From the Latin to the movie

Mainly related to a genre of speculative fiction which is intended to frighten, scare, disgust, or startle its readers or viewers, the word horror comes from the Latin and means “bristling, roughness, rudeness, shaking, or trembling.” The noun means something as painful and intense fear, dread, or dismay, so you can use it when you describe the horror you felt when you dreamed you were flying on a bumpy airplane with a bunch of clowns. Ans this brings us back to its best known use: horror films.

Initially inspired by literature from authors like Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, and Mary Shelley, horror has existed as a film genre for more than a century, and the macabre and the supernatural are frequent themes. It may also overlap with the fantasy, supernatural fiction, and thriller genres. Horror films often aim to evoke viewers’ nightmares, fears, revulsions and terror of the unknown. The central menace can be interpreted as a metaphor for the larger fears of a society, and the genre crisis of recent years is perhaps due to a sort of inability to rationalize and tell the fears of our time, especially by using the same instruments which made its fortune a while back. That would explain the increasing number of remakes or years-later sequels that, together with new irrelevant products, add little or nothing to the lover’s lists.

But we are here just to celebrate — as always in our own way — everything great about this world that, whilst has ceased to scare us for a while, actually seems to paradoxically cradle and reassure us in this very difficult period for our species.

Among the most popular and celebrated — and our favorite, for both emotional and appreciative reasons — horror movies, there are certainly The Exorcist — even if we don’t consider it entirely a horror story —, The Shining — same as the previous one —, Rosemary’s Baby, Psycho, The Evil Dead, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Profondo Rosso, Suspiria, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Others, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister, The Blair Witch Project, Saw, Paranormal Activity, The Conjuring, The Haunting, Scream, Child’s Play, The Ring.

We would also like to include some terrifying pics found around the web, as the one from February 1928, where a child wearing goggles and held by a nurse, undergoes sun-ray treatment at Cheyne Hospital for Children, Chelsea, or something from old Halloween celebrations.

Finally, a series of 15 photographs turned up on eBay some time ago, stereoviews that you could once glimpse in 3D with a coin-operated drop card machine. According to the listing, on the back of one is written: “The Goblins will get you if you don’t watch out.”


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