10 Observations about Horror in 2013


What has 2013 told us about the state of play in horror, and where could that be taking us in 2014?

  1. Paranormal activities rule: Whether it’s exorcisms, hauntings, or possessions, this is the current go to for producers and audiences alike.
  2. Monsters suck: The Asylum is ruining the B-movie. Sharknado and co are not so bad that they’re good, they’re just bad. No.., they’re fucking awful pieces of shit that simply are not movies at all. We pin our hopes and dreams on Godzilla (2014).
  3. Too many Zombies: Indie filmmakes are still guilty of turning to the all-too-easy Zombie movie. It’s time to leave zombies to AMC and let them rest in peace for a decade.
  4. Twisty twists: The idea of a twist ending still blights the genre. Twists can be great, but not every horror movie needs one, and they were dead all along is neither big nor clever.
  5. RIP Remakes: It looks like the remake trend is finally over. Mainly because the well is dry. What next for the horror icons that find themselves in studio and ownership limbo?
  6. Digital death: While digital filmmaking has allowed many a filmmaker to realise a dream they may never have otherwise realised, it comes at a high price. Many Indie horror films now lack a visual depth and texture. And don’t get me started on CGI blood..,
  7. CGI blood: Must be eradicated from the face of the industry. Squibs dammit.., squibs, and buckets, and cannons!
  8. The Indies: The cream of the genre is still to be found in the Indies.., but those breakthrough directors are still finding it hard to really breakthrough.
  9. ET went home: Where’d all the scary aliens go yo?
  10. Home’s where the horror’s at: 2014 will see horror stay at home. Whether it’s home invaders or haunted basements, your house is the most unsafe of places (ironic as that’s where we’re consuming most of our movies these days).
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5 thoughts on “10 Observations about Horror in 2013

  1. Anonymous says:

    CGI blood… oh man, does it ever take me out of the moment. Unless it’s done right like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwrbyVaC6EU:

  2. Joel says:

    CGI blood takes me out too, unless it’s done right, like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwrbyVaC6EU

  3. Great article. As a producer I debated on doing any sort of CGI stuff, one because for whatever reason it’s something a distributor likes to see and also, just because it’s there and I think that’s part of the problem is because it is getting easy to do, to avoid the practical stuff.

    With that being said, we’re nearing our completion on our new horror/thriller, http://www.IntrusionDisconnected.com , which is set to open in theaters in late 2014 with Katie Stewart, Corey Feldman and Scream queen Tiffany Shepis, and I’m proud to say that all the blood will be practical FX.

    Also, let me mention that I think the heart of a film needs a much needed boost. Recently, even going back and watching older films, especially from the 80’s, even a film like Critters, meant to be fun and silly, still had remarkable character depth and didn’t let the visual effects take over the story and plot of the film.

    Maybe that’s what it is so great about indie film-makers. They don’t have millions to spend on visual effects, some not on CGI blood and there left with only the basics, the practical and story/character elements to drive it; which is really all we need anyway. Just my opinion. Like I said, great article.

    P.s. Hope you check out the new trailer for our film. We’re working hard to give everyone something great that will stick with you long after a viewing. I think that’s rare in today’s cinema.


    Craig Everett Earl

    • deadlymovies says:

      Craig: Fantastic comment, and I wish you all the very best with your project(s). Like you said, and I couldn’t agree more, it’s about heart. Keep in touch.

      • Thanks, you too. Love the site, always checking it out.

        Keep up the great work and thanks for supporting indie filmmakers on your site, because not all media does anymore. I think we need to thank people like you are that are still supporting us and helping to discover the next Carpenter’s, Craven’s and Speilbergs that are out there. Plus articles like this make the new generation of filmmakers think think sometimes heart and gut is more important than just using CGI blood and visual effects because they’re there. Props to you for that too.

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