Its financial success does not mean, however, that is emblematic of the genre’s recent tendency toward the “passive-aggressive and hilariously, lazily vague.” Audience reviews have been somewhat more generous (on Rotten Tomatoes, 45-percent of viewers said they liked it), but it seems unlikely the movie has a future as even a cult classic.I have a small group of trusty horror fans whom I can consult when I want to know if any of the genre’s new releases are worth a trip to the theater, and the answer for people.The weekend getaway goes from awkward to horrifying via hypnosis, strange housekeepers and what looks like an attempted fade via lacrosse stick.Earlier this year, the horror movie genre was pronounced dead.In the noughties era of tech, it was phones (One Missed Call), television (Ring), games (Stay Alive) and reality shows (My Little Eye) that were out to get us.Since 2010, social media is the newest killer on the block.None of the six horror films released before September managed to break million on opening weekend at the box office, and none ended up earning over million total domestically.
Hence the appeal to college students looking to dissect the anti-consumerist message of "Dawn of the Dead" or the moral dilemmas inherit in AMC's "The Walking Dead." Zombie movies are also popular with "thrill-watchers," said Deirdre Johnston, a Hope College professor who has studied the effects of horror movies on adolescents. (Go into the basement without turning on the the lights? ) For conservative viewers, slasher flicks also provide morality lessons, showing the dangers of pre-marital sex and underage drinking.To get to the bottom of this mystery, we decided to delve into the minds of people who love delving into the minds of people who love horror movies. "These plot lines also play on the sexual apprehensions of teens and pre-teens — she's sexy and seductive, and oh, so dangerous!Yes, zombies might not be the brightest monsters in the crypt, but they are the favorite of directors who want to provoke thought as well as fear. " RELATED: Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry and other celebs are spook-tacular for Halloween So what about slasher flicks like "Friday the 13th" and "Halloween?The juxtaposition of earthly and unearthly threats makes this a uniquely terrifying film, and Shideh (Narges Rashidi) is a wonderfully complex and sympathetic heroine.Not many films could make a sheet of printed fabric terrifying, but Bella (Diana Wynyard) thinks she’s losing her mind.