Today modern horror films rely on cheap jump scares and blood and guts to scare audiences into submission.
There is something about the old era of horror filmmaking that had a bit more sophistication and cinematic prowess.
The big scary monster did not have to make an appearance to keep us on edge, early films like Val Lewton’s Cat People worked on its audience through subtle suggestions of a monster rather than featuring someone with a hockey mask and a chainsaw.
This was a time when early horror actors like Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and Lon Chaney Jr had became household names in the horror industry. In our era Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Donald Pleasance all gave us chills in their Hammer Horror flicks-—some of which (Vampire Lovers) became a bit risque for the fancies of young children.
Do you remember watching a film at the cinemas and not being able to sleep that night? Or perhaps you decided to close your window blinds for fear that Dracula, The Wolf Man or Dr Phibes might be waiting for you!
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