Why do we willingly sit in a dark room for two hours to deliberately get our pants scared off? Why do we take dates to horror movies? Why are creepy things, y’know, CREEPY??
Cinefix's latest episode of Film School'd examines the history of horror films, their enduring popularity with audiences, and the nature of fear itself. The last part sounds a little heady, but Film School'd does an excellent job of linking our need to feed that primal instinct through horror films.
With the 1896 film "Le Manoir Du Diable" being considered the first horror film, it can be argued that horror has been around (almost) as long as the medium itself.
Fast forward to present day cinema where 2013's blockbuster "The Conjuring" had audiences sleeping with one eye open and this year's "Annabelle" has grossed over $120 million worldwide in just two weeks. What you find is a movie-going audience still clamoring to pay to be scared.