The Evolution of the Slasher Film

In the Beginning There was Hitchcock

In my 120 Years of Horror post, a clear path was mapped from the advent of film making to the current milieu dominating the horror genre; the slasher was a late bloomer within this genre. By the 1950s film making was fast moving away from the familiar tropes and formulae of literary horror adaptations. Audiences were accustomed to the “classics”. And though not bad, in and of themselves, they were tired, predictable, with well-known plots and characters. Continue reading

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120 Years of Horror

What was the first horror film ever made?

Most people would guess Dracula or Nosferatu, maybe even Frankenstein; and those are good guesses for the average Joe. If you were one of those who would have gone with Nosferatu, you would only be about 27 years off. Many film buffs, film scholars and fans would agree that the first horror motion picture is the 17 second film, directed by Alfred Clark and produced by Thomas Edison, called The Execution of Mary Stuart released 28 August 1895. Continue reading