Some people like the classics when it comes to movies, others like the new innovative ones. Now that we are in the age of new technology, we can easily be awed by advanced technological techniques and complex graphics. One genre that has benefitted the most from this animation has been horror. Inducing fear in the audience starts with making them feel as though they are experiencing the terror with the actors. What better way to involve the viewer by making every aspect of this experience as real as possible? These new advancements have perfected the way in which we experience horror movies.
Some old horror classics lack the visual stimulations that current movies have. Despite this lack of perfected realism, these older movies are still highly talked about. For horror fanatics like me, these movies seem elementary; for example the original shower-scene in Psycho, 1960, does not even show the goriest parts of what makes the murder truly horrific. Other viewers are more attuned to the suspense and imagination of how the scene is being played out and enjoy the lack of gore. Although these movies have done a lot for the foundation of horror, some may be overrated and pale in comparison to the terrifyingly real experience current scary movies have the ability to take you through.
Psycho Shower Scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atjhOhH-V3E
One subset of recent scary movies that has really benefitted from technology is the paranormal movies. The animation that goes into making people appear with and transform into demons, ghosts, and other creatures is truly incredible. Not only has the technology appealed to visual stimulation, but it also contributes to sound effects and surround sound that involves you even more directly into the scene. Unfortunately, it seems as though these efforts have gone unnoticed. One movie that did not receive as much credit that I thought it deserved was Oculus, 2014. The author not only had a complex, suspenseful plot, but also supplemented it with the use of realistic graphics. Unfortunately, now that this advanced media has become an integral part in today’s society and has made horror films easy to make, some of these movies are not getting too much attention.
Oculus Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYJrxezWLUk
There are some drawbacks to these new technologies. Some movies rely too heavily on their special effects and disregard the importance of a solid overall plot. In older movies, in order to be successful, the producers had to come up with a thrilling storyline to capture the audience’s attention, but now all they have to do is put a scary image with sound effects to keep the crowd watching. Current movies also leave less to the imagination, which would also disappoint those who prefer to extrapolate on what they are given in their movie. Some moviemakers have taken advantage of and relied on these effects to attract viewers, but when the technology supplements the plot seamlessly, the results could be amazingly scary, terrifying and horrific.
Movie remakes are a good example of how technology increases suspense and intensity in a production. This way there is no bias based on the opinion about the storyline when comparing older and newer movies. Some of the most successful remakes I believed have been The Amityville Horror from 1979 and remade in 2005 and Poltergeist from 1982 and remade in 2015. The effects do not take away from the plot, but convey what I believe to be the author’s main message and goal more efficiently. I feel like these examples further the idea that technology has helped and will continue to help implement the effectiveness of media. I cannot wait to experience what the next advancements will do to the future of scary movies.
The Amityville Horror Trailer (1979): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvYX6KlIm1k
The Amityville Horror Trailer (2005): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xHJOG03eDE
Poltergeist Trailer (1982): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eZgEKjYJqA
Poltergeist Trailer (2015): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViWTPto3atU
Come on, even the 2015 trailer thumbnail is scarier than the 1982 one!