Tag Archives: Horror History

Three Silent Horror Films From Before 1900

It’s time again to look back in the history of horror — way back!  Here are three very early silent films.  They may not contain some invincible hulking maniac, but they at least dabble in horror imagery. George Albert Smith’s “The X-Rays” (1897) Also known as “The X-Ray Fiend,” this …

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First Short Horror Film: The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (1895)

Often credited with inventing the light bulb, Thomas Edison also produced the world’s first short horror film, The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots. This very short work — which is only about 17 seconds — was directed by Alfred Clark and depicts exactly what you’d expect. “Mary” (Robert Thomae, secretary …

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