People love to be scared, yet in control. We ride roller coasters and participate in extreme sports in an effort to get our adrenaline pumping and our hearts racing. With that being said, one of the most popular, and safest, forms of experiencing thrills and chills comes in the form of watching horror movies. For horror fans, a quick introduction to the classics of the genre is in order.
The movie industry is a huge, thriving beast providing us with countless hours of entertainment. One of the largest, most popular genres is the horror niche, which contains many sub-genres that all take different paths to the same goal. Obviously, everyone's taste in films are going to differ, however, there are several classic films that have formed the basis for the horror movies that we watch today.
Popular for his mastery of the horror novel, author Stephen King has spawned many films based on his books and ideas. Perhaps the most popular is the film based on the novel "The Shining". This psychological thriller, directed by Stanley Kubrick, provides the viewer with an atmosphere full of tension and suspense. The focus of the movie revolves around a failed novelist who spends a long winter managing a vacant, but haunted, hotel.
A faithful exploration of the 1971, best selling novel by William Peter Blatty, "The Exorcist" has been a pinnacle of fear since its release. The film follows the story of a young girl who has been possessed by demons. Directed by William Friedkin, the film offers some of the most sensational and frightening scenes in the history of cinema.
One of the most popular directors of all time, Steven Spielberg crafted a terrifying psychological thriller in the form of his classic film titled "Jaws." In this film, a large shark terrorizes a beach, supplying the movie industry with some of the most iconic scenes of all time. This movie has stood the test of time, producing many irrational fears of water through this underwater leviathan.
Director John Carpenter gave birth to the American "slasher" genre with the release of the movie "Halloween". Spawning countless imitators and sequels, the film focuses on the traumatic relationship between a brother and sister, to put it mildly. The brother, a mysterious, unexplored murderer, rampages through a small town, butchering everyone in sight in an effort to kill his estranged sister.
Creating an 80's pop culture icon and spawning many sequels, "A nightmare on Elm Street" is a unique idea that is still producing fear years after its release. Director Wes Craven delivers a protagonist that haunts the dreams of his victims, attacking while they sleep and are most vulnerable. One of many popular horror flicks from Craven, this movie is a pillar of the industry.
From individual to individual, taste in horror films differ greatly. With that being said, there are some classic examples of the genre that simply cannot be ignored. Talented directors have taken interesting ideas and crafted them into terrifying experiences that continue to haunt audiences for a long time.
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