So if you are like me, you aren't very happy with the major studio horror films coming out in the past several years. To me it seems like we are stuck on endless repeat of the same haunting film over and over again. It's not that I have a problem with haunting films, it's just that I have a problem with most modern ones cause they don't seem to be bringing anything new to the table.
But as many horror fans know, pretty much every major slasher villain is getting a reboot. Now I know that a lot of fans hate the remakes and I completely understand why. They are generally total shit. However that doesn't mean that it can't be done right. It's not hard to come across good remakes but much easier to come across bad ones. Sometimes the remake is largely considered better. A lot of fans prefer the 1991 remake of "Cape Fear" over the original 1962 version. I personally love them both but prefer the original. But that's another story for another post.
Now to get more into detail on my distaste with modern horror. I personally can't think of any good haunting films that have came out in the past 20 or 30 years. I prefer my horror with gallons and gallons of blood but that isn't what makes a haunting film good. So all though I do appreciate a good haunting film, I am, somewhat, biased on the issue.
Now to explain why I think modern haunting films are inferior to classic ones I will give an example of a good one.
Now if you look at the classic haunting films such as the 1963 version of "The Haunting" you will notice it is very unique for it's time and uses storytelling in a much more interesting ways than modern films.
I feel that modern haunting films are all too similar. They are full of fake jump scares as well as a few real ones. They also just seem to have a bland and predictable plot structure.
Now it may seem like I'm shitting on the newer films too much but I don't mean they aren't entertaining the first time around. They just tend to have no replay value. Now to the slashers...
Now we have seen horror remakes fail numerous times. Most of these remakes have great kills but the film just doesn't stick like the old ones. The 2009 "Friday the 13th" was one of those. I loved the kills. It had some of the coolest kills but the rest of the film fell short for me.
In the 2010 remake of "A Nightmare On Elm Street" was half hit, half miss for me. The worst part was Jackie Earl Haley's voice for Freddy which I think flat out sucked. However, the rest of the cast did a solid job. The best part however was the badass flashback to Freddy being burned. And I also really liked the ending in this one.
So my thought is, if it can get that close to being a solid "Nightmare" film, then I still have hope that at least a few of theses upcoming remakes can nail it.
So for those of you who don't know, Jason, Leatherface, Pinhead, and I heard Freddy are getting either a remake, reboot, or in Leatherface's case a prequel in the next few years. I haven't found a credible source for Freddy though so don't take my word for it.
So that was a quick post I wanted to do. Please let me know what you think of the future remakes, past remakes, or current horror in the comments below.