A majority of modern day horror movies seem to be in a competition with each other to create the most disgusting and bizarre mutilations of the human body ever seen. It can almost be guaranteed there will come a point where they will just plain run out of ideas. Maybe then they will have to go back to actually scaring people.
I’m not saying there is anything wrong with a good slasher flick and, of course, to each their own. I’m also not pretending to be a professional movie critic, nor am I saying that my opinions reflect the general public.
However, you have to agree that most horror filmmakers could just throw some ground beef and a few buckets of fake blood around and call it a “Horror Movie”. One of my favorite horror flicks of all time is a film called The Exorcist, maybe you’ve heard of it.
Sure, The Exorcist had its fair share of gore and disgust (remember the pea soup) but it was mainly the psychological thrills that played on one of our greatest fears, the fear of pure evil. If that wasn’t enough, the movie also showed that demons could posses a cute, seemingly normal, little girl.
Next would have to be The Omen. Now, granted, Damien was pretty creepy whether or not he was possessed by the devil. However, you throw Satan into the mix and you’ve got another great horror movie that plays on our fear of pure evil and the unknown.
I think one of the scariest parts in the omen is when the nanny jumps out the window and hangs herself, after yelling “Damien I love you! Look at me Damien…it’s all for you!”. I found this scene to be extremely frightening and I don’t really know why, maybe it was seeing a person hung. These are what I call “horror” movies, not scenes of complete and grisly mutilation. After awhile it all becomes common. We are becoming desensitised to gore.
Another great horror movie, in my opinion, was Carrie. I think the reason Carrie was so frightening to me is because, we all knew that person in high school who was picked on. Maybe it was us. In this case, however, the young girl who was being bullied turned the tables on the bullies, big time!
This could be an obvious answer to bullying in our schools, make it mandatory for all students to watch Carrie. This movie, along with those frightening movies they show in driver’s training ought to change a lot of minds real quick.
Do you notice a common theme with these great horror movies? First, they are all about demon possession and second, the victim’s are all children. There isn’t too many things more unnerving than harm coming to children or the fact that children can be pure evil rather than sweet and innocent.
The fact that the devil really does exist and can cause such havoc is another very disturbing element in these movies. It is the unknown that has always scared us most as a civilization. That is why these movies are classics, they know just which nerves to touch and how to do it.
Rosemary’s Baby is another classic! It takes the theme of sweet innocent children to a whole new level by featuring a baby. Babies are innocent, sweet and cute. Who doesn’t love babies? Well, think again, Rosemary’s baby Adrian is no bundle of joy!
My feelings are we need more movies that are less “blood fests” and more “scare your socks off” type horror movies. I would really like to hear what my your thoughts are on the topic of what makes a horror movie scary and what you think of the majority of modern horror movies, so please leave a comment and let’s start a discussion.