10 Horror Movies That Revolutionized The Genre

2. Halloween


Plot: In 1963 in a small town, 6 year old Michael Myers murders his elder sister. 15 years later, he escapes a psychiatric facility and returns home on the run for blood.

How it changed horror: Today in the box office, it became one of the most profitable independent films. John Carpenter has influenced a significant slasher legend of imitators, sequels and reboots. But it’s little graphic violence and gore showed itself as a cultural and historical significance. Critics notify this film from it’s sadism, misogyny, empathy to the villain, immorality from youth in 1970s America, drugs and survival. This does not use murder weapons, cannibalism or dreams; just an original monumental slasher.


1. Psycho


Plot: A secretary named Marion (Janet Leigh) who ends up finding herself in a secluded motel after stealing money from a colleague; and finds herself in the hands of the motel’s owner/manager Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins).The aftermath changes both lives forever.

How it changed horror: Before Psycho, in horror it was just book adaptations like Dracula and Frankenstein. Nobody would dare to pass that limited genre, until the great Alfred Hitchcock changed horror and film forever. After his 1980 death, there was 3 sequels, a remake, a TV spin-off and a TV series. But this film INVENTED slasher horror. He made one of the greatest films in history, blasting Anthony Perkins to stardom and typecast. This film is historically monumental, original, shocking and the mother/father to all horrors I have presented you today and more.

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