Monday, December 30, 2013

What I'd Like in Horror 2014

The new year is almost upon us, and after composing my list of the best horror movies from 2013 I'm turning towards the future! I've been thinking about what I hope the horror scene will deliver in the coming calendar year. There are a lot of trends I'd like to see more of, and a few I'd like to have go away. Here's a completely non-comprehensive list of some highlights that jumped out of my brain.

Horror Anthologies: I love horror anthologies. Growing up an 80's kid, I had that fascination with Creepshow, Tales from the Crypt, and Tales from the Darkside. There is something so cool about a well done anthology movie that loads up a bunch of stories and delivers a shotgun blast of horror. Last year gave us the excellent V/H/S 2 and I really want more of that. I've always felt that anthology flicks are a great vehicle for up and coming writers and directors. It gives them the opportunity to create a story on a smaller scale (and budget) and sometimes get better exposure as part of the end product. Plus, the short story format if rife with opportunity for original ideas and concepts that are great in bite-sized chunks but might not work as feature length films. Overall, I am biased towards anthologies and I hope we see them on the rise in 2014!

Practical special effects: I don't think I'm alone when I say that I love old school gore effects. There is something about CG that just doesn't feel as 'right' in a horror movie as the classic style of special effects. We saw some great standout practical effects this year in American Mary and the Evil Dead reboot. I feel like there is a definite resurgence among newer directors for that "over-the-top splatter" style, and I hope that trend continues in 2014. One caveat to that, we still need plenty of cheesy computer effects over on the SyFy channel. Otherwise what will they use to create the seven Sharknado sequels they have in the works?

Scarier vampires: Now that Twilight is over, Hollywood is still clinging to the carcass of sexy teen vampire movies in a attempt to cash in. I'm hoping 2014 will see that trend finally vanish (hopefully replaced by sexy mummies) and we can get back to real horror directors creating vampire movies that are legitimately terrifying. For sure they are out there, but for the past few years vamps reputations have been getting smudged by watered down summer blockbuster projects.

Suspense: This is a big one for me. Building tension and suspense feels like a lost art at times. For every great horror thriller there are about 100 ham fisted ones. I hope to see more directors and writers adopt the models of the 1960's and 1970's where the story may take a little longer to develop, but it makes the action and payoff more satisfying. Plus, when that happens you always appreciate the gore a lot more.

Sharknado 2: Seriously, this needs to happen. That's three Sharknado references in one article, which is a personal best (or worst) for Terrorphoria.

What else should be on the list? Is there any trends you'd like to see more (or less) of? Head down to the comments and share what you're excited for in the upcoming year!

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