FINAL GIRL explores the slasher flicks of the '70s and '80s...and all the other horror movies I feel like talking about, too. This is life on the EDGE, so beware yon spoilers!

Aug 18, 2017

News You Can Use!

Dudes and y'alls, we all know that The Internet is the place to be. But sometimes one wants to hold The Internet their bosoms, yes? To carry it around and read it until one falls asleep in its arms not to sit in front of a computer all the time, but to have a tactile Internet experience anywhere one chooses. That is when one must turn to "books."


SO RUDE, ALWAYS SO RUDE.

Look, yes, fine, one can have a tactile Internet experience anywhere at anytime these days, and I am not just talking about Grindr. Phones are pocket computers, but who cares? They're just a fad! Books are where it's at, man. Books will be there for you after the apocalypse when there is no more electricity! Books. They're great.

Speaking of great books (what are the odds?) here's one:


Yes indeed! Alexandra West–surely you know her from the Faculty of Horror podcast, or any one of the million places she writes for (Famous Monsters, Shock Till You Drop, etc forever) lays down some smart writing about one of horror's most maligned eras. And YES that is my name there–surely you know me from what you're reading right now–credited with the foreword. I'm really excited about this! I'm sure you are, too, but here's the skinny if your appetite needs further whetting:
Many critics and fans refer to the 1990s as the decade that horror forgot, with few notable entries in the genre. Yet horror went mainstream in the ’90s by speaking to the anxieties of American youth during one of the country’s most prosperous eras.
No longer were films made on low budgets and dependent on devotees for success. Big studios produced summer blockbusters that made careers and big box office returns. Horror found its way onto magazine covers, fashion ads and CD soundtrack covers. “Girl power” feminism and a growing distaste for consumerism defined an audience that both embraced and rejected the commercial appeal of these films. This in-depth study examines the youth subculture, history and politics of the era, focusing on such films as Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), Scream (1996), I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), Idle Hands (1999), and Cherry Falls (2000).
The 1990s Teen Horror Cycle will be available this winter from McFarland Books. Pre-order available here. Take that, you lousy computer phones! Books rule!

3 comments:

deadthyme said...

Well now, the 90s had some great horror movies in my opinion- Delamorte Dellamore (aka Cemetery Man), Sleepy Hollow, The Frighteners, Tales From the Crypt- Demon Knight, In the Mouth of Madness, an argument could be made for The Crow being a horror movie... ummm... I know there's more.
Ummmm... New Nightmare was good.
Ok, so the 90s weren't that great for GOOD horror (can't even think of 10), but hey- at least it had good music (tho not as good as the 80s.

CashBailey said...

CANDYMAN is probably the best pure horror movie of that decade. Fincher's SEVEN if you want to stretch it to thrillers.

But, boy, what a barren wasteland it was for the genre. The franchises had played themselves out by getting cheaper and stupider. The studios were all about SILENCE OF THE LAMBS knock-offs and the independant world was obsessed with Tarantino and Kevin Smith derivatives.

Stacie Ponder said...

CANDYMAN rules so hard, in the 90s and any era. It definitely was a...mmm, tepid time for horror, especially in the slasher subgenre. But Alex does a terrific job at tying it all in to culture at large and finding some worth in most of it.