The Film “Un Chien Andalou” is usually considered to be starting point of surrealist film making. Although this is true, it also provides the exploitive, horror themes, which Romero uses in “Night of the Living Dead”, and changed the horror genre indefinably. I spent the good proportion of last summer watching cheesy B rated horror films from the 30s and 40s. The general theme introduced in these films are quite simply an evil man holding a woman hostage through usually supernatural means, i.e. through hypnotism in John Barrymore’s “Svengali” (1931), or stealing young bride’s youth in Bela Lugosi’s “The Corpse Vanishes” (1942) . In the end ,however, a man rescues the beautiful young woman, and destroys the evil man, along with usually the castle which in inhabits. The horror movies at this time, were no suppose to be serious, but rather, an escapism from the horrors of war, and the economic down turn. From the Second World War which seemed hopeless to win, the horror movies always had a happy ending where good defeated evil. The film “Un Chien Andalou” defiantly influenced the horror genre, but the horror seen the the 60s. The film is still considered disturbing today, even though it doesn’t have all of the violence of films today. This is because like “Night of the Living Dead”, the film exploits the viewer, through disturbing images, and a hopelessness for the human race.