Topic: A New Horror Cycle
So, most folks understand that horror films go in cycles. Every 6-10 years or so a new horror film will come along which blows the roof off of and revitalizes the genre and spurs every hack filmmaker in the business to flood the market with similarly-themed product.
- In the 30s, the Universal horror flicks launched the "monster" cycle that lasted into the forties.
- In the 40s, it was the "meets" movies. Dracula Meets Frankenstein, Abbot & Costello Meet The Wolf Man, etc.
- In the 50s, the so called "Red Scare" instigated floods of "invader" movies, while the simultaneous threat of nuclear war launched waves of BEM (Bug Eyed Monster) flicks, cashing in on our paranoia over the effects of radiation.
- In the sixties Psycho was the big thing, and resulted in copious "insane killer" movies.
- The 70s started with a bang with A Clockwork Orange; while not a horror movie, it broke taboos and pushed what could be gotten away with under the noses of the MPAA, resulting in some of the most starkly violent and psychologically twisted horror we've ever seen.
- The 80s, spurred on by the late 70s successes of Halloween and Dawn of the Dead, were all about mad slashers and lots of gore. But by the end of the decade we'd seen it all, and it was time to return to the more "cerebral" horror of...
- The 90s. Silence of the Lambs kicked off a littany of genius killer movies, eventually leading to the likes of Seven and countless other "mad genius" flicks. Then there was the self-referential horror AND slasher subgenres started by the success of Sceam, and horror became a hotseat for Pretty TV Faces and ironic twist endings. But by the end of the decade we grew tired of serial killer flicks, and so...
- The 2000's. Supernatural horror clawed its way back to the fore with movies like Ringu and The Blair Witch Project. A year into the new millenium, however, 9/11 happened. And horror became more about emulating the stark and horrific imagery we witnessed in coverage of the Twin Towers and nightly reports on the War on Terror. Witness the "torture porn" fad perpetuated by such movies as Hostel and the Saw series, to which most of us are already burned out, and the "found footage" films, both of which try to capture the raw emotional punch of those video-recorded true life horrors we've born witness to over the last ten years. And the remake trend. It's not the filmmakers who should be blamed, but the corporate studio monsters who put those projects together in the first place in order to cash in on name-brand-itis.
And now here we are, in the 2010's, and horror has gone stale again. A new cycle is on the horizon. My question to you is, what do you think the next cycle is going to be? Will it be a return to more subtle horror after a decade of extreme violence? Will it be deeper, more thoughtful horror in direct contrast to the shiny and superficial genre scene we have now?
What do you think will be -- or want to be -- the Next Big Horror Thing?