For this week I've chosen:
Top Ten Trends To See More/Less Of
Still sticking with the Halloween theme I've made a list of the horror trends that I'd like to see go or more of.
1) The final virginal girl
Yeah, we get it. If you have sex you will die. I've never liked that trend because it just sounds like a preachy message for abstinence and I don't like preachy. Teenagers have sex and they shouldn't feel like it's an immoral act they have to be punished for... by being mutilated by a psycho killer. Seriously, how horrible is that? I see the whole point of it. Oh, if they're having sex then there aren't aware of the strange events happening around them and they're totally clueless of any danger surrounding them. Nuh-uh, this trend can disappear. It's the 21st century. Let there be change!
I'm a monster! I'm a monster! Blah, blah, blah! If you hate vampire life so much just grab that stake and end it. I don't know what has happened to this lot but they've become so much whinier and moodier than their neck slashing ancestors. Some people have tried to make vampires way too human, basically to the point where I don't see why they bother to make them vampires in the first place. They're just pale guys with eyeliner round their eyes. I'm not impressed by these modern day vampires with their souls and human girlfriends. Vampires are a completely different species. They are demons that terrified people around the world since the ancient times. Nightmare stories to make you wary of the dead. There's nothing human about them.
3) The serial killer with a 1000 lives
Slashers can be a guilty pleasure of mine. But they stop terrifying me when the killer comes back from the dead thanks to satanic curses or a bolt of lightning. Sometimes I like my horror to be something real. Something that could actually happen. And once you see these slashers die and come back the scares fade.
4) Found Footage films
Okay, a couple of them have been alright but we've really had enough of them now. Just stop it! It's lost all originality.
5) Spooky at night
I get how spooky night can be. If you're the only one up everything is just silent. A noise like a creaking floorboard or the heater clicking is amplified and you don't see the logic. You start to wonder... suspect... panic...
But everything scary always happens at night and I'd like to see a little twist to that. What about the daytime? The time you're supposed to feel safe turned into the time when you're worst nightmares follow you.
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Another thing I don't see much of are witches. Bring them back for some good old fun! Not for their targets of course...
After Anna Dressed in Blood I'd love to see more ghostly tales. Hauntings, poltergeists... something different for a change. If there's anything that can scare me it's a ghost.
8) Logical explanation or supernatural phenomenon?
I'd love to see more horror that screws with people's minds. Is it actually happening or can it all be explained?
9) Urban Legends
If you want a horror story idea turn to an urban legend! They are fantastic for setting up the basis for a spooky story. Hook Man, the killer in the back seat, Bloody Mary... these characters are desperate to be used in something!
Just like urban legends folklore is a brilliant source for ideas. Native American, Egyptian, Babylonian etc. Let some of our ancient beasties and demons make a comeback in a modern day setting.
What trends would you like to see go or more of? :)