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Children of the Night: How Americans Came to Love Horror

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May 13 2020
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Jun 30 2020
Children of the Night: How Americans Came to Love Horror

In this video, W. Scott Poole explains how World War I and figures like Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, and Boris Karloff created the first golden age of horror in the 1930s and ’40s, as seen in It’s Alive!.

The sheer number of vampires, unquiet spirits, and zombies that shamble around in pop culture makes it difficult to believe there was a time when many Americans saw horror as literally un-American. In this video, W. Scott Poole explains how World War I and figures like Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, and Boris Karloff created the first golden age of horror in the 1930s and ’40s, as seen in It’s Alive!.

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