Horror film

Max Schreck as Count Orlok in the 1922 film Nosferatu. Critic and historian Kim Newman declared it as a film that set the template for the horror film.
Depiction of the usage of mirrors in horror films.
Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931), a film noted as inspiring a wave of subsequent American horror films in the 1930s.
George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968) led to what Newman described as a "slow burning influence" in independent and thoughtful horror films in the 1970s.
Some cast and crew members of The Blair Witch Project (1999), one of the highest grossing horror films of the 1990s.
Park Chan-wook, the director of Thirst (2009), one of the many varied Korean horror films from the early 21st century.
French director Julia Ducournau (centre) won the Palme d'Or for horror film Titane. She is pictured with actors Agathe Rousselle and Vincent Lindon, who star in the film, at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.
Jörg Buttgereit in 2015. Buttgereit was described by Kai-Uwe Werbeck as "arguably the most visible German horror director of the 1980s and early 1990s"
Still from Dario Argento's Suspiria (1977). Curti described the film as developing an "artistic rebirth" and "irrational dimension" to the Italian gothic from its "set pieces to the color and the music."
Filmmaker and composer John Carpenter, who has directed and scored numerous horror films, performing in 2016.
Cannibal Holocaust (1980) uses a found footage style.
Still of Madhubala in Mahal (1949), considered one of the first Indian horror films.

Film genre that seeks to elicit fear or disgust in its audience for entertainment purposes.

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Max Schreck as Count Orlok in the 1922 film Nosferatu. Critic and historian Kim Newman declared it as a film that set the template for the horror film.

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Theatrical release poster for Godzilla (1954).

Monster movie

Film that focuses on one or more characters struggling to survive attacks by one or more antagonistic monsters, often abnormally large ones.

Film that focuses on one or more characters struggling to survive attacks by one or more antagonistic monsters, often abnormally large ones.

Theatrical release poster for Godzilla (1954).

The film may also fall under the horror, comedy, fantasy, or science fiction genres.

The ruined Saint James Church in Bix Bottom, Oxfordshire was a setting for scenes in The Blood on Satan's Claw.

Folk horror

The ruined Saint James Church in Bix Bottom, Oxfordshire was a setting for scenes in The Blood on Satan's Claw.
A shrine to Mae Nak Phra Khanong in Bangkok, a ghost in Thai folklore that has inspired several Thai horror films.

Folk horror is a subgenre of horror film for cinema or television that uses elements of folklore to invoke fear in its audience.

A shrine dedicated to Mae Nak Phra Khanong, a ghost in Thai culture, that has been prominent in many Thai horror films. Legends from folklore of many cultures would go on to influence horror upon the development of film.

History of horror films

One that was described by author Siegbert Solomon Prawer as difficult to read as a linear historical path, with the genre changing throughout the decades, based on the state of cinema, audience tastes and contemporary world events.

One that was described by author Siegbert Solomon Prawer as difficult to read as a linear historical path, with the genre changing throughout the decades, based on the state of cinema, audience tastes and contemporary world events.

A shrine dedicated to Mae Nak Phra Khanong, a ghost in Thai culture, that has been prominent in many Thai horror films. Legends from folklore of many cultures would go on to influence horror upon the development of film.
Max Schreck portraying as Count Orlok from the 1922 film, Nosferatu. Critic and historian Kim Newman declared it as a film that set the template for the horror film.
A film poster for Dracula (1931), the film that created a wave of American horror films in the 1930s.
A film poster for Cat People (1942), the first film made by producer Val Lewton that created a new style of horror film.
A film poster for The Thing From Another World (1951), a film that moved horror films away from the style established by Universal in the 1930s.
A film poster for Psycho (1960). Along with Black Sunday, the two 1960s films dramatically changed the tone of horror films from the 1960s onward.
George A. Romero in 2009. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968) led to what Newman described as a "slow burning influence" in independent and thoughtful horror films in the 1970s.
The 1980s saw a surge of films adapted from the work of Stephen King (pictured).
Some cast and crew members of The Blair Witch Project (1999), one of the highest grossing horror films of the 1990s.
Director Ruben Fleischer and cast members of Zombieland (2009) at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con. The film was one of the many zombie themed films of the late 2000s.
Swedish director and screenwriter Johannes Nyholm (right) presenting his horror film Koko-di Koko-da at Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema 2019.

Films prior to the 1930s have been retrospectively described as horror films as the genre did not become a codified genre until the release of Dracula (1931), where the style and themes of the film have been specifically re-adapted into similar works.

Zombie

Body horror

Zombie

Body horror or biological horror is a subgenre of horror that intentionally showcases grotesque or psychologically disturbing violations of the human body.

Western films are those "set in the American West that embod[y] the spirit, the struggle and the demise of the new frontier." Pictured: Clint Eastwood in the Spaghetti Western film A Fistful of Dollars (1964).

Film genre

Stylistic or thematic category for motion pictures based on similarities either in the narrative elements, aesthetic approach, or the emotional response to the film.

Stylistic or thematic category for motion pictures based on similarities either in the narrative elements, aesthetic approach, or the emotional response to the film.

Western films are those "set in the American West that embod[y] the spirit, the struggle and the demise of the new frontier." Pictured: Clint Eastwood in the Spaghetti Western film A Fistful of Dollars (1964).
War film or anti-war movie: Lewis Milestone's All Quiet on the Western Front, 1930

A film's genre will influence the use of filmmaking styles and techniques, such as the use of flashbacks and low-key lighting in film noir; tight framing in horror films; or fonts that look like rough-hewn logs for the titles of Western films.

A scene from the Grand Guignol, a format some critics have cited as an influence on the slasher film

Slasher film

A scene from the Grand Guignol, a format some critics have cited as an influence on the slasher film
Dorothy McGuire in The Spiral Staircase (1946)
Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) was a huge success on release, and a critical influence on the slasher genre
The masked killer in Mario Bava's giallo film, Blood and Black Lace (1964)

A slasher film is a genre of horror films involving a killer stalking and murdering a group of people, usually by use of bladed tools.

Western films are those "set in the American West that embod[y] the spirit, the struggle and the demise of the new frontier." Pictured: Clint Eastwood in the Spaghetti Western film A Fistful of Dollars (1964).

Supernatural horror film

Western films are those "set in the American West that embod[y] the spirit, the struggle and the demise of the new frontier." Pictured: Clint Eastwood in the Spaghetti Western film A Fistful of Dollars (1964).

Supernatural horror film is a film genre that combines aspects of horror film and supernatural film.

Krasue, a ghost in Thai folklore, has been featured in several Thai horror films, such as Demonic Beauty (2002), Krasue Valentine (2006) and Inhuman Kiss (2019).

Thai horror

Krasue, a ghost in Thai folklore, has been featured in several Thai horror films, such as Demonic Beauty (2002), Krasue Valentine (2006) and Inhuman Kiss (2019).

Thai horror refers to horror films produced in the Thai film industry.

Max Schreck as Count Orlok in the 1922 film Nosferatu. Critic and historian Kim Newman declared it as a film that set the template for the horror film.

List of highest-grossing horror films

Max Schreck as Count Orlok in the 1922 film Nosferatu. Critic and historian Kim Newman declared it as a film that set the template for the horror film.

The following page lists the highest-grossing horror films of all time, the highest-grossing horror film franchises at the box office and the biggest opening weekends for horror films.

Dracula is one of the original horror icons. (Image shows Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula from the 1931 English language film Dracula—part of what would later be known as Universal's 30s horror cycle, or Universal Monsters.)

Horror icon

Dracula is one of the original horror icons. (Image shows Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula from the 1931 English language film Dracula—part of what would later be known as Universal's 30s horror cycle, or Universal Monsters.)

A horror icon is a person or fictional character that is considered to be significant to horror fiction within mediums such as film, literature, television, or video games.