Every generation has its favorite horror films. If you grew up in the 50’s then you no doubt remember Godzilla. This film has become a classic and is still re-played over and over even in this modern age. In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock took horror films to a new level with Psycho. This film has been viewed millions of times all over the world and many filmmakers have attempted to copy its stark terror and bizarre storyline.
It’s hard to say what makes a good horror film. Some people say that it’s good scripting and the right cast while others believe it’s all about creating a freakish world where all kinds of terrible things can pop out of the darkness and scare the life out of you. The Blair Witch Project film proved that you don’t necessarily need a big budget. You can start with a scary idea and a good understanding with what is truly frightening to people.
Some of the horror films of the past 20 years have gone to great lengths to be especially graphic in the gore. This seems to appeal more to young audiences who are looking for a big thrill. Seasoned horror film aficionados spurn this type of gratuitous violence saying that it’s just a way of avoiding making a great horror film, but still selling tickets.
Whichever side of the fence you’re on, you can’t deny the appeal of horror films. They take us into a strange world only limited by our imagination. They make us believe in the eerie underworld and mad creatures from beyond.
Over the years, many filmmakers have attempted to make an all-new, never before seen horror film that would shock and stun audiences. This has resulted in some pretty unusual movies being made like I Know What You Did Last Summer. This American-made slasher film really brought slasher films to the forefront of the industry and made Jennifer Love Hewitt a big name star. Though it received mixed reviews, it earned over $125 million at the box office and won a few awards. Sometimes the public knows better than the critics when a horror film works well.
What often happens when a film is successful is that it is copied again and again by others and we wind up with a whole new genre. This is how the horror film industry has evolved over the years. Whether we hate the graphic violence or love the villain’s ability to keep coming at us, we all watch horror films. They make us stretch our imagination and believe in things that go bump in the night. They make us look under our beds before going to sleep at night. They give us strange and unusual things to think about.