Horror Films Ten Decade Retrospect 

Horror Films


Well, we’re almost in the New Year, and we’ve had quite some growth in horror cinema over the years. Each decade brought something new and different to the horror arena. I will lightly touch on a few select movies in each decade, but will share one good movie from each decade.

1920s – “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1920), “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (1920), “Nosferatu” (1922), “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1923), “The Phantom of the Opera” (1925), “The Cat and the Canary”.

Key Movie: “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1920)

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1930s – “Frankenstein” (1931), “Dracula” (1931), “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935), “The Mummy” (1932), ‘Freaks” (1932), “The Ghoul” (1933).

Key Movie: “Frankenstein” (1931)

DecayMag.com “Frankenstein” (1931)


1940s – “The Wolf Man” (1941), “Frankenstein Meets Wolfman” (1943), “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948).

Key Movie: “The Wolf Man” (1941)

DecayMag.com Wolfman 1941


1950s – “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954), “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1956), “The Blob” (1958), “The Fly” (1958), “House on Haunted Hill” (1959).

Key Movie: “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1956)

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1960s – “Psycho” (1960), “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” (1962), “Carnival of Souls” (1962), “The Birds” (1963), “Night of the Living Dead” (1968), “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968).

Key Movie: “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” (1962)

DecayMag.com Whatever Happened to Baby Jane


1970s – “The Last House on the Left” (1972), “The Exorcist” (1973), “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974), “Deep Red” (1975), “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975), “Who Can Kill a Child?” (1976), “Alice, Sweet Alice” (1976), “The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane” (1976), “The Omen” (1976), “Carrie” (1976), “Suspiria” (1977), “Halloween” (1978).

Key Movie: “Deep Red” (1975)

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1980s – “The Changeling” (1980), “The Shining” (1980), “Altered States” (1980), “The Beyond” (1981), “The Thing” (1982), “Tenebre” (1982), “Videodrome” (1983), “Re-Animator” (1985), “Night of the Creeps” (1986).

Key Movie: “Videodrome” (1983)

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1990s – “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991), “Dead Alive” (1992), “In the Mouth of Madness” (1994), “Stir of Echoes” (1999), “Thesis” (1996).

Key Movie: “Thesis” a.k.a. “Tesis” (1996).

DecayMag.com “Thesis” a.k.a. “Tesis” (1996)


2000s – “Session 9” (2001), “High Tension” (2003), “Inside” (2007), “The Strangers” (2008),  “The House of the Devil” (2009).

Key Movie: “Inside” (2007)

DecayMag.com Inside


2010s – “American Mary” (2010), “I Spit on Your Grave” (2010), “I Saw the Devil” (2010), “Sinister” (2012), “V/H/S/” (2012), “The Babadook” (2014). 

Key Movie: “I Saw the Devil” (2010)

DecayMag.com I Saw The Devil



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