HORRORWithin the horror genre of film there a sub genres which exist within: Supernatural Dark Fantasy Sci-fi Horror Psychological Horror Lovecraftian Horror Gothic Splatter punk Satanic/Religious/Occult Erotic Horror/Paranormal Romance Suspense Weird Fiction Speculative Fiction
SUPERNATURAL HORRORSSupernatural horrors are the most common within thehorror genre these typically includeghosts, monsters, dark forces, zombies, or prettymuch anything which people fear. It is also verycommon for supernatural horrors to be aboutpossessions and evil spirits taking over the body.Some of the most popular horror movies are:- Insidious The grudge Paranormal activity Mirrors Drag me to hell
PSYCHOLOGICAL HORRORPsychological horrors are another one of the mostcommon within the horror genre, they are moredriven by characters fears and focused more onpsychological dread than on murder, mutilation, andgore, this could be supernatural, but is more oftenassociated with those twists where the protagonistturns out to be insane. The most popularpsychological horrors are:- The exorcist Evil dead Texas chainsaw massacre Scream
SATANIC/RELIGIOUS/OCCULTThis genre of horror is often derived from certainbelief systems and the evil aspects that they fightagainst. Usually involves demonicpossessions, exorcisms, or explorations of thedarker side of pagan religions and the use of ”lefthand” magic. The Exorcist is a stand-out exampleas well as it being a psychological horror. Theexorcist is a 1973 American horror film and dealswith the demonic possession of a young girl andher mothers desperate attempts to win back herdaughter through an exorcism conducted by twopriests.
SPLATTER PUNKSplatter punk is the horror extreme, with graphic andgory violence intended to scare and creep youout, it includes torture porn category and this is themost prominent in movies like Hostel and Saw.Hostel is a American horror where college studentsgo on a trip and are enticed to stay In a hostelwhere they are later captured and tortured.
SCI-FI HORRORSci-fi horror is a mash-up of science fiction andhorror, usually where the science fiction aspectssuch as aliens, robots, space travel are used toprecipitate the overriding horror, just like in themovie Alien. Alien is a 1979 science fiction horrorfilm, the films title refers to its primary antagonistwho is a highly aggressive extraterrestrial creaturethat stalks and kills the crew of a spaceship.
THRILLERThriller films dont have as many sub genres as horrordoes, this is due to some films being multi genre soit is harder to pin point specific sub genres. Themain ones are: Action thriller Horror thriller Psychological thriller Crime thriller
ACTION THRILLERAction thriller films are a mix of action packed chasescenes, fighting and shooting as well as a sense ofsuspension. Some of the most popular actionthrillers are:- Taken The dark knight Inception Sky fall Olympus has fallen
HORROR THRILLERHorror thrillers are a collaboration of the twogenres, often these contain a sense of gore orsupernatural experiences as well as a underlyingstoryline full of action and chase scenes. The mostpopular ones are:- The shining Cabin in the woods Final destination
PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERPsychological thriller is a specific sub-genre of thebroad ranged thriller with heavy focus on theunstable emotional states of characters, incombination with mystery and thriller. However, itoften incorporates elements fromthe mystery and drama genre, along with the typicaltraits of the thriller genre. The most popular films ofthis type are:- Seven Shutter island Sixth sense Inception
CRIME THRILLERThe crime thriller genre is similar to the action thrillergenre as in action thriller often a crime is committedin order for there to be action. Some of the mostpopular crime thrillers are:- Good fellas The dark knight Inception Bourne ultimatum Taken
SUMMARY Overall it is clear the genres of horror and thriller havemany sub genres within them as they are such a hugegenre. Each genre is very wide and has potential for manydifferent diverse films within them. I will take this into account when choosing my genre ofmedia package, I will not only choose the overall genre Iwill choose a sub genre too or collaborate two subgenres together. From this research into sub genres I have understoodthat a genre has more depth to it than what is on theface value. I will use this knowledge to ensure I selectthe correct genre for my media package.
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