Scream rolled into the horror genre as a form of commentary on all that had come before it. The tropes, trappings, and clichés that had turned modern audiences away from the horror genre, and the slasher subgenre more specifically, were turned on their head in the slyly written script by Kevin Williamson. The next step for the Scream world was to comment on what makes the horror sequel successful or utterly useless. Enter 1997's Scream 2 with Williamson back as writer and Wes Craven as the director.
The new era of horror is here and it is not afraid to show its age. The lovers of the online world will feel right at home in the world that Unfriended builds around Facebook, Spotify and Google. Director Levan Gabriadze and writer Nelson Greaves dissected that spirit of the online world and infused it into a horror film for a new generation. Unfriended is a fresh approach to the genre as it isn't exactly a found footage or possession movie of recent years.
Love it or hate it, Scream was a movie that made waves. It has been referred to as the film that revived the horror genre during its release in the 90's. Horror veteran director Wes Craven teamed with the then unknown screenwriter Kevin Williamson to bring a postmodern view to the horror genre and, more specifically, the slasher subgenre. At the time of Scream's release, Jason was hopping bodies via mutated fetus, Michael was chasing babies with bloody runes, and Freddy was dead.
A movie revolving around a small, secluded town where Stephen King hides away from the world sounds promising. The focus around King and his influence on the town could bring about some interesting commentary or parallels to some of his best works like "Misery", "Under the Dome" or "It".
Mix zombies, a Mad Max style road thriller, telekinetic powers, and campy action and Wyrmwood is born. Wyrmwood (Road of the Dead) is a zombie flick that takes cues from its predecessors while incorporating new approaches to the undead sub genre. It's over the top and not afraid to go for the unexpected which comes with a mixed result.
Apocalyptic stories have been around for decades, or even centuries technically, with references to the end of days in religious manuscripts. When it comes to film and television, focusing a plot around the impending end of the world is one that has been done several times over to the point that there may be nothing new to bring to the table. However, director and writer Zak Hilditch decided to bring his own spin on the apocalypse trope with his film These Final Hours.
Horror films tend to go through trends of following what brings audiences to the seats. The rise and fall of slashers, home invasion, the "turture porn" craze with Saw, and more recently the possession/devil themed films have had their hay day in theaters. Combining these sub genres has been an effective strategy in the past as well with films like Scream combining horror and comedy. Adding too many different aesthetics can be a messy concoction, and 2015's The Lazarus Effect is the perfect example.
The study of dreams and nightmares continues to be a deep well of new discovery. What exactly conjures those scattered moments in the mind to play during sleep? How can the visions seen in these dreams and nightmares effect the sleeper? These questions lining the walls of sleep analysis have been approached scientifically as well as spiritually. The 2008 documentary The Nightmare by Andrew Gray seeks to answer some of these lingering questions.
B-horror films have always lived on the line between good and bad, giving viewers the opportunity for a new camp classic to be born. They're not offensive because they don't take themselves too seriously, which can be exactly what the doctor ordered. WolfCop from director Lowell Dean sets out to create a romping good time with the monster genre, and ultimately delivers on its promise. While not being anything ground breaking or new, the movie manages to take moments from the werewolf films of old and put fun twists on them.
Sometimes trying to reinvent a genre can be a daunting and seemingly pointless task. When it comes to slasher films, there have been countless attempts to reapproach the "Ten Little Indians" type set up with an unknown killer waiting in the wings to pick them off one by one. Despite most of the films being copycats and cash grabs, there have been a handful that don't attempt to reinvent but still leave a positive impact on viewers.