Monster ala Mode

A classic horror film

We live in a day and age where our horror seems to have left it roots of the spine chilling to shock value. Gone are the days of hair raising, blood curdling horror to be replaced with slasher and the genre killer that is gore porn. The concept of real terror (e.g. Halloween) has almost been submerged into obscurity. Thankfully these remain in the form of creatures of the night, (not necessarily vampires). Although I am now becoming increasingly afraid that these will suffer the same fate and become a self parody.

If we are to look at the favourite creatures of the night we see that Zombies have become passé, to the point of becoming not scary in the same way that Hitler has become a figure of jest, his atrocities now the subject of crude humour. This could also be applied to everyone’s favourite denizens of hell. Buffy and Angel’s success saturated the market with a million and one different ‘Monster of the Week’ creatures,coming screeching to a halt with ITV’s Demons.

Philip Glenister was wasted…

Wasted. And not in a good way!

Our favourite fanged friendly fiends (alliteration for the win), have enjoyed a large tenure on our screens for far too long. But history repeats itself and vampires are becoming popular again during another depression. People are again looking to the hedonistic, beautiful dark world of the living dead for an escape from this grim reality.

The final nail in the coffin (no pun intended) was Twilight, which had interesting ideas but ultimately felt like fan fiction.

This leaves us with werewolves, our fine and furry friends who have suffered the least in the past decade. They’re enjoying a new re-emergence of sorts. Hopefully we’ll see more of these fine and versatile creatures.

So where can we go from here? We still have a lot of creatures to bring into the greater media eye. Succubus and Incubus in particular, come to mind. They’re primarily sexual creatures, so I don’t think we’ll see Disney doing a film any time soon.

Saying that, a coming-of-age tale with a decent dash of the ugly duckling syndrome could be a success…

Milia Jovovich as the voice of the Succubus. That would be good.


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