Sidney Hayers

Circus of Horrors (REVIEW)

The close kinship between circuses and horror fiction has been well documented. Tom Browning’s early silent films articulate this relationship quite beautifully. The physical act of viewing segmented attractions and being moved by what the viewer is witnessing is certainly an apt comparison to the act of early movie watching. The cinema of Meilies, the Lumière Brothers, Alice Guy, or Thomas Edison have perhaps more in common with this form of artistry. And indeed, early film exhibition found its earliest home in vaudeville shows.

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