By Gary S Price
There’s no denying it, horror is one of the biggest and most popular movie genres there is.Just what is it that makes horror films so appealing?
People love to be scared and watching a horror movie is a great way to experience being scared in a safe environment.Then there’s the social aspect, watching a horror with friends, and laughing aloud when one of them jumps at a particular scene makes for an entertaining night out. Horror movies have entertained the masses for decades.The popularity of the horror movie just seems to get bigger every year.
I absolutely love horrors, flesh eating zombies,vampires even murdering psychopath’s it’s all good.But in my opinion, the horror movies coming out right now are just not as good as they used to be.
Let’s take the Saw series for example, saw was a great horror movie. It was different from anything that had been done before and in many ways it broke the mould from your typical horror picture. It had it all gore,action,suspense and more than enough plot twists to keep any horror fan happy. Then they went and committed the cardinal sin of horror movies. They made a sequel, not just one sequel four sequels. So we are now on saw 5 and god help us saw 6 is on the way.
I’m not saying that any of the saw sequels were particularly bad but by making so many they have taken away the originality that made the original Saw so good. Another problem I have with the so called modern horror is that they rely way too much on gore and gross out tactics. Whatever happened to being scared without seeing a head chopped off?
The most notable example of modern horror movies resorting to gore and gross out tactics is the Hostel series. Again i’m not saying that these were bad films (okay so hostel 2 was a bit bad) but they rely more on blood and guts than classic scares.
Thankfully not all modern horrors use these cheap tricks. Take for example Last House On The Left. While the film did have a few gory scenes one of which included a microwave and a head, the rest of the film is carried by good old fashioned suspense. I wont spoil the movie but if you haven’t seen it I highly recommend it.
Regardless of my opinion on current horror movies it’s obvious that this genre will continue to entertain us for many years to come.
Take a look at what i think are the best horror movies of the 1980s.
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