The History Of Horror Part 3 ( The Origins Of Horror)
This is the final article for "The History Of Horror" series.
So to conclude it I knew it had to be a discussion of the origins of the genre.
The beginnings of horror are different for every fan of the very large community.
As I've clarified in the first part of this series that horror began by the campfires before there was a written language of any kind. For as long as there have been dreams there has always been nightmares that scare us or just excite us .
The origins of horror in written form most definitely began in "The Old World”. Basically continents such as Europe, Asia, Africa and The Middle East. What I'm speaking of is the myths and legends and of course folklore .
The distinction of Myths, Legends and Folklore is that all of our favorite creatures from VAMPIRES, WEREWOLVES and even ZOMBIES had their start as something that was in fact believed in by very superstitious people.
Obviously these stories were just the tip of the iceberg. We had to dive into that darkness ourselves by writing our own fictitious stories. From imagining characters that would appear in books that will inspire many future screenwriters to bring to the silver screen their own BOOGEYMEN.
In the "Old World" and the "New World" with the beginnings of filmmaking in America and Europe started with silent movies.
I'm talking about "Nosferatu" Directed by F. W. Murnau. Which starred Max Schreck as the Vampire Count Orlok.The film was shot in 1921 and released in 1922. The film was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula.
And ever since then all fans of the horror community have enjoyed the different subgenres (SLASHER FILMS, PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS, CREATURE FEATURES and PARANORMAL FICTION such as Paranormal Activity, The Conjuring and Insidious.)
As I've said at the end of Part Two of this series you have many choices to choose from. And we as fans have nothing to be ashamed about.
Even though as a genre it is not treated with any respect from studios and critics.
Expect for maybe Lions Gate and many great Independent filmmakers who are bring us absolutely amazing storytelling and images.
To end this series on a positive note, well in a way.
For all of those inspiring writers, filmmakers, actors and actresses and special effects makeup artists who are coming out of college or from your garages or whatever.
I can't wait to see what is in store for the next decades.
Hopefully I will get to see it.