Up until 1980

Up until 1980

ufbtoby's picture

Is it me or did horror movies loose something in 1981? There has recently been a rivial of smarter horrors, but seriously, with the slasher films, didn't something seem to get lost? Look at psycho, the shining, the changling, TMC the original, rear window (not really a horror, but I like to plug it.) haven't the story lines gotten, well... lame?

please tell me I am wrong and movies I can see it in.

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MojoDark's picture

Your not wrong with old time horror films there was always a feeling of suspense but with the whole slasher genre it was not a matter of who would be killed but when they would be killed and in how gory a manner. No feeling of atmosphere or hidden menace which to me is far more scarier. Now I do like the slasher films as well but they just aren't all that scary to me.

horrorgirl's picture

I think horror movies, in general, started relying more on gore than a good storyline. Too many movies these days are relying too much on gore and nudity and totally forgetting about a good screenplay. That is not to say that there aren't any good horror movies out, but they are not as numerous as they used to be.

dark one's picture

there were some very good slasher films. the ones that we can all name as groundbreaking (tcm, friday 13 1, prom night, halloween, etc) and then hundreds of movied that came out to capitalise on those groundbreaking films.

i find that with the slasher genre there ARE some very good ones, you just have to find em. much like music, when theres something getting people excited, carbon copies pop us. copies are never as good as the original. the more copies, the poorer the quality.

you get someone with a fresh idea, and a twisted imagination, and good horror is still possible.

theres still some very good ones, even being made now.

not the formulaic 'oh look his head came off!' sort, but some that really make your skin crawl. look to independant films. wolf creek is one that really pushed the envelope.

Shinjacu's picture

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I think horror movies, in general, started relying more on gore than a good storyline. Too many movies these days are relying too much on gore and nudity and totally forgetting about a good screenplay. That is not to say that there aren't any good horror movies out, but they are not as numerous as they used to be.

I really agree with you there. Gorefests have replaced good thought out suspensful horrors nowadays. I adore classics and the movies of this generation are just not as great. Granted most start out with a great concept, but somewhere inbetween the blood and boobs, it gets all messed up >.<

TheMorrigan's picture

I'm on board with this one as well. It's the main reason I'm loving the asian horror so much. I don't mind gore and actually enjoy it, when it's thematically correct, but it's no substitute for a good story.

scarychic82's picture

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Is it me or did horror movies loose something in 1981? There has recently been a rivial of smarter horrors, but seriously, with the slasher films, didn't something seem to get lost? Look at psycho, the shining, the changling, TMC the original, rear window (not really a horror, but I like to plug it.) haven't the story lines gotten, well... lame?

please tell me I am wrong and movies I can see it in.

yes, thank you, i have been telling my friends that for awhile. todays horror films is made with no good story lines and there all about sex, drugs, and who happens to be naked in the shower before the killer comes. i def. love the classic movies. sorry if i kinda said what you said. it's just some of my friends aren't really into the classics. but i tell them that they are missing out.

wags022559's picture

Definitely! "Halloween" was at least able to tell a scary story w/o the use of blood and guts and nudity (with the brief exception of P. J. Soles boobs). After that, the genre seemed to go downhill. What bothers me more than anything else is the fact that there are so few new ideas out there. Why is Hollywood remaking all of these films that have already had definitive original versions? Does no one have a truly original, creative idea in their heads anymore? I know that there are some exceptions..."The Sixth Sense", the Japanese scare films, the "Scream" trilogy...but why remake "The Hills Have Eyes" or "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" or "Silent Night, Deadly Night" ("Black Christmas", to be released soon)? I know that special effects have gotten more savvy and sophisticated and more can be done for effect, but it always seems to be at the expense of the story and original concept. Where is this generations Hitchcock?

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