Is Mainstream Horror Dead?
by, 11-01-2011 at 09:15 PM (950 Views)
All amazing movies that were appreciated by the Horror community at large, except for one thing: None were in theaters, for the average American to walk into and enjoy. What was in theatres?
Don't be Afraid of the Dark.
Shark Night 3D.
Now, as with every year, there were some good in-theatre horror movies, such as Insidious, and Paranormal Activity 3. But, overall, the quality and amount of horror films that are available to mainstream USA is decreasing, while Independent films are florishing on DVD. The genre has been reduced to using gimmicks such as 3D and overusing "found-footage." It is much like how the horror scene was in 1995, with movies like Jason Goes to Hell, and TCM: Next Generation using conspiracy theories to fuel their plots. Likewise, this generation is all-self-referential horror, tongue-in-cheek and winking at the audience.
In 1995, a idea of brilliance by Wes Craven gave us Scream, and restarted horror, essientially ensuring its survival up to the present. In doing so however, he also removed some of the terror present. Compare Halloween 6 with Halloween H20, and you can immediately see that H6, while awful, was going for actual scariness and horror, unlike its sequel.
Horror on the big screen is dying, and it needs another shot in the arm. That shot won't be from Wes Craven though, just look at Scram 4. What we need is a thought-provoking, serious, scary, well-made blockbuster that will bring horror back to the average consumer.
The age of Black and White sci-fi monsters is over.
The age of 80's Slashers is over.
The age of PG-13, humorous, found-footage, Japenese remake is dying.
We are at the dawn of a new age in this genre, and what will it be to scare people next?
Just my thoughts.