The Horror Genre Of Horror Essay

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Introduction The horror genre is one of the oldest genres used in storytelling. It was used in old folklore stories and was commonly used during the ancient Greek plays. Horror genre became one of the first genres to be adopted into filmmaking in the 1920’s. Though the word "horror" to describe in the film genre would not be used until after Universal Pictures released Dracula and Frankenstein both in 1931. J. A. Cuddon (1984) defined horror in The Penguin Book of Horror Stories as “a piece of fiction in prose of variable length... which shocks or even frightens the reader, or perhaps induces a feeling of repulsion or loathing” (p. 11). Like most genres the favoritism towards one depends on what is happening in society. Today horror genre continues its popularity in films and television because the economy is not doing well. There are many different subgenres to horror but they all have themes that are repeated. This paper will focus on the science fiction horror subgenre. Science fiction is best defined by writer Robert A. Heinlein (1959) stated, “realistic speculation about possible future events, based solidly on adequate knowledge of the real world, past and present, and on a thorough understanding of the nature and significance of the scientific method” (n.p.). Science fiction horror films are fictional science-based depictions of phenomena with a horror twist added to it. Often these type of films revolves around subjects that include killer
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