Monsters and Demons: A Short History of the Horror Film

Written by Astrid Bullen

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Horror movies became a lot more lurid – and gorier – inrepparttar late Fifties asrepparttar 116279 technical side of cinematography became easier and cheaper. This era sawrepparttar 116280 rise of studios centered exclusively on horror, particularly British production company Hammer Films, which focused on bloody remakes of traditional horror stories, often starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, and American International Pictures (AIP), which made a series of Edgar Allan Poe themed films starring Vincent Price.

The early 1960’s sawrepparttar 116281 release of two films that sought to closerepparttar 116282 gap betweenrepparttar 116283 subject matter andrepparttar 116284 viewer, and involverepparttar 116285 latter inrepparttar 116286 reprehensible deeds shown on screen. One was Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom,repparttar 116287 other was a very low-budget film called Psycho, both using all-too-human monsters rather than supernatural ones to scarerepparttar 116288 audience.

When Rosemary’s Baby began ringing tills inrepparttar 116289 late Sixties, horror film budgets rose significantly, and many top names jumped atrepparttar 116290 chance to show off their theatrical skills in a horror pic. By that time, a public fascination withrepparttar 116291 occult led to a series of serious, supernatural-themed, often explicitly gruesome horror movies. The Exorcist (1973) broke all records for a horror film, and led torepparttar 116292 commercial success of The Omen.

In 1975 Jaws, directed by a young Steven Spielberg, becamerepparttar 116293 highest grossing film ever. The genre fractured somewhat inrepparttar 116294 late 1970’s, with mainstream Hollywood focusing on disaster movies such as The Towering Inferno while independent filmmakers came up with disturbing and explicit gore-fests such as Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

John Carpenter’s Halloween introducedrepparttar 116295 teens-threatened-by-superhuman-evil theme that would be copied in dozens of increasingly violent movies throughoutrepparttar 116296 1980’s includingrepparttar 116297 long running Fridayrepparttar 116298 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street series. Horror movies turned to self-mocking irony and downright parody inrepparttar 116299 1990’s –repparttar 116300 teenagers in Scream often made reference torepparttar 116301 history of horror movies. Only 1999’s surprise independent hit The Blair Witch Project attempted regular scares.

So go ahead, take a stroll through these favourite horror movies of all time. But pick your way very carefully, this walk is not forrepparttar 116302 faint of heart. And if you happen to hear what sounds like some subdued whispering or soft creepy grating sounds, just pay no attention to it. It’s probably onlyrepparttar 116303 wind.

Astrid Bullen is a freelance writer and movie buff living in St. George’s, Grenada. Visit her cool movie website at .

help share your passion about letter writing

Written by tamara stevens, BA

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I want to hear from you yes yourepparttar one reading this post. I know you love to get a letter addressed to you? Who doesn’t? Is there some that you have kept? If so? Why? When? How? Yes I want allrepparttar 116278 5 W’s answered. The reason is I think that it is important to have book that expresses just how important this art of letter writing is to our society. I have heard from a publisher that they are interested. Now I just have to createrepparttar 116279 masterpiece calledrepparttar 116280 unwritten “reality” ofrepparttar 116281 lost art of letterwriting.

Help me help shinerepparttar 116282 light on this amazing gift so that it doesn’t disappear fromrepparttar 116283 future. If you want more info please feel free to contact me. I have more to share as always. If you can think of other places to post or spreadrepparttar 116284 word please do. This is dedicated to you. I would appreciate any help in gettingrepparttar 116285 word out. I don’t think that I could do this book justice with out having fellow letter writers sharing their experiences aboutrepparttar 116286 passion of this amazing hobby.

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