I can take or leave most fan-made montage videos, but this 12-minute “History of Horror” clip edited by Diego Carrera is a real standout as these things go. Over the duration, Carrera takes us on a 121-year journey through the genre that gave us such masterworks as Bride of Frankenstein, Psycho, The Shining and 28 Days Later, using one movie a year to illustrate the trajectory from early silents like Edison Studios' Frankenstein to modern-day classics like Jennifer Kent's The Babadook. It's pretty fascinating to watch the genre evolve in just 10 minutes and 30 seconds of screen time (the latter minute-and-a-half is taken up by credits), highlighting both the massive changes that have taken place over the years and the foundational qualities that remain in place more than a century later.
The only tiny quibble I have is that for the year 1992, Carrera chose to highlight Francis Ford Coppola's visually stunning but dramatically inert 1992 Dracula adaptation over Bernard Rose's smart, underappreciated urban legend flick Candyman — but, of course, that's an issue of personal taste and not a knock on the video's quality. This is, overall, a superbly-edited piece with a pitch-perfect score to boot (if you were wondering, the track used is “Camino” by Mexican electronica artist Murcof).
Thanks to Bloody Disgusting for bringing the video to my attention.