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Film Genres: Horror films

This guide highlights library resources for some of the more popular film genres.

A quick definition for horror films

A large and heterogeneous group of films that, via the representation of disturbing and dark subject matter, seek to elicit responses of fear, terror, disgust, shock, suspense, and, of course, horror from their viewers. Horror is a protean genre, spawning numerous subgenres and hybrid variants: gothic horror, supernatural horror, monster movies, psychological horror, splatter films, slasher films, body horror, comedy horror, and postmodern horror.

Kuhn, A. and Westwell, G. (2012). "horror film." In A Dictionary of Film Studies. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 16 Dec. 2015

Getting started

    To find horror films in the Library's collections, you can click on the subject headings below:

    Introductory reading(s)

    Selected book titles

    Finding articles & journals

    Articles and other writings about horror movies can be found in many publications. We don't have journals that look exclusively at horror films. However, you can use either Film & Television Literature Index to find relevant articles or use the SUMMON box below.


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    A Selected list of horror films

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