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Read on for a fun and enlightening history lesson from B-D contributor Chris Eggertsen. Also read Years of Horror: For such an oft-maligned genre, the horror film has been the subject of scholarly treatises an astonishing number of times — just do a quick search on Google and you can find hundreds of examples of academics tackling the genre with a surprising amount of in-depth analysis.
By the unemployment rate in the U. Hundreds of thousands of Americans found themselves homeless with countless others barely managing to scrape by, leaving the American Dreams of a large chunk of the population in tatters. The harsh realities of life during this time also made escapist entertainment a more attractive proposition than ever before, and with tickets priced at around a nickel a piece, the movies proved a cheap way for the struggling populace to forget about their troubles for a few hours.
As life was a day-to-day struggle for so many, horror films during this period reflected the need of the population for entertainment that bore little resemblance to their own dire real-world circumstances. Popular films such as DraculaFrankensteinThe Mummy and King Kong were highly fantastical creations, often taking place in exotic lands and featuring supernatural creatures culled from classic 19th century literature and folklore.
The early years of film making relied on practical effects, now the majority of effects are created through the use of a computer. Let's take a look at the evolution of VFX in movies, looking back on the great moments of effects that helped to push the art form into what it is today. Oct 22, · Watch as we journey through years of all the creepiest horror icons. Expert film makeup artists recreate the most famous characters of the horror film genre in . Jul 26, · A Journey through the ages, from the 's to present day showing all the advancements in horror Films. All the films in this video in order of appearance: Le Manoir du Diable ().
More than any other studio operating at the time, Universal managed to perfect the combination of exotic international locales, otherworldly villains and dreamlike atmospherics to attract movie-going audiences in droves. Only in the latter half of the decade did the popularity of the horror film begin to wane, particularly due to the rumblings of war in Europe and a falling demand for macabre fare on that continent.
With a few notable exceptions, the studios began focusing on lighter-themed films to appease audiences across the pond, leaving smaller production houses to pick up the slack by churning out a series of low-budget horror pictures into the s.
With simmering tensions between the U. Americans had also been unsettled by several rumored UFO sightings beginning in the late s, including the alleged crash of an alien spacecraft in Roswell, New Mexico in Wells novelFred F.
Indeed, the power of these films lay in the subtext existing beneath the flashy images of alien destruction. Compilation of s B-Movie Trailers: Late ss Vietnam and the Countercultural Explosion: Much of this upheaval was due to the overwhelming presence of television in American life, where gruesome Vietnam War footage was a nightly staple on the evening news.
As opposed to past wars that occurred before the ubiquity of television, the public began to see in horrible detail the grisly consequences of armed conflict taking place halfway around the world.
A new generation of horror filmmakers also sprung up during this period — young men ingrained in the counterculture who went on to test the boundaries of sex and violence not to mention sexual violence in American film.
A new willingness, even a demand, for more realistic interpretations of the human experience in cinema led to a revolution in all genres, and in horror that meant a more unflinching view of human brutality and moral depravity than had ever been shown before.
The evolution of the horror film in the late s and early s was in direct correlation with the evolution in the psychology of American youth — the desire to eradicate the dominant ideology that had led to the deadly quagmire of the Vietnam War.
This was seen in the collection of characters trapped together in the farmhouse and their inability to work together to save themselves from the zombie hordes; the zombie hordes standing in for the dominant cultural and political forces steering the course of American society.
Craven in particular has admitted to making The Last House on the Left with overt political intentions, with the gritty docu feel meant to reflect the horrific real-life footage coming back from the war in Vietnam.
Aside from their graphic, uncompromising nature, what these films all shared in common was an eschewing of mainstream Hollywood conventions.In Bloody-Disgusting’s second entry in our “ Years in Horror” series, we take a look back at the horror films that grew out of some of the most pivotal eras in American history.
Jul 26, · A Journey through the ages, from the 's to present day showing all the advancements in horror Films. All the films in this video in order of appearance: Le Manoir du Diable (). Oct 22, · Watch as we journey through years of all the creepiest horror icons.
Expert film makeup artists recreate the most famous characters of the horror film genre in . years, though the focus has been more within the last ten to fifteen years), and mockumentaries (those fiction films that are framed, by virtue of how they are made, to look like documentary films).
__Historical Context: __The Horror of Dracula films were the British answer to Tod Browning and Bela Lugosi's Stoker adaptation, and effectively established horror as a profitable genre. The. Dec 30, · Looking at horror stories, films, storytelling and lore, The Last Horror Podcast is the latest podcast from Christopher Brown.
It features a mix of stories behind the world’s most notorious films, real-life ghost stories and film criticism and analyses.