Old vs New

As you may already know, I’m a horror movie addict.  It seems strange talking about horror movies this close to Christmas, but I’m writing my thesis on the representation of paranormal in media so horror movies are sort of on my mind.  While researching for the thesis I have to watch paranormal movies and today’s was The Shining.

I’ve never found The Shining scary; it’s disturbing at times, but not scary.  Yet older people have told me time and time again that movies like The Shining and The Exorcist were the scariest movies in history.  Neither of these movies, in my opinion, can compare to some of the modern horrors.  I haven’t been scared by a movie in years, but some recent movies have come closer than The Shining ever will.

I wonder what reaction I’d get if I forced someone who was frightened by The Exorcist to watch Paranormal Activity.  Maybe they wouldn’t find it even remotely scary.  Perhaps, since I don’t find that generation’s horrors the tiniest bit creepy, they would not think this generation of horror was scary.  So which is better old or new?  Maybe fear is in the eye of the beholder, but maybe there’s something else too it.  Do the older horrors have something the new ones don’t, or vice versa?

The thing I love most about horror is that it breaks barriers.  It can be, but isn’t always, an unpredictable rollercoaster.  Having said that movies like The Exorcist were pushing boundaries back then too, we only have the freedom of the modern horror because cinema evolved and is still evolving.  I think I figured it out and all by myself too.  Modern movies enjoy more freedom and thus can push further so they can be scarier, but they would not be able to do this were it not for the classics.

Do you agree with me?  Maybe you think old horror is true horror, let me know by commenting a voting below.


2 responses

  1. Amy

    Paranormal activity is sooooooo scary n d exorcist is stupid dnt get d big deal bou it !!!! I tink modern day films r more scary coz I tink less is frowned upon nowadays so they can push d boundaries !!!!!

    December 13, 2010 at 9:58 pm

  2. Robbie

    Newer horrors can push the boundaries further, but they still rely on all the old tricks from the oldies like Alfred Hitchcock. The genre hasn’t really developed at all over the past 30 odd years apart from the emergence of shock horrors like Saw and mockumentary style like Blair Witch.

    Favourites are the original The Omen and the original Psycho! Guess I’m an oldie boy myself.

    December 13, 2010 at 10:16 pm

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