When Acting in Horror Films
By definition, horror is a strong feeling brought about when you encounter something frightful or shocking, fearful disgusting. Often times, horror films are centered on human beings’ worst fears such as the supernatural, nightmares and myths. Even movies that feature viral and deadly diseases may also be characterized as horror.
Although movies within the horror genre typically carry similar plots that involve something evil or supernatural intruding into our everyday normal lives, we might not notice the vast list of themes commonly used in horror films. To name a few, it includes ghosts, witchcraft, Satanism, demons, vampires, cannibals, haunted houses, zombies, and disturbed or lost souls.
Horror movies have long served its purpose, dating from way back 19th century. Not only does it add thrill and excitement to our daily normal lives, but it also opens our minds and imagination to the things that were left unspoken of. The film considered to me the first horror film ever made was French director Georges Méliès’ The House of the Devil in 1896. After which, movies like Frankenstein (1910), The Student of Prague (1913), The Golem: Or How He Came into the World and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (both 1920), followed thereafter.
Of course, it is observable that horror movies have evolved as times have passed. At present, a typical reaction from an audience watching a horror movie would include involuntary screaming, racing heart, sweating, trembling and even urinating. And as an actor, it must be difficult to aim at delivering the same quality of acting and reactions every time.
To be able to refer to one’s self as an effective horror film actor, the audience must be able to experience the abovementioned reactions; which is not an easy thing to do. This is where research comes in handy. Whatever plot it is that is being introduced in the movie, you have to have a comprehensive understanding of it so as to be able to deliver an acting as genuine and as real as it can be. This may successfully get the frightening feeling across to the audiences watching.