A different take – This movie takes a different approach to something, sometimes even changing the tone of the whole movie into something unexpected.
Aliens – One or more aliens are involved.
Animal death – At least one animal dies in this movie.
Anthology – An anthology of short films.
Babysitter – Someone’s babysitting someone, posssibly with bad results.
Bad parents – There is some bad parenting in this movie.
Bad place – It could be a house, it could be the woods – but something about this place corrupts and/or kills.
Bechdel test – This movie passes the Bechdel test – it has at least two women in it who talk to each other about something besides a man.
Bugs – Bugs show up in a significant way at some point.
Camping – Characters are camping, and it probably doesn’t go well.
Cannibalism – Eating people happens, or is implied.
Child death – A child or children die.
Chocolatier’s choice – My personal favourites and/or recommendations.
Claustrophobia – Someone gets trapped or has to work their way through a very tight space.
Clowns – At least one clown shows up.
Comedy – This movie is intentionally funny.
Creature feature – The menace is a creature of some sort, probably an oversized one.
Creepy child – A disturbing child makes an appearance.
Creepy doll – A disturbing doll makes an appearance.
Curse – Someone, or something, is or gets cursed.
Dark and stormy night – There’s some conveniently timed rain.
Demon – One or more demons are involved.
Disabled character – One or more characters have a disability.
Drowning – Someone drowns, potentially to death.
Final girl – There’s one girl left standing by the end of the movie.
Fire – There’s a fire, and someone may die.
Franchise – This movie is part of a franchise.
Ghost – One or more ghosts are involved.
Haunted – This place is haunted.
Icon of Horror – A character who’s a big deal in the horror genre.
Holiday – This movie takes place during a major holiday.
Jump scare – There’s at least one jump scare.
Keep it in the family – The family that slays together, stays together. This family is evil, or at the least, covers up for someone who is.
Let’s take a shortcut – Someone thinks taking a shortcut is a good idea.
Masked killer – Someone is running around in a mask and killing people.
Merciless – No matter what you do to appease this killer, they will not stop.
Mutants – One or more mutants are involved.
Non-supernatural twist – There’s a mundane explanation for what’s been going down.
Old ones – One or more old ones are involved.
Ours are different – The monsters in this movie differ from the classic take.
Parental issues – One or more characters have serious mommy/daddy issues.
Parent death – A parent dies.
People are monsters – The killer isn’t some supernatural creature……just a person.
Phone call – There’s a phone call that leads to some very bad things
Pop culture reference – This movie has been referenced in books, comics, tv shows or other movies in a significant way. You might know quite a lot about this movie already before ever seeing it.
Rape – Rape happens, is implied, or is brought up.
Read the book – This was based on a book.
Read the comic – This was based on a comic.
Religious themes – Religion is involved in some way.
Rot away – Someone is literally rotting away.
Seclusion – The majority of the movie takes place in an isolated location.
Self-harm – Someone self-harms.
Sex is bad – if someone has sex, they’re probably going to die.
Shakey-cam – Use of shakey-cam.
Starvation – Starvation comes up, someone might die from it.
Stephen King – This is based on one of Stephen King’s works.
Suicide – Someone commits suicide.
Teenagers – This movie is full of teenagers. Usually as victims.
Watch the show – This was based on or inspired a tv show.
What’s real? – Something might be hallucinated, or imagined, and you might never know just what is real.
You shouldn’t have touched that – Someone touched something they should have left alone.
Zombies – One or more zombies are involved.