Go Back   Horror.com Forums - Talk about horror. > Horror Movie Discussion > Vintage Horror Movies

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 08-25-2014, 08:43 PM
Nihilove Nihilove is offline
the walls are bleeding.
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 16
Expressionism, Horror, and Noir- An Unholy Trinity

Much of what is considered "classic Horror" in film is the direct descendant of German Expressionism.

Everything from the use of black and white film to create mood with stark light and shadow to stylised and twisted sets was inspired by German Expressionism of the 1920s.

And after the explosion of Horror films in the 1930s died down in the 40s, gangster movies became more popular. They, in turn, adopted the expressionist black and white style, and became known later as "Noir" films.

There are just a few films that I think transcend just one of these genres and utilize two or all three of them.

The best example I can think of is M from 1931 by Fritz Lang.

It is a German gangster film before the gangster craze in America, and so could be called one of the first Noir films and the last German Expressionist films.

But what really makes it especially interesting is the fact that on top of these elements is the very real element of Horror in the film. It follows the killing spree of a murderous pedophile (Peter Lorre) and it's aftermath.

The film focuses much on both the police and gangsters and their respective witch hunts for the killer, but the scenes with Lorre are incredibly disturbing and haunting.

So in addition to being one of the first Noir films, it may be the first serial killer Horror film as well.

M is the best example I can think of as being an Expressionist, Noir and Horror film all at once. It is an incredible film.

Please post any others you might think of that fall into this category!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 08-27-2014, 02:35 PM
pickin_grinnin pickin_grinnin is offline
Little Boo
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 5
I absolutely love the old German Expressionist films. I am particularly fond of their use of slanted and crooked backdrops to represent buildings.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-27-2014, 07:22 PM
neverending's Avatar
neverending neverending is offline
Cranky

 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 12,416
An amazing and masterpiece film for sure, but I don't know if it could be called the first serial killer film- there were silent versions of the Jack the Ripper case (Hitchcock's first version of The Lodger) and Sweeney Todd.
__________________
Lee Widener, Author Website

Cartoon Artwork, Underground Art, Other Weird Stuff
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-27-2014, 07:50 PM
horcrux2007's Avatar
horcrux2007 horcrux2007 is offline
Evil Dead
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 2,744
M is definitely one of my favorites.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-27-2014, 09:38 PM
Nihilove Nihilove is offline
the walls are bleeding.
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by neverending View Post
An amazing and masterpiece film for sure, but I don't know if it could be called the first serial killer film- there were silent versions of the Jack the Ripper case (Hitchcock's first version of The Lodger) and Sweeney Todd.
Cool. I have to check those out! Yeah, I had a feeling I was jumping the gun on that one...but it is one of the first noir films, and I consider it a horror film as well.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 09:33 PM.