Body horror

Fiction genre concept

A horror genre that focuses on graphic destruction or degeneration of the body, often with people turning unwillingly into grotesque monstrosities while still retaining some or all of their former sensibilities.


Alternate names: Biological horror, Organic horror

The first video game about Body horror was released on September 9, 1998.

Capcom, Electronic Arts and Konami has published most of these games

* Parasites
* Shapeshifters
* Monsters

Examples: (pop culture)
* The Thing
* The Fly
* Tetsuo series
* District 9
Lesser cases currently not worth tagging:
* Bioshock (some of the plasmids, especially the beehive)
* X-COM: UFO Defense (Chrysalids and the zombies they create)
* Half-Life series (the zombies; stalkers in later games; presumably also the combine troops themselves, but they're all covered in full bodyarmor)
* Vampire: The Masquerade series (anything dealing with the Tzimitche vampire clan)
* Fallout series (the ghouls)
* Clive Barker's Undying (the bosses mainly)
* Clive Barker's Jericho (??)
... and any other games where this is limited to singular cases or where the horror part isn't very strong

Zombies also belong to body horror in a manner, but they're so numerous that including most of them is bad idea (not to mention zombie fiction is generally not considered part of body horror). Should only be included when they're taken farther into the body horror genre.

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