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Christopher Lee starred in numerous British horror films of the era, produced by Hammer Films. It was Lee who fixed the image of the fanged vampire in popular culture.
Low-budget productions featured humanity overcoming threats such as alien invasions and deadly mutations to people, plants and insects.
Christopher Lee starred in a number of Hammer Horror films, including The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), which Professor Patricia Mac Cormac called the "first really gory horror film, showing blood and guts in colour".
A horror film is a movie that seeks to elicit a physiological reaction, such as an elevated heartbeat, through the use of fear and shocking one’s audiences.
Initially often inspired by literature from authors like Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley, horror has existed as a film genre for more than a century.
Japan's experience with Hiroshima and Nagasaki bore the well-known Godzilla (1954) and its sequels, featuring mutation from the effects of nuclear radiation.
Hollywood directors and producers found ample opportunity for audience exploitation through gimmicks.