Friday, March 15, 2013
12:42 AM | Posted by Ramsey | | Edit Post
A friend of mine, a film buff, recently proposed an interesting question: where is horror going? Various ghost stories have been popular in the last few years, though they are not necessarily indicative of the future of the genre. To be clear, horror films always have been and will always continue to be diverse, but some sub-genres of horror gain greater popularity for periods of time. For example, slasher flicks have been generally popular between the 70s and 90s, cheesy b-horror movies were trendy in the 80s, and zombie films made a big return in the 2000s; the question is, where will horror continue from here? What is the modern man afraid of?
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Despite our surviving the great Mayan apocalypse of 2012, my prediction is that apocalyptic themes will become more popular in years to come. With anxiety-inducing reports of global financial crises in the news each day, whispers of a severe recession-- or worse, a complete economic collapse-- seem to be new sources of fear. Continuing in the popularity of the zombie sub-genre, movies in the next 10 years may place heavier emphasis on themes of survival. Aside from the undead, some topics one could expect to see may include viral outbreaks, post-government society (state of anarchy), extraterrestrials (alien invasions, experiments, & conspiracies), and devastating natural disasters. Many will still flock to the cinema for a good fright, but future moviegoers will be attracted to the idea of seeing [generally] realistic solutions demonstrated in an entertaining way.
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