Posted on 10/30/10 10:37 PM | Last edited on 10/30/10 10:37 PM
For years, horror films have become sort of a joke. A bunch of teens go to a certain place where a serial killer of sorts hunt them down. Repeat the same story, give it a different title, sell it to the people, and make alot money: That's what many Hollywood studios follow. Seriously, why are stupid people paying for the same stupid crap?(Okay I sometimes pay to see these movies just to get a laugh after I leave work but that's not the point) Do they expect to be entertain by the same stupid crap they seen before? I don't know what those people think but I believe they need to see REAL horror films.
Before, horror films rely on telling a suspenful story(Whether it be about a curse or a monster) in which regular Joes and Janes get involved in an enviorment unknown to them. And the best part about it, the filmakers allow their imaginations to think of creative ways of telling their stories: The visuals of the location, the image of the monster(Both physically and mentally), ways of surving the monster or killing it, etc. Sure there were also some pretty bad horror movies in the past too but unlike the recent ones, you can see the filmakers put a lot of their effort they had available into the movie.
Unfortunately, horror movies now look cheap and stupid because these filmmakers want to ground them in reality. Why? Movies are a form of escapism: People tend to watch and be entertained by movies to forget about reality(Which many have forgotten). I don't like the idea of using a serial killer as a monster(Sometimes it works, most of the time it doesn't). Give me a demon, a ghost, a witch, a vampire(A real one, not the ones from fucken Twilight) or anything that is actually relates to the horror genre. In fact, if the "horror" movie is more grounded to reality, it should be label as a thriller(Some are, but most are not).
To make matters worse, most horror films are in the pussy PG-13 level. Why? The movie itself will be released in the R-level unrated cut on the home video market so why not release the original version in theaters. Sure you can get more money from the kids but...I got nothing.
Another thing I hate about the most recent horror films is that some go to the tourture porn territory. NOTE TO STUDIOS: TOURTURE IS NOT SCARY!!! It's digusting. Sure torture can be used as a plot device but if the torture happens just for the sake of it, it just comes out stupid and pointless.
Now, are there no good horror films being made? No, they're a few good ones from recent years that come up with some great stories and some who put a great spin on old cliches. Unfortunately, those good ones often fail at the box office because the same stupid people are not interested in the good ones, only the crappy ones.