The simplest way to conform to the general horror market is with a story revolving around zombies. While the genre typically seeks to bend and morph with the changing times, the saturation of certain sub genres becomes inevitable.
Approaching the horror genre in the modern age can be a trivial task. Especially within the slasher genre, the tropes and formulas have long been established which creates a blockade for filmmakers. The "Final Girl" concept, as proposed by Carol J. Clover, is a byproduct of the repetitive nature of these fresh attempts. In the end, a slasher film comes down to who lives, who dies, and how the killer will come back for more.
The introduction of Hannibal Lecter through the medium of film surprisingly happened long before the cultural hit The Silence of the Lambs landed in theaters. A performance, made famous by Anthony Hopkins, that created a horror icon owes some groundwork to Michael Mann's Manhunter. The film is an adapted version of the Thomas Harris "Red Dragon" novel that begins the Hannibal Lecter saga. Despite being a strongly written character, the infamy of Lecter was not born within the film.
What’s fascinating about Play Misty for Me looking back on the history of stalker films, is that it was one of the first. Typically, Basic Instinct and Fatal Attraction are the two go-to films for this genre, mainly because they’re more in the cultural consciousness and amped up the insanity. However, this directorial debut for Clint Eastwood was an impressive depiction of his skills as a director of actors. While the film doesn’t do much visually to entice the viewer to stick out the run time, the chemistry between Eastwood and Walters is fantastic.
With the winter holiday's quickly approaching, it's only inevitable to find films with holiday cheer ready to invade theaters. There is a great tradition in the horror genre of subverting the iconic aspects of the Christmas experience. That's exactly what the film Krampus does with its anti-St. Nicholas plot. What gives the film an edge over other holiday horror romps is that it balances horror and humor to a degree that neither panders to horror fans or ignores them completely.
What makes horror comedies so successful is that they explore the thin boundary line that separates slapstick from pure violence. A simple punch to the face can result in a comedic recoil of pain, but done with the right amount of force and verocity, it can become a crime scene. The best of the genre take that boundary line, broaden it, make it bold, and push any semblence of a boundary it was in the first place.
It seems that not only has writer Stephen King dominated the horror literature world, but he's managed to get most of his stories adapted into feature length films. His stories have been reimagined for the screen by some of Hollywood's best talents like Brian de Palma with Carrie, Stanley Kubrick with The Shining, and Rob Reiner with Stand By Me and Misery. This of course shows how powerful King's works have been in mainstream media in comparison with other horror novelists.
It's difficult to classify what is more terrifying about the Goosebumps film: the movie itself, or the fact that book series its based off of is considered classic. Starting in the early 1990's, the Goosebumps series of books were marketed toward children that were curious about the horror genre but didn't have the reading level (or parental consent) to pick up a Stephen King novel. They told stories of whacky horrors for typically young characters to encounter and overcome.