The Modern Horror Of The Film ' The Past ' And ' Frankenstein '

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The current modern American horror films we have today are complicated creations of visual and technological marvels but do not have the cinematic quality of movies of old. In the past “modern horror is probably equaled among American film genres only by the western from the late 1940s to the mid-1950s” (Waller). As older followers of the genre examine the progression of horror they note “the genre has by no means disappeared” (Waller) but the genre is changing. The archaic form of censorship that existed within the United States and other country’s disallowed countless forms of visual self-expression in the film industry and so limited the creative prowess of the filmmakers. The horror genre is a multi-faceted combination of culture, art, current events and societal views.

The more seasoned horror movie fans will have probably seen the old Dracula (1931) and Frankenstein (1931) movies that we all know of today, and know that they inspired many film creators to begin writing horror movies. The 1960’s was an important year for the horror industry, “with the debut of Alfred Hitchcock 's Psycho (1960) and The Birds (1963), both of which would greatly influence the shape the genre” (Waller) through the coming years. Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) has inspired countless movies as well as direct imitators like William Castle in Homicidal (1960) who sought to create movies incredibly similar to ride the coattails of the previous success.

Horror has long been censored by the…

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