2). Ancient people have told myths and folktales to scare one another and to bring each other closer. Every culture has a scary story and the concept of horror is fairly old. We have always had scary stories around but it wasn’t until silent films finally developed. Horror films incorporated dark atmospheres because it included a black and white screen, thunder/lighting, and spider webs. As film developed in the 1900’s, most horror movies came from classic literatures such as Dracula (1931) and Frankenstein (1910). The term “horror” was born in the 1930’s. Horror was used to describe the type of film.
Fears in society have changed over the past years. Back in the 1930’s, America did not have any fears concerning the creatures or violence we see on the big screen today. The commencement of the Great Depression struck fear in America. Thousands of Americans have lost their jobs and became homeless. In the 1940’s, radiation sickness occurred during World War 2, contaminating society and devastating lives. The late 40’s involved the combination of military technology and possible alien life stuck fear in society leading to production of sci-fi and horror films