Happy Halloween: These Movie Photos were All meant to Scare the be-jesus out of ya’ ! Oh-kaay, I’m waiting.

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Behind-the-scenes on Film Sets

vampiraHere she comes again, Miss Vampira

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Horror is a film genre seeking to elicit a negative emotional reaction from viewers by playing on the audience’s primal fears. Horror films often feature scenes that startle the viewer; the macabre and the supernatural are frequent themes. Thus they may overlap with the fantasy, supernatural, and thriller genres. Horror films often deal with the viewer’s nightmares, hidden fears, revulsions and terror of the unknown. Plots within the horror genre often involve the intrusion of an evil force, event, or personage, commonly of supernatural origin, into the everyday world. Prevalent elements include ghosts, aliens, vampires, werewolves, demons, vicious animals, monsters, zombies, cannibals, and serial killers. Conversely, movies about the supernatural are not necessarily always horrific.


The first depictions of supernatural events appear in several of the silent shorts created by the film pioneer Georges Méliès in the late 1890s, the best known being Le Manoir du diable, which is sometimes credited as being the first horror film. Another of his horror projects was 1898’s La Caverne maudite (aka, The Cave of the Unholy One, literally “the accursed cave”). Japan made early forays into the horror genre with Bake Jizo and Shinin no Sosei, both made in 1898. In 1910, Edison Studios produced the first film version of Frankenstein, which was thought lost for many years.

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The second monster appeared in a horror film: Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre-Dame, who had appeared in Victor Hugo‘s novel, Notre-Dame de Paris (1831). Films featuring Quasimodo included Alice Guy‘s Esmeralda (1905), The Hunchback (1909), The Love of a Hunchback (1910) and Notre-Dame de Paris (1911).


German Expressionist film makers, during the Weimar Republic era and slightly earlier, would significantly influence later films, not only those in the horror genre. Paul Wegener‘s The Golem (1920) and Robert Wiene‘s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (also 1920) had a particular impact. The first vampire-themed movie was made during this time: F. W. Murnau‘s Nosferatu (1922), an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker‘s Dracula.


Hollywood dramas used horror themes, including versions of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and The Monster (1925) both starring Lon Chaney, the first American horror movie star. Other films of the 1920s include Dr. Jekyll And Mr Hyde (1920), The Phantom Carriage (Sweden, 1920), The Lost World (1925), The Phantom Of The Opera (1925), Waxworks (Germany 1924), and Tod Browning‘s (lost) London After Midnight (1927) with Chaney. – – for more continue on Wikipedia


2 responses to “Happy Halloween: These Movie Photos were All meant to Scare the be-jesus out of ya’ ! Oh-kaay, I’m waiting.

  1. What did you make of Stephen King’s disappointment in Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining? I was personally suprised to hear that King felt the film portrayed the house as possibly haunted, not that the house itself was evil.

    I saw that film several times as a kid when it finally came out on TV. I always thought that the old hotel was itself an evil entity taking posession of Jack Torrence.


  2. hi, Fern,
    At my film school screening of The Exorcist, I chose to watch from the light of the projection booth rather than the dark theatre. In a moment of terror, I discovered I was clutching the shoulders of the projectionist, caught unaware, during the exorcism scene! Excusing myself, I unclenched my hands from his shirt and returned to my seat.
    Thank you for finding my blog. I know I will enjoy browsing the stories and images in yours!


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