Horror- An intense of fear, shock or disgust. Modern Horror- Repetitive Rehashes of outdated plots.
Since Hollywood has started creating movies it has been making horror films. Starting with the classic Universal monster movies. Horror movies eventually moved up to a large part of Hollywood and a solid moneymaking method, scaring and amazing audiences for decades to come. But at some point in time horror lost it's touch becoming repetitive and frankly boring.
When horror started they were usually low budget serials with unknown actors and cheesy effects. They were usually about a monster of some kind. They were generally less favorable as opposed to adventure and drama films of the time. Eventually we reached a point in the 60's where they were usually just for Saturday afternoon.
In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock Directed Psycho. An adaptation of Robert Bloch's novel from the year before, starring Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates. The film was more of a thriller than a horror. But nonetheless it still inspired slashers of the 70's and 80's. Psycho shocked the nation with it's infamous shower scene. It also laid the foundation for mentally disturbed villains.
Aside from the results gained by Psycho, it didn't change the horror genre by much. After a while it became common for parents to drop their kids off at an afternoon matinee of a monster movie while they went off and did some shopping and other errands. That was until George A. Romero released his 1968 classic, Night Of The Living Dead. Children going into the theater were expecting some cheesy monster effects and off screen deaths, but were terrified by the horrific atmosphere, convincing acting and intense gore for the time. Night of the living Dead, inspired modern zombie movies that would be released over the next several decades. George A. Romero's classic was reviled by many, even being banned in several countries. Indeed it was a masterpiece in horror.
Over 6 years later Tobe Hooper directed The Texas Chainsaw massacre, another controversial film that would later become a classic. The film which is about a psychopathic family of cannibals that kill some kids who got lost on the wrong back road, was marketed as a true story. It was not. That was only said so as to get more viewers to pay for a movie ticket. Although not a completely true story it was partially inspired by Ed Gein. Later in the 70's Alien hit theaters and although more of a sci-fi film, it was undoubtedly a horrific experience. Why? Because of the eerie atmosphere and the suspense of waiting for the creature to show it's self to the viewer.
The 80's however started a trend. A trend that started with Friday the 13th. A movie Inspired by Halloween a few years earlier. This trend would continue for decades. A trend that would involve knife wielding maniacs killing sexually promiscuous teenagers in the most gruesome of ways.
Modern horror has since devolved into slasher films and supernatural films. All of which are the same as the ones from before. They are usually either really gory or just very unoriginal and un-scary.
Thats the problem now a days horror movies try to be nasty and grotesque instead of actually being scary or horrific. Opting for jump scares as opposed to lingering fear. Now some are not too bad. I myself liked the Wolf Creek films. But again these movies just try to shed the most gore. But gore is not scary it is just gross.
Movies used to have actual scares to them, now it's something that is greatly missed. In 1975 Jaws was released, and although a thriller as opposed to a horror, but what did make it frightening was the suspense of the film. Sharks are familiar to people have been for a long time, but Jaws made the shark frightening because it was hidden from view. That and the creepy and now famous music that set the mood for the franchise. Which is another thing. Horror movies instead of keeping the suspense and originality they just churn out sequel after sequel that is just the same thing over and over again. Instead of making an original sequel they usually just reuse the same kills and techniques over and over again.
And now I understand everyone has their preferences and that I didnt discuss Halloween or some others but this is just meant to be a quick gloss over. But i do wish that Hollywood would return to making actually scary films instead of gory slasher films and masochistic torture films. Because gore gets tiring and they never mix anything up.