Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol

Jacqueline Brizard, a member of the Grand Guignol theatre company at their 'theatre of horrors' in Paris. Photo by James Abbe/General Photographic Agency/Getty Images

From 1897 to 1962, a small theater in Paris gave became famous for its grisly, terrifying plays. The Theatre du Grand Gignol became a cultural fixture in Europe, and ultimately gave rise to horror as an entertainment genre.