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The horror renaissance , 2015

A good list has been compiled by the AV Club about how to make good horror..

And it's good horror that has been lacking for too long of a time, besides a few gems that have popped up through thebyears..

This article linked here could help any upcoming writers or directors create a new masterpiece of our time and genre..

I am perfectly fine that the Era of torture porn appears to be coming to a close..

Of course as I say that a popular Go fund Me still exists for 30, Rob Zombie' upcoming film. .

The masterpieces of yesterday may never get repeated--even though we keep on trying to recreate them over and over again with remakes and redos.. Instead, directors and writers should update the standards, refocus on what is scaring this new generation.. And what isn't.. Slashers lost their effect.. Our reality is comprised instead of trustworthy men in business suits ruining the world. That's scary..
Equally scary: The future of robots and nanotechnology.. science fiction and horror can merge in a beautiful and well-made with under the direction of the right producer.

And maybe even more, horror movies should teach lessons again. Become societal commentaries again. Like DAWN OF THE DEAD. That movie held a revolutionary message. Even some say the same for FRIDAY the 13th, calling it a commentary on the Reagan era and the rise of the Religious Right.  The SAW films capitalized on America's newfound love of torture after 9/11..

And now today, as this is written, IT FOLLOW and BABADOOK are celebrated not only in alternative sources but also mainstream press as horror films worth seeing.

That's a positive.
Horror can be as important as drama or any other genre.. As a matter of fact, even more so: It's the primal fears, the instincts of humanity, the hopes and prayers of survival.. the scares of what we cannot control. All rolled into one hour and a half (or more) of visual and emotional scares.

Today, IT FOLLOWS is released in a number of theaters--but not nearly as many as I wish. With success, of course, that could change.

Earlier this week, I wrote about the high praise of IT FOLLOWS. And the positive press hasn't stopped there, the shower of love of this movie has only continued. And that's a good thing if you're a fan of what this genre SHOULD be about.

For years I have been the anti-horror movie horror fan, usually celebrating movies opposite of what pop culture says they love.. as an emotional and loving father, I am disturbed by many of the films in the horror genre that some praise. I get a little queasy when other sites write stories talking about the 'best death scenes' and the 'kills' of films..  But please don't get me wrong, there's enough room in any genre for subsets of the best.

The real reason that horror, to me, is still important and worthwhile to follow: Because when done right it can put a spotlight on pop culture or societal troubles, drench it with attention, and change the world.. I really do believe that.

 

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