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Horror films are frightening films created solely to ignite anxiety and panic within the viewers. Dread and alarm summon deep fears by captivating the audience with a shocking, terrifying, and unpredictable finale that leaves the viewer stunned. (Horror Films) During the late 1800’s there were two extremely short silent films that began the addiction of gothic horror. The earlier of the two was an eighteen second long film entitled The Execution of Mary Stuart which was produced by Thomas Edison in 1895. There much debate over the matter of this film actually classifying as the first horror movie because of its short duration.
His bold and daring movie that cost him money from his own pocket gave rise to a whole new genre of slasher films; films that we have grown to love and fear. This film gave us a new type of monster to fear one that can live inside anyone. It gave us so much more than just one scare but scares that have continued for fifty years now.