Horror movies have had a very long history and have gone through several distinct eras. People enjoy these films because of the thrill of controlled fear that they elicit. Horror also allows viewers to confront their own personal fears, as well as the anxieties felt inside their shared society. Since the start of the 20th century, there have been many horror films released that deserve recognition and analysis.
This silent film was one of the first to feature a vampire. It is an unofficial adaption of the novel Dracula. For decades Nosferatu was considered a lost film until a print of it was finally found and restored. The story follows the same basic structure as the book and depicts a fanged fiend as he attempts to feed on a young woman.
Alfred Hitchcock is often considered the greatest director of all time. Numerous publications, including the BBC have written about the importance of his film Psycho. It is now cited as a classic of the horror genre. The iconic shower murder scene is very well known to film fans both young and old. The story concerns a secluded motel that harbors a disturbing secret.
Sissy Spacek stars as a bullied teenager who suddenly starts to develop psychic powers. This movie is an adaption of a Stephen King novel. It deals with themes of bullying and religious fundamentalism. One of the most well known scenes occurs during Carrie’s prom when she is driven over the edge. She then uses her new powers to get revenge on those who wronged her.
Friday The 13th
During the 1970s and 80s, a trend in slasher films emerged. Friday The 13th stands out as one of the most successful examples of this. It spawned a large franchise of more than 10 sequels. The film depicts a summer camp that has a supposed death curse on it. The new camp counselors are killed off one by one.
A Nightmare On Elm Street
The teenagers of a small town begin to have the same dream about a man with knives for fingers. Eventually, it becomes clear that if he kills them in their dreams they die for real. This film was the first to feature Freddy Kreuger, who is now an icon of horror.
During the 1990s, viewers started to grow tired of horror films because they were very formulaic. Scream rejuvenated the franchise thanks to its self-aware humor. A masked killer stalks a group of friends. One of them is aware of “the rules” that horror characters must follow in order to survive. Scream is full of references to other horror movies, as well as exciting and tense chase sequences.