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Fear of the Dark !

By Screed Hauteur On February - 2 - 2009 ADD COMMENTS

'Horror' books displayed at a popular bookstore

'Horror' books displayed at a popular bookstore Credit: Screed Hauteur

“Have you ever been alone at night
Thought you heard footsteps behind
And turned around and no ones there?
And as you quicken up your pace
You find it hard to look again
Because your sure theres someone there”
Does that sound familiar?
“Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
I have a constant fear that someones always near
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
I have a phobia that someones always there”

For those of us who’ve realized that Iron Maiden could bring out what, you would have otherwise felt, last night after watching a spine-chilling flick, it certainly meant every word to you.

There are people who fear the unknown. There are people who believe what they see. There are people who believe what they hear. There are people who make belief out of their own insight.But one thing that cant be denied is that all of us believe easily what we fear.
What is fear?  What exactly do we fear? Anoop Prasad,  student of MGIT says,”My biggest fear is death”
“Fear is something that you feel will harm you. We fear loss of our loved ones”  admits Alefiyah Zainuddin a student of the Apollo college of physiotherapy.
Fear is inevitable to mankind.Fear of death, terror, evil, mysticism, future and the unknown are all common to many.
Fear induces anxiety, phobia, terror that eventually embarks into an entirely intimidating genre of  horror.
Today, Horror is a genre which depicts its form through various  fiction writings, movies, music, art and photography.

 The month's best selling horror based book

The month's best selling horror based book Credit: Screed Hauteur

Movies play the most crucial part in delivering this genus even to the far-reached folks. Apparently, the early horror films were based on the classic literature until later when war, death and terror have infused further inspiration into them. Le Manoir du diable (French: The House of the Devil) is said to be the first horror film ever made. It was produced in the 1890s with an introduction of supernatural elements into a 2-minute long silent film. The early 1930s saw a plethora of films in this genre blending them with science fiction, and gothic influences, such as, Dracula (1931),The Mummy (1932), James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931) and The Invisible Man (1933).All of these which were seemingly popularized by the Universal Pictures Co. Inc.The Indian film industry produced its first horror film, Mahal(1949) which was based on reincarnation. The 1950s saw bolder films like the The Incredible Shrinking Man, from Richard Matheson’s novel and the most controversial, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) deals with the horror-of–personality subgenre and left the masses completely petrified.

Then came The Haunting (1963), Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968) that saw huge crowds jumping and screaming in the theatres. Soon arrived the box office smash The Exorcist (1973) written by William Peter Blatty, who also wrote the novel. One evident Satanic horror movie was The Omen (1976), also in the 1970s, horror author Stephen King, made his first step into the film scene. His writings were made into scripts for horror movies.

In the 1980s, sequels to the already popular films became a celebrated phenomenon. The Evil Dead (1981), the Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) , also Silent Night, Deadly Night(1984), which was actually withdrawn from distributions as the story was based on a killer Santa Claus. The 1990s bloomed with  Peter Jackson’s Braindead (1992) and I Know What You Did Last Summer. Horror movies soon became a rage and suddenly they were everywhere. Final Destination (2000), The Ring (2002), 28 Days Later (2002) and The Grudge (2004) were all blended with modern age mysticism and science fiction. This genre consisted a new style of aggressive zombie. Wrong Turn (2003) projected cannibalism forthrightly and  gore-nography .The saw series was in the mainstream horror.

 This should be creepy !

This should be creepy ! Credit: my.spill.com

The horror fiction is the first forms of existence of this genre. These writings served as a basis for several films since the 1980s. Often intended to scare the reader just by reading a few disturbing words or sentences, these writings of fiction containing gruesome,  supernatural or unsuspecting elements are termed “horror”. Stephen King, born in 1947, is the best known horror fiction writer. mainly known for his, The Dark Tower Series, most of his works were made into television series or motion pictures . Although they seemed to have less resemblance to the original works, such as The Shining, 1980, directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on his novel bearing the same name.

Art is a form of expression. Artists haven’t left the dark art untouched, under the horror, disturbing, nightmarish and gothic influences. Horror art has emerged as a wholly new gradient to the modern art and its popularity has been ever increasing due to the sudden emergence of horror into various forms of digital media. The entire culture has been revolutionized by the horror genre. Hieronymous Bosch, was best known for his gore artwork, based on hell, demons, killings and punishments mostly influenced by surrealism. Horror music doesn’t just limit itself to the background music of horror flicks, it has been blended with gothic, doom and death metal to turn an exorbitant part of the population into metal maniacs ! The genre, itself is said to be addictive for some.

Yet again, it just couldn’t spare the gaming arena! Little Fears,Kult bearing a  tag line, “Death is only the beginning”. All Flesh Must Be Eaten are all creepy enough. Also the movie Silent Hill which was based on a horror game with striking similarity.When we hear of horror photography, our images get straight on the deadly disturbing world. But,it generally settles for models dressed up as vampires or goths taming the norms of the ugly and mysterious.

Why do teenagers like horror films more than adults? “Because adults are occupied with the deadlier realities of life and teens are much into the gore, blood, violence from the movies and shit like that” adds Anoop.

Horror is evolving continuously and intensifying itself rapidly into a powerful genre of newer elements blended with the existing ones.Maybe one fateful day, when you are alone and the silence of the night grips you, a mere noise or a whisper might just leave you screaming  or even worse racing away.

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