with the crime, mystery andthriller genre, and they are not all ofthe horror genre.
Splatter filmThese films deliberately focus on graphic portrayals of gore andgraphic violence. Through the use of special effects and excessiveblood and guts, they tend to display an overt interest in thevulnerability of the human body and the theatricality of itsmutilation. Not all splatter films are slashers, and not all splatterfilms are horrors.
Zombie filmZombie films feature creatures who are usually portrayed aseither reanimated corpses or mindless human beings. Distinctsub-genres have evolved, such as the "zombie comedy" or the"zombie apocalypse".