hey Eline, I was wonderign if you could help me with this - I want to get into horror movies more as a whole, since I haven't seen too much, but I don't know what some good movies to start with are. I mean, I know some classics, but I feel a bit out of my depth and I value your opinion more than a random person's list. Do you have any recommendations for some good gateways into the genre? Or some personal favorites?
First of all, thanks! It means a lot to me that you’d ask me this, haha! Ok so, horror is a pretty large and old genre, so to make this easy I’ve divided it into genres, and categorized them by year. So from oldest to newest. The movies I’ve picked are a mix of timeless classics, general horror critic/fan favorites, cult classics, and some personal favorites.
SO, HORROR MOVIES FOR BEGINNERS:
This one speaks for itself. Vampires, werewolves, and everything in between! One of the most interesting things about these movies, especially the vampires, is how many different kinds of vampire there are, and how each one of these movies has their own take on it. From real blood sucking monster, to sophisticated aristocrat, to a small child.
Things from other planets or dimensions, coming to make our life very difficult or very complicated…or both! Movies about creatures or concepts from other planets or dimensions are usually extremely high on body horror content. There is no other horror sub-genre that does it better.
It’s a g-g-g-ghoooost! From satanic cults to haunted houses to witches in the woods. This is probably the most obvious horror genre, and the genre people think about when thinking about horror movies, (besides slashers ofc). But just like vampire movies, movies about hauntings and posessions can all be very different from each other. Some somber and spooky, and some very loud and bright. But all of them scary. It’s also probably the most used genre in horror movies in the late 2000′s.
Aaand the other horror sub-genre people think about when thinking about horror movies. From cold, calculated and creeping killers, to masked mass murderers in summer camps. While this genre can be considered the most straightforward, a lot of them have surprising depth and seeing how many bad slasher movies have been made in the last 20 years, it only shows that making a good horror movie about a killer is not as easy as you think it is.
Sex, nudity, and buckets of blood, gore, and violence. Exploitation horror came to fruition in the 70′s and fizzled out around the early nineties, but during it’s relatively short lifespan, some very iconic movies were made. The emphasis in this genre lies on sleaze. It can be extremely tasteless and vile, and most of it is. But some films in this genre rose above that, and while still having loads of sleaze and sex and gore, they did gain a lot of respect among horror fans. Some are even influencial not only for exploitation horror, but the entire horror genre as a whole.
Horror movies that are low on blood and gore, but high on scares. Using tension and violence to build unease, these horror films are usually a slow build that will create an atmosphere that’ll stick with you for a long time.