Horror Films: The History and Development
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Horror Films: The History and Development
With this page I plan to inform my audience of early history about horror films and how they have translated into today's films.
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Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (Movie, 1922) | STATIC MASS EMPORIUM

Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (Movie, 1922) | STATIC MASS EMPORIUM | Horror Films: The History and Development | Scoop.it
We take a look at F. W. Murnau’s classic and find that unlike Doktor Caligari, directed by Robert Wiene, Nosferatu’s Expressionist qualities are not as obvious.
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Nosferatu is a timeless film that still is relevant 90 years later. It is extremely influential in not only horror films, but German Expressionism fillms as well. In Nosferatu there is one scene where a man arrives at Nosferatu's castle and cannot see who is in the distance and it is very eery. Several of the scenes are able to capture an eery or scary feeling simply by being ambiguous and leaving much to the imagination. Films today still employ many of the same techniques that were used to make Nosferatu. 

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The Execution of Mary Stuart (1895 film)

The Execution of Mary Stuart is a short film produced in 1895. The film depicts the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots. The film was produced by Thomas Edison...
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This is a video of what could debatably be the actual first horror film. The images are horrific, but it is only 18 seconds long. Nonetheless many consider this to be the first actual horror film. 

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rashad parks's curator insight, November 18, 2013 3:47 PM

Some horror films are based on events occuring in the late 1800's and early 1900's.

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It's Alive!

From the 1931 classic, Frankenstein -- the scene where Colin Clive goes insane as the monster comes to life
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This is a classic scene from the movie "Frankenstein" that many are probably familiar with and have maybe even (jokingly) quoted. This movie really made Frankenstein a type of monster in its own right. He even has had a cereal named after him, Frankenberries, which means he must be the real deal. 

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IMDb: Goregirl's 20 Favourite Horror Film Actors - a list by GoregirlsDungeon

IMDb: Goregirl's 20 Favourite Horror Film Actors - a list by GoregirlsDungeon | Horror Films: The History and Development | Scoop.it
My 20 favourite horror film actors and a selection of their horror film credits.
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Vampires, werewolves, mummies, zombies, or frankensteins, these actors have probably been one of them! I found it interesting that films from the late 19th and early 20th century were able to make these creatures immortal and almost real to us by creating early horror films. These characters set many of the outlines for what a scary creature should be even today. 

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Why We Love Scary Movies

Why We Love Scary Movies | Horror Films: The History and Development | Scoop.it
Horror films are scarier than ever. Why do we watch, and what do scary movies do to us?
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Ever wondered what some of the science is behind people wanting to watch horror films? I was curious myself and I found this interesting website explaining that people find it cathartic to watch these films. Plus lets face it, who doesn't like a little rush from time to time... especially when knowing that at the end of it, you will still be perfectly fine. 

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Horror Film History — Horror Films in the 1920s

Silent horror movie classics (1920s) - context and commentary on The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, Nosferatu, The Golem
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When many think of horror they might immediately think that it all relies on a dramatic soundtrack, but this was not always the case. The earliest horror films were actually silent and in black and white. They managed to capture an audience's attention by filming in certain ways that would invoke a feeling of suspense and mystery; not knowing what would happen next. Even in the very early 20th century directors like Paul Wegener were able to create nailbiting scenes that would draw in a crowd. 

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the Golem 1915 lost film fragments : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

the Golem 1915 lost film fragments
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I found this website of lost film fragments from the film, The Golem (1915). Director Paul Wegener also acts in this. It was not uncommon for directors at the time to act in their films. This horror film is about a clay statue brought to life to save the Jewish people. Things go awry when the statue falls in love and is rejected. This makes him go on a murderous rampage. Who doesn't go a little crazy when rejected.. right? RIGHT? 

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Dracula (1931)

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The grandfather of all horrific creatures, dracula, was just as much a hit in 1931 as he is now. This film was based on an earlier novel and many many other films have been based off of the story. It is interesting how vampires have been romanticized in the modern day time (Twilight, and any other televsion series). I am not positive if this is how Dracula would have wanted it, but he can still rest in peace knowing he lives on in infamy. 

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Top 10 Japanese Horror Films

Top 10 Japanese Horror Films | Horror Films: The History and Development | Scoop.it
Guess whoooo~? This post is one in a series leading up to Halloween. Check out the scary tag to see all of them! Nothing says Halloween quite like creepy
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As I was reading through this recommended list of japanese movies I realized that much of the japanese culture has been translated into American horror films. American horror films often rely heavily on other cultures folklore tales and myths and legends. An example of an American film relying on Japanese culture would be The Grudge or The Ring. 

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Films & Architecture: “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”

Films & Architecture: “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” | Horror Films: The History and Development | Scoop.it
Going back to the times when cinema was recorded with no colours or sound, the German film
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Robert Wiene created this film that is lightyears ahead of its time, and a very important film for German Expressionism as well as horror. This website gives the details of the film, and explains just how wonderful and influential it

truly is. 

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The Haunted Castle 1896 George Melies Silent Film

The Haunted Castle 1896 Silent Film. Early Geoge Melies filmed. Le Manoir du diable (English: The Haunted Castle) is a three-minute-long French film directed...
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This is a video of what might be considered the first horror film ever made. It was made by George Melies, a french director, in 1896. The title , "Le Manoir Du Diable" is french for "House of the Devil". In the film a bat flies into the castle and transforms into a supernatural creature and soon creates other supernatural creatures in a cauldron. An important and interesting thing to keep in mind is that many of these ideas for creatures come from various European folklore tales; this is the case in many early horror films. 

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