Max Schreck as Count Orlok in the 1922 film Nosferatu. Critic and historian Kim Newman declared it as a film that set the template for the horror film.
A shrine dedicated to Mae Nak Phra Khanong, a ghost in Thai culture, that has been prominent in many Thai horror films. Legends from folklore of many cultures would go on to influence horror upon the development of film.
Depiction of the usage of mirrors in horror films.
The 1980s saw a surge of films adapted from the work of Stephen King (pictured).
Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931), a film noted as inspiring a wave of subsequent American horror films in the 1930s.
Max Schreck portraying as Count Orlok from the 1922 film, Nosferatu. Critic and historian Kim Newman declared it as a film that set the template for the horror film.
George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968) led to what Newman described as a "slow burning influence" in independent and thoughtful horror films in the 1970s.
A film poster for Dracula (1931), the film that created a wave of American horror films in the 1930s.
Some cast and crew members of The Blair Witch Project (1999), one of the highest grossing horror films of the 1990s.
A film poster for Cat People (1942), the first film made by producer Val Lewton that created a new style of horror film.
Park Chan-wook, the director of Thirst (2009), one of the many varied Korean horror films from the early 21st century.
A film poster for The Thing From Another World (1951), a film that moved horror films away from the style established by Universal in the 1930s.
French director Julia Ducournau (centre) won the Palme d'Or for horror film Titane. She is pictured with actors Agathe Rousselle and Vincent Lindon, who star in the film, at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.
A film poster for Psycho (1960). Along with Black Sunday, the two 1960s films dramatically changed the tone of horror films from the 1960s onward.
Jörg Buttgereit in 2015. Buttgereit was described by Kai-Uwe Werbeck as "arguably the most visible German horror director of the 1980s and early 1990s"
George A. Romero in 2009. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968) led to what Newman described as a "slow burning influence" in independent and thoughtful horror films in the 1970s.
Still from Dario Argento's Suspiria (1977). Curti described the film as developing an "artistic rebirth" and "irrational dimension" to the Italian gothic from its "set pieces to the color and the music."
The 1980s saw a surge of films adapted from the work of Stephen King (pictured).
Filmmaker and composer John Carpenter, who has directed and scored numerous horror films, performing in 2016.
Some cast and crew members of The Blair Witch Project (1999), one of the highest grossing horror films of the 1990s.
Cannibal Holocaust (1980) uses a found footage style.
Director Ruben Fleischer and cast members of Zombieland (2009) at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con. The film was one of the many zombie themed films of the late 2000s.
Still of Madhubala in Mahal (1949), considered one of the first Indian horror films.
Swedish director and screenwriter Johannes Nyholm (right) presenting his horror film Koko-di Koko-da at Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema 2019.

Films prior to the 1930s have been retrospectively described as horror films as the genre did not become a codified genre until the release of Dracula (1931), where the style and themes of the film have been specifically re-adapted into similar works.

- History of horror films

Horror films have existed for more than a century.

- Horror film
Max Schreck as Count Orlok in the 1922 film Nosferatu. Critic and historian Kim Newman declared it as a film that set the template for the horror film.

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