A truly scary horror movie can have you on the edge of your seat, peering through your hand in terror as you heart pounds wildly inside of your chest. Then there are the horror movies that are so bad that they almost resemble a comedy. Either version of a horror movie can be equally entertaining in its own way. In this article we are going to take a look at a brief history of horror movies that have been entertaining the masses since the genre’s silent debut with 1896’s “Le Manoir du Diable (The Devil’s Castle)”.
Sound Brings Horror Movies to Life
With the emergence of sound in movies came “Dracula” from Tod Browning, and of course James Whale’s “Frankenstein”. These were revolutionary movies in the new sound age of Hollywood, and remain as relevant today as when they debuted in 1931.
Oscar Award-Winning Horror Movies
In 1968 Mia Farrow gave a riveting performance in the classic “Rosemary’s Baby”, which was the first in the history of the genre to win an Oscar. While being nominated for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress, it got the nod for the Best Supporting Actress role. But “Rosemary’s Baby” isn’t the only Oscar-winning horror movie. In all, there have been fourteen different horror flicks since 1968 that boast such an award.
The Worst Horror Movie Ever Made
While many horror aficionados consider the original “Exorcist” movie to be one of the most chilling of all-time, most recognize 1977’s “The Exorcist II – the Heretic” to be the absolute worst of the worst. If there was ever a sequel that shouldn’t have been made, this one is the poster-child! Another horror sequel you probably wish you would have never watched is “Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows”. This one follows the perfect playbook of an awful sequel.
The horror genre is often disrespected within the movie industry. But the history of horror movies is as rich and entertaining as any of the other popular genres. Grab some popcorn and stream your favorite one tonight!