"He-e-e-e-res Johnnie!" The Shining (1980) Is this your wife? What a lovely throat. Nosferatu (1922) GENRE RESEARCH HORROR “I know that you’ve been following me” Disturbia (2007)“This is Robert Neville. If somebody can hear me, answer me.” The Last Man On Earth (1964)
NOSFERATU (1922)Is this your wife? What a lovely throat.Nosferatu (vampire) is one of the first full feature-length horror films. It is also the first film aboutvampires as it is based on Dracula.Immediately, films are portraying vampires as dangerous creatures whosuck blood from peoples necks, killing them as a result. That stereotypeis present in this film. Although the legend of Dracula is arguably thething that started the stereotypes, Nosferatu defined the modern filmindustries portrayal of vampires.
THE FLY(1958) "Help me! Help meeeee!]" The Fly is a science-fiction horror, where a scientist has a terrible accident using his newly-invented teleportation machine, creating a half-man half-fly. The Fly is a film that’s stereotypes mirrors in modern sci-fi horrors; something supernatural occurs and devastation follows. The supernatural event also has a scientificand complex background, much like movies today . 28 Days Later is aprime example of this, as people are infected with a virus and gainzombie/monster-like features rather than gaining them out of nowhere.
THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (1964) “This is Robert Neville. If somebody can hear me, answer me.” This is another example of a sci-fi horror. As an adaptation of the book “I Am Legend” The Last Man On Earth sees a sole survivor forced to become a hunter of vampires when he finds himself alone in a city where everyone there hasbeen infected with a virus that gives them vampire-like features.Again, this film has a background story rather than the people justmagically turning into monsters. There have been a few adaptationsof the novel: The Last Man On Earth (1964), Omega Man (1971) andI Am Legend (2007).
THE SHINING (1980)"He-e-e-e-res Johnnie!"The Shining is an adaptation of Steven King’s bestselling Novel “The Shining.” It involves a man and hisfamily going to live in a hotel for the winter, and an evilpresence turns the father psychotic, influencing him totry and kill all of his family with an axe.This, I think, influences all modern horror as it has manymodern day stereotypes:-Denial that anything bad will happen.-The person (child in this case) who has a special gift.-The Woman who screams a lot.
FRIGHT NIGHT (1985) "Welcome to Fright Night. For real." Fright Night, essentially, is a true modern depiction of a Vampire film. The stereotypes of Vampires that are in the media are included throughout: -Killed by daylight. -Feed on human blood.-Can’t enter a household/room without permission.-Weakness is holy water.The only stereotype that is twisted is that a holy cross does notaffect the vampires in this movie, but you could argue that thisis a common example of a modern vampire film/even a majorinfluence on vampire films today.
THE SIXTH SENSE (1999) "I see dead people."The Sixth Sense is an iconic horror film abouta boy that has contact with the dead. It reallyintroduces the twist ending to horror filmsthat has influenced films after it. Identity(2003) reiterates a twist ending that involvesthe mental state of the main character, justlike The Sixth Sense. The Others (2001) HighTension (2005) and The Orphanage (2007)also have twist endings like this, showing thatThe Sixth Sense is a major influence.
DISTURBIA (2007) “I know that you’ve been following me” Disturbia is a horror that is centred around a murderer living on the same neighbourhood as the main character. I chose this film as I feel it is a prime example of what horrorscentred around a murderer are stereotyped to be like today:-Starts as a joke.-Witnesses/has proof of the murder.-Must save a close one/relative from the murderer all the while savingthemselves.
THE STRANGERS (2008)"You’re gonna die." The Strangers is a horror where a man and a woman are abducted from there home by strangers, and are tormented. The sheer randomness of the event is what seemed to have scared the viewers, and the sadistic nature of the film takes that of a common modern horror film.
T H E PA R A N O R M A L AC T I V I T Y FRANCHISE(2007-2012)Paranormal Activity has had 4 sequels now, and each of the films givethe effect of a home video displaying paranormal happenings. Themodern horror film craze seems to be centred around theparanormal, and this franchise really kick started that phase in horrorfilms. The Blair Witch Project (1999) seems to be an apparentinfluence to this film, as the home videos of supernatural events isreiterated in the Paranormal franchise.
M.SHAYMALAN Devil (2010) The Happening (2008) Lady in the Water (2006) The Village (2004) Signs (2002) Unbreakable (2000) The Sixth Sense (1999)
COMEDY HORRORS Vamp (1986) Scary Movie Franchise (2000-2013 –5th is being made) Shaun Of The Dead (2004) These are films that bring in Slither (2006) a twist to horror films, making light of a bad Black Sheep (2006) situation with jokes or simply stupidity. Lesbian Vampire Killers (2009) Zombie Land (2009)
NOT QUITE A HORROR Final Destination (2000 – 2012) -Death is the villain, it is notjumpy or meant to be particularly scary, but the feeling that death isinevitable once you cheat it is shocking and it what makes it at least ahalf-horror. It is defined as a Slasher Movie.