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This week on the show, Dr. Hildy® welcomes screenwriter Eric Ernst for a very special Halloween discussion of the most frightening of all movie genres – horror!
Dr. Hildy® Welcomes Screenwriter Eric Ernst
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Often unsettling, horrifying, and intense, horror films are designed to terrify, cause dread and alarm, and to invoke our hidden worst fears all while safely entertaining us in a cathartic experience. Horror films center on the dark side of life; the forbidden, strange and alarming events that we only want to experience vicariously through the characters onscreen.
The horror genre has existed since the very beginning of cinema. In 1896, French visionary Georges Melies directed the two minute short Le Manoir Du Diable (aka The Devil’s Castle/The Haunted Castle) – containing familiar elements of later horror and vampire films: a flying bat, a medieval castle, a cauldron, a demon figure (Mephistopheles), and skeletons, ghosts, and witches – and a crucifix to dispatch with evil.
A hallmark of the genre is the vampire film, the first of which was F.W. Murnau’s silent masterpiece Nosferatu (1922), turning the title character from Bram Stokers famous novel into a hideous monster. Capitalizing on the growing demand for these films, Universal Studios released in 1923 The Hunchback of Notre Dame, starring Lon Chaney.
This was the beginning of what would become the most success any studio has had with the genre, as Universal went on to make Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Creature From the Black Lagoon and countless others through the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s. In 1948, Universal released the comedy film Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, which is considered to have effectively ended the golden age of classic horror monsters, despite being a huge box office success.