This guide looks to introduce many of the horror genre’s most recognized films and the work that has been written in response. Covering horror films spanning decades (a century, really!) and continents, it aims to broadly but diversely explore some of the genre’s most discussed and studied films.
Organized by subgenre, this guide also serves as an example of the complex nuances associated with genre studies. Subjective categorization of films provides an opportunity to explore common themes and tropes, but there is ultimately no perfect way to define and organize films. One film can certainly exist within multiple subgenres and there are many more subgenres of horror films to consider; this guide is here to get you started with resources that lead you to explore far beyond it.