“We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.”
-Stephen King (maybe)
Fay Wray, the lead actress in the original King Kong (1933), was convinced to take the role
stating she would be opposite “the tallest, darkest man in Hollywood”, presuming it was Cary Grant.
The Exorcist was the first ever horror film to be nominated for ‘Best Picture’
at the Academy Awards.
Nosferatu (1922) was the first ever adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula,
albeit unlicensed and unofficial.
Lon Chaney Sr, or the “Man of 1000 Faces”, starred in The Hunchback of Notre Dame,
Phantom of the Opera, and Oliver Twist
From 1930-1950 there were 8 films which featured Frankenstein’s monster.
What you have learned today
- The golden age of horror was most likely before you were born
- The Chaney family helped shape the history of horror
- The producers of Nosferatu only barely didn’t get sued for copyright infringement (because they were broke)