Zombies are commonly stereotyped as slow moving, unthinking undead. In recent decades, zombies went from “not us, dangerous at all times, kill on sight,” to tolerated yet often closeted functional members of society.
What we perceive to be is not entirely what there is to see. Both “The Haunting of Hill House” (2018) and “The Haunting of Bly Manor” (2020) muddy the waters of the circumstances surrounding the deaths of its characters.
In The Lodge, Grace was the only survivor of a mass suicide inspired by an extremist Christian cult, orchestrated by her father. She is anxious around any religious objects.
Dystopia differs from horror because within the plot there is a glimmer, however faint, of hope. Horror leaves only the chance for survival or escape from the situation.