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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

31 Days of Horror: Day 16-- The First Horror Movie!

On Monday, Columbus Day, with the library closed and the kids off of school, we all went to the Museum of Science and Industry.

They have an out of the way area that always shows old silent films.  During October they have this special program:

FrankenFoley!Frankenstein returns to Yesterday’s Main Street Cinema. See the original 1910 silent film version of this classic horror tale. You'll learn how sound is made, why sound is important, and how Foley artists combine science and creativity to create sound effects. You might even be chosen to create sound effects for a one-minute movie clip. Daily at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (Yesterday's Main Street)
We got there a few minutes early and we able to watch the entire film, which you can also watch by clicking here or watching the embedded video at the bottom of this post.

This is THE FIRST ever film adaptation of Frankenstein.  Some even say it is the first horror movie ever. You can click here for the full info from IMDB. But what I find the most intriguing from the standpoint of my work with leisure horror readers is how early in the history of films that horror was explored.

No matter how you feel about horror, human beings have always been drawn to it as a storytelling device.

Why not take a trip back in time and watch this 10 minute movie that set the stage for all horror films to come. I am so glad we took a side trip to see it.

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