Horror, It is a genre that, more closely than any other, has evolved alongside our society. As issues of sexuality, race, and immigration remain, our horror films have reflected them.(4) The Horror films being released in this decade reveal deeper meaning and ties that previous decades lacked. Providing a surreal and heighten illustration of the social issue can often be found. Unlike past decades we are facing a new viewer experience, a film with layers that allows any view to feel connected and seek to know a deeper meaning into the injustices withing the film.
After September 11th, 2001, the horror genre takes a hard fall. Horror eventually came back leading to what is believed the best decade for horror films. In the 2000’s we see a spike in foreign films and teenage friendly pg 13 horror films. Within this decade we see the birth and fall of a unique sub genre, torture porn.
As the 80s end, the film industry has become so reliant on the gross-out special effects we lost the true fear behind these films. With the emergence of the 90s, we have the Thriller Period. Each generation has there own horror and this generation is the serial killer. The revival of psychopaths in the film industry.(8)
Visual effects finally caught up to the time and with the creation of liquid and foam latex visual effects went that much further. With improved special effects the slasher craze finally can flourish. Leaving the 70s a time when Kent State was still fresh, people still feared the men and women around them.(8)
Leaving the party of the 60s and entering the mess of the 70’s and back to the big budget, much of the inspiration comes from the broken family dynamic of the time. The monster is in your own home; mom, dad, daughter, son, even your brother.(6)
German expressionism occurred after WWI; the form emphasized expressions rather than realism (An exaggeration of a situation). This opened a door for film creativity while drawing the eye away from European hard times.(7)
Evolution of Horror
From Monsters to Slashers, Where to next.
During the great depression, Horror literature flourished as Americans' interest in supernatural and horrifying only grew as the world got cold around them.(1)
Universal Pictures achieved the adding of sound/ screams into horror films. Their first major hit being Dracula.(2)
After WWII people faced too much personal horror to be scared of folks in monster costume in the film industry. Monster movies appear to be dead. Out of this came the birth of B movies, people wanted action, thrills, and as much skin as the censors would allow.(8)
After Alfred Hitchcock released psycho, movies became something that we could relate to and seemed realistic.Out of the era pledged with families coming back different from Vietnam, women facing birth defects sparked films that played with the idea “what if the monster lives among us.” whether it's your love once returning from the grave or giving birth to a monster.(8)
"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"
"The Phantom of the Opera"
"Frankenstein" / “Dracula”
"Werewolf of London"
"The Wolf Man"
"The Mummy's Ghost"
“The Thing From Another World”
"The Black Castle"
"Night of the Living Dead"
"The Stepford Wives"
"The Evil Dead"
"A Nightmare on Elm Street"
“The Silence of the Lambs”
"The Blair Witch Project"
“28 Days Later”
1930s & 40s
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