Genre Trauma: Horror

A thing I wrote: Genre Trauma in M. Night Shyamalan's SPLIT

The term "trauma" is being thrown around rather haphazardly in contemporary genre criticism ...

One could probably make the case for any horror film as a reflection on trauma, but here are some titles I love that, to my mind, are expressly and centrally about the lived and remembered experience of trauma.

  • A Page of Madness
  • The Man Who Laughs
  • Frankenstein
  • The Black Cat
  • The Devil Commands
  • Invisible Ghost
  • The Wolf Man
  • House of Dracula
  • Godzilla
  • I Was a Teenage Werewolf
  • Corridors of Blood
  • The Revenge of Frankenstein
  • The Ghost of Yotsuya
  • House of Usher
  • Psycho
  • The Curse of the Werewolf
  • The Whip and the Body
  • Strait-Jacket
  • Corruption
  • Targets
  • The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh
  • She Killed in Ecstasy
  • All the Colors of the Dark
  • Carrie
  • Eaten Alive
  • Exorcist II: The Heretic
  • Last House on Dead End Street
  • Halloween
  • Day of the Woman
  • Dressed to Kill
  • Friday the 13th
  • The House by the Cemetery
  • Ms .45
  • Psycho II
  • The Dead Zone
  • Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
  • Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
  • Communion
  • Pet Sematary
  • It
  • Spontaneous Combustion
  • Raising Cain
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Trauma
  • When a Stranger Calls Back
  • Scream
  • Cure
  • Scream 2
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer
  • I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
  • The Sixth Sense
  • Scream 3
  • Séance
  • Signs
  • Dreamcatcher
  • Freddy vs. Jason
  • Ab-normal Beauty
  • Toolbox Murders
  • The Village
  • Loft
  • Retribution
  • Halloween
  • Halloween II
  • Antichrist
  • My Soul to Take
  • Shutter Island
  • Kotoko
  • Scream 4
  • The Lords of Salem
  • The Visit
  • Split
  • Doctor Sleep
  • It Chapter Two