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The history of horror basically is kept alive by people’s pleasure of facing their fear. In film, the horror genre looks back on a long tradition that stretches back to the late 19th century. By tracing the film history of the American horror cinema, our journey starts during the German Expressionism, the era of Fritz Lang or Robert Wiene, who gave the decisive impulses for the emergence of the Golden Age of Hollywood’s pre-Code horror in the 1930s. The decade gave birth to some of the most iconic monsters such as Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, or The Mummy. In the decades after WWII the horror genre entered the American middle-class homes through their TV screens, confronting viewers with new anxieties around the Communist scare and notions of alienation. The 1950s and 1960s showcased horror in form of made-forTV anthology shows, in which monsters were replaced by treacherous neighbors, enchanted objects, and nasty children that haunted shows like Rod Serling’s Night Gallery, Boris Karloff’s Thriller, or Alfred Hitchcock’s Alfred Hitchcock Presents. In the following decades, horror in the 1970s and 1980s saw a real transformation, when movies like The Exorcist or Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre launched a whole new era of higher budgeted films that were made by A-list directors. The contemporary horror film has especially become famous for its iconic slasher genre franchises of Scream, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Halloween. The new trend extended the serial franchises of endless returns of Ghostface, Freddy, and Michael Meyers into serial continuities, in which Romero’s zombies and 1980s Americana guided the horror genre into a new age.
In this seminar we will explore the history of the horror film and embark on a close reading of several masterpieces of its kind to explore the legacy of horror in a transcultural context.
- King, Stephen. Danse Macabre: The World of Horror, Rev ed.. Gallery Books, 2010.
- Skal, David J. The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror, Rev. ed.. New York: Faber & Faber, 2001.
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