Everyone is so busy talking about what they hate about horror movies weather it be the reboots, unoriginal ideas, bad effects, horrible writing etc.
As fans we rarely talk about what we LOVE about the genre without saying what we HATE about it.
I'm guilty of this, not saying I'm not but what if we all said positive things about horror movies instead of running them down at every chance?
The new film Krampus is a perfect example prior to it's release everyone was like finally a new idea, something fresh and something we as horror fans can be excited about ! once it came out BAM everything changed and the film as been getting trashed more then praised, I haven't seen it yet so I won't judge the film but from all the hype on the net and the TV spots and trailers it looks both silly and interesting so I will more then likely watch it as a teaching film.
I'm a big non fan of the Paranormal Activity series and or ghost hunters / investigators but I don't bash it every chance I get either, I think for the most part Ghost Hunters and Paranormal investigators are fake, I have friends, really good friends in that field of work and they even agree that some people in that field are just in it for money and/or fame. This one guy posted a pic of an "orb" I commented "dude its glare from a freakin' light bulb you need to try harder then that" My friends or friends or friends clog my timeline with "proof" of ghosts and I scroll by it unless its a very clearly doctored picture then I point it out to them like one guy that EVERY place he goes is haunted, his car is haunted, his house is haunted etc. he investigates the "most haunted places in Maine" but if you go online and research the locations he's doing is tours in the only thing you find when searching is his promotional stuff and his footage from these hunts, is the place really haunted or are you simply trying to be a famous ghost hunter ??
I support my friends because people that love horror we are one big family and the most loyal fan base of any genre of film. I share their Paranormal stuff they share my movie stuff but the ones that are simply jumping on the bandwagon trying to be famous and or make a quick buck grind my gears and I don't promote them.
Now we all get pissed off when New Line, Platnum Dunes, Universal etc decie that a reboot of the classic slasher films is going to happen iconic films like Friday The 13th, ANOES, TCM, and Halloween. I look at this alittle differently then most fans. I see it has telling the classic story alittle differently to attract a new audience and I believe for the most part it works because weather you like the remakes of Friday The 13th, ANOES and Halloween thhey were the highest grossing films in their respective series and for studios the bottom line is the bottom line, right?
If we has long time horror / slasher fans went on social media, and our blogs and took the high road with the remakes and the lame ideas hollywood comes out with we could open ourselves up to new hidden gems of films. instead of trashing the 2010 reboot/remake of ANOES tell someone who isn't a horror fan like us that might want to check it out for the first time, if you watch the 2010 film watch the 1984 original through 2004's New Nightmare first then watch the 2010 film so you know what they changes were made. Personally I didn't like the 2010 ANOES the first time I watched it I watched it about a year later and I can say that I enjoyed it for the most part.
Friday The 13th in 2009 is another film that fans have a sore spot for but not as much as ANOES, they basically took the original 4 films in the series and put them into one movie, which I thought was a great way to go for a reboot fans of the original again if you are pitching this movie to a new horror fan wh doesn't know the awesomeness that is the original series and is only aware of the reboot sell it to them in a positive way.
My favorite of the remakes is the 2007 reimagining of Halloween by Rob Zomble, this film gets more hate then any other reboot and I don't know why, it is a retelling and a prequel in one movie, fans hated the backstory of Michael and I thought it was very well done and the sequel got more hate then the reboot, the sequel was something new and different that horror fans aren't used to, while watching H2 you ACTUALLY had to think about what you were seeing it wasn't just Michael running around killing teenagers trying to get his sister he was doing that but there was a backstory and more character development then you are used to in a slasher movie. The White horse is a major plot point that fans disliked and the reason you disliked it wasn't because it was a dumb idea it was because 99% of you didn't understand it. Simply put there was a psychological aspect to H2 that through fans off and they simply didn't get it.
The last film that I want to talk about is Scream 4 or Scre4M I hated this movie when I was sitting in the theater watching it because I didn't get it at first, I was sitting with my wife at Burger King after seeing the movie when it hit me that it was a well done retelling of the first movie more or less and that's what it was supposed to be, I loved Emma Roberts in that movie, she was amazing while I think the Scream Franchise died with Wes Craven RIP I wouldn't object to a Scream 5 and 6.
Long time Horror / slasher fans continue to love the classics and share them with a new audience but at the same time when they say they like the remakes they aren't wrong because they all have a place in the crazy world of film and have a fan base and that's the point the originals have a HUGE audience and the reboots are basically for the new generation of fans .......
Stay Tuned & Stay Wicked !!