The Sad Demise of the Humble Horror Movie…..
Because it’s Halloween…..again
1999. Perhaps it was because of the inverted “Number of the Beast” but 1999 was the last time that I enjoyed a genuinely scary horror movie – Blair Witch.
Why have we lost the power to write or produce decent horror movies? What has happened to our ability to convey the presence of evil, the fear of monsters, the terror of being alone and isolated with a slasher on the loose? Where are the current crop of films turning childhood anxieties and mythologies into nightmares?
Now, off the top of my head I can only think of a small number of movies that have actually scared me:
- The Exorcist – the theme of Tubular Bells can still cause the hairs on the back of my neck to bristle
- Psycho – to this day I will not stay in an American Motel, and, I always…
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