1896 The world’s first ‘ true’ horror movie was made- The Devil’s Castle. The film was made by an illusionist, the entire film lasted only 3 minutes! 1898 George Albert Smith, an Englishman patented his ‘special photographic contrivance.’ His device allowed ‘ghosts’ to be shown on film. The first version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is made. 1910
Notre Dame de Paris is released, filmed by Pathe, it was the first full length movie with a monster in it. 1911 The Vengeance of Egypt was released by Gaumont, it was the first full length pure horror movie. 1912 1913 Chaney, ‘The Man of a Thousand Faces’ created make up that stunned the world.
The Man Who Laughs becomes the first horror movie with sound, even the credits where read out! 1928 The Bride of Frankenstein boasts a musical score by Frank Waxman, many of the musical norms of horror music where established in this film. 1935 The ‘H’ (Horrific) certificate was introduced by the BBFC to replace the old ‘A’ (Adult) rating. The BBFC introduces it’s new ’H’ certificate. The ’H’ stands for Horrific and replaces the old ’A’ (Adult) rating. 1937
Bedlam a film about the infamous St Mary’s of Bethlehem; a Victorian Institution for the insane was banned in Britain 1946 The first 3D film is made, despite being a cheap movie, it stills makes a fortune at the box office 1952 Hammer is encouraged by a more permissive society to make The Vampire Lovers- an erotic exploitation with nudity and lesbian vampires. 1970
The Video Home System (VHS) is launched by JVC. 1976 Paramount release Friday the 13th after the success of Halloween in order to cash in. 1980 Mary Whitehouse begins a campaign against ‘Video Nasties’ 1982
Anne Rice’s gothic classic Interview With The Vampire is made into a film, in which Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt appeared. 1994 The tongue and cheek approach to horror film is taken by Wes Craven, in his new slasher Scream. 1996 I Spit on Your Grave, Last House on the Left, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scanners, Friday the 13th, Child’s Play, The Birds and Hell Raiser, are all films that are currently undergoing the update treatment. 2008