Evolution of Horror Films
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Horror Film History — Introduction

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Why do we love to watch horror films? How did horror even become a genre? As humans, we naturally get a "thrill" out of being frightened and frightening others. The thrill sought after while reading dark literature by 19th century authors such as Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897) was later developed on screen in films that can still be seen today. Contemporary horror films continue to intrigue audiences today in the same way they did for audiences in the early 1900s, which is why we have the genre of horror films today.

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Daniel's Media Blog: Stereotypical Filming techniques in horror movies

Daniel's Media Blog: Stereotypical Filming techniques in horror movies | Evolution of Horror Films | Scoop.it
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As horror films began to progress and become more popular in the early 1900s, the techniques used in film to attract audiences began to transform as well. Techniques such as reverse zoom and unexpected shocks started becoming a trademark, as well as sound.

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The Ring Soundtrack 'The Well'

This is apart of The Ring soundtrack intitled 'The Well'
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Not only have artwork and themes of horror films evoloved, but the music has changed as well. Ever since sound was incorporated onto film, film score composers have strived create the perfect balance of suspense in a film. This soundtrack from "The Ring" has a tense and eerie feel to it which creates the mood for the entire film.

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Camera and Computer Work

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Also, camera and computer work has evolved in the horror genre. For example, slides 8-13 emphasize on the use of unusual angles and blue filters to create an eerie effect to the film and grasp the attention of the audience.

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L'horreur! Evolution of the scary movie

L'horreur! Evolution of the scary movie | Evolution of Horror Films | Scoop.it
From gothic horror movies to slasher flicks, from vampires to zombies and dinosaurs, CNN looks at the how the scary movie has evolved over the decades.
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CNN creates a timeline on the subject matter of horror films from the early 1900s to the present. When the horror film genre first came about in the late 1800s/early 1900s, films were mainly influenced by German Expressionism and were based on myths and superstition. However today, horror films are produced as open ended sequels with varying plots.

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The Six Themes of Horror Movies

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Now the question comes about as to what actually makes a film a horror film. Typically, all horror films follow one of the six themes that classify it as a horror film. The six common themes presented would be the fake documentary, mass hysteria and infestation, the serial killer, gore, fear of the unknown, and creatures from beyond. Think of any horror film you've ever seen. More than likely, they have had one of these plots listed maybe even with a twist at the end.

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Saw II Needle Pit

A needle is hidden in a haystack. Scene from Saw II. (C) to Lions Gate Entertainment and the movie.
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Also, another theme of horror films is to take viewers out of their comfort zones and make them feel uncomfortable. This clip from Saw II uses an uncomfortable setting (the needle pit) and gore to provide a sense of thrill that viewers seek in horror films.

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The Haunted Castle 1896 George Melies Silent Film

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George Melies' "The Haunted Castle" (1896) was one of the earliest horror films. Although it was a three minute silent film, audiences still gathered to see the "thrill" we seek when we go to see scary movies today.

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Evolution of Horror Movie Poster Designs: 1922 – 2009

Evolution of Horror Movie Poster Designs: 1922 – 2009 | Evolution of Horror Films | Scoop.it
From the dreadful art work created for Nosferatu in 1922 till the present, horror movie posters has evolved with time, immensely.
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Along with color techniques used in filters in films, colors are also used on poster designs now to signify the horror genre. While blue filters are used within the film, black and red are primary colors used on covers and poster designs to signify the genre in more contemporary horror films.

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Georges Melies - The Grandfather of Special Effects

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 In early film, George Melies was considered the father of special effects. His most noted a technique was the appearance and disappearance of objects or people in a shot. With the progression of technology, special effects have become more advanced as well. Melies' techniques continue to influence the special effects used in horror films today.

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