Body horror

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Body horror or biological horror is a subgenre of horror that intentionally showcases graphic or psychologically disturbing violations of the human body.wikipedia
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Body horror or biological horror is a subgenre of horror that intentionally showcases graphic or psychologically disturbing violations of the human body.
Some sub-genres of horror film include low-budget horror, action horror, comedy horror, body horror, disaster horror, found footage, holiday horror, horror drama, psychological horror, science fiction horror, slasher, supernatural horror, gothic horror, natural horror, zombie horror, first-person horror, and teen horror.

David Cronenberg

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Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg is considered a principal originator of body horror through early films such as Shivers and Rabid, and his remake of The Fly.
He is one of the principal originators of what is commonly known as the body horror genre, with his films exploring visceral bodily transformation, infection, technology and the intertwining of the psychological with the physical.

Rabid (1977 film)

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Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg is considered a principal originator of body horror through early films such as Shivers and Rabid, and his remake of The Fly.
Rabid is a 1977 Canadian-American body horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg.

Shivers (film)

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Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg is considered a principal originator of body horror through early films such as Shivers and Rabid, and his remake of The Fly.
Shivers (also known as The Parasite Murders and They Came from Within, and, for the French-Canadian distribution, Frissons) is a 1975 Canadian science fiction body horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg and starring Paul Hampton, Lynn Lowry, and Barbara Steele.

The Fly (1986 film)

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Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg is considered a principal originator of body horror through early films such as Shivers and Rabid, and his remake of The Fly.
The Fly is a 1986 American science-fiction body horror film directed and co-written by David Cronenberg.

List of body horror media

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Body horror, biological horror, organic horror or visceral horror is horror fiction in which the horror is principally derived from the unnatural graphic transformation, degeneration or destruction of the physical body.

Junji Ito

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Many manga authors, or mangaka, such as Junji Ito, specialize in writing within the horror genre and utilize body horror tropes in combination with narrative storytelling devices of Japanese horror.
Some of the recurring themes of Ito's work include body horror, seemingly ordinary characters who begin to act out of irrational compulsion, the breakdown of society, deep-sea organisms, and the inevitability of one's demise.

New French Extremity

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Although films belonging to the New French Extremity exhibit traits representative of a wide range of horror subgenres—including slashers, revenge films and home invasion films—the body horror subgenre has been particularly influential.

Linda Williams (film scholar)

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According to the film scholar Linda Williams, body horror falls into one of three "gross" genres or "genres of excess" which also includes pornography and melodrama.

Pornography

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According to the film scholar Linda Williams, body horror falls into one of three "gross" genres or "genres of excess" which also includes pornography and melodrama.

Melodrama

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According to the film scholar Linda Williams, body horror falls into one of three "gross" genres or "genres of excess" which also includes pornography and melodrama.

Slasher film

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For example, while elements of mutilation may be present in body horror, other similar subgenres such as slasher, splatter, or monster horror may also share this trope, but differ in message and intent.

Splatter film

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For example, while elements of mutilation may be present in body horror, other similar subgenres such as slasher, splatter, or monster horror may also share this trope, but differ in message and intent.

Monster movie

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For example, while elements of mutilation may be present in body horror, other similar subgenres such as slasher, splatter, or monster horror may also share this trope, but differ in message and intent.

Stuart Gordon

Although Brophy coined the term to specifically describe a trend within cinema, film director Stuart Gordon notes that the body horror trope had existed prior to its adaptation to the screen, most notably within fictional writing.

Mary Shelley

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818) is an early example of the body horror subgenre within fictional writing.

Frankenstein

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818) is an early example of the body horror subgenre within fictional writing.

Gothic fiction

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The success of gothic horror in the 19th century in combination with the birth of science fiction as a literary form is thought to be the origin of body horror as a literary genre.

Science fiction

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The success of gothic horror in the 19th century in combination with the birth of science fiction as a literary form is thought to be the origin of body horror as a literary genre.

The Blob

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Early examples of the body horror genre arose out of 1950s American horror cinema including The Blob and The Fly, both of which set the standard for the genre due to the films primary focus on bodily mutilation and visceral special effects.

The Fly (1958 film)

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Early examples of the body horror genre arose out of 1950s American horror cinema including The Blob and The Fly, both of which set the standard for the genre due to the films primary focus on bodily mutilation and visceral special effects.

Postmodernist film

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Many contemporary films of the horror genre (those produced after 1968), including body horror, are considered to be postmodern in contrast to classical horror.

Japanese horror

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Many manga authors, or mangaka, such as Junji Ito, specialize in writing within the horror genre and utilize body horror tropes in combination with narrative storytelling devices of Japanese horror. The body horror genre is widely represented throughout Japanese horror and within contemporary media, such as anime.

Anime

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The body horror genre is widely represented throughout Japanese horror and within contemporary media, such as anime.

Katsuhiro Otomo

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Katsuhiro Otomo's 1988 film Akira is an early example of body horror within anime.