The thrill and fear that a horror film produces makes it an immensely popular genre all over the world. You surely love the startles that such movies elicit from you; hence, having a date with a horror movie every evening is not a bad idea. Viewster offers you a golden opportunity for this. At our site, you can stream your favorite horror movies anytime and anywhere. Streaming movies relieves you from the arduous task of downloading films, which tend to jam your computer and make it painfully sluggish. Moreover, no downloading means no virus and malware attack.
Horror- as a genre
It is a genre that elicits negative emotions by playing on your primal fears with themes like supernatural and macabre. These themes can overlap with genres like thriller, supernatural and fantasy.
It often deals with your nightmares, terror, phobias, revulsions etc. The plots in these movies often involve evil forces, personages of supernatural origin etc. The main elements that are prevalent in this genre are ghosts, vampires, demons, werewolves, zombies, monsters, cannibals etc.
A brief history
The genre came into being during the late 1890s. It was introduced by Georges Méliès in movies like ‘Le Manoir du diable’ which is arguably the first horror film ever made. Another well known work of Méliès is ‘La Caverne maudite’. Japan made significant contribution to this genre with movies like ‘Shinin no Sosei’ and ‘Bake Jizo’ in 1898. Mary Shelly’s ‘Frankenstein’ was filmed in the year 1910.
Hollywood started exploiting the genre during the early 1920s, in films like ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ in 1923 and ‘The Monster’ in 1925.
1930s to 1940s
A successful gothic horror series was started in the early 1930s under the initiative of American Movie studio Universal Pictures. ‘Dracula’, ‘Bela Lugosi’, James Whale’s ‘Frankenstein’, ‘The Old Dark House’ are some prominent examples of gothic horror films made during the time.
Some movies also combined science fiction with the gothic theme, producing films like ‘The Invisible Man’ and ‘Son of Frankenstein’.
This period saw the emergence of two sub-genres namely, horror-of-armageddon and horror-of-the-demonic. Some popular films of this time would be ‘The Tingler’ and ‘The Incredible Shrinking Man’.
This decade saw occult films like ‘The Exorcist’, ‘Audrey Rose’, ‘The Sentinel’ etc.
The early half of this decade continued to make movies based on the themes of 1980s like ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’, ‘Child’s Play’ etc.
Computer Generated Imagery or CGI came to be used in films like ‘Anaconda’, ‘House on Haunted Hill’, ‘The Haunting’ etc.
The beginning of this decade didn’t see much horror movies. Not original, but remakes became a trend with films like ‘Dawn of the Dead’, ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ etc. We also got to see franchisee films like ‘Prom Night’, ‘Evil Dead’, ‘Fright Night’ etc.
All fans of this genre are welcome to visit Viewster to watch their favorite horror films. Call upon your friends the next weekend and enjoy a chilling experience with Viewster.