Happy Halloween from One Cell One Light Radio! This week on the show, Dr. Hildy welcomes screenwriter Eric Ernst for a very special Halloween discussion of the most frightening of all movie genres – horror!
Often unsettling, horrifying, and intense, horror films are designed to terrify, cause dread and alarm, and to invoke our hidden worst fears all while safely entertaining us in a cathartic experience. Horror films center on the dark side of life; the forbidden, strange and alarming events that we only want to experience vicariously through the characters onscreen.
The horror genre has existed since the very beginning of cinema. In 1896, French visionary Georges Melies directed the two minute short Le Manoir Du Diable (aka The Devil's Castle/The Haunted Castle) - containing familiar elements of later horror and vampire films: a flying bat, a medieval castle, a cauldron, a demon figure (Mephistopheles), and skeletons, ghosts, and witches - and a crucifix to dispatch with evil. MORE>>>>