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Anyone remember the Horror shut down in the 80's - 12/12/2012 5:40:42 PM   
mclane1


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Did i dream this or in the late 80's around the time of 'Freddy 3D' , maybe early 90'S, did cinema released horror films not just vanish off the face of the earth for about 10 years.

The whole genre was then rebooted with Scream.

I remember it being quite apparent at the time but maybe it was'nt.??

does this ring true with anyone else (in their late 30's) and if so can anyone be more specific with dates and films out of interest?

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RE: Anyone remember the Horror shut down in the 80's - 12/12/2012 5:51:42 PM   
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Well there was Nightmare on Elm Street 4 - The Trilogy continues in 1988, then there were numbers 5 & 6. And don't forget the glut of Friday the 13th sequels.

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RE: Anyone remember the Horror shut down in the 80's - 12/12/2012 5:52:14 PM   
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Are you asking if after A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors did horror films stop being released in cinemas?

There were two more 'Freddy' films released in the 80s after 3 for a start.

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RE: Anyone remember the Horror shut down in the 80's - 12/12/2012 7:30:50 PM   
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Are you asking if after A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors did horror films stop being released in cinemas?

There were two more 'Freddy' films released in the 80s after 3 for a start.


By 'Freddy 3D', I think he must mean Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (hah!), which was the only 3D entry in the series & came out in 1991.

There were probably just as many horror flicks released in the 90s as any other decade. It's just that the major franchises were either done or running out of steam by then

On the other hand, maybe you're right - with video at its peak, the distributors decided they'd make more money by just releasing their crap straight to video.

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RE: Anyone remember the Horror shut down in the 80's - 12/12/2012 7:48:07 PM   
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There were only 5 years between The Silence Of The Lambs and Scream, which alongside The Blair Witch Project were probably the great touchstones of the genre that decade. I think the success of The Silence Of The Lambs led to the "softening" of the genre in a way actually, as it kind of legitimised it as a populist medium. When I think of horror in the years running up to Scream I think of films like Bram Stoker's Dracula, and Interview With The Vampire, which are horror flicks, but operatic and played to major crowds.

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RE: Anyone remember the Horror shut down in the 80's - 12/12/2012 7:53:26 PM   
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Army of Darkness was 1992/3.A quick Wiki checks shows about the same numbers still getting cinema releases, although it was possible that more of the multiple franchise entries went DTV?

But Candyman was cinema too I'm sure. New Nightmare too. There are quite a few on that list. 

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RE: Anyone remember the Horror shut down in the 80's - 12/12/2012 7:55:09 PM   
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Army of Darkness was 1992/3.A quick Wiki checks shows about the same numbers still getting cinema releases, although it was possible that more of the multiple franchise entries went DTV?

But Candyman was cinema too I'm sure. New Nightmare too. There are quite a few on that list. 


Jackson's Braindead came out in '92 too.

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RE: Anyone remember the Horror shut down in the 80's - 12/12/2012 7:58:18 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Shifty Bench

Are you asking if after A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors did horror films stop being released in cinemas?

There were two more 'Freddy' films released in the 80s after 3 for a start.


By 'Freddy 3D', I think he must mean Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (hah!), which was the only 3D entry in the series & came out in 1991.


Ah, he has changed it, the film he originally mentioned was 'Freddy 3 Dream Quest', hence my post. And he didn't have 'maybe early 90s' in his post either.

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RE: Anyone remember the Horror shut down in the 80's - 13/12/2012 6:50:08 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Shifty Bench

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ORIGINAL: BudBaxter


quote:

ORIGINAL: Shifty Bench

Are you asking if after A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors did horror films stop being released in cinemas?

There were two more 'Freddy' films released in the 80s after 3 for a start.


By 'Freddy 3D', I think he must mean Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (hah!), which was the only 3D entry in the series & came out in 1991.



Ah, he has changed it, the film he originally mentioned was 'Freddy 3 Dream Quest', hence my post. And he didn't have 'maybe early 90s' in his post either.


Easy there Shifty, nobody had responded at that point.
I changed it as I was'nt sure of the movies, hence me asking the question in the first place, after further thought I seemed to remember the 3D freddy film ended things for a bit which I thought might jog peoples memory more.
My thread was to find out if there was in fact a period where horror films lost popularity and stopped being shown and from my memory this was around the late 80's, or as I thought about it more, the early 90's.


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RE: Anyone remember the Horror shut down in the 80's - 13/12/2012 7:04:42 AM   
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I think it's more Shifty's explaining what his post was in response to to explain what he posted mcclane

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RE: Anyone remember the Horror shut down in the 80's - 13/12/2012 9:13:11 AM   
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ORIGINAL: mclane1
Easy there Shifty,


Eh?

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I think it's more Shifty's explaining what his post was in response to to explain what he posted mcclane


Indeed, I was explaining to Bud why my post said what it did. I didn't say anything against you, you completely misread the intention of my post.

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RE: Anyone remember the Horror shut down in the 80's - 13/12/2012 9:22:17 AM   
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Not sure there was a particular shut down as such, but I think the early '90's saw a shift in the type of horror films made. Certainly by that time the slasher movie had pretty much run it's course (& as one of the few people with the dubious pleasure of witnessing Freddy's Dead in 3D I can only be thankful for that) There did seem to be a mid-'90's flirtation with big budget, lavish horror productions (Interview with Vampire/Dracula) altho Branagh's Frankenstein did seem to ram a stake in the heart of those pretty swiftly!

Scream certainly seemed to re-start the slasher sub-genre of horror, in much the same way 28 Days Later re-started (re-animated?) the zombie film craze (&, yes, I am well aware they're not really zombies but 'infected' )

The thing is horror has always chopped and changed styles and sub-genres depending on the mood at the time - look at the rise and subsequent fall of the 'gorno' craze, a pattern I'm sure the 'found footage' films will soon follow (with any luck).

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RE: Anyone remember the Horror shut down in the 80's - 13/12/2012 12:09:48 PM   
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Army of Darkness was 1992/3.


Yay for Army of Darkness. Tremors was 1990. Seven was 95. From Dusk Till Dawn 96. Cube 97. Lost Highway 98. Off the top of my head...


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RE: Anyone remember the Horror shut down in the 80's - 13/12/2012 1:17:09 PM   
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Ah the decade of DTV Sequels and poor efforts at kickstarting franchises (Dr Giggles, The Dentist, the Tales From The Crypt films, Leprechaun etc).
Some incredible stuff from Germany, Italy and Asia though.

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RE: Anyone remember the Horror shut down in the 80's - 13/12/2012 3:18:49 PM   
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Ah the decade of DTV Sequels and poor efforts at kickstarting franchises (Dr Giggles, The Dentist, the Tales From The Crypt films, Leprechaun etc).
Some incredible stuff from Germany, Italy and Asia though.


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RE: Anyone remember the Horror shut down in the 80's - 15/12/2012 4:06:29 PM   
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The Fly was released in 1986. I think that falls into the horror category.

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RE: Anyone remember the Horror shut down in the 80's - 16/12/2012 9:25:50 AM   
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I'm talking horror as in your typical evil dead, Friday 13th. I reckon after a bit of research it all went quiet after silence of the lambs in 91up to Scream in 96.
Solambs turned people onto more intelligent horror and the traditional slasher/gory horror movie lost popularity and most went dtv, Then scream got people going again.

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RE: Anyone remember the Horror shut down in the 80's - 16/12/2012 9:49:38 AM   
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Well then why does the thread title mention "the horror shutdown of the 80s"?

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RE: Anyone remember the Horror shut down in the 80's - 16/12/2012 12:05:03 PM   
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I think the OP is right to be honest. I'm not even sure I would class Silence as a horror film. The focus at that stage for psycho movies was on grown up thrillers (eg Silence, Cape Fear, Basic Instinct) rather than teen slashers. There were latter day franchise entries (New Nightmare, Jason Goes To Hell, Halloween 6, Army of Darkness) but nobody really cared about them and they didn't make much impact.

Up until Scream in 96 the only successful horrors I can think of are the Dracula/Frankenstein redos and maybe Candyman.

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RE: Anyone remember the Horror shut down in the 80's - 16/12/2012 3:06:47 PM   
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Well then why does the thread title mention "the horror shutdown of the 80s"?

Because that's the point, I wasn't sure of the exact dates and was hoping you good people could help me out


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RE: Anyone remember the Horror shut down in the 80's - 16/12/2012 3:11:22 PM   
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I think the OP is right to be honest. I'm not even sure I would class Silence as a horror film. The focus at that stage for psycho movies was on grown up thrillers (eg Silence, Cape Fear, Basic Instinct) rather than teen slashers. There were latter day franchise entries (New Nightmare, Jason Goes To Hell, Halloween 6, Army of Darkness) but nobody really cared about them and they didn't make much impact.

Up until Scream in 96 the only successful horrors I can think of are the Dracula/Frankenstein redos and maybe Candyman.


That's good then, it may have not been a dream after all :)


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