Non-horror films like The Batman and Jurassic Park with spooky elements

When it comes to horror movies, there are tons of subgenres, from slashers to found footage, hauntings to body horror, and everything in between. Over the past few decades, there has been a new trend of mixing genres to create an entirely unique experience. As a result, horror has mixed in with certain elements to scare audiences a bit in films that otherwise wouldn’t be considered horror. Here are some great examples of those particular movies, with the perfect blend of horror and another genre.

The Terminator (1984)

The 1984 classic The Terminator is a groundbreaking film considered one of the most influential science fiction films of all time. But there’s also a decent amount of horror elements. The film’s first horror element really comes into play when the T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) searches the directory for the name of Sarah Conner (Linda Hamilton) and plans to kill them all. He shoots a random Sarah Conner in broad daylight without remorse, which is terrifyingly random. In a later scene, the Terminator replaces his eyeball in a graphic scene that could be considered body horror. The nightclub scene resembles a slasher movie where the killer stalks his victim with a gun instead of a knife.


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The Guest (2014)

Adam Wingardit is The guest is one of those movies from the mid-2010s that went under the radar, but definitely deserves more recognition. One of the unique things about this movie is that it looks like an action movie on the surface, but also has a good amount of horror elements in it. For example David (Dan Stevens) goes on a house killing spree, killing people in all sorts of ways with such precision that it seems inhuman. Another such element is the entire high school maze sequence in the third act. It has a Halloween theme, but also plays into that horror vibe by having David sneak around and stalk his victims for a bit before going on the kill spree. It really takes time to build up the tension, which puts you on the edge of your seat.

The Batman (2022)

The Batman is obviously a superhero movie, but the director Matt Reeves implements horror elements into the story to get under the skin of audience members. All of the Riddler’s traps for his victims throughout the film are the perfect example of nightmare fuel. One such scene featured a victim with a rat cage surgically attached to his torso. This visual in itself will mark you for life and seems to be something of a Seen movie more than DC Comics. Additionally, the character of Batman uses the element of fear to terrify all criminals in Gotham City. Especially for crimes he can’t access, his reputation does the work for him. Matt Reeves even treats these shots as if a monster/killer lurks in the shadows. The overall tone and aesthetic of the film is inspired by David Fincherit is Se7fr, which is definitely a horror movie.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was directed by horror legend Sam Raimi. Although he is widely known for the Spider-Man Trilogy From the 2000s, he made his show business debut in the horror genre with the evil Dead Trilogy and dark man. Multiverse of Madness was billed as a horror movie mixed with the usual MCU feel, and Sam Raimi didn’t disappoint in that department. Scarlet Witch was the real part of the story that most effectively brought in the horror elements. In the sequence where she attacks Karmataj, she telepathically scares a wizard by telling him to run whispering in his ear like a ghost. Then in a later scene she literally goes on a killing spree and kills the entire Illuminati team in a very violent way. She is ruthless and does not hesitate.

Jurassic Park (1993)

Spielberg’s classic jurassic park is a great mix of genres that came together perfectly. Horror elements are sprinkled throughout the film, from the opening sequence where an unknown dinosaur eats one of the guards to the infamous T-Rex attack scene. When Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) discovers a severed limb, it provides a great jump scare.

The Shape of Water (2017)

Whereas The shape of water is primarily a romantic fairy tale, it certainly contains some of the blatant horror elements that are one of the hallmarks of a Guillermo del Toro film. The creature design itself is an homage to classic horror creature features such as The creature from the black lagoon. Like some plot elements, where the creature ends up killing or injuring people and animals. The sea creature literally rips Eliza’s head off (Sally Hawkin) Pandora cat, and eats it whole. There are also moments of body horror, such as when Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon) tears his fingers off, or the scene where Strickland tortures a man for information. All the bloodshed throughout the film is an element of horror mixed into this romantic story.

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

The Cloverfield the franchise changed direction after the original film and became a thriller with the follow-up 10 Cloverfield Lane. Although it’s considered a thriller, it didn’t completely abandon horror and mixed in some of those elements throughout. An example is how the character Howard (John Goodman) kidnaps the main heroine, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). As he holds her captive, he tricks her into believing that a natural disaster is unfolding outside to get her to stay. It’s straight-up serial killer demeanor, which shows how much of a creep Howard really is. Another example of a horror element in this film is the third act where Michelle hides from the aliens inside a barn as they slowly float around looking for her.

Hot Fuzz (2007)

by Edgar Wright second feature film Warm fuzz is a great satire of action movies, mostly cop buddy movies. Wright also mixed in horror elements throughout the plot, highlighted by the murder mystery storyline. The killer targets different people in a small community one by one and kills them all horribly. The killer is clad in a black hooded cape using an ax to slice and dice his victims, slasher movie style. Also, just before the third act reveals the identity of the killer, Nick Angel (Simon Pegg) finds a group of hooded figures seated around a table. Aesthetically, it looks like some kind of cult is performing a ritual, which of course turned out not to be the case, but this type of creepy imagery really scares audiences.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is neo-noir mixed with comedy when it comes to its genre. A lot of people forget that there are horror elements sprinkled in there that terrified many of us as kids. The main example that comes to mind is Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd). Like when he runs away from Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskin), he disappears and slowly creeps through the alleys, the imagery is very strange as you can only see Doom’s shadow against the wall before he jumps up to surprise Valiant. This scene contains several jumps and plays like a haunted house sequence. Doom’s transformation scene when he goes from human to cartoon form is complete body horror, and while it’s cartoonish, it’s very unsettling at the same time. Plus, the scenes where a chemical called The Dip disintegrated the cartoon characters are just plain horror at its best.

Perfume: A Murderer’s Story (2006)

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is the closest to the horror genre out of all the other movies on this list, but it’s still technically a psychological thriller. The main character, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Winshaw), is the main element of this movie that brings all the horror. Jean Baptiste is creepy and weird, so the fact that he literally stalks his victims and kills them just to recreate their scent isn’t all that surprising. The way he stalks his victims is very reminiscent of characters like Michael Myers. For example, after claiming his first victim, he undresses her and begins sniffing her corpse. His birth scene also contained elements of body horror, as he looked sick and scarred. This visual is so gruesome and terrifying right off the bat. Another example of horror elements applied to this move is also the hide-and-seek sequence. While this movie relies more on the psychological aspects to tell the story, it definitely blends in with the horror to be the perfect recipe for terrifying audiences.

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