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Behind The Scream: 17 Photos Of Your Favorite Gruesome Horror Films

Por: Andrea Mejía 14 de septiembre de 2017

Horror isn’t a genre everybody enjoys. And I totally get it. I mean, why would anyone pay to watch a movie to get scared, witness the bloodiest scenes a person could ever come up with, and guarantee they'll have a sleepless night or one full of nightmares? If you want a good scare, everyday life is scary enough, right? Well, that’s part of the deal with the horror genre in general: it’s experiencing fear ––and the adrenaline that comes with it–– in a “contained” space and in a limited dose, like riding a roller coaster or doing extreme sports. However, there’s more behind this search for thrills. A good horror story sheds light on that side of the human mind and history that we do not dare to explore in our everyday life because of its morbidity or because, deep down, we don’t really want to find what lies there.


But when it comes to horror movies, besides unforgettable plots and monsters, you'll also find talented actors, teams of makeup artists, directors, and special effects experts making the horror come to life. Take a look at the work behind the scenes of our favorite scary flicks.





Let’s begin with that character who gave all of us nightmares when we were kids: Pennywise the clown. Clowns themselves are scary enough ––whenever I see them at children's birthday parties or restaurants, I run away from them––, but what happens when an evil child-devouring creature disguises as one and terrifies a whole town? That’s some serious nightmare fuel. Of course, the brilliant Stephen King is the one who came up this terrifying monster, but the crew who worked on the 1990s miniseries also gave their input in order to make the character even scarier. Tim Curry, in particular, collaborated with the crew and managed to look frightening even though his costume and makeup were just like the kind we see every day on regular clowns.





Now, let’s move on to the next set of pictures in this gallery of horrors. The horror world wouldn’t be the same without the movies of John Carpenter. This mastermind of horror has created iconic characters, such as Halloween’s Michael Myers, and gave life to horrendous creatures, like the parasite of The Thing, or the bloodsuckers in Vampires. However, the special effects also played a big role in making all these monsters the unforgettable and gruesome icons that now plague our nightmares.





If we’re going to talk about gruesome creatures, we can’t miss Ridley Scott’s science fiction horror flick: Alien. If you didn’t feel even a bit disgusted or horrified by the baby alien sprouting out of a poor astronaut’s stomach, I can’t think of anything that would disturb you. Making the alien queen required a lot of work, including multiple sketches of the monster, exceptional special effects and makeup, and the work of actors like Bolaji Badejo, the man behind the heavy costume and mask of the xenomorph.





Wes Craven was another creative genius that revolutionized the horror genre, specially with his famous Nightmare on Elm Street franchise and their main villain, the murderous Freddy Krueger. Although many different actors have portrayed this supernatural serial killer who attacks people in their dreams, the one we remember the most is Robert Englund, who appeared in most of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies. As we can see in these pictures, the actor’s quirky style, along with the work of the director and makeup team, gave the character’s thirst for revenge a touch of dark humor that has made him a favorite among horror fans.





Last but not least, we can't have a horror picture gallery without including those actors and movies that shaped this genre’s beginnings. They are commonly referred to as the Universal Monsters: Count Dracula, the Mummy, Frankenstein’s monster, the Wolfman, Frankenstein’s bride, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. They became symbols that would transcend the horror genre, to the point that they are now pop culture icons you’ll find at every Halloween party, and even in innocent TV shows such as Scooby Doo or The Munsters.



After seeing these photographs, these movies aren’t as scary as you thought, right? That’s part of the magic of filmmaking.


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