Watch: The History of Horror Explores the Evolution of Fear in Film

February 3, 2015
Source: Filmmaker IQ

The History of Horror

The horror genre is constantly fluctuating, reacting to the audience's temporary demand for vampires, found footage, zombies, slashers, etc. Horror goes through cycles of popularity, especially with franchises, until a certain concept or style has run its ourse and it's time for something else to take the spotlight. Filmmaker IQ has decided to tackle the history of horror and the evolution of the genre over the years as best they can in just under 30 minutes. The video goes "from its roots deep in Gothic literature, through B-movie status and director's proving grounds to ultimate respectability as an important filmmaking genre."

Here's the video essay The History of Horror from Filmmaker IQ (via SlashFilm):

The lesson points out the rising and falling trends in horror:

"A film will come along and terrify an audience capturing their imaginations and making bank- Filmmakers flock to the cash cow like vampires to blood which leads to sequels and imitators – sometimes better than the original. But eventually the sequels run out of steam and the subgenre created by the original smash hit fades into memory lurking in the corners of history waiting to be rediscovered and reborn- this process is commonly referred to as cycles."

But they also make sure to explain:

"But as we look at how the genre changes over time, we must not think of the history of horror as being a rigid one way street. New films borrow from old films all the time, a constant remix of subgenres and new techniques to make something for the contemporary culture."

Just because horror recycles stories, ideas, characters, etc. doesn't mean that it's not always changing. It's how these recycled elements evolve and change that make the horror genre familiar and unique all at the same time. The most recent trend is that of found footage, and it's starting to falter now. But sequels and remakes are still rampant as ever, and that won't stop anytime soon. Anyway, this is a great lesson looking into the horror genre, so if you have 30 minutes to kill, check it out. Cool?

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I feel like this could have been a two hour documentary....there's so much he left out, such as Spaghetti Horror (Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci) and of course J-Horror and all its Western remakes, to name a couple...

TheOct8pus on Feb 3, 2015


i liked it because i still like to watch horror but when you get older the realy good horror is not coming from to much blood but suspense. For me are the excorsist and evil dead ( the remake sucked) the to most scariest of them all and if you seen" i spit on your grave" you never need to see a torture porn movie again.

ari smulders on Feb 4, 2015


Tons of information left out but a good 30 min documentary on the history of horror. Why they thought it would be a good idea to stare at this dude try and read queue cards is beyond me though.

ragethorn on Feb 4, 2015

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