Cinema’s Ages of Horror

Luis A Mendez

Luis A Mendez

When he’s not writing supernatural stories, Luis Mendez is obsessively following public opinion trends and gauging likely election outcomes. He has written about the subject for various publications and runs a monthly updated website trying to predict coming elections.

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  1. Avatar PD Shaw
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    A fun piece; inspired me to list my own favorites by era:

    Silent: huh?
    Classic Monsters: Bride of Frankenstein. Special mention: Dracula (1931 Spanish Version)
    Giant Monsters and Aliens: None. Special mention: Curse of the Demon (1957, for giant monster)
    Gothic Horror: The Haunting (1963). Special mention: The Innocents (1961); Wicker Man (1975)
    Slasher Era: Nightmare on Elm Street. Special mention: The Evil Dead (1981)
    Torture Porn: None.
    Current: Get Out. Special Mention: The Witch; AnnihilationReport

  2. Avatar Jaybird
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    One of my buds went out to Singapore during the Halloween season last year (or was it the year before? They all blur together…) and he told the story of going through a Singaporean Haunted House. This was one of the big Haunted House Theme Park kinda things rather than “this is the murder house from 1922” kinda things.

    It had different horrifying and terrifying rooms, each with a different theme. Anyway, he went through and got some good scares here or there but there was one room where he just did *NOT* get it. It was a room with bells and scrolls hanging from the ceiling and there was red light everywhere and he walked through thinking “okay…” and the Chinese tourists who he happened to be walking through the house at the same time with were all wailing and huddling together and walking through the room as an extremely huggy amoeba (screaming whenever a bell rang).

    It’s all about the context.Report

  3. Avatar Pat Willard
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    Being a weenie and a bit twisted, I’ve had very good bad dreams all my life from horror movies, which is why I love them. Thanks to your post I now have a slew of new films to hunt down to be frightened by dark house, on a shadowy street, my car breaking down on a deserted road, the wind rushing across a passing cemetery, tree arms stretching across sidewalks–all the good stuff of nightmares.Report

  4. Avatar LeeEsq
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    I have a friend who is very into slasher movies like Friday the 13th, Halloween, and Nightmare on Elm Street. During a Halloween movie screening, I brought over Fritz Lang’s M, the first serial killer movie. His response was “Damn you Lee, this is real scary not fake scary.” I’m still a little proud over that feat.Report

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