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Predictability of Modern Horror Films

By Jade Barron, Egwyl Editor

Twitter: @jadebarron8

I want to talk about something I’m passionate about, films, specifically how today’s horror films have completely ruined the original horror classics.

Everyone who has watched such original films as The Shining, The Exorcist and It were absolutely terrified watching them all for the first time. Trust me, I watched the original IT movie for first time a few weeks ago and had to sleep with the light on.

I’m 27 and I had to check under my bed for Pennywise!


IT (2017) featuring the notorious Pennywise the Clown. [Credit: NewLineCinema]

Besides my traumatic experience of imagining a creepy killer clown waiting in my wardrobe, it has occurred to me that today’s films have become somewhat stale.

Recently, I came across a film called Happy Death Day. Sounds scary, right?! Well, it certainly peaked my interest. It’s completely ripped off a classic film I loved to watch as a kid.

Have you watched Groundhog Day? Even if you haven’t, the plot is pretty recognisable. For those who haven’t yet seen it, you need to watch it.

Ok, back to Happy Death Day. So, picking a Groundhog Day theme around a young girl in her 20s.

And yes it’s as bad as it sounds. Is it me, or has today’s horror become so predictable that’s it’s become almost a comedy?


Jessica Rothe as Tree Gelbman in Happy Death Day [Credit: BFI]

Don’t get me wrong, there’s some down right sick films out there, such as the Saw series, Hostel and many more, and the people who come up with these need serious help. But a proper psychological mind blowing film, like the Exorcist back in the day, stayed with you for days.

Today, horrors seem to be down right predictable and boring. Like the 2017 IT movie, that had a big hype worldwide, in my opinion did not reach its expectations. I even fell asleep halfway through.

Maybe I’m just showing my age, but I’m struggling to find any horror movie that wasn’t made past 2000 that actually scared me.

If you can find one, let me know, I’m looking forward to being proved wrong.

Have you been scared by a horror movie recently? Let us know over on Twitter.!

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