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1h 13m

What Are We Scared Of? A Brief History of Horror Films in America

by Julia B. | Arts FREE

7 Lessons 1:13:41
  1. 1. Introduction 8:32
  2. 2. 1890s 1930s 12:08
  3. 3. 1950s and 1960s 11:07
  4. 4. 1970s and 1980s 12:31
  5. 5. 1990s and 2000s 12:34
  6. 6. 2010s 11:03
  7. 7. Conclusion 5:46

All ages

1h 13m

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About the course

What are you afraid of? Do you like horror movies? Why do we like to be scared? In this lesson, we discuss a brief history of horror films in America and how they reflect society's mainstream fears at the time. Trigger Warning: we will be discussing things like racism, physical and sexual abuse, and torture. There is no graphic imagery or descriptions.


  • Cinema
  • Film
  • Genre
  • History
  • Horror
  • USA


Hi! I'm Julia and I just graduated in May 2020 from SUNY Purchase where I studied filmmaking. I have been a teacher for about 4 years. I have taught both preschool and high school students. While teaching at Gooroo, my areas of teaching fluctuate between middle to high school level film courses and preschool to elementary crafts and educational activities. I enjoy helping students unlock their full potential in order to pursue their passions! My philosophy is to do what you love, take risks, and don’t be afraid of making mistakes (that’s normally when the best lessons are learned!).

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