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Decades Of Horror Movies

Decades Of Horror Movies

Horror movie reviews are famous due to their appraisal of horror movies, which help the audience to decide if they are too horrific for them to watch, or if they are within their limits. Horror films are films of the horror genre that are designed to elicit fright, fear, terror, disgust or horror from viewers. Horror is defined as an overwhelming and painful feeling caused by something frightfully shocking, terrifying, or revolting. Filmmakers would continue to merge elements of science fiction and horror over the following decades.

The horror genre has also offered various types of horror movies that deal with Satan. The late 1950s and early 1960s saw the rise of production companies focused on producing horror films, including the British company Hammer Film Productions. Hammer enjoyed huge international success from full-blooded technicolor films involving classic horror characters, often starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, such as The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Dracula (1958), and The Mummy (1959) and many sequels. Hammer, and director Terence Fisher, are widely acknowledged as pioneers of the modern horror movie.

In the 1960s the genre received a notable enlivening by the addition of three important sub-genres: the horror of personality, the horror of Armageddon, and the horror of the demonic, as observed by Charles Derry. Other analysts used terms such as “psychological horror”, with less precision. Films of this time seemed to cross lines between horror and thriller conventions, with an especially notable example in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960). For the first time in Psycho, the object of horror does not look like a monstrous or supernatural other, but rather a normal human being.

The horror has a human explanation, too, based in Freudian psychology and sex. Films of the horror-of-personality sub-genre continue to appear through the turn of the century, with 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs a noteworthy example. Some of these films further blur the distinction between horror film and crime or thriller genre.

Ghosts and monsters still remained popular, but many films that still relied on supernatural monsters expressed a horror of the demonic. The Innocents (Jack Clayton, 1961) and The Haunting (Robert Wise, 1963) were two such horror-of-the-demonic films from the early 1960s, with high production values and gothic atmosphere.

Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963) had a more modern backdrop; it was a prime example of a menace stemming from nature gone mad and one of the first American examples of the horror-of-Armageddon sub-genre.

One of the most influential horror films of the late 1960s was George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968). This horror-of-Armageddon film about zombies was later deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” enough to be preserved by the United States National Film Registry.

Other companies contributed to a boom in horror film production in Britain in the 1960s and ’70s, including Tigon-British and Amicus, the latter best known for their anthology films like Dr Terror’s House of Horrors (1965). These sometimes controversial productions paved the way for more explicit violence in both horror and mainstream films

The first, a minimal approach which was equal parts Val Lewton’s theory of “less is more” (usually employing low-budget techniques seen on 1999’s The Blair Witch Project) and the emergence of Japanese horror movies which have been remade into successful Americanized versions, such as The Ring (2002), and The Grudge (2004). There has been a return to the zombie genre in horror movies made after 2000.

by Samantha Bennett

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