Talk:Body horror

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What's up?[edit]

I know, I know... I'm not a user, but I frequent wikipedia every day, and this site several times a year. Been doing so the past 3 years, and every time I get dissapointed, 'cause there's next to no improvements or updates happening. It just seems to be a change in 'relevant' movies every now and then. A list of approximatly 10 movies, can hardly be called relevant right? There's so many more body horror movies out there. I don't speak english as my first language, hence I'm hesitant to change anything on here, except for spelling errors, so I can only hope someone, someday will re-write this into a proper article on body horror, because I personally find it to be the most interesting of horror genres out there.


David —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:56, 28 March 2010 (UTC)

District 9[edit]

I haven't heard anyone else say it, but I really felt that District 9, if not a body horror film, contained strong elements of body horror. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

There's a difference between "being a body horror film" and "incorporating graphic degeneration of the human body." District 9 does not strictly belong on this list. --HubHikari (talk) 02:49, 5 October 2009 (UTC)


What about Freaks? Would that qualify? --LV (Dark Mark) 03:19, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

I don't really know. The "transformation" element is nearly as strong in Freaks as it is in say the Fly, but the lady does wind up as the Feathered Hen at the end. It's your call, I guess. -Adam Atom

I think that Freaks has similar scares in it, and it could certainly be called a forebear, but it's pretty different from what other movies have been described as body horror. I'd say no. There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of people interested in this little page, but while on the topic of what movies oughta' go here, what do people think of Brain Damage? (Headless Gunfighter)

If the list has alien-in-disguise, taking-over-body films like The Thing, what about something like The Astronaut's Wife? 23:44, 4 September 2006 (UTC)


This article needs to cite sources, otherwise it looks like Original research (see WP:NOR). What literature actually uses the term "body horror" and what literature cites the movies listed herein as being part of this alleged genre? 23skidoo 01:19, 28 September 2006 (UTC)

My search has turned up only one website, which uses the term only in the article title, not necessarily with the meaning given here. Its the one used as the only reference, and the basis for my deletion of works before Alien. It is basically an out of date fan term, that nobody uses.Yobmod (talk) 13:47, 30 September 2008 (UTC)

Virus (1999 film)[edit]

The 1999 film Virus could be considered biologcal horror. True it's not the main theme of the movie but it's one of the primary "scare factors" in the movie, with the crew being ripped apart and rebuilt piece by piece onto a robotic chassis. Victis Kato (talk) 17:06, 27 March 2009 (UTC)


Would the 1981 Cronenberg classic Scanners be classified as body horror? yes it would, cronenberg is a champion of the genre. surely cronenberg should get a mention here, he practically invented the genre... Xtiaaneubaten (talk) 08:37, 15 January 2010 (UTC) also whilst i agree with most of the definition of the genre I think it should also mention that it is a psychological horror of self that is manifest in these film, the horror of having a body, dragging all this flesh around, its almost existential in this sense. Also body horror is very prevalent in post modern art, see damian hirst or jake and dinos chapmans work etc etc Xtiaaneubaten (talk) 09:04, 15 January 2010 (UTC)

Scanners lacks the emphasis on horrific physical transformation seen in other Cronenberg works, though at least one source does mention it. —Eric S. Smith (talk) 23:25, 24 May 2010 (UTC)

SAW 1-7[edit]

Wouldn't the SAW-movies suit this category? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:29, 5 September 2011 (UTC)

'Notable films' sans citations[edit]

From the 'Notable films' section — tagged for original research since December, 2010 — I have here split the examples without refs for possible future reintroduction into the article. ValidusernameTalk」 05:38, 7 September 2012 (UTC)

Stub template[edit]

I made this article a film-genre related stub. Hopefully that was the right thing to do. (talk) 06:46, 17 April 2014 (UTC)