From The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1895 to The Witch in 2016, Diego Carrera has put together what some might call "The Definitive History of Horror" in cinema. Chronicling what are arguably the greatest and most influential horror films from 1895–2016, he has created a masterpiece of vision and sound which eerily transitions us through a century of nightmares.
12 Minutes; 122 Movies
While the video is only 12 short minutes in length, it somehow manages to capture the most visually stunning scenes from 122 spine-tingling movies. It draws us in with The Dancing Skeleton's unearthly countenance then guides us through the most enduring and memorable horror titles since the dawn of moving pictures. We once again shudder at classics like The Phantom Carriage, Halloween, The Exorcist and Suspiria with new and chilling suspense. It is certainly worth the watch for any horror buff. Even more, I would suggest it as required viewing for all horror students in any film setting.
Talking Horror With Diego Carrera
Imaginative and much more than ornamental, the video has already taken the internet by storm and will draw more attention and popularity over the coming months and years. I count myself lucky to have been able to take a few minutes and discuss the video with its creator, Diego Carrera. He was kind enough to convey his motivations for this iconic undertaking and give our audience a feel for the reasoning behind some of his picks.
Here is what he had to say:
Robyn Church: "What were your motivations for creating this video? What were you hoping to accomplish?"
Diego Carrera: "I was trying to show the evolution of horror and of the cinematographic language as well. My intention since the beginning was to create a timeline in which people could see the most influential horror film of each year, even though I always have been aware that this is sort of impossible, because there are many years with several influential films and others with practically not one single powerful enough film.
At the same time I did want to create a playful archive which would include important films from around the world — not only from the Anglophone world. When you see Brazilian, French, Spanish, Japanese, South Korean and Nordic films side by side with American and English films in the video, you can really feel that horror is an universal patrimony, which can assume lots of facets varying according to time and geography."
Robyn Church: "If you don't mind, can you tell me a couple of your favorite horror movies and why they are your favorite?"
Diego Carrera: "One of the most beautiful and powerful horror films I saw in my life is Murnau's Nosferatu. I love Dead of Night, Let the Right One In and The Exorcist. I really liked It Follows, I can say it is one of my favorite contemporary horror movies because of its insights about the decay of our society, its dialogue and Gregory Crewdson's work in photography, which I really love.
Some of my favorite horror films were not included in the video, like Robert Wise's The Haunting and Mario Bava's Blood and Black Lace, because to include them I'd have to suppress films which could not be let out from this list (The Birds and Corman's The Masque of the Red Death). All of these films are equally beautiful and dramatically impressive."
Robyn Church: "What made you think to create this video?"
Diego Carrera: "What made me think to create this video was the imagery of horror film throughout the years. I always believed that horror is the most beautiful genre of all, perhaps the most perfect genre to be explored by the lights, shadows and colors of the cinematographic language. Suddenly I imagined a timeline in which beautiful samples of astonishing films could be seen together and the idea of the video was ready."