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  • 1. The history of horror movies
    By George Keenoo
  • 2. Horror films
    Horror films are unsettling films that promote the emotions fear and disgust. They often feature scenes of massacre and supernatural, with the aim to startle the viewers. Horrors go well along side thrillers.
  • 3. Beginning of horror
    The first display of supernatural events where in a lot of the silent shorts by Georges Melies, in the late 1890’s. The most recognisable of these was Le Manoir du diable ( the house of the devil) which some people know as the first horror film.
  • 4. 1930’s to 1940’s
    It was around this time when American film producers, such as Universal Pictures co made the horror films popular. Films such as Dracula. In this time period science fiction films were blended with gothic horror, such as The Invisible man.
  • 5. 1950’s to 1960’s
    AS in this time period technology advanced dramatically, and so the tone of horrors shifted from gothic toward concerns that some saw as being more relevant. The horror film fell in to two genres the horror of Armageddon film and the horror of the demonic film.
  • 6. 1970’s to 1980’s
    The end of the production code in 1964, and the huge success of Rosemarys Bay, led to the release of many films with occult films, such as The exorcist, and many other films where the devil represented evil. The genre also included gory horrors with sexual overtones, which were classified as ‘A-movies’.
  • 7. 90’s
    The type of horror films from the 80’s followed through in to the first half of the 90’s, with sequels such as Childs play doing very well. Slasher films films such as Halloween and A nightmare on elm street, in the late 90’s had sequels, which had varied but fairly good success.
  • 8. 00’s
    The start of the 00’s seen a quiet period for the genre. The re-release of The exorcist of the exorcist in September 2000 was successful despite the film being available on home video already. Final destination then made a break through for teen-based horrors, and they then followed up with many popular sequences. The Jeepers Creepers series was also successful. Films like Wrong Turn, Cabin Fever, House of 1000 Corpses, and the previous mentions helped bring the genre back to Restricted ratings in theatres.