We forget, within a modern societal structure, that the propagation of culture is often achieved through re-enactment or retelling. When oral tradition was the dominant social form, prior to the written word, the most famous, most important and the most socially relevant stories or mythologies were the ones being retold at festivals, around campfires and as bedtime stories. Continue reading
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