A Film's subgenre is a classification type that is more specific than the genre and refers to the different subjects the script addresses, its various plot points, the trends it uses or its different settings. Film genres usually branch into subgenres, but a subgenre is not necessarily bound to a particular genre.
We, at Tales of Terror, use the following film subgenres to categorize the films we rate and review:
- Found Footage
- Period Piece
- Time Travel
Slasher films involve multiple murders sparsely committed by an antagonist.
Whodunit films involve antagonists whose identities protagonists and the audience ignore.
Invasion films involve the private properties of protagonists being trespassed on and territories being occupied, swarmed or captured.
Haunting films involve people being possessed, places being haunted or objects being cursed.
Monster films involve supernatural entities or creatures with deformities, disproportionate bodies, significant scars, mutations or magical powers.
Torture films involve protagonists or antagonists willing to inflict severe pain or dismemberment and not necessarily kill in order to achieve their goals.
Puzzle films involve complex enigmas designed by antagonists that unravel like jigsaw puzzles, contests or games for the protagonists and viewers.
Disease films involve a realistic or supernatural illness; physical or psychological.
Psychological films involve characters being emotionally and intellectually affected or challenged.
Spiritual films involve characters being philosophically and spiritually affected or challenged.
War films involve a war climate, setting, ambiance, or interaction with an army or a guerilla.
Procedural films involve a police, forensic, legal, scientific, magical or paranormal investigation.
Gothic films involve Gothic themes, music, architecture, props and costumes.
Witchcraft films involve spell casting, Wicca, necromancy, divination, demonology, white magic, black magic, Satanism, voodoo and many other types of magic.
Slaspstick films involve an exaggerated and hysterical level of physical comedy.
Found footage films involve a first person view of the action meant to appear improvised by the cinematographer, from which the footage is lost then found and edited for the viewer.
Lovecraftian films involve elements associated with Lovecraft's world; namely the unknown, the unnamable, the indescribable and the otherness.
Western films involve scenes or elements taking place in or strongly inspired by the later half of the 19th century in the American Old West.
Sport films involve sport elements, themes or scenes.
Crime films involve criminal activities and themes; theft, trafficking, assault, rape and murder, namely, while exploring risks taken, shenanigans and their consequences.
Period piece films involve several scenes or the entire film being shot in the past; prior to the time the film was shot in.
Time travel films involve characters switching from one time period to another; in the past, the future or alternate timelines.
Apocalyptic films involve a plot that takes place shortly before, after or during an apocalypse.
Prison films involve characters spending time in jail or confined in a room by some authority or a captor.
Steampunk films involve futuristic technology combined with designs of the 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.
Road films involve protagonists on a road trip or spending a lot of time on roads.
Musical films involve dialog that is sung and not always or never spoken.