What Scares us in Horror Movies? Where Fear Meets Fun!
Recently DIRECTV conducted a survey to find out what types of horror movies scare us. Over 600 Americans were polled about horror movies, sub-genres and decades of release. If anyone of us were to poll someone much older, they may reference a movie such as 'Psycho' (1960) or maybe even 'Dracula' (1931) as the scariest film they've seen. What scares us has evolved over time as we live in the technology age. So much real life horror is as close as our fingertips navigating through various news websites on our iPhones. It's no surprise that what used to scare us, no longer scares the millennials generation.
DIRECTV polled viewers by either gender or age range, (i.e. Ages18-25, 25-34, etc. and also religious vs non-religious). The results? Interesting.
According to the poll, the overall data shows that people today find werewolves and small creature horror movies to be the least scary and least favored.I'd be curious to know if there's a specific connection to sci-fi movies such as Star Wars.
On the opposite end of the overall data, it appears that people find movies about Possession, Ghosts and Spirits or Demonic to be most scariest and also most favored. This may be due to the lasting effect William Peter Blatty's 'The Exorcist' (1973) has had over the last 44 years. And not to mention all the knockoff or copycat demonic possession movies over the years.
When the people were polled about their favorite and scariest era, or decade of horror, the clear winner appears to be: Surprise surprise... The 1980's! The 1980's will always be known as the the decade that gave birth to the slasher films sub-genre. Movies like Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street and a handful of Halloween sequels released during this decade kept the theaters filled with blood thirsty movie goers.
Who knows what the next ten years of horror will look like. But i do warmly welcome all the creative independent horror movies being produced and released by small production houses with small budgets.
To read the full DIRECTV article, click HERE for a more in-depth breakdown of their horror movie poll.