What does it say about people that horror movies were among the first films made? The House of the Devil – maybe the first true horror flick – was shot in France in the late 1890s. It only took a decade or so from the invention of the light bulb to the first film about a giant bat, skeletons and Satan. Universals Pictures made horror popular in the 30s, with Dracula, Frankenstein and the Mummy. Yes, it’s all tame stuff, or maybe high art, by today’s standards of on camera butchery.
Some of these old titles are on our 1930s movie poll, rating the favorite movies of the decade. If you want to stand up for horror–or lash out for it–vote here.
(Dracula poster from Popcorn Movie Poster Co.)Read More