Video Production Horror Movies
What is Horror?
- Horror is fiction to scare or horrify the audience. Horror fiction often overlaps science fiction or fantasy.
- Horror film characters include vampires, zombies, monsters, serial killers, demons, ghosts.
When did Horror Movies originate?
- In the late 1890’s, George Melies made the first horror movie. It is called “ The House of the devil” which was released in 1896.
Early Horror Films from 1930-1940
- During the 1930s, horror was made in the form of Gothic horror. Some movies that were made with Gothic horror are:
- James Whale's Frankenstein (1931)
- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde(1931)
- Michael Curtiz Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
- I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
Horror Movies in 1950-1960s
- During this time, horror moved from gothic towards science fiction. Some movies that have science fiction horror are:
- The Thing from Another World (1951)
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
- Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960)
- What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (1962)
- Dr Terror's House of Horrors (1965)
During the 1970s
- The Last House on the Left (1972)
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
- Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
- In the 1980s, most films were called slasher films.
- Most 1980 horror films received sequels.
- Poltergeist in 1982 was followed by two sequels.
- The sequels to Halloween and Friday the 13 th in (1980)
- A Nightmare on Elm Street in (1984) were the popular face of horror films in the 1980s
- There were few notable original horror films released and even fewer worthwhile sequels.
- Films that were called New Nightmare such as In the Mouth of Madness, The Dark Half, and Candyman were part of a mini-movement of self-reflective horror films.
- Each film touched upon the relationship between fictional horror and real-world horror.
- Candyman examined the link between an invented urban legend and the realistic horror of the racism that produced its villain.
In the New Millennium 2000-now
- A particular sub-genre was the type of horror with its emphasis of torture, suffering and violent deaths. For example:
- Final Destination (2000),
- House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
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