Horror Genre Research


dawn of the dead

Paranormal Activity

For a couple of days now I have started to do some research for the genre of horror, which is the chosen genre for our main production.

Horror films have increasingly changed and have become scarier and scarier. But where did it all start?

The first known records of horror films where in the 1930s with films such as Frankenstein and Dracula. At the time of the recordings the films, they were intended to “scare the life” out of the audience and at this time the graphics and sound effects where very scary and obviously effective. However when you watch the films know, from the 1930s, audiences wouldn’t be as scared because the graphics aren’t that great and compared to films now, they are not that scary.

But over the decades in the 50s, 60s and 70s they started to be more graphical and horrifying for the audience. This era saw the first attempt at zombie-horror films such as Night of the Living Dead and I believe that this is what kicked off the true horror and zombie horror films that are so common today. A common theme in horror films are dark lighting, music of suspense and sudden appearances of scary things that will cause the audience to jump or scream in a way that will make other people feel uncomfortable and start to believe that the films are in fact real.

In the 90s/00s the level of horror has increased to such a level that some critics have wanted spme films banned and they have achieved this through films such as The Human Centipede 2 which have been so horrific that they can’t be shown. Because of the level of technology increasing there have been “supernatural” horror films such as the paranormal activity series and the latest film The Conjuring which have been seen as really horrific that you will find it hard to sleep.