Classics are good, but modern horror movies are better


Cassidy Laffey

The disturbing horror movies of today will always be superior to those of the past. Just think about it; the modern day production and SFX are unmatched, the plots are complex and really mess with the viewer’s mind, and the attention to detail is superb. This is what true horror is.

“The Shining” was good for it’s time, but if it was to come out today, it would receive less than stellar reviews. It just is not scary, and waiting around for the action to pick up takes what feels like two hours. It’s glorified in today’s culture because in 1980, it was the best they had.

When you sit down to watch “The Shining”, you do it for nostalgia, not because it’s scary. If you have the intent of being spooked, a movie like “Jigsaw” will find its way on the screen. This 2017 movie is the peak of twisted horror. “Jigsaw” movies have been coming out since 2004, and they just keep getting scarier.

For those who do not know, “Jigsaw” is about a psychotic killer who traps strangers in a very dangerous escape room. This movie is so beyond twisted; there is a signature part where the victims wake up in a small gray room with a locked helmet on, and then a saw starts coming for their head as they frantically try to get it off. It is truly disturbing.

Another great example of a true horror movie is “Get Out” from 2017. This movie is a true masterpiece. It dives deep into the mental state of the audience as they watch the horrific events unfold. “Get Out” received 24 awards; “The Shining” only received two.

These modern day horror movies are nightmare fuel. There are so many layers, and the production team understands the human mind so well, and uses that to leave the audience haunted long after Halloween. A perfect example of a disturbing cinematic wonder is “Us”, which came out in 2019.

The movie begins with a child at a fair, which should seem normal, but the lighting, camera angles, and music makes the viewer feel eerie. Us has a twisted ending that seems like something that could happen in real life and the viewer walks away really thinking about it. The production crew during the “classic” era did not put as much time into these details, which is why they are just not as scary.

Special effects especially help modern day movies coin the title of scariest horror. “Paranormal Activity” and “The Conjuring” are fantastic examples of current supernatural movies that beat out old ones. The editing in these movies make it seem so real, and the more realistic it looks, the scarier it is.

I am not the only one who thinks newer horror movies are superior, let’s take a look at some  movie’s awards: “It” from 2017 has 8 awards, whereas the original It from 1990 only has 3. “Us” won a whopping total of 77 awards, and “Scream” from 1996 only has 11. “The Conjuring” has 15, and “A Nightmare On Elm Street” has 2. Adding “Get Out” and “The Shining” to the totals, the ratio is 124 to 18.

If nothing else, that number difference proves that newer horror movies are just better. So, if you’re looking for a scary movie to watch on October 31st, don’t bother going to the classics, but go straight to the modern movies.