Horror Movie Month: Classic Horror

In the leadup to Halloween we’ll be bringing you a roundup of all the best horror movies from the classic era to the modern day. First up: horror’s classic roots.

At the dawn of the 60s a whole new genre of film hit the big screens: the horror movie, specifically designed to shock and terrify. Until then, horror movies had been sci-fi or gothic, like Frankenstein, The Mummy, and Dracula: folk tales for bedtime chills, not awful things happening to normal people in modern times. 

This was a huge surprise to the innocent moviegoer, and some of the movies on this list were banned from cinemas all over the world, with people reported fainting, vomiting, and running screaming from the theatre…

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Psycho (1960)

Alfred Hitchcock’s slow-burn thriller opened the door on a whole new world of psychological terror.

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Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Two classic Hollywood actresses stunned audiences by appearing in this macabre tale of sibling torment.

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Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

A young couple, an unexpected pregnancy, some unusually attentive neighbours…

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Wicker Man (1973)

A mysterious missing girl, an isolated Scottish island community, and a policeman lured to a terrifying fate.

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The Exorcist (1973)

The classic tale of demonic possession that sent people screaming from theatres.

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Jaws (1975)

A terrifying shark stalking summer beachgoers, and a fractured community in turmoil. Stream it right now on Kanopy.

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Carrie (1976)

Stephen King’s tense novel of girlhood and control brought to vivid, bloody life.

How many of these early horror flicks have you seen? What else belongs on this list? Head over to library streaming service Kanopy to see a whole other list of classic horror movies, or click any of the posters to get a copy on dvd at your local Cockburn Libraries branch.