Slasher Films: Did The 1980s Ruin Horror Films?

June 17th, 2012 at 12:00am www.tobehooper.com

The 1980s definitely changed the horror genre in regards to movies. The most popular slasher films were Halloween, Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street. You can look at those three movies as a broad genre, but that’s a common mistake. If you really look at these three films, they’re different from one another.

Out of those three movies, or movie franchises, Halloween is the most impressive. It holds a deep story that takes it beyond just horror. Nightmare on Elm Street also has a deep and intriguing story. The difference there is that it came to the scene later, which made it less impressive. The only true slasher movie is Friday the 13th. The story is weak and the movie is really more about shock value than anything else. That said, it had a tremendous impact on the genre.

In the 1990s, Scream followed suit. After that, horror movies began to get creative again. Hits like Saw and The Ring prove this. However, the genre has sunken back into the abyss with constant attempts at found footage films and zombie films, which have taken place of slasher films.

The horror genre is cyclical, and great thought-provoking movies are likely to return soon.

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