January 10, 2019

20 Movies That Innovated the Genre of Horror

And box office has nothing to do with it

20 Movies That Innovated the Genre of Horror

WE OFTEN TALK ABOUT HUMANITY IN HISTORICAL TERMS, and more specifically, by the major milestones that have shaped our short and turbulent existence on this planet: the use of tools by ancient and primitive humans; the creation of written language, complicated forms of mathematics and sciences, the invention of flight and subsequently landing on the moon, epic national famines, catastrophic  world wars, etc.

In that same vein, we thought it would prove a humbling exercise (and it was!) to endeavor to create a list—our take, of course—of the seminal markers that we believe have had a marked impact on the horror movie viewing experience and spawned new strains of sub-genres that have flourished and taken adrenal root in our nightmares, as a result. Here are 20 groundbreaking gems we think hit the mark…let us know if you disagree, and why.

Poster for the movie "The Exorcist"
Dir. F.W. Murnau

“Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter’s wife.”

Poster for the movie "The Exorcist"
Dir. F.W. Murnau

“Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter’s wife.”

Poster for the movie "The Exorcist"
Dir. F.W. Murnau

“Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter’s wife.”

Poster for the movie "The Exorcist"
Dir. William Friedkin

“When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.”

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