Horror Films: The Silent Years

This episode celebrates the birth and development of the horror film genre, from the 1890s through the 1920s. Our guest is Troy Howarth, co-author of “Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era (Volume 1),” and we celebrate the horrific output of the Edison studios, German icon F.W. Murnau, the Lon Chaney-Tod Browning canon, and other masters of silent horror flicks.

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Freaks (1932)


For a very long time I avidly avoided Tod Browning’s “Freaks” simply because it was one of those films that I was intimidated by. While very few films leave me tainted, “Freaks” is a film I was afraid would be cheap, exploitative, and nauseating. “Freaks” is by all accounts one of the most downbeat horror classics ever made. Especially in the face of director Browning’s horror classic “Dracula.”

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