Modern Horror Film Analysis

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Why are modern audiences still going to watch horror movies? How are they still scared of vampires, zombies, and conveniently isolated cabins? Perhaps the horror comes from the new stories told with that same tool set. As New York Times film reviewer A. O. Scott says in his thoughts on Drew Goddard’s The Cabin in The Woods, “Novelty and genre traditionalism often fight to a draw.” Scott’s claim is correct, finding a delicate balance between novel plot devices and reliable scares is one of the main troubles of the modern horror genre. Many modern horror films, The Cabin in the Woods included, use their novelty to create a compelling story while scaring the audience with the classic tropes. Modern horror films don’t have to scare in a whole new way, and they often don’t. But, a predictable movie is a boring one, and as such novelty is used to keep the audience on their toes during modern horror films. Though novel horror films such as The Cabin in the Woods and Cargo don’t need novelty to create fear, the novelty is essential in balancing with the demands of the genre to create interesting stories.

The Cabin in the Woods is a 2011 horror film directed by Drew Goddard that follows the slasher film roadmap to a tee, yet is sure to keep audiences enthralled throughout. Five teenagers head out to an isolated forest cabin to be indiscriminately killed by a gang of terrifying monsters. The film soon shows it’s full hand, however, when it is revealed that the monsters are under the

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