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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.
While Universal would not revive their classic monsters until 1999, with a remake of The Mummy starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, the 1950’s gave way to a new style of horror, one inspired by the Cold War-era nuclear paranoia of the time. Paramount’s The Blob is a famous example, about an alien lifeform that consumes everything in its path. Another example of this genre is Them!, a film about ants turning into giant killing machines in the wake of a nuclear explosion.
In 1968, director George A. Romero ushered in one of the most popular sub-genres in horror, the modern zombie film, with Night of the Living Dead. This trope has been done time and time again, with Romero himself making 6 films in the series, and is enjoying popular success on television with AMC’s The Walking Dead.
In the 1970’s, the slasher film was born, with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a film that is still unsettling to watch to this day and Halloween, which started the long series of horror films continued with Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th, whose main killer characters met in 2003 with Freddy vs. Jason.
Today the horror genre is alive and well, with many directors going an independent route, abandoning the hoop-jumping that comes with studio pictures. Films such as Paranormal Activity, Saw, V/H/S and Insidious take advantage of the lowered cost that digital filmmaking allows for to provide a new type of scary movie. And there’s still scary movies that are safe for all ages, with Hotel Transylvania, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie and director Joe Johnston’s The Hole.
Join Dr. Hildy and her guest, screenwriter Eric Ernst, as they discuss horror films past and present on One Cell One Light Radio!
DR. HILDY®’S FAVORITES:
**Dracula–all of them, but Bela Lugosi is the best – HS**
Dracula – (1931) Trailer – YouTube
Dracula – (2000) Trailer – YouTube
Dracula – Trailer – YouTube
Dracula 3D Official Trailer #1 (2012) – Dario Argento, Rutger Hauer
Move HD – YouTube
The Mummy – Boris Karloff
Frankenstein – Boris Karloff
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein – Bud Abbott and Lou Costello http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg5N9FJc__Q
Legend of Sleepy Hallow Disney and Johnney Depp verson)
HunchBack of Notre Dame (Charles Laughton & Maureen O’Hara) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxWoOQt7dLw
The Raven (Vincent Price)
The House of Wax (Vincent Price)
Hotel Transylvania (Adam Sandler)
AND THE ‘SCARIEST’ and the ‘BEST’ favorites’ list from our Professional Screenwriter and our own Staff Promotional Writer, Eric Ernst:
Shaun of the Dead – Although mostly a comedy, the film truly
does justice to the horror genre, becoming terrifying when it needs to. (Trailer)
Night of the Living Dead – I always love the apocalyptic disaster that ensues in most zombie movies. The breakdown of society is terrifying to me. (Trailer) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_of_the_Living_Dead http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEVjoAwC-3Q
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – A classic. Disgusting and still unsettling.
The original is the only one worth watching, though. (Trailer)
Dawn of the Dead (2004 version) – Haven’t seen the original, but the remake does a great job of modernizing the genre and creating a realistic disaster. (Trailer)
[REC] – A Spanish entry in the “found footage” genre, this was remade in the US as Quarantine, but the original, about a group of people trapped in an apartment building
while an epidemic breaks out, is horrifying. (Trailer)
The Blair Witch Project – The originator of the “found footage” genre,
this was the scariest film I had ever seen until Paranormal Activity. (Trailer)
Dr. Hildy welcomes THE ATTIC DOOR
MovieWriter/Director Danny Daneau, Executive Producer Erica Harrell and Writer/Co-Producer Eric Ernst