Over time, we have seen so many horror movies come and go throughout horror histoy. Thrillers, haunted houses, serial killers, slashers, maniacs, clowns, satanic and a great many others have been seen in the horror genre. A lot of sub genres, a lot of remakes, a lot of variations, twist and all that can easily be found through the ages. Yeah, it's all true. But have we ever thought where it all came from?
Or how does the horror movies genre change from time to time?
For all of you who love horror movies as much as I do, and want to know the road that has been travelled by horror movies through horror history, continue to read the horror history section below.
Where It All Began
The year was 1922, place: German. I can say that it was the birth of horror movies. W Murnau started the terror and fear through Nosferatu, nosferatuthe
story about a bloodsucking vampire. It wasn't the first vampire movie, as in 1896 Georges Melies made Le Castle Du Diable, but Nosferatu was the first movie where we saw a vampire killed by sunlight. This one boasted remarkable animalistic makeup that has not been replicated, even in modern times.
A great many vampire movies followed after that. In 1931 Universal Studio launched 2 legendary horror movies, Dracula with Bela Lugosi and Frankenstein with Boris Karloff. Both of the films became a classic and were very successful. Boris Karloff even became a legendary name in horror movies history. The Mummy (1932) a silent picture with horror icon Boris Karloff in the title role remains a classic, with unforgettable make-up and atmosphere. In 1935, the sequel of Frankenstein,
The Bride Of Frankenstein was made.
During 40's the world's on war, and it has changed the genre. Horror was almost forgotten as patriotic movies and war films took its place. The horror genre started to get more action around the 1950's, where comedy and musical movies ruled. There were good films that came to be around this time such as House of Wax. 1960 was the time for Hitchcock to make one of the most memorable horror movies: Psycho. Too bad, this is the only horror movie by Hitchcock, because after and before Psycho he mainly directed suspense thriller goodies like Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Dial M For Murder. The Birds would probably be his only other Horror film that he directed.
This was one of the best and most creative years in horror history for Horror movies. Of course there were some amount of controversy and protest that happened in these years. The Exorcist (1973) for example showed disgusting scenes that have never even been imagined before, like the green puke to the face transformed to evil. This movie was controversial when the Catholic Church protested that the demon cast-out in the movie was against the code of conduct. Of course there were other great horror movies during the 70’s such as The Shining that was based on Stephen King's novel. Later on from this decade to 80s and 90s, lots of movies was made based on his novels such as Carrie, Christine, Cujo, It, Cat's Eye, Dream Catcher, are just some examples. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) was a low budget movie that had great success. This one introduced "the slasher movie" to the world that was later followed by such films as Halloween, Friday the 13th, Scream in the 80's and 90's and so on. Omen is a bonechillin' movie that can still give
you nightmares (I of course am not talking about the awful remake). Another great was The Amityville Horror, based on a true story and was the first movie that took place in the actual location.
This is the decade of madness for the horror movie genre. All the gore was shown sadistically for viewing in the horror movies of the 80’s. Nightmare on Elm Street that launched Freddy Krueger to horror hall of fame, and Jason Voorhees the slashing master in Friday the 13th are just two great examples of this decade. These two also had quite a few of their sequels during 80s, together with 3 of the Halloweens. This is also the era where horror expanded to TV.
Funny thing happened in 90s. There's a tendency of self defense and self actualization by the horror characters on terror that they have delivered to people. For example Ghost, Bram Stocker's Dracula that told the story about Count
Dracula's painful love to Mina, or Interview With Vampires that unlocked the mystery of vampire’s lives. Scream started a whole new genre - teen horror movies, slashing-serial-killer-who-did-it films such as I Know What You Did Last Summer and Urban Legend. In 1999, an independent movie known as Blair Witch Project became a big phenomena, using a documentation technique to deliver fear, tense and mental disturbance. This horror movie inspired other films such as St.Francisville Experiment, The Lamarie Project and
the TV series - Freaky Links.
It seems that the 2000’s are becoming the years of the dreaded remakes Friday the 13th, Halloween, and A Nightmare on Elm Street to name a few. The only real success I have seen for the horror movie remakes was The Ring, which was a remake from the (much better) Japanese movie - Ringu. Followed by The Eye, and some other remakes from Asian cinemas.
While the effort to combine some genres and produce something new has still been going on. Saw for example, combine the psycho thriller Hitchkock with slasher, sadistic, bloody and graphic scenes the 2000’s so far are a major disappointment mostly because these years seem to be the “years of the remakes” which almost never turn out good at all (with the exception of Let Me In).
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