Hello to everyone out there on the interwebs! As part of M/RS’s new blog, I’m going to be posting a series centering on the most bone-chilling (and sometimes hilarious) genres of all time: horror.
Over the past six months, we have been working hard to build a horror collection to be proud of, and we’ve added approximately 150 new titles to our collection. These titles range from silly–Aaah! Zombies!! (2007)–to classic–The Blob (1958)–to disturbing–Last House on the Left (1972). We’ve added several television titles as well–True Blood: Season 1 (2008), Teen Wolf (2011), and American Horror Story (2011) to name a few. Best of all, these titles have been added to our browsing collection so our patrons can take them home for a longer amount of time and have easier access.
This new collection was created through the requests of our patrons, new curriculum here at the university, and the ever-growing presence of horror and horror elements in contemporary media. Not only are horror remakes as popular as ever, but now horror is becoming more prevalent in pieces that combine comedy, drama, suspense, etc. in ways that only promote horror’s progressional aspects all the more.
In this series, I’ll be addressing the evolution of the horror genre on film. The series will focus on identifying horror’s major subgenres and the influences behind these movements. I’ll also look at the original titles that started it all as well as more modern films that fit into these categories. If you’re interested in checking out some horror history a little bit sooner, here are two interesting documentaries to get you started–Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006) and Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film (2009). Otherwise, stay tuned!