These are my subcategories of horror movies, along with my top picks:
Top Pick: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Other significant releases : Silence of the Lambs, The Last House on the Left (1972), The Hills Have Eyes (1977), 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, Hostel, Hostel II, Devil's Rejects, Audition, Blue Sunshine
Top Pick: Hellraiser (1987)
Other Significant Releases: The Exorcist, The Shining, Amityville Horror II, Hellraiser II, A Tale of Two Sisters, The Ring, Mirrors, Whispering Corridors, The Eye, Uzumaki (Spiral), Demon Knight, Phantasm II, An American Werewolf in London, Scarecrows
Top Pick: Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Other Significant Releases: Return of the Living Dead, Day of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead (2004), Bangkok Zombie Crisis, Shaun of the Dead
Top Pick: Alien (1979)
Other Significant Releases: The Thing, Aliens, Predator, Predator 2, Sunshine, Event Horizon, Alien 3, Alien 4, Alien vs. Predator 2
Top Pick: The Descent (2005)
Other Significant Releases: Jurassic Park, Jaws, The Host, Kingdom of the Spiders
Top Pick: Halloween (2007)
Other Significant Releases: Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th
Top Pick: The Stuff (1985)
Other Significant Releases: Can't think of any.
Some notes about what I have typed:
- 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later are often erroneously labeled as "zombie" movies. I must point out that the people are infected with a virus, which is similar to rabies. Also, they are not dead. Those movies are realistic.
- The creatures in The Descent were possible variations on humans, so I could technically move that to the Realistic subcategory. Their existence could come about by species cleavage, which is explained by phylogenetic systematics.
- A vampire is not a possible variation on a human, so all vampire movies are supernatural.
- The Host used a fish, heavily mutated, by chemicals.