October 8, 2011 By the late 1960s, classic horror movies pioneered by Vincent Price and Boris Karloff had run out of steam. What took their place was something different, edgier and altogether more terrifying.
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July 18, 2011 Jason Zinoman revisits the kitschy origins of modern horror movies in Shock Value, a fascinating, well-written chronicle of the blood-and-guts flicks from the 1960s and 1970s.
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis starred in John Carpenter's 1978 horror film classic Halloween.
July 6, 2011 Rosemary's Baby, Night of the Living Dead and Targets all came out in 1968. Theater critic Jason Zinoman says the three films redefined Hollywood horror in the aftermath of the Vietnam War — and influenced the genre for the next several decades.
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