In the 1990’s, we said goodbye to Bill Cosby Sweaters, cassette tapes, Reaganomics, Aqua Net Hairspray, Swatch Watches, and Mullets. We also said goodbye to what many consider a Golden Age of Horror, one that started with The Shining, included Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, and wrapped up with Pet Sematary.
By most accounts, on the other hand, the 1990’s was a pretty sad period for Horror movies as the industry struggled to find a successful medium outside of the now-trite slasher formula. While no one will ever refer to the 90’s as a “Golden Age” for Horror, there were some solid stand-outs.
See my list of 10 Awesome 90’s Horror Movies after the jump.
Last Year’s Evil Dead single handedly restored my faith in “Reboots”. At first, I couldn’t believe they were even attempting to remake ED, got pissed when I heard there would be no Ash character, and groaned at the Diablo Cody connection. After experiencing the hideous results of the Fright Night and The Thing reboots (among others), I was almost CERTAIN ED would be loathsome.
But I fucking loved it.
It got me thinking: With the right material in the right hands, a reboot might actually be a good thing. After the jump, check out Part 1 of my list: 10 Horror Films That Could Benefit from a Reboot.
Last week I posed the question: What if they gave Oscars for Horror Movies? With this thought in mind, I went “back in time” to 1980 and recounted the decade’s Oscar nominees and winners . These were not presented as my opinion, but as an alternate retelling of cinematic history. So if you didn’t like one of last week’s winners or your favorite Horror film didn’t get a nomination, don’t blame me—blame The Academy! I’m just presenting the facts, like a Documentary.
As explained in Part I, The Academy first awarded the Best Horror Movie Oscar back in 1980. This award’s creation was a direct response to the release of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. This film was clearly a masterpiece, but since members of the Academy were afraid to nominate it for Best Picture, the Best Horror Movie category was invented as a compromise.
Slip with me (once again) into an alternate reality where Horror is considered a vast, stand-alone genre…