5 Reasons the Horror Genre Will Never Die


A large part of my time is often used to read reviews on horror films.  Most of the time I do this after I have already seen the film to add another person’s point of view to my post viewing experience.  It doesn’t often affect my view of the film and mainly I do it to see if anyone picked up on something that I missed.  There are certain critics that I gravitate to because my thoughts and opinions on horror films in general often line up with what they believe.  However, the quickest way that I can pinpoint a critic who is completely out of touch with the horror genre is when they mention that the movie in question “killed the horror genre” or more proof that “the horror genre is dead”.  The horror genre is never going to go away and here are five reasons why.

 The Classics: Movies like Night of the Living Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Thing, and The Exorcist are all timeless classics in the horror genre that constantly get revisited and re-appreciated by horror fans.  Sometimes this comes down to nostalgia factor, but more often than not it comes down to the fact that these are all great films.  No I’m not talking about just within the horror genre, but the fact that they have stood the test of time proving that they are special and important films in our cultural lexicon.

Whenever some critic says that the horror genre is dead, they refer back to a time when quality films like these were being produced and they refuse to look at other films released that year.  Is this holding films unfairly to a higher standard?  Maybe.  The fact of the matter is that these films are forever with us to always be appreciated and watched again and again, and no one can take that away from us.

The New Blood:

There are some extremely interesting things going on in horror right now, and in the last 10 years.  Films like The Hills Have Eyes, the French New Wave of horror (Inside, Martyrs), I Saw the Devil, and Hobo With a Shotgun just to name a few are all giving the viewers  what they crave in horror.

Granted these films are pretty different to one another, but more importantly they are better and more engaging than the normal Hollywood dreck that gets fast tracked just to make a quick buck at the box office.  Every year new horror filmmakers give us their vision on the genre and there don’t seem to be any signs of it slowing down, you just have to know where to look to find great films like these.

The Competition:

This kind of goes hand in hand with The New Blood category and it is a very real motivation behind modern horror filmmaking.  Now, before I sound like a pretentious asshole who believes that there are only a hand full of “winning” slots in the horror genre, let me explain it this way.  What filmmaker out there wouldn’t like the title of the most disgusting horror film that has ever existed?

Maybe they want to be the smartest horror filmmaker or the most shocking.  It’s not about actually achieving that goal, it’s about comparing your project to other great films and attempting to surpass them.  Will these filmmakers ever actually do that? Probably not, but that isn’t the point.  The point is that there will always be filmmakers out there that will push themselves to achieve the greatest film that they can possibly make and not settle with something that is just “good enough”.  They all know that you don’t want to see the same horror films over and over in a new shell (because they are fans too, and they know what it’s like), so they are fighting the good fight of great storytelling, great characters, and great horror set pieces with us the audience as the real winners here.

The Need:

Everybody likes to be scared.  It’s an adrenaline rush of being pulled into a story, getting scared at the prospect of what’s on screen, and then surviving it that make the horror genre so alluring.  It’s a very simple yet effective way for someone to get a little zest in their life in a completely safe environment.

Believe it or not, there are people out there that don’t like getting scared at the movies because that feeling of dread isn’t something that they enjoy having, even if they do overcome the experience.  Then again some people get that adrenaline rush from skydiving, motorcycle riding, or some other form of extreme activity and to each their own.  Many people enjoy the genre specifically for this reason and that number is too many for it to be completely dead.

The Fans :

Attractive and rabid fans are what help make this genre great.  People like you reading this right now are part of a community who have actively participated in conversations about horror films and mark them as some of your interests.  We all have our reasons, but the the fact of the matter is that no matter how many ups or downs the genre has, web sites like this will continue and thrive because of passionate and caring people that can be united in a common interest.  Sometimes these conversations get a little too heated but that’s ok.

The miracle is that they are even happening.  Think about it, how many horror film sites are out there filled with people just like you.  100? 300? 100000000? Now name me 5 websites that explore fully and are dedicated to critical discussion on action films, or romantic comedies.  You can’t think of any can you?  Me neither, and that’s what makes us all so awesome, we are never, ever going to stop being passionate about this genre.


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      1. su culo September 5, 2011 at 7:39 pm

        Awesome article. One of the main reasons horror will never die is because it’s based on one of the primal emotions: fear.

      2. Ms45 September 5, 2011 at 10:21 pm

        They are also a positive way to release our collective social anxieties…

      3. Ms45 September 5, 2011 at 10:39 pm

        *collective anxieties

      4. Goretorium January 14, 2013 at 5:16 am

        The horror genre is the best genre there is!

      5. Ron Brown November 24, 2013 at 12:57 am

        Never!!! It rules all movie genre’s forever!

      6. Patrick Fox November 24, 2013 at 12:59 am

        Ah yes o leatherneck wasnt a nice person

        • NanaDonna Castello November 24, 2013 at 7:50 am


      7. Chelsea DeWine November 24, 2013 at 12:59 am

        I absolutely love horror but I feel like the genre is dying because everything is being remade and there are few originals nowadays.

        • Horror-Movies.ca
          Horror-Movies.ca November 24, 2013 at 1:00 am

          I dont disagree but what other genre has fans like us? Even with the Hollywood ho-hum we still support the ‘genre’ not one filmmaker or one star :)

        • Jimmy Shields November 24, 2013 at 2:57 am

          I don’t think it’s dying at all and no wanting to start an argument but yeah theres alot of remakes i agree and most are shit but some are pretty cool as long as they change it up some like the Chainsaw remakes but it’s getting harder to find the really good ones but i think more people are getting into them…Your not wrong i just don’t think it’s as bad as it seems….

      8. Jeffrey Saylor November 24, 2013 at 1:02 am

        Best movie of all time

      9. George Gill November 24, 2013 at 1:02 am

        There’s def more “disturbing” movies out these days. Horror has changed for the worst but is def not dead.

      10. G Scott Hughes November 24, 2013 at 1:06 am

        the best reason..we all enjoy feeling fear.

        • NanaDonna Castello November 24, 2013 at 7:49 am

          but knowing we are safe in our homes or in the theater.

      11. David Villalobos Puente November 24, 2013 at 1:21 am

        :’) So true.

      12. Chris Favoright November 24, 2013 at 1:24 am

        And the sixth reason? Cause the villians never die either

      13. Brent Allan Bare November 24, 2013 at 1:27 am

        Remember in the early 90’s the genre was dead until Kevin Williamson brought us Scream & once made horror fun again. Someone needs to reinvent the genre again. I miss the days of slashers & villains.

      14. Ace Ling November 24, 2013 at 1:41 am

        His name is leatherface lol

      15. Gina Carmen Genao November 24, 2013 at 1:53 am

        I luv it!

      16. Reymark Galido November 24, 2013 at 2:25 am

        texas chane saw masaker yan ahhh

      17. Samuel Brault-Gauvin November 24, 2013 at 2:28 am

        Agree with your 5 reasons :)

      18. Jimmy Shields November 24, 2013 at 2:53 am

        Hell no it will never die and it is actually gaining strength as more people are getting into it and the bar is being raised even more and i love that shit, none will ever be as good as Chainsaw and Halloween but i have gotten into some of the later ones to especially Rob Zombies movies and Eli Roth….Horror is my fav…lol

      19. Ron Waite November 24, 2013 at 3:25 am

        Rock n roll will never die either

      20. M Triple Deaf Power November 24, 2013 at 3:36 am

        No one arrest him. Cop is punk!

      21. Pooya Haghighat Joo November 24, 2013 at 3:59 am

        texas chainsaw massaccare <3

      22. Jordan Allen November 24, 2013 at 4:03 am

        I don’t think it will die but horror flicks are definately on life support I think we need more original story’s there are only so many remakes you can make

      23. Kristopher Terrell November 24, 2013 at 4:21 am

        There’s only one reason – money. Horror movies are cheap and deliver a nice return. No other reason matters.

      24. Chelsea DeWine November 24, 2013 at 4:40 am

        All I’m saying is I love my classics and I like the remakes, but for the love of god please come up with something original

      25. Rena Louise Rosenquist Âû November 24, 2013 at 4:57 am

        Run bitch run!

      26. NanaDonna Castello November 24, 2013 at 7:47 am

        Great article, thank you. I have been a horror fan almost all my life, I am 55 years old and I hope the genre never dies. It does get harder to be scared of something you have loved for so long but I keep looking for new movies.

      27. Robert Stuart November 24, 2013 at 8:56 am

        There are good movies made. They just don’t usually get theatrical releases.

      28. Robert Stuart November 24, 2013 at 8:56 am

        But “The Cabin In The Woods” came out not long ago, and that was a great film.

        • Holli Wagner
          Holli Wagner November 25, 2013 at 6:59 am

          Hell yeah it was!!

      29. Alan Michell November 24, 2013 at 9:11 am

        James Wan is producing some good films across the genre.

      30. Jason McGrath November 24, 2013 at 9:47 am

        I agree the genre will never die…but it sure is in a frigging slump. :(

      31. Rosana Ferreira November 24, 2013 at 12:28 pm

        a eu tenho esse filme e xato…

      32. Neil Montgomery November 24, 2013 at 12:30 pm

        horror forever. and ever. and ever. and ever and EVER! K?

      33. Brenda Butler November 24, 2013 at 4:20 pm

        i wish they would make more true horror movies based on real events that way we can see just what kind of crazy planet we live on

      34. Rudy Forgedfromfire November 24, 2013 at 6:50 pm

        aw, he’s so cute!

      35. Becky Bishop November 24, 2013 at 11:34 pm

        I believe today it’s called torture porn.

      36. C.Ó.Goibster January 28, 2014 at 7:52 am

        I wouldn’t say the horror genre is dying. Movies are just being remade and if those movies have sequels they’re not being remade. Just left for another person to pick up. I’m fourteen and there are so many movies I haven’t seen the genre won’t die. We just need something more original like The Conjuring