50 Horror Films: The must-sees, those that changed the genre by Roger Hauser

By Roger Hauser

Frequently the horror seems with no knocking. This extraordinary choice provides numerous classics, all- time masterpieces and cult movies recognized merely via specialists. take pleasure in this beautiful horror menu and get ready to tremble.

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Children, the recurring victims of horror cinema, play here the executioner’s role, which only increases the astonishment. • - 31 - Nosferatu the Vampyre (Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht, Germany, 1978) Werner Herzog Nosferatu is one of the founding creatures renamed by Murnau in his remarkable 1922 film. Here, Herzog takes on the task of producing a mysterious and wonderful job, galvanized in a rare beauty. He chooses certain of Murnau’s scenes and recreates them by lengthening their dramatic tempo, producing a hallucinating journey through the modest inferno of a shameful and sad vampire.

Despite Griffith still seeking his own sphere of expression, in North America, Caligari became, along with Chaplin’s films, one of the main cinema myths. • - 2 - The Phantom of the Opera (USA, 1925) Rupert Julian The old, disfigured and mad violinist haunting the Paris Opera House basements begins his journey into the history of cinema with this film. This particular version may not be the best, as it is quite old and the direction somewhat clumsy, but, surprisingly, all of Leroux’s novel adaptations to cinema have been memorable.

Interest in disaster films slowly decreased, until it briefly returned in 1997 with Titanic, by James Cameron, becoming the second box-office success in history. Later, the “slasher” films emerged (psychopaths in search of teenagers), constituting a moralistic branch of the genre. With a prudish perspective, teenagers are killed for taking drugs or having sex. Some examples: Halloween in 1978 and Friday the 13th in 1980. • The Fascination Experienced by Masters Once the horror genre was established, great cinema masters were tempted to participate directly or indirectly.

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