A Journey into Meta-Horror

By Peyton Brock |


It’s Halloween, and much like you, horror directors love scary movies too! Some even love them so much that they’ve made horror movies that offer commentary on the genre itself. So, if you enjoy the deconstruction of tropes, subversions of the genre, and clever references to great horror of the past, but with all of the spine tingling frights and thrills you crave on halloween night, then look no further than these meta-horror films!

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

To start our night of horror, let’s ease our way into the fright with Edgar Wright’s seminal horror comedy, Shaun of the Dead (2004). From scene to scene you’ll find yourself in stitches, as Wright subverts the classic tropes of the Zombie genre, while paying homage to greats like George Romero’s Living Dead films. Follow our loveable leads as they stumble their way through a zombie outbreak, with quick cut comedic editing, enthralling zombie gore, and a fantastic use of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”.

You’re Next (2011)

Next, we’ve got the heart pounding and tense thriller You’re Next (2011). Take a seat at a family get together that goes terribly wrong when killers start to attack. However, this film is one step ahead of you with its thinking. Watch as it deconstructs the inept choices of the common horror protagonist with its characters, with a fun retro-slasher flair.

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

Finally, to end the night, the horror master Wes Craven takes you out of the movies, and into the real world with his creative and imaginative meta-horror masterpiece Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994). Join the cast and creators of the Nightmare series in this terrifying flick where the lines between fiction and reality blur, as Freddy’s grasp extends to the real world. Blood will spill, minds will warp, and even you’ll be questioning if Freddy might be out to get you, with this mind and reality bending slasher flick.

And that’s it for our Meta-Horror playlist. Hopefully you’ve laughed, screamed, and maybe even had your perception of the horror genre changed. And remember to check out our other horror playlists this halloween!

Happy Halloween from HorrorRated.com!

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