Movies are a beloved pastime for many people. Every day millions—even billions—of people sit down to pass some time by watching a movie. In October, when Halloween is at the forefront of everyone’s mind, horror films are a popular choice of genre.
Horror movies, like mostly all genres, can fall into several different categories. There are psychological horror movies that deal with themes of mental terror without necessarily including any supernatural elements. Ghost stories feature largely in horror films as do “creature features” that generally depict some sort of monster attacking humans. Vampires, ghouls and witches are also popular super-natural themed horror offerings and, in recent years, gory series such as “SAW” have started to saturate the horror market.
In many ways, the popularity of horror films can be considered a commentary on history, media and literature. After all, every horror film is based on a story that is usually derived from an older legend. Witches, werewolves and goblins are all attributed to ancient folklore and so horror characters have some serious historical merit. Furthermore, horror films often reflect the social norms of the time and place for which they are filmed. Hence, you will notice that horror movies from the 1950s had far less blood than those of 2013 (in the 1950s media censorship boards—which has the power to ban some media outright—were the norm, today they merely place ratings on shows in United States).
Many young people show an interest in film and some of these individuals will go on to make their love of movies into a serious (and hopefully steady) source of income. For those who take particular interest in horror films, it is important to view the old alongside the new. Movies like “The House that Lived on Haunted Hill,” “The Hand” and even the horror-comedy “Spider Baby” are excellent examples of horror films from bygone eras that somehow captured the social mores of the time.
Plus, giving old horror films a chance is a way to increase your knowledge about the genre and become a true horror movie aficionado!