It was only a matter of time before Pedro Almodóvar made a horror film. His decades long career directing, writing, and producing exhibits a constant concern for themes that flirt with the horror film genre. His films revel in all things melodramatic, the fluidity and ambiguity of sexual and gender identity, a love for surfaces and pop culture, camp, and the perils of isolation. A few of his films, namely “Carne Trémula” and “Atame!”, more precisely lean toward the horrific.

The legendary Universal Horror cycle of the earlier to mid 1930s is a period in cinema all cinephiles owe it to themselves to explore. Certainly variants of horror myth and folklore were present in the cinema prior to this. Most famously we can think of “Nosferatu” or any number of German Expressionist films from earlier in the century as well as the early silent version of “Frankenstein”. However, for many film historians the 1931 “Dracula” (Tod Browning) and “Frankenstein” (James Whale) ushered in “horror” as a very specific genre in Hollywood filmmaking.