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History of Horror

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The Horror Genre has been around for centuries. People have been fascinated by the unknown for hundreds of years, and creating stories about unexplained  phenomenons. Some of the first ever horror films were made in 1889-1900 and were black and white films with no sound. The earlier horror films were based off of Gothic stories such as Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, Frankenstein. 

Modern day horror (2000-2017) is still mostly based on horror books. All of horror has a similar goal; however, that goal is to set off our fight-or-flight response. This is something that releases adrenaline into our bodies and increases our heart rate and muscle tensity. Horror feeds off of this response, as it is one of the major draws to the genre. Some of the greatest films, as determined by IMDb, made in the modern era are:

  1. 28 Days Later… (2002)
  2. American Psycho (2000)
  3. The Atrocity Exhibition (2000)
  4. Battle Royale (2000)
  5. The Cell (2000)
  6. Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV (2000)
  7. Common Wealth (2000)
  8. Ginger Snaps (2000)
  9. Greedy Guts (2000)

Horror isn’t for everyone, though it’s still a wide genre that has helped shape creativity throughout time. Sometimes, it can even allow creators to express their own darkness. Regardless of the reasoning behind it, it’s still something entertaining that keeps people at the edge of their seats.  So this Halloween season, watch a new horror film and enjoy the suspense.

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