Horror films of the 1930’s took the foundation of terror created during the twenties and evolved quite effortlessly. Many 1920’s horror films were a combination of mystery and comedy, where scary events were often filmed as much to amuse as to frighten.
The plots concerned themselves with perceived horror – ghostly visions, unexplained noises, and mysterious strangers lurking about. By the films end it would all be neatly explained as the workings of some evil-doer who was intent on concealing their activities.
However, there was one notable and historic exception to this innocent form of terror and his name was Lon Chaney. Evil was no longer a brief supernatural element easily explained away, and more often than not came in human form.
When it came to accomplishing this villainous task, no one was, or will ever be, better than Lon Chaney. Dubbed “The Man of a Thousand Faces,” Chaney was a man whose make-up artistry allowed him to create shocking and mutilated characters with only one goal in mind…to frighten the public out of its wits.