A History of Horror Films

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1896 Horror movies started in with the Haunted Castle. Georges Méliès director of the Haunted Castle invented superimposing images and the film trick of making objects appear and disappear.Germany 1920 silent films and German expressionism started horror films with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Nosferatu.The famous eyeball-slicing close-up scene in Un Chien Andalou by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali can be regarded as the first gore sequence in film history. 1931 three films, Dracula, Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, put a face on famous literary creatures.
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German Expressionist horror film

F. W. Murnau made a horror film called Nosferatu: eine Symphonie des Grauens "Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror", which took the story of Dracula and set it in Transylvania and Germany. In the story, Dracula's role was changed to that of Count Orlok, played by Max Schreck.1922
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Boris Karloff as The Monster and The Mummy. His role as Frankenstein's monster in Frankenstein 1931 made Karloff a star. The bulky costume with four inch platform boots made it an arduous role but the costume and torturously administered makeup produced the classic image. The costume was a job in itself for Karloff with the shoes weighing 11 pounds each. Universal Studios was quick to acquire ownership of the copyright to the makeup format for the Frankenstein monster that Jack P. Pierce had designed.
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Bela Lugosi as the iconic Dracula. Lugosi's Dracula was unlike any previous portrayals of the role. Handsome, mysterious and alluring, Lugosi's Dracula was at once so sexy and so haunting that audiences gasped when he first opened his mouth to speak. After a half-year run on Broadway, Dracula toured the United States to much fanfare and critical acclaim throughout 1928 and 1929. His portrayal of Dracula was so successful that Universal decided to make a movie of Dracula starring Lugosi. Lugosi’s last movies was with Director Ed Wood.
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Lon Chaney Sr. as The Wolfman. Chaney was cast in Man Made Monster 1941, a science-fiction horror thriller originally written with Karloff in mind. This led to Chaney's signature role in The Wolf Man 1941 for Universal.
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THE ATOMIC AGE Whether mutated from the Atom Bomb or mutants from underground the 1950s gave Americans a slew of creatures.
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Ray Harryhausen was an American visual effects creator, writer, and producer who created a form of stop-motion model animation known as Dynamation..
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In the United States, a slew of B-movies addressed the same theme about giants and mutant creatures that also criticized, albeit with a heavy dose of camp, the destructive nature of the atom bomb. Movies such as Them (1954), Beginning of the End (1957), Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957), The Deadly Mantis (1957), Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1958), and others were made cheaply by independent film productions and targeted the booming teen filmgoing public. Shown mostly in drive-in theaters.
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The Gill Man

Ben Chapman Played the creature on land and Ricou Browning played the creature in the water.1954
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One of the last 3-D movies

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The Creature From The Black LagoonProducer William Alland was attending a dinner party during the filming of Citizen Kane (in which he played the reporter Thompson) in 1941 when Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa told him about the myth of a race of half-fish, half-human creatures in the Amazon river.
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Dracula

Bela Lugosi's Dracula inspired many of the versions of Dracula that fans love today.
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Vlad The Impaler, Vlad Tepes III, Prince of Wallachia 1431 to 1476 The inspiration for Bram Stoker
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Christopher Lee is best remembered as the Hammer Horror Films iconic dracula in 10 movies.
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Hammer Horror Films

started in in 1955 with the quatermass Xperiment. Followed by X: The Unknown in (another radio active creature from the fallout of World War Two and The Cold War). Hammer cashed in on the universal craze of monster movies by creating series of Frankenstein Dracula and The Wolfman. Hammer also produced movies about Dr. Jekll and Mister Hyde, Gorgons, Jack The Ripper, Sherlock Holmes and Zombies.

Before They Were Famous

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Steve McQueen started his career chasing THE BLOB in a hot rod in 1958. Since 2000, the town of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania – one of the filming locations – has held an annual "Blobfest". Activities include a re-enactment of the scene in which moviegoers run screaming from the town's Colonial Theatre, which has recently been restored.
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Michael Landon I Was a Teenage Werewolf helped launch Landon's career, he became a regular on Bonanza only two years later. 1957
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Steve McQueenSince 2000, the town of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania – one of the filming locations – has held an annual "Blobfest". Activities include a re-enactment of the scene in which moviegoers run screaming from the town's Colonial Theatre, which has recently been restored
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some stars dimmed but shed bright blood on horror films World War II, Rosie The Riverter encourages women to work for the cause. Men of all ages were called to war and women were called to work in factories. Many women worked creating arms for the war effort.
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What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?

Betty Davis and Joan Crawford. Davis and Joan Crawford played two aging sisters, former actresses forced by circumstance to share a decaying Hollywood mansion. The director, Robert Aldrich, explained that Davis and Crawford were each aware of how important the film was to their respective careers and commented, "It's proper to say that they really detested each other, but they behaved absolutely perfectly.
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Ray Milland was at one time Paramount Pictures highest paid actor, co-starred alongside many of the most popular actresses of the time including Gene Tierney, Grace Kelly, Lana Turner, Marlene Dietrich, Ginger Rogers, Jane Wyman, Loretta Young and Veronica Lake.

The Directors

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Roger Corman began to direct films in the mid-1950s, including Swamp Women (1955). A short list of corman cult classics, not of this world 1959, attack of the crab monsters, the wasp woman 1959, the little shop of horrors 1960, house of usher 1960, dementia 13 1963, the raven 1963, the man with the x-ray eyes 1963, masque of the red death 1964, death race 2000 1974, caged heat 1974.

The Directors

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Sir Alfred Hitchcock Many of Hitchcock's films have twist endings and thrilling plots featuring depictions of violence, murder, and crime. Many of the mysteries, however, are used as decoys or MacGuffins that serve the film's themes and the psychological examinations of the characters.

The Directors

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William Castle We all have a common interest, bigger and more horrible monsters and I'm just the monster to bring them to you. William Castle
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Vincent Price Everyone's favorite horror actor starred in Castle's The Tingler and The House On Haunted Hill.
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William Castle

the tingler
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Classic Giants Nearly 20 years seperates these two giants. King Kong was around 50 feet tall and Godzilla stood 164 feet.
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Strange Science Strange Science gave us iconic images like the fly body with a human head caught in a spider's web and yelling Help Me! Help Me!

Slashers

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Slashers Ed Gein was an American murderer and body snatcher. His case influenced the creation of several fictional killers, including Norman Bates of the movie and novel Psycho and its sequels, Leatherface of the movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Jame Gumb (Buffalo Bill) of the novel The Silence of the Lambs.
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UFOs, Roswell UFO incident took place in the U.S. in 1947The 1953 movie H. G. Wells War of the Worlds version reflects the Cold War fears of Soviet invasion and radioactive fallout, and recalls the scenes of refugees fleeing shattered European cities, while Spielberg’s 2005 movie carries haunting reminders of the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
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robots
Classic Robots became our friends, helpers and comrades and some times very dangerous threats.