chapter  2
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Evolution of the Horror Genre

The telling of horrifying tales is as old as the human capacity to tell tales. The modem horror film is merely the latest form of such story telling.

On this premise, we attempt to trace the evolution of the horror film from its roots in ancient, preliterate societies. Our venture leads us to stories told by hunters, reports from those who survived warfare, fairy tales, rites of passage, blood sports, horrifying staged happenings, and lastly, films from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to Halloween, Friday the 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.