Horror films are designed to frighten and panic, to invoke our hidden worst fears, often in a terrifying, shocking finale. The earliest horror films were Gothic in style - that means that they were usually set in spooky old mansions, castles, dark and shadowy locales.
The main character of these films were the 'unknown', human, supernatural creatures like vampires, devils, ghosts, monsters, demons, evil spirits, werewolves to the unseen presence of evil. The first horror movie, was only about two minutes long created by the French filmmaker Georges Melies 'The Devil's Castle'(Le Manoir du Diable)(1896) which contained some elements of later vampire films.
The most influential of the early films was 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari'(Das Kabinet des Doktor Cligari)(1919) the Germany's silent expressionistic landmark classic. In the early 1900's the German film Der Golem was the first horror-themed film which achieved great success. In the early 1930's Universal Studios created a modern film genre and brought to the screen the successful movies like 'Dracula', 'Frankenstein' and 'The Mummy'.
In the late 50's horror movies became a lot gorier as the technical side of cinematography became cheaper. Early 60's saw the release of two films which close the gap between the subject and the viewer. One was 'Peeping Tom' and the other was 'Psycho', both films rather use human monsters rather than supernatural ones to scare the audience.
'The Exorcist' (1973) broke all records for a horror film, after that in 1975 'Jaws' became the highest grossing film ever. Horror movies turned to self-mocking irony and downright parody in the 1990's when the teenagers in 'Scream' often made a reference to the history of horror movies.
There is argument that horror films are socially and morally irresponsible, and they even influence to some people to imitate the brutal methods of the killers portrayed on the screen.
Anyway horror films have the opposite effect on normal people - sick minds will commit crimes anyway. When we watch horror films we encounter our secret fears, share them with other viewers and eliminate the terror by facing with it.
But if you are not a movie lover or maybe you are too scared to watch a horror movie then maybe I have the right solution for you. Why do not you turn your computer on and look for some scary games on line?
Trust me you will be amazed by what you will found. There are a lots of games from creepy, horror, scary to those which are not too much scary. So choose the right one for you and enjoy playing it.
Or if you are a film lover than go ahead and take a troll through these favorite films of all time. If happens to you to hear sounds like whispering, or creepy sounds, just pay no attention to it. It's probably just the wind.
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