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|From "horror" to "horrid"...
Written by Delories
(1/24/2006 7:04 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, This is true, penned by LaurieBrittany
For example, when the original _Frankenstein_ with Boris Karloff was shown, in many theatres, children were not allowed (and to this day it has the equivalent of an "R" rating in some European countries). Now, to many viewers, the "scares" in the film are quite tame, because we've gotten used to far gorier stuff on screen.
So I agree that this sort of thing was very scary to its original audience, and intended to be (despite the comic relief, a tradition going back at least as far as Shakespeare's "gatekeeper" scene in _Macbeth_); and I also agree that JA was a pioneer in finding the unintentional humour in it. In fact, NA could be compared to contemporary comic parodies of horror films (_Young Frankenstein_, _Scary Movie_).
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