No Title Productions Jul 16, 2023 0

The Horror Film Genre

A film genre that has pushed the boundaries of what is considered acceptable for audiences since its earliest days, horror films are not for everyone. They often cause discomfort or even fright, but they also provoke thought and can have a profound impact on viewers. The best horror films delve into deep themes while using their visuals to entertain and scare.

The genre of horror can be categorized into several subgenres, including psychological horror, slasher films, monster movies, and even some science fiction works. Many of the early horror films focused on eerie mansions, castles, or other haunted or spooky locations with characters that include ghosts, demons, ghouls, vampires, witches, possessed people, and mad scientists. Some of the earliest examples even use themes like Jekyll/Hyde and Frankenstein duality.

In more recent times, horror films have used a combination of suspense, tension, and gore to create fear in their audiences. Some horror films also feature elements of comedy, making them entertaining while still causing a fright. Horror can be used to explore many themes, from social and political issues to the very nature of evil.

Often, horror films use their visuals to create suspense and fear, making noises in the dark, strange symbols appearing, or moving objects without reason. ‘Found-footage’ films, like 1999’s “The Blair Witch Project” and 2012’s “Paranormal Activity”, are popular examples of this. Horror films can also make use of horror tropes to amuse and confuse their audience, as is the case with comedies such as 1993’s “Scream” or 2014’s “Tusk”.

One of the most common forms of horror involves human beings being tormented by creatures or supernatural beings. This can take many forms, from a man being dragged to his grave by an unseen force in a medieval castle or a mother being tortured for her son’s death in modern Japan. In these cases, it is often the characters themselves who are a source of their horror – whether they are being dragged by the creature or are being tortured by other humans.

The slasher is probably the most famous subgenre of horror, and was popular in the 1980s with movies such as “Friday the 13th” and “Scream”. In these films, an unknown villain stalks and kills a group of people, usually teens, using bladed weapons. The killer is often linked to the victims through some event from the past, which adds a level of drama to the story that can make it more interesting.

Some films use horror to highlight the dangers of certain behaviors, such as sex crimes or mental derangement. Roman Polanski’s 1973 masterpiece “The Exorcist” is a prime example, and is a film that has become a touchstone of modern cinema for exploring the depths of religion, motherhood, and the power of the mind. Other notable works that showcase this aspect of horror include Hitchcock’s infamous Psycho and George A. Romero’s cult classic “Night of the Living Dead”. While these works are not necessarily scary in the traditional sense, they all have the ability to make audiences squirm with their depictions of violence and dread.


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