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The Six Themes of Horror Movies

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Like almost any other movie, horror films usually all follow similar themes that are guaranteed to produce a similar frightening reaction from audiences. The "Fake Documentary" is a popular theme because it uses people's general love of reality t.v into the perfect set up for a scary movie. Movies like The Blair Witch Project take a realistic approach to shooting a horror film that resonated positively with movie goers. Another theme that is popular among film makers is the overwhelming gore explosion. Movies like this such as "Saw" have a heavy emphasis on blood and terror that were popular with viewers but has toned down throughout recent years. No popular theme can be mentioned without including the theme of seriel killers. Some of the most well known horror flicks are based off the idea of a deranged serial killer that could strike at any moment. Famous mass murderers such as Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kruegar and Michael Myers are all iconic characters that are sure to draw in large sales in theatres. People enjoy following a story line and like knowing what to expect. Any movie inspired by these killlers is expected to be somewhat predictable, yet is always a fan favorite.

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rashad parks's curator insight, November 18, 2013 3:17 PM

Some Horror films consists of 6 major themes to scare and grab the audience attention. Three out of the six are used most often in Amercian Horror films: Terror, Creatures, and Serial Killers.

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» Why Some People Love Horror Movies While Others Hate Them - World of Psychology

» Why Some People Love Horror Movies While Others Hate Them - World of Psychology | History of American Horror films | Scoop.it
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The most interesting part of scary movies is their appeal to quite a large audience. For decades there have been people flocking to theatres to get their adrenaline fix from the latest horror flick. According to psychologists, the draw to go see these movies is the feeling that people get after they leave the theatre. This feeling is called the excitation transfer process. When watching horror films people feel a rush of blood,their heart rate increases, and they have higher blood pressure.These feelings linger after the movie is over and can remind people of the great time they had, not only watching the movie, but also with they people they went with and their overall experience. A more simplistic way to explore why people enjoy being scared is that some people simply enjoy the adrenaline rush they experience from an onscreen nightmare. No matter the reason, ticket sales show that people have, and probably always will, enjoy being scared.

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The Top Grossing Scary Movies Of All-Time

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You wouldn't know it by the fact that there is but a single major horror film in theaters this month (Carrie on October 18th), but this is of course October and thus the month of Halloween and thus the prime time to discuss "scary movies".
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Horror films are not always the typical blood and guts movies that most people associate with the genre. Many popular "scary" movies break out of that mold and are seen on Forbes list of the "Top Grossing Movies of All-Time". I was surprised yet intrigued to see such movies as Jurrastic Park, The Mummy, and World War Z added to the list since they are typically not referred to as horror type movies. I found this list to be intriguing because it highlights the large scale popularity of scary movies over the past two decades or so. This list also spawns the question of whether ticket sales is a good indication of whether or not a movie is good or not. Many could argue that being financially sucessfull does not always mean the movie is of good quality.

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Top 10 Horror Movies

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Any list of the top 10 horror movies is going to include at least a few of these.
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The list of scary movies that are seen as "scariest", is obviously debatable among different people, yet there are certain movies that are universally known as utterly terrifying. Classic movies such as Nosferatu, Scream, and Psycho trump the top of this list. While the classic horror films are regarded as the scariest, they also spawn a whole new generation of horror remakes. The Exorcist was originally made in 1973 but has now been the inspiration for several remakes and spin off movies.Most of todays modern horror films are based upon some sort of earlier film of the past. These sequals to famously scary movies offers a new take to a classic story for a younger generation.

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Horror Film History — Introduction

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The most basic start for horror films had to derive from the desire and thrill that humans feel when they receive the adrenaline rush that horror films most often bring. These movies not only have entertainment value but are also stories to warn viewers of lifes dangers and also tells tales that often relate to real life. Many early movies surround towns that are being stricken with random disappearances or deaths. These towns were not too uncommon in real life during the early 20th century since the flu epidemic and other harmful diseases often took the lives of many people without little notice. The site I found on early horror film history is extremely helpful and offers interesting perspective as to why the public is so willing to watch a frightening movie. Not only do people love the adrenaline rush they feel by getting scared, but they also can relate to the stories told in these films which makes them even more frightening to watch.

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rashad parks's curator insight, November 18, 2013 3:26 PM

Horror films started in the late 1800's. Most of them were originally in Europe. In the Mid 1900's, America begin adopting the European style of horror films.

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13 Horror Films Inspired By Disturbing Real-Life Events

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Some of the most popular horror films are ones that are based on true life events. While these movies might not be the best interpretations of what actually happened, audiences still seem to enjoy the idea of these movies being a reality. Famous movies such as Jaws, The Amityville Horror, and A Nightmare on Elm  Street all portray a horrible nightmare like story that actually occured to real people. Audiences are scared even more by the prospect that this could actually happen to someone, and could potentially happen to them. The fear of a horror movie actually happening in real life is a big draw for audience members and increasese the the adrenaline rush they experience. These movies not only are great because of their ability to bring horror to real life but have also set a precedent for new realistic horror films to come.

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7 Iconic Horror Movie Weapons - HorrorMovies.ca

7 Iconic Horror Movie Weapons - HorrorMovies.ca | History of American Horror films | Scoop.it
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Sometimes what makes a movie so scary isn't always who the killer or victim is, yet it's the realistic element that puts fear in the hearts of audiences. The weapons that are used in horror films are often times what makes a movie so realistic. The most iconic movie weapons are often things that are seen in the normal household enviroment such as knives, chainsaws and machetes. While the majority of the population uses these items for household chores, the use of them as weapons of murder can bring out the realistic nature of the weapon.

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The Haunted Castle 1896 George Melies Silent Film

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The earliest versions of horror film started out as silent movies. George Melies is able to capture the essence of fright and terror by using trick shots and camera angles to make things appear differently than they really are. This type of genre of film was very new and exciting to the people of the early 20th century and soon gained popularity. These movies are in part related to expressionist painters and spirit photographers. The use of superimpostion was transferred to technology to highlight outlandish plots and tell a more fantastical story. Unfortunately many early spook films were destroyed or damaged throughout the years, yet the film industry is left with a few fragments of film that reveal to us the ealy workings and creation of horror films.

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Famous Horror Movie Directors

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Horror films would be nothing without the amazing directors that have helped shape their history and rise to popularity. There are countless directors that have told stories that will stay with people forever. No one can ever forget watching "Last House on the Left", or "Scream". These movies go beyond just doing well in theatres but changed the face of horror films and set a precedent for new scary movies to come. Some of the most famous directors include Rob Zombie, John Carpenter,  Wes Craven and Alfred Hitchcock. These influential directors are responsible for putting the fear in the hearts of movie watchers everywhere and also of greatly contributing to horror movie history forever.

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rashad parks's curator insight, November 18, 2013 2:52 PM

These are some famous directors from some of American's favorite horror movies of the 19th to the 20th century. 

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Horror Film History — Horror Films in the 1920s

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I chose this site as a resource for this project because it offers insight into the very beginning of horror as a genre. It gives a history of how before horror was portrayed on film it was often used as entertainment through photos.Before films were termed "horror",  they were first called spook films and they contained short clips of witches, bats, devils, ghosts, and many other terrifying images of the time. There are also several short clips on this site that demonstrate the most basic and earliest examples of a spook film such as a dancing skeleton, which would of been quite frightening to a viewer who had never seen anything like that before.

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rashad parks's curator insight, November 18, 2013 3:35 PM

The birth of horror films and back stories.