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HISTORY of CREEPY CLASSICS
THE FIRST HORROR MOVIE & THE HISTORY OF THE HORROR GENRE
Terrifying people through stories? It’s been a pastime of we humans
since antiquity, with a large swathe of folklore centered around
things that go bump in the night (particularly supernatural
goings-on or anything related to—and exploiting—our innate fear of
death.) With such a strong precedent in literature and oral
history, it’s no surprise that the first horror movie was quick to
get its feet under the table soon after the advent of cinema.
THE FIRST HORROR MOVIE: WHAT WAS IT?
Over the course of a century, film horror has gone through many
peaks and troughs, leading us into the somewhat contentious period
we find ourselves in today. The history of horror as a film genre
begins with—as with many things in cinema history—the works of
Just a few years after the first filmmakers emerged in the
mid-1890s, Mellies created “Le Manoir du Diable,” sometimes known
in English as “The Haunted Castle” or “ The House of the Devil,” in
1898, and it is widely believed to be the first horror movie. The
three-minute film is complete with cauldrons, animated skeletons,
ghosts, transforming bats, and, ultimately, an incarnation of the
Devil. While not intended to be scary—more wondrous, as was
Mellies’ MO—it was the first example of a film (only just
rediscovered in 1977) to include the supernatural and set a
precedent for what was to come. Where the genre will go over the
next hundred years is anyone’s guess, but sometimes it’s good to
look back on the long road we’ve traveled to get to this point.
THE LITERARY YEARS
After the first horror movie, sometime between 1900 and 1920, an
influx of supernatural-themed films followed. Many filmmakers—most
of whom still trying to find their feet with the new genre—turn to
literature classics as source material. The first adaptation of
Frankenstein was released by Edison Studios in these early days, as
well as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Werewolf (now both lost to
the fog of time.) Things were starting to roll at this point as we
THE GOLDEN AGE OF HORROR
Widely considered to be the finest era of the genre, the two
decades between the 1920s and 30s saw many classics being produced
and can be neatly divided down the middle to create a separation
between the silent classics and the talkies.
On the silent side of the line, you’ve got monumental titles such
as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) and Nosferatu (1922), the
first movies to really make an attempt to unsettle their audience.
The latter title is one of Rotten Tomatoes’ best horror movies of
all time and cements just about every surviving vampire cliché in
Once the silent era gave way to the technological process, we had a
glut of incredible movies that paved the way for generations to
come, particularly in the field of monster movies – think the
second iteration of Frankenstein (1931), The Mummy (1932) and the
first color adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931).
The 30s also marked the first time that the word “horror” was used
to describe the genre—previously, it was really just romance
melodrama with a dark element—and it also saw the first horror
“stars” being born. Bella Lugosi (of Dracula fame) was arguably the
first to specialize solely in the genre.
And as well as unnerving its viewers, the genre was starting to
worry the general public at this point, with heavy censoring and
public outcry becoming common with each release. Freaks (1932) is a
good example of a movie that was so shocking at the time it got cut
extensively, with the original version now nowhere to be found.
Director Tod Browning—who had previously created the aforementioned
and wildly successful Dracula—saw his career flounder at the hands
of the controversy.
The shock value of Freaks is one of the few that has aged well up
until the present day and is still a highly disturbing watch.
THE ATOMIC YEARS
The Hammer Horror Company, while founded in 1934, only started to
turn prolific during the fifties, but when it did, it was near
global dominance (thanks to a lucrative distribution deal with
Warner and a few other U.S. studios). Once again, it was
adaptations like Frankenstein, Dracula, and The Mummy that put the
company squarely on the map, followed up by a slew of psychological
thrillers and TV shows.
And, of course, you can’t mention British horror without paying
respects to Alfred Hitchc**k, singlehandedly responsible for
establishing the slasher genre, which we’ll see a lot of as we
travel further forward in time.
Another hallmark of the 40s-50s era of horror came as a product of
the times. With war ravaging Europe and fears of nuclear fallout
running rampant, it’s of little surprise that horror began to
feature antagonists that were less supernatural in
nature—radioactive mutation became a common theme (The Incredible
Shrinking Man, Godzilla), as did the fear of invasion with The War
of the Worlds and When Worlds Collide, both big hits in 1953.
The latter marked the earliest rumblings of the “disaster” movie
genre, but it would be a couple more decades before that would get
into full swing.
THE GIMMICKY YEARS
3D glasses? Electric buzzers installed into theatre seats? Paid
stooges in the audience screaming and pretending to faint?
Everything and anything was tried during the 50s and 60s in an
attempt to further scare cinema audiences. This penchant for
interactivity spilled over into other genres during the period but
quickly died down in part due to the massive amount of expense
involved. For horror, in particular, this gave way to the opposite
end of the spectrum: incredibly low-budget productions.
From the late 60s onwards, so insatiable was the American appetite
for gore that slasher films produced for well under $1 million took
hold and were churned out by volume. That’s not to say that there
weren’t some masterpieces produced during this time, though; George
A. Romero emerged triumphant and kickstarted zombie movies in this
period, having produced Night of the Living Dead in 1968 with just
over $100k. It went on to gross $30 million, and the living dead
rose in its wake.
There we have the CREEPY CLASSICS, streaming here from the Silent
Era through 1960's