Explore the History and Psychology of Horror Movies with These Great Videos

Explore the History and Psychology of Horror Movies with These Great Videos

Oct 27, 2014

Our friends at Filmmaker IQ have published a fun and informative lesson that’s perfect for the spooky season. "The History of Horror" takes us from the roots of the genre dating back to the earliest days of cinema right on up to current trends.

The video starts with gothic horror inspired by the “old castle on a dark and stormy night” tales made popular by Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe and Mary Shelley. Horror’s silent era was a time of firsts, largely due to filmmaking still being a new medium. Expressionist horror stories prized stylized sets over realism — a reflection of a character's psychological interior (Nosferatu, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari). The Universal horror cycle of the 1930s and beyond introduced us to a menagerie of monsters, including Dracula, the Wolf Man, Frankenstein and the Mummy. And that’s just the tip of the genre.

“There’s something about horror films that can transcend national and cultural boundaries. As the digital democratization of filmmaking continues horror will be a genre that can delight or terrify people no matter where they are from or what language they speak,” writes Filmmaker IQ. Study horror 101 with this great primer on the history of the genre, then follow it up with their "Psychology of Horror" video.



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