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EVIL DEAD 2 is now featured on Turner Classic Movies… What does this say about the current state of horror? by DARK SIDE

Posted on May 3rd, 2009
Posted on May 3rd, 2009
Ill swallow your soul!  Ill swallow your soul!

I'll swallow your soul!!!!

You couldn’t get this movie for money or love on VHS between 1987 and the early 1990’s.  If you caught it on late night cable, you got lucky.  I went through serious moolah at SunCoast to get it.  Seriously, I paid $30 for a tape of it just so I could VIEW IT FOR THE FIRST TIME.  Now it’s considered a “Turner’s Classic.” 

Here’s what I believe this means for horror…  It’s an amazing film and was controversial no less than 18 years ago.  Now it’s considered so tame, TCM is showing it unedited as we speak.  Remember when this film had to be released unrated because it couldn’t get an R?  The first “Evil Dead” got an rating of X.  Now it’s considered TCM material.  I don’t know how to feel about that. 

“Evil Dead 2” is considered “Spook-A-Blast.”  Basically a “Three Stooges” version of a horror film which Sam Raimi has perfected over the years.  He uses the same techniques in his “Spider-man” films to give it comic book feel.  Next he has “Drag Me to Hell” which definitely qualifies as “Spook-A-Blast,” but will it look dated and passe in this modern age?

What’s the next step in horror?  Zombies aren’t dominating the genre anymore.  Torture porn is on it’s way out.  The handheld video camera genre of horror films are still around and while I’m still fascinated by them, many people seem tired of that already.  The only genre films that seems to be making $$$ are the *shudder* remakes. 

I haven’t seen anything better than French Horror films lately.  They’ve pushed the limits better than anything America could muster in the past 10 years.  Thailand, Spain, Sweden are also still doing well.  Japan’s done.  America…  not looking so great.

I suppose I’ll make a prediction:  If “Drag Me to Hell” fails to bring back Spook-A-Blast, I’m guessing the only revolutionary work we’ll see in horror will be in clever indie films, French films and French directors crossing the pond in an attempt to revolutionize American horror. 

So sayeth Dark Side.

Anyone else have an any predictions on the future of horror?  Will Bollywood step up?  Keen on werewolves?  Out with it!

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