The Golden Age of Film and Horror

This infographic was sent to me by Steph at Chamber of Horrors NY. I admire the people who can put things like this together. I know I’m certainly not capable of it


The Golden Age of Film and Horror

Horror films have been around for as long as film has, and this means that it had gone through the same genre changes and development – both highs and lows – and the great pinnacles that the other popular genres have also experienced. In modern times, the horror genre has garnered such a huge following and Investopedia even reports that it is one of the movie genres with the best ROI (return of investment).

While many horror films today rely on over-the-top violence, plots, monsters, and gore to horrify their viewers, the Golden Age of Film had a much more delicate balance of acting, plot, and suspense when it comes to horror films.

Here are the six films from the Golden Age of Horror that not only became classics beloved by generations, but also shaped the genre and movies we watch today, as seen in this infographic by Chamber of Horrors NY: (click on the image to open up a full-scale version in a new window on the original site.)

Golden Age of Film and Horror Infographic


What did you think of it? Are you a fan of the classic horror movies on this list? I have to confess, I honestly haven’t watched many of them. In fact, I’ve actually seen *cough*one*cough* of them.  Possibly Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, but that was something I would have seen at least 20 years ago, so… Yeah.

Even though it’s not listed on here, one of the things that stands out to me about the classic horror movies is something I read somewhere about The Mummy. That even though it was considered to be a scary movie, The Mummy actually is only visible on screen for something like 13 seconds? I’m happy with gore and blood and paranormal stuff, but I do think the quality isn’t as high as what you used to find.