A garlic a day keeps the vampires at bay. Do people use that saying? Maybe. I’d definitely eat one every day to eliminate the paranoia of having a vampire follow me home at night. Creepy. Although horror movies make us delusional or have us sprinting towards the bedroom after switching off the lights at night, sometimes we crave a little bit of thrill to escape reality. Giggling when someone at the theatre screams way too loudly. One thing really missing during this pandemic. But the fun of watching horror movies at home is far more enjoyable when it’s with family and friends.
Apart from those gruesome monsters in today’s modern horror movies. We all crave some old horror movies once in a while. Right from classic to modern-day horror, movies have evolved tremendously. Classic horror films may include incidents of evil characters or stories of terrifying monsters or malevolent animals, mystery thrillers that use atmosphere to build suspense. There is intense fear or dread while watching classic horror movies, due to their authenticity. Classic scary movies have gradually branched out into various sub-genres over the years, creating a vast assortment of different types of movies in horror.
3 Basic Classic Horror Movie Subgenres
- Supernatural Horror:
In supernatural horror movies, we come across supernatural monsters such as vampires, werewolves, demons, ghosts and zombies. These are creatures of legend in many classic horror films and come from thousands of years of human psychic response to the mysteries of the earth.
- Scientific Horror:
The scientific horror film is the type where we find the mad scientist creating something outside of nature. Something that will be lost from human control and run before being overpowered, usually by the military and the world is restored to peace and harmony. The monsters featured here are often new creations, things we’ve never imagined, never mind seen. They are not made or found by Man but exist outside of human awareness until they feel it necessary to appear and endanger the human species.
- Naturalistic Horror:
The third batch of horrors is the naturalistic monsters that our daily news is often reporting. Many classic horror movies incorporate serial killers and the psycho murderers, the madmen and the crazies. Creatures in naturalistic horror movies are created for the screen from the very real-life atrocities that scream from the headlines. Are perhaps covered up by the media for fear of copycat crimes. Other times the monster is an animal, such as a humongous bear or reptile, or even a group of beasts. If you want to spice up your binge, old school horror movies are the way to go!
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The Best Classic Horror Movies You Can Find!
- Psycho (1960)
Stressed and under pressure due to stealing a large amount of money from her employer and running away, a partly poor office worker commits a theft in order to marry the man she loves. She gets lost and decides to stay the night at a motel, disappointed about what she’s done. But on her single night at the motel, is disturbed by the young depressed manager’s mother who’s a psycho. How will she escape? One of the top-rated classic horror movies of all time.
- The Exorcist (1973)
A visiting actress in Washington, D.C. notices dramatic and dangerous changes in the behaviour and physical make-up of her 12-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, a young priest at nearby Georgetown University begins to doubt his faith while dealing with his mother’s terminal sickness. And ending the story, a frail, elderly priest recognizes the necessity for a show-down with an old demonic enemy. What’s going to happen next?
- Alien (1979)
In the far reaches of space, a crew aboard a ship are returning to Earth until they receive a distress call, an alien one. Unknown to them, they will soon take back with them the most terrifying creatures in the universe: The Xenomorph, a killing machine that bleeds corrosive acid whenever anyone tries to hurt it. All alone in space, no one can hear them scream! Can you guess which sub-genre this classic horror movie falls under?
- The Shining (1980)
Haunted by a persistent writer’s block, the aspiring author and a recovering alcoholic, drags his wife and his gifted son up a snow-capped Colorado’s secluded Overlook Hotel. Taking up a job as an off-season caretaker. As the cavernous hotel shuts down for the season, the facility’s chef has a fascinating chat with Danny (the gifted son) about a rare psychic gift called “The Shining” making sure to warn him about the hotel’s abandoned rooms. As he warns him in particular about the off-limits of Room 237. Trapped in an unforgiving environment of seemingly endless snowstorms and a gargantuan silent prison riddled with strange occurrences and eerie visions. Now, the incessant voices inside Jack’s head demand sacrifice. Is Jack capable of murder?
- The Silence of the Lambs (1999)
A psychopath known as “Buffalo Bill” is kidnapping and murdering young women across the Midwest. Believing it takes one to know one, the F.B.I. sends a trainee to an interview to research the demented prisoner who may provide psychological insight and clues to the killer’s actions. The prisoner is a psychiatrist, a brilliant, murderous cannibal. This twisted relationship forces the trainee to not only confront her psychological demons, but leads her face to face with a demented, heinous killer. An incarnation of evil so powerful, that she may not have the courage, or strength, to stop him. One of the very well known classic horror movies of all time.
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