Italian film Suspiria (1977) and its 2018 remake have both been described as artistic horror films for their stylistic cinematography.[1][2]
Italian film Suspiria (1977) and its 2018 remake have both been described as artistic horror films for their stylistic cinematography.[1][2]

Art or arthouse horror (sometimes called elevated horror)[3][4][5] is a sub-genre of both horror films and art-films. It explores and experiments with the artistic uses of horror.

Characteristics

Art-horror films tend to rely on atmosphere building, psychological character development, cinematic style and philosophical themes for effect - rather than straightforward scares.[1][4]

Art-horror films have been described as "a fascinating byproduct of the collision of art and commerce, of genre convention and personal vision".[1] Historically, the genre was loosely related to J-horror and Italian Giallo.[1] In the 2000s, a movement of transgressive films in France known as "New French Extremity" has been described as an arthouse horror film movement.[6]

Although commentators have suggested some horror films have exemplified qualities applicable to "art horror" for many decades, the term became more widely used during the 2010s, with independent film company A24 credited with popularising the genre.[4][5][7] The term "elevated horror" was first used in the early 2010s, and subsequently has been the subject of criticism and debate among film critics as it became more widely used.[8][9][10]

Notable art horror films

20th century

21st century

Notable directors

See also

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