In the 1980’s, splat films tended to have a bit of a supernatural flavor. The Friday the 13ths (after the first one, anyway) had Jason Voorhees, the Nightmares had Freddy Krueger, the Hellraisers were, if not demons, something from another plane of existence, and I think that this was a welcome change from the splat films from the 70’s (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, Last House on the Left, etc).
Of course, things happen in cycles and we ebb and flow from “that couldn’t happen” to “let’s make a movie about what *COULD* happen” and the 80’s supernatural horror flicks were supplanted by another round of the not supernatural at all Screams and the Saws and the Hostels.
We had a bit of a supernatural resurgence with the movies like The Ring and The Grudge and, if this trailer is representative of anything at all, we’re going to be kicking off a nice little round of the exploration of the “theoretically feasible” horror flicks for a handful of years.
And, if I’m reading the trailer correctly, it looks like we’re getting back to the splat films where we can discuss the moral of the story after we get to the end of the film. Even if the moral is some “Brothers Grimm” level “don’t go into the houses of strangers, seriously” kind of morals.
So… what are you reading and/or watching?
(Featured Image is “Edison’s Telephonoscope” by George du Maurier from Punch Almanack for 1879)