When we think of early horror, it tends to be in terms of its most famous archetypes – Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy and The Wolfman – and a cinematic landscape dominated by Universal Studios.

But this is only the tip of the horror iceberg; and, as with all icebergs, there was a great deal more going on under the surface.

Almost as soon as there were movies at all, there were horror movies. Despite social resistance and critical scorn, film-makers both across America and around the world began to speak to the audience’s fears…and its desire for a shivery good time, too. And though many of these efforts have since slipped through the cracks of time and memory, they all contributed to the development of the genre.

So join us as we lift our lanterns, deploy our picks and shovels, and dig into the crypt of forgotten horror…


1000 Misspent Hours and Counting
And You Call Yourself A Scientist! The Student Of Prague (1913) (revised) Though it is not without its crudities and shortcomings, some of them of them unavoidable at the time, The Student Of Prague is a truly remarkable achievement: one which, thanks to the care and dedication of those involved in its restoration, modern audiences are now in a position to appreciate for the first time. Visually, the new prints are a revelation; and although the edited version did not entirely cut anything, it shortened everything, leaving behind a crude rendering of the story bereft of all detail and some explanation.
Jabootu’s Bad Movie Dimension
The Unknown Movies

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