Horror movies are probably about as old as the movie industry itself. Thomas Edison made one, an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. That movie no longer exists aside from a few frames, but that was hardly the last time something creepy, evil, and murderous would show up on the silver screen to threaten others.
Universal Studios perhaps invented much of the modern horror genre. Producer Carl Laemmle Jr., son of the studio’s owner, oversaw much of them, and even if the movies may seem stale or silly by today’s horror standards, these films created the classic look of many monsters that every incarnation since is held up to as well as making household names for many of the actors who played said monsters.