Sunday, October 30, 2011

GENRE (SPECIAL EDITION): Horror A-Z: The Complete List

The following is a comprehensive overview of films in the horror genre. This is not a “TOP,” or “BEST OF” list, as those can only be measured in terms of personal preference. This is more like an overall introduction to the genre from A to Z. Horror 101 if you like. This list is intended to give the reader a broad scope and understanding of the many elements within the genre and how they work, or have been used in the past. There are many sub-genres contained therein including: supernatural, slasher, science fiction, thriller, suspense, classic, comedic, experimental, and cult.

While compiling this list there were certain challenges when deciding what to include. For some of the more difficult letters, such as: Q, U and X the choice was incredibly easy. There were also some letters that had a number of specific themed titles to choose from, like W and Z, which almost exclusively deal with Werewolves and Zombies. Of course the hardest letters were the ones with multiple titles to choose from, such as A, E, H, P and S to name a few. Under these circumstances the decision was made to stick with diversity among the themes and avoid common titles like Alien (1979), The Exorcist (1973), Halloween (1978), Psycho (1960) and The Shining (1980). All of which are honorable mentions and credits to the genre. 

Each title listed below links to a quick profile or synopsis of the film and includes a still, or two, and a video clip. In some cases the entire film is featured on the page for your viewing pleasure. So.... without any further ado, get ready to sink your teeth into the complete overview of Horror, A - Z.

An American Werewolf in London (1981) - John Landis
Bad Taste (1987) - Peter Jackson
Creepshow (1982) - George A. Romero
Dawn of the Dead (1978) - George A. Romero
Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn (1987) - Sam Raimi
Friday the 13th (1980) - Sean S. Cunningham
Gate, The (1987) -Tibor Takács
Hellraiser (1987) - Clive Barker
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) - Neil Jordan
Jaws (1975) - Steven Spielberg
Killer Klows from Outer Space (1988) - Stephen Chiodo
Last House on the Left, The (1972) - Wes Craven
Mist, The (2007) - Frank Darabont
Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) - Wes Craven
Omen, The (1976) - Richard Donner
Poltergeist (1982) - Tobe Hooper
Quatermass and the Pit (1967) - Roy Ward Baker
Re-Animator (1985) - Stuart Gordon
Sentinel, The (1977) - Michael Winner
Thing, The (1982) - John Carpenter
Uninvited, The (1944) - Lewis Allen
Videodrome (1983) - David Cronenburg
Wolfen (1981) - Michael Wadleigh
Xtro (1983) - Harry Bromley Davenport
Young Frankenstein (1974) - Mel Brooks
Zombieland (2009) - Ruben Fleischer


  1. Hi, it's Andy from Thanks for stopping by and sharing your link. I love your list - it's a great primer for those wanting to dive into the horror genre.