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Best of the best: Horror sub-genres

Best of the best: Horror sub-genres

Best of the best: Horror sub-genres
October 29
12:23 2013

Cole Clay / Intern Writer

Everybody has that moment when it’s finally time to sit back and relax, but you can’t decide or figure out what to watch. Have no fear!  We have you covered with another spine-tingling list, which highlights five different sub-genres of horror. These films possess some of the most unsettling images in the history of horror, so read on..if you dare.

Slasher Films:

“Halloween 4 & 5” (1988, 1989): These two entries in the series are essentially one film that chronicles the life of Michael Myers’ niece, who is starting to display some of the same psychological oddities as the white-faced murderer. Both films are equipped with an insane amount of scenes where Myers lurks around corners, preying upon the unsuspecting teens of Haddonfield.

“Sleepaway Camp” (1983): If summer camp seems like a fun to place to send your children to unwind for a few weeks, think again. A disturbed girl named Angela Baker is forced to attend camp with her cousin. All of a sudden, things start to go awry for the less than honorable members of the camp. This film has been praised for having one of the most shocking twists in the history of horror, and that is the reason why it makes an appearance on this list.

Honorable Mention: “April Fools Day” (1986)


“Freaks” (1932): Tod Browning’s haunting film asks the question, “What does it mean to be human?”  Every character embraces his/her roles completely, in part because the cast is made up of sideshow carnival performers. In the film’s seminal scene, the “freaks” encourage viewers to become “One Of Us, One Of Us.”

“Nosferatu” (1922): The German film from the silent era is about a vampire, named “Count Orlok,” and his quest for two things: blood and real estate. “Nosferatu” is essentially the story of “Dracula” before it was dominated by clichés, jokes and sparkling vampires. Not to mention the make-up effects on Orlok are terrifying, even by today’s standards.

Honorable Mention: “The Bride Of Frankenstein” (1935)


“Return Of The Living Dead” (1985): Like any zombie romp, this film features a bevy of flesh-eating humanoids. However, “Return Of The Living Dead” is anything but ordinary. It reinvented the way zombies had ever been depicted on screen. Although we don’t get the same level of social commentary as the George A. Romero flicks, this film is twice as fun.

“Zombie” (1979): Lucio Fulci’s nearly indescribable film makes up for its bland title with unnerving set pieces. One shows a splinter slowly gouging out the eye of a voyeuristic woman. The other, and much less explicit, scene involves a zombie fighting a shark underwater. It doesn’t get much more awesome than that.

Honorable Mention: “Dawn Of The Dead” (2004)


“The Conjuring” (2013): Even though James Wan’s near masterpiece came out just a few months ago, it is cemented as an instant classic. There are many elements to be frightened by aside from typical jump scares. A haunting score and rousing camera movements add other eerie elements to the movie. Potential viewers should be advised to bring a friend along for this one and to get ready for a night full scares and screams.

“Pet Sematary” (1989): Have you ever wondered what it would be like to resurrect a loved one? Well don’t, because if Stephen King’s classic tale has taught you anything, nothing but evil and terror can come from such an unspeakable act. This film isn’t terribly frightening, but there is just something discomforting about witnessing a recently departed family pet wreak havoc upon its former owners.

Honorable Mention: “Poltergeist” (1982)

Body Horror:  

“Hellraiser” (1987): After discovering a mysterious box, a sado-masochistic man unleashes a legion of demons from Hell known as the “Cenobites.” This film truly delivers, with countless moments that will have you looking away or peering through your fingers.

“From Beyond” (1986): This relatively unknown body horror flick is about as icky and disgusting as any film you are likely to see in your lifetime. Don’t concentrate too much on the plot because it is completely absurd. What you should focus on is the awesomely cheesy dialogue and wildly creative creature design.

Honorable Mention:  “Videodrome” (1983)

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