Anatomy of a Horror Film Video

I made this video which has 272,750 hits on YouTube:

I posted the video (essentially a slideshow played to Bernard Hermann’s prelude to Vertigo) in March 2008.  For about a year the video averaged less than 50 hits per day.  I received my first referral in August 2008, and in January 2010 had a referral from the video “Is That Real?” This resulted in a substantial increase in viewing.  In May 2011, YouTube recommended the video for general viewing and the video has since exploded to about 250 hits a day globally. Milestone events are presented in the graph below.

The demographics are interesting. The majority of viewings are in the USA, with Eqypt and Vietnam close seconds (horror films are popular in Egypt?). 55% of the viewers are between 35 – 54.  Less than 10% are ages 18 – 24.  79% are male (women are either smart or don’t care much for monster films).  In looking at the USA, the most hits are in California, Texas, New York and Florida.

In analyzing the video, the attendance steadily increases at the top 10 list and peaks at the No. 7 character (The Creature from the Black Lagoon). Afterwards the video tanks.  I wonder if people got pissed that the Gillman wasn’t No. 1?  Anyway, if the current attendance stays status quo, the video will have close to 400,000 hits by next year.  Let’s see if things increase after this post on monsterminions.  Half million by December 2012?  Time will tell.

2 Responses to “Anatomy of a Horror Film Video”

  1. While this might not be that unusual nowadays, to me, it is a phenomenon of mass communication. Ten people an hour worldwide are viewing ’25 All-Time Monsters’. Marshall McLuhan is being proven correct: “In this electronic age we see ourselves being translated more and more into the form of information, moving toward the technological extension of consciousness.”

  2. War and Peace in the Global Village. You are a literate man Stan.

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