There are different types of violence depicted in films made during different historical periods; like The Phantom of the Opera (1943) with Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) . Can we even explain them? In early films like Phantom, the suspense before an actual murder (again, not graphically depicted) was central to the action, while today’s “slasher” films focus on numerous brutal murders with graphic scenes of the carnage included. Consider the tremendous popularity of such horror films today and their effects on children as well as adults, considering that such presentations are commonplace on cable television.
In comparing and contrasting these two films, was there an obvious difference between the two different historical periods, in regards to the types of violence portrayed? If so, what does this tell us about society in each historical period?