This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Horror Themes Essay

4842 words - 20 pages

A famous scene from one of the first notable horror films, Nosferatu (1922)
Horror is a film genre seeking to elicit a negative emotional reaction from viewers by playing on the audience's primal fears. Horror films often feature scenes that startle the viewer; the macabre and the supernatural are frequent themes. Thus they may overlap with the fantasy, supernatural, and thriller genres.[1]
Horror films often deal with the viewer's nightmares, hidden fears, revulsions and terror of the unknown. Plots within the horror genre often involve the intrusion of an evil force, event, or personage, commonly of supernatural origin, into the everyday world. Prevalent elements include ghosts, aliens, ...view middle of the document...

[4] In 1910, Edison Studios produced the first film version of Frankenstein, which was thought lost for many years.[5]
The second monster appeared in a horror film: Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre-Dame, who had appeared in Victor Hugo's novel, Notre-Dame de Paris (1831). Films featuring Quasimodo included Alice Guy's Esmeralda (1906), The Hunchback (1909), The Love of a Hunchback (1910) and Notre-Dame de Paris (1911).[6]
German Expressionist film makers, during the Weimar Republic era and slightly earlier, would significantly influence later films, not only those in the horror genre. Paul Wegener's The Golem (1920) and Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (also 1920) had a particular impact. The first vampire-themed movie was made during this time: F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu (1922), an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula.[7]
Hollywood dramas used horror themes, including versions of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and The Monster (1925) both starring Lon Chaney, the first American horror movie star. Other films of the 1920s include Dr. Jekyll And Mr Hyde (1920), The Phantom Carriage (Sweden, 1920), The Lost World (1925), The Phantom Of The Opera (1925), Waxworks (Germany 1924), and Tod Browning's (lost) London After Midnight (1927) with Chaney.
[edit]1930s–1940s
See also: List of horror films of the 1930s, List of horror films of the 1940s, and Universal Monsters

Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster
in Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
During the early period of talking pictures, the American Movie studio Universal Pictures began a successful Gothic horror film series. Tod Browning's Dracula (1931), with Bela Lugosi, was quickly followed by James Whale's Frankenstein (also 1931). Some of these blended science fiction films with Gothic horror, such as The Invisible Man (1933) and, mirroring the earlier German films, featured a mad scientist. These films, while designed to thrill, also incorporated more serious elements. Frankenstein was the first in a series which lasted for many years, although Karloff only featured as the monster in Bride of Frankenstein (1935), again directed by Whale, and Son of Frankenstein (1939). The Mummy (1932) introduced Egyptology as a theme for the genre. Make-up artist Jack Pierce was responsible for the iconic image of the monster, and others in the series. Universal's horror cycle continued into the 1940s, these included The Wolf Man (1941), not the first werewolf film, but certainly the most influential, as well as a number of films uniting several of their monsters.
Other studios followed Universal's lead. Tod Browning made the once controversial Freaks (1932) for MGM, based on "Spurs", a short story by Cintia Gomez, about a band of circus freaks. The studio disowned the completed film after cutting about 30 minutes; it was unreleased in the United Kingdom for thirty years.[8] Rouben Mamoulian's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Paramount, 1931), remembered for its use of color filters to...

Other Papers Like Horror Themes

In "Twenty-One Stories" Graham Greene Is Concerned With A Number Of Themes. Choose Any One Of These Themes And Discuss By Making Close Reference To His Collection

710 words - 3 pages Death is among the themes which are explored in Twenty-One Stories just like relationships, childhood, religion and others. "The Basement Room", "A Case for the Defence" and "A Drive in the Country" are stories related to the theme of death. However, there are others in which death is featured more prominently.Greene speaks about death in conjunction with fear. It is clearly seen in "The End of the Party" and "The Second Death". In the former

Frankinstien Essay

1344 words - 6 pages who is Williams’ son. “Breathless horror and disgust filled my heart” this tells me that Victor didn’t know what the monster would be like and when he realise he had made a monster he ran away like a coward. This links with Rousseau because he said that if people are brutalised they will brutalise others. This chapter links to key themes in the novel. When the creature is born Victor Frankenstein runs away from the monster like

The Trial And The Metamorphosis

1673 words - 7 pages style is very impressive. What strikes me is the mixing of horror and humor in some of his stories. You can detect these themes in both The Trial and The Metamorphosis. In "The Metamorphosis, Kafka goes on with the use of alienation. The main character, Gregor, is transformed into a "montrous venim." That is certainly something so dark , but the way he reacts to it, is the comical part. He should've felt trouble by his transformation, but wasn't

Analytical Essay on Elie Wiesel's Night

619 words - 3 pages In his masterpiece Night, Elie Wiesel portrays the inhumane treatment the Jews experienced from the Nazis, through the eyes of a 12 year old boy he once was. Set in the early 1940’s, the novel exhibits the sorrow, love and hatred of the Jews who were deported to German concentration camps during the Second World War. The motif “night” is repeated frequently throughout the story to convey these themes more effectively. Starting from the

This Is An Annotated Bibliography That Deals With Articles Concerning The Novel Heart Of Darkness And The Film Apocalypse

1030 words - 5 pages last word he pronounced" was her name, Marlow was actually telling the truth. If Kurtz's intended is meant to act as a "personification of European culture in all of its ambivalence" then what she represents is, in fact, the horror to which Kurtz was referring. Bodek dissects the Kurtz's final scene, tying in many of the novella's essential themes. Among those explored are the unreliability of emotions, the relentlessness of European imperialism

The Heart of Darkness

789 words - 4 pages Heart of Darkness There are many themes that run through the novel Heart of Darkness. There are however two main and significant ones. These are the theme of restraint and man's journey into self. The importance of restraint is stressed throughout Heart of Darkness. In the novel Marlow is saved by restraint, while Kurtz is doomed by his lack of it. Marlow felt different about Africa before he went, because the

Lieshod Marlow's Lie In Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

1227 words - 5 pages Marlow's Lie in Heart of Darkness      In Conrad's novel, Heart of Darkness, it is generally accepted that Marlow told a lie to the Intended - the reasons for that lie are debatable. Through his lie, Marlow gives Kurtz a type of forgiveness. In so doing, perhaps Marlow errs on the side of restraint, while upholding the belief that Faustian wisdom has little value.    One of the main themes of Faust is that knowledge can be

Explain How 'the Lost Boys' Is an Appropriation of Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'

1147 words - 5 pages Dracula is a tale of good vs. evil, within the context of Victorian England. Various themes and current social issues are explored through the activities of Dracula. The story begins in Transylvania, where we are introduced to Count Dracula, and his potential evil as the main threat throughout the story. We’re also introduced to Jonathon Harker, who at this point is the Count’s prisoner in order for the Count to learn something of the English

Rose for Emily

534 words - 3 pages horror of this knowledge makes the murder almost insignificant when compared to the necrophilia. However, the greatness of the story lies not in linearly recounting the events, but, instead, in the manner that Faulkner tells it; he leaves us horrified as we discover, bit by bit, why this so-called noble woman is now a "fallen monument." In contrast to a traditional narrative approach, the story, as Faulkner presents it, begins with Miss Emily's

Malouf: Fly Away Peter

895 words - 4 pages David Malouf's Fly Away Peter focuses on young Queenslander Jim Saddler. Initially, Jim lives in the idyllic bird sanctuary but he finds his life too restricted and so enlists to fight in the First World War. This novel comprises of many memorable and important scenes that apprehend significant moments such as the sandpiper, the bi-plane, Clancy and Jim's death and the lasting image of the surfer. These themes relate to the novels concerns

Edgar Allan Poe: Narrative Structure In "Ligeia"

1880 words - 8 pages stress one interestingly repeated quote, as it appears four times throughout the story. "Man doth not yield him to the angels, nor unto death utterly, save only through the weakness of his feeble will" (1, 1, 4, 7). From the continual emphasis of this quotation, there arises a principle notion of a tension between the predominant themes of life and death. Furthermore, this notion constitutes the backbone of the story from which all other

Related Essays

Themes Of Horror Essay

1099 words - 5 pages A constant theme in many horror movies and poems is the presence of psychological torture. The most sadistic and cruel inflictor of pain is often our own mind, and when someone manages to manipulate us on a mental level, we are at our most vulnerable. Edgar Allen Poe was a master at painting vivid storylines of people going insane with the prospect of their own doom. Hollywood has combined classic fear-inducing plots with gruesome special

Characteristics Of Gothic Horror Essay

544 words - 3 pages ” (742). This reflects a woman that would be in distress. There are themes and vocabulary that are distinctive to a gothic horror. Most of the vocabulary helps to give a mysterious and eerie feeling to the story. A theme that is given in “The Fall of the House of Usher” is ruins of a building. When looking at the house from the outside Roderick sees “extraordinary dilapidation” (740), “old wood-work which has rotted for long years” (740

Nightmarish Themes In Edgar Al Essay

777 words - 4 pages Themes in Works by Edgar Allan Poe Horror stories seem to provoke a certain feeling inside all of us. They can make us scared, nervous, or even just amazed. If a horror story is told well, it can make just about any reader cringe. There are certain elements that must be in a horror story to really make it frightening. Some of these elements include the setting, the characters, a feeling of suspense, foreshadowing, and unexpected events. All

Stephen King Vs Dean Koontz Essay

888 words - 4 pages Horror and suspense are genres of fiction that is intended to scare or haunt the audience. It can deal with the both the mundane and the supernatural as long as it elicits an aspect of fear or dread. Today, horror and suspense films and novels have become very popular among young adults. Two popular and contemporary horror/suspense novelists, Dean Koontz and Stephen King are very different writers, both in style and plot, but are able to run