Short one here. I find myself thinking about movies, television series, books out there in the mainstream mostly and just wondering how much dark creeps and scares the general public seem to really want. As much as the horror genre is derided, ignored or mocked, it constantly surfaces in so many forms of pop culture without acknowledgement. Take it away from these films, TV or books and so much would be missing there, a considerable amount of tension and drama gone.
From Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes at the cinema, to The Killing or Lost in television, and books which do more often blur the lines, there is very much a strong level of horror and dread crawling under the narrative, always pushing the drama to a higher point. With the Potter movies and many modern cable television series, are they containing much stronger, more extreme elements of horror and fear these days? Is it actually not simply that special effects have become much better quality and much cheaper and accessible, also allowing creation of more convincing fantastical nightmare scenes and storylines than previously seen?
We always only ever have what is in the present to judge, and with hindsight we can see that special effects in film and television of the seventies, eighties and onwards now look terrible often. Now with the likes of Avatar, Iron Man, Terra Nova (not a favourite of mine), we have such absolutely stunning photorealistic imagery that dreams and nightmares are regularly easily presented to us. Are we now more accepting of the most incredible fantasy and also most truly terrifying horror that w can confront?
I should also remember that our highly creative genre television and movies are out there at the same time we also view all kinds of non-stop intense news media in numberous different formats across television, newspaper, the internet, our phones. In some ways, life is simly increasing extreme, and so
maybe our entertainment just has to match up to our reality. Just maybe, Our individual imaginations and desire for great levels of amazement, wonder and fear seem to be greater than ever. For the writers, filmmakers, artists involved (like myself) this must then be a good thing. A wild, shocking, and entertainingly good thing.