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The history of horror cw

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The history of horror cw

  1. 1. The earliest horrors were very dark and involved scenes of mutilation. This was largely because the audience were weary of mystical monsters who may have been mentioned in literature. The use of costume and stock location were dark to add to the scary effect due to the lack of technology. Nosferatu- 1922 A gothic, vampiric horror.
  2. 2. In the 30’s horrors were mainly set in far off mythical lands in order to carry out the gothic style. They, much like the 20’s featured monsters, but were found inspiration from 19th century novels. The 1st to feature a female monster.
  3. 3. In the 40’s horrors were banned in Britain because of World War 2. Leading America to take this particular genre over. Americans then decided to play it safe by staying with the same guidelines of the 30’s by featuring monsters but however put their own unique spin on it by creating characters that turned into animals or in fact involve characters that were half man half such as ‘The Wolf Man’. These were again very popular with the target audience.
  4. 4. World War 2 had now ended and 40 million live had been lost leaving the generation devastated. The horrors portrayed through previous films (Dracula, Cat People etc) no longer seemed to scare the audience as they had faced real life horrors. However audience’s did fear the effects of radiation, nuclear war and technological change as well as scientific experimentation. Teenagers became the main audience for horror films. The Fly- 1958 Typical of the era as people feared what effects scientific experiments may lead to.
  5. 5. Meaning that before the 60’s the ‘monster’ was destroyed but after it was not always definitely destroyed.
  6. 6. Psycho-1960 The fears that had kept the nation on edge in the 50’s were gone as there had been no nuclear explosions or destruction caused by radiation. An extreme social change occurred as drugs, sex, new fashions and freedom had now become popular. Most monsters of the 60’s were in human form which now intrigued and scared audiences as they became aware of the darkness of the human mind.
  7. 7. An end to the 60’s optimism came, however the quality of horrors had grown tackling the fears of society once again. ‘The Pill’ was introduced and women were made aware of potential birth defects caused by Thalidomide had led to the fear of childbirth and children. The idyllic image of family that was present in the 50’s had gone away, as an idea that the enemy or evil can be found within your own family was reflected in 1970’s horror. The Shiningfeatured a violent father, control led by a supernatural presence. The exorcistfeatured a child possessed by evil, due to societies fear if disturbed children.
  8. 8. Otherwise known as the technological age, due to use of SFX increasing. Society became materialistic with the belief being the bigger and showier the better. Leading to horrors within the 80’s being full of colour, SFX, killers in full view, graphic violence and murder and enhanced editing skills. Monsters remained human as this fear of the evil being within your own family was still there. VCR’s were in the household, meaning you could watch horrors within the comfort of your own house increasing the fear. A Nightmare On Elm street1984 Included gore, and created a convention of victims being killed because of committing a sexual act.
  9. 9. Now in the 90’s audiences were sick of the graphic gore and guts imagery, and craved more intelligent horrors such as The Silence Of The Lambs. Audience now became familiar with the codes and conventions of horrors and found them too predictable.
  10. 10. The tragedy of 9/11 had occurred, leaving audience to change their views of what is classified as scary. They then feared the evil that lurks in the world, especially terrorists. Modern horrors feature a game, race against time or a killing force that cannot be seen. Remakes of films and spoofs became popular, in addition to the enjoyment of different types of horrors such as supernatural, psychological and zombie. The Saw franchise – murdering became a dark twisted game where victims where forced to take part.
  11. 11. All of the horrors displayed were current and addressed the fears of the time, I intend to continue addressing the fears of my target audience whilst making it relevant to today’s society. for example by playing on the idea of the ‘unknown’ and someone becoming possessed which seems to be a common fear.