We as humans have always loved Horror. We just love to sit down and get scared. Horror has been doing that for us for centuries. But these days, there seems to be something lacking in the Horror world something that isn't...supernatural.
Back in the 70's and 80's horror was in it's hay day, studios we creating horror films left, right and making memorable horror classics such as The Exorcist ,Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th and Halloween. So what's in these classics that modern horrors are failing to grasp. What all these movies have which modern horrors are missing is a story. Now I know what your thinking. “Doesn't all movies have a story.” Well, no is the answer. All movies have a plot but not necessarily a story. In the classics we get to know our characters and develop a bond and opinions on them. Even in Wes Cravens “Scream” we get to know the very first victim in the very short time she is on screen. Horrors these days just start killing people off without any character development. And that also brings us to the scare factor.
Today's films are filled blood and gore which isn't actually scary but not pleasant to look at. Sure some of us get a kick out of seeing someone ripped apart their internal organs being devoured buy a ravenous zombie but other people can't stand the sight of blood. But you don't need tones of blood and gore to get a good scare out of someone. The 1978 slasher film “Halloween” proves just that. It creates a very chilling and uneasy atmosphere without any need for the gore. And onto jump scares. Don't get me wrong, I love a good jump scare. I love it when our leading character is nervously walking through the woods or some spooky hallway and suddenly our villain comes out of nowhere and attacks. But these day's scary movies are chalked full of jump scares, so much so it just becomes boring and predictable.
Another reason that Horror just isn't what it used to be is the overuse of the supernatural. Okay I have to admit that I love a good ghost story but almost every horror that is released these days is based on some supernatural element and they are all becoming the same, found footage, haunted by a demon its all just getting boring. The reason why “The Exorcist” worked so well is because it was one of a kind, nothing was like it at the time. And what happened to the slasher movie? I love a good Slasher film but the most modern slasher film I have seen that deserved to be in the sub category was Saw 2. That was brought out in 2005 and it doesn't even come close to that last really good one 1996's Scream.