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

Night of the Living Dead

Theatrical release poster
Ben, played by Duane Jones
Ghouls swarm around the house, searching for living human flesh.
Evans City Cemetery in 2007
Cemetery Chapel in 2009
Tombstone that the character Barbra (Judith O'Dea) clutches in the opening scene of the movie. (Photo taken in 2017)
Living dead Karen Cooper, eating her father's corpse
Barbra and Ben after their first meeting

Night of the Living Dead is a 1968 American independent horror film directed, photographed, and edited by George A. Romero, with a screenplay by John Russo and Romero, and starring Duane Jones and Judith O'Dea.

Theatrical release poster by Karoly Grosz

Frankenstein (1931 film)

Theatrical release poster by Karoly Grosz
Frankenstein movie theater lobby card
1951 re-release lobby card
1931 original Bela Lugosi casting announcement
James Whale and Boris Karloff, 1931
Colin Clive and Karloff in colorized photograph from Frankenstein (1931)
Theatrical teaser poster by 1930s Universal art director Karoly Grosz: "Warning! The Monster Is Loose!"
Karloff in Bride of Frankenstein
Karloff in Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Colin Clive, Elsa Lanchester, Karloff and Ernest Thesiger in Bride of Frankenstein
Lon Chaney Jr. as the monster, Evelyn Ankers, and Bela Lugosi as Ygor in The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
Re-release lobby card for Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) with Bela Lugosi as the monster and Lon Chaney Jr. as the werewolf
Glenn Strange as the monster in House of Dracula (1945)
Boris Karloff as the monster, Basil Rathbone as Dr. Frankenstein's son, and Bela Lugosi as Ygor in Son of Frankenstein (1939)

Frankenstein is a 1931 American pre-Code science fiction horror film directed by James Whale, produced by Carl Laemmle Jr., and adapted from a 1927 play by Peggy Webling, which in turn was based on Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.

Poster art for Blood Feast (1963), considered to be the first splatter film

Splatter film

Poster art for Blood Feast (1963), considered to be the first splatter film
The 1980 mockumentary Cannibal Holocaust, an influential example of splatter cinema.
Bijou Phillips in Eli Roth's 2007 film Hostel: Part II, portraying a woman being tortured.

A splatter film is a subgenre of horror film that deliberately focuses on graphic portrayals of gore and graphic violence.

Still from Night of the Living Dead (1968).

Zombie film

Film genre.

Film genre.

Still from Night of the Living Dead (1968).

While zombie films generally fall into the horror genre, some cross over into other genres, such as action, comedy, science fiction, thriller, or romance.

Amicus Productions

British film production company, based at Shepperton Studios, England, active between 1962 and 1977.

British film production company, based at Shepperton Studios, England, active between 1962 and 1977.

Amicus is best remembered for making a series of portmanteau horror anthologies, inspired by the Ealing Studios film Dead of Night (1945).

Argento in 2017

Dario Argento

Italian film director, producer, screenwriter, actor and critic.

Italian film director, producer, screenwriter, actor and critic.

Argento in 2017
Argento interviewed by Martin Sauvageau during the Festival International du Cinéma Fantastique de Montréal in 1994
Argento discusses his film Pelts at the Torino Film Festival in 2006
Argento in 1993 with his daughter Asia

His influential work in the horror genre during the 1970s and 1980s, particularly in the subgenre known as giallo, has led him to being referred to as the "Master of the Thrill" and the "Master of Horror".

Original UK quad poster

The Curse of Frankenstein

Original UK quad poster
Christopher Lee as the creature.

The Curse of Frankenstein is a 1957 British horror film by Hammer Film Productions, loosely based on the 1818 novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (franchise)

A Nightmare on Elm Street is an American supernatural slasher-horror media franchise consisting of nine films, a television series, novels, comic books, and various other media.

Lamberto Bava at the 2012 Days of the Dead, Indianapolis, USA.

Lamberto Bava

Italian film director.

Italian film director.

Lamberto Bava at the 2012 Days of the Dead, Indianapolis, USA.

Lamberto's father Mario Bava was a film director known primarily as a director of horror films.

A genre painting (Peasant Dance, c. 1568, by Pieter Brueghel the Elder)

Psychological horror

Subgenre of horror and psychological fiction with a particular focus on mental, emotional, and psychological states to frighten, disturb, or unsettle its audience.

Subgenre of horror and psychological fiction with a particular focus on mental, emotional, and psychological states to frighten, disturb, or unsettle its audience.

A genre painting (Peasant Dance, c. 1568, by Pieter Brueghel the Elder)

Psychological horror films generally differ from traditional horror films, where the source of the fear is typically something material, such as grotesque or horrifying creatures, monsters, serial killers, or aliens, as well as the splatter and slasher film genres, which derives its frightening effects from gore and graphic violence, in that tension in psychological horror films is more frequently built through atmosphere, eerie sounds and exploitation of the viewer's and the character's psychological fears.