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Nosferatu is a widely inspirational horror, originally made in 1922 it can be interpreted as a stepping stone for cinema not only horror. The story is based loosely on a Dracula theme and in its day it was truly terrifying. As horrors have adapted this production no longer has the same effect in evoking terror within an audience however it has created an outline of which other successful horrors have followed on from. It uses the key element of fantasy characters, ghouls and ghosts aren’t real yet they appear frequently in horrors. The idea of the abhuman is truly terrifying and is a very popular element included in various films, it allows writers to be limitless with abilities of their ...view middle of the document...

Its narrative is disturbing and goes against all human norms and values.
The narrative entails ‘Two American girls passing through Germany in the middle of a carefree road trip through Europe, the girls then find themselves alone at night when their car breaks down in the woods.’ A highly generic introduction to a horror although typical conventional elements are what attracts an audience, they gain pleasure through recognition so a strong point of this production would be its initial hook. A further key element shown early in the introduction is the isolated setting, it makes the girls appear vulnerable and weak. Searching for help, they stumble into the hands of a deranged retired surgeon who explains his psychotic scientific vision to his captives’ utter horror. The tale then unfolds that the surgeon wishes to connect his captives mouth to anus and the whole idea is sickeningly thought through to every detail. A key element used in this film is its props, the surgical tools and the almost laboratory testing room feel instantly send shudders down the audiences spine. Within horror films these two things combined never end well. The ideology of the kidnapper being a qualified surgeon adds to the terror building in the film. The character knows what he’s doing and knows what he wants and nothing will stand in his way. “Truly one-of-a-kind, Tom Six's twisted biological horror film The Human Centipede confidently goes where few films have dared to go. The sick vision of a demented surgeon, a role portrayed so brilliantly by Dieter Laser it is sure to join Freddy, Jason, and Leatherface in the horror pantheon, is a 100% medically accurate nightmare.”
It's been described as "the most horrific film ever made". Tom Six claims "I think it was The Sun, in England," which quoted this bold statement about the film. It called the film "twisted", "depraved", "sadistic and vile" and "the ultimate video nasty".

28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle. The screenplay was written by Alex Garland. The film stars Cillian Murphy and Naomie Harris, who have now built careers as widely successful British actors.
The film is set twenty-eight days after a virus quite literally takes over the streets of London, newly zombified citizens are everywhere to be seen and are almost inescapable. The virus is highly contagious to the point one of the infected could drool on you, and all aspects of your normal human self vanish within 20 seconds. Survivors, led by Cillian Murphy and Naomie Harris, attempt to escape. “Boyle and screenwriter Alex Garland keep things scary and visionary.” A sequel, 28 Weeks Later, followed in 2007. It has its moments. But this is the original real deal. When overlooking the complete horror shown throughout in this film it invites you to reflect on the serious fragility of modern civilization, which has been swept away in a matter of hours, while the hero lies peacefully in a coma, by a...

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