When you ask someone what some of the greatest hits of the horror genre of the last ten years have been, what titles do they tend to throw out? Most fellow movie critic and horror fan friends tend to say, The VVitch (2015), Hereditary (2018), Midsommer (2019), The Babadook (2014), Black Swan (2010), Get Out (2017), Ready Or Not (2019), It Follows (2014), The Lighthouse (2019) and The Purge (2013), as the best horror films of the last 10 years. Why? They’re more likely to hold these films in high esteem and appreciation for their acting, aesthetic establishment, beats, camera work, script, sound work, and the way all of those were put together to create the emotional tension, and deliver the terror in a way you don’t stop thinking about how powerless the characters were made to feel. And how you the viewer, were made to feel for days!
One thing a movie fan knows for certain is that the horror genre is never going out of style. It always has kept a steady flow throughout most of the medium of film’s history. In spite of the fact that it experienced some lackluster decades, trends going in and out of fashion, and variant box office prospects. As long as there are movies or tv shows being made, novels and short stories being written and published, there will always be a demand for it. What can I say? People love, get kicks out of, and pay millions of dollars at the movie theatre box office, on DVD/Blu- Ray sales, or subscriptions to streaming services, all to be scared shitless! So the market will always be there.