As an avid fan and self-proclaimed expert on horror movies and anything supernatural or scary, I love Halloween. Between the candy, the costumes, and the general atmosphere, Halloween is by far the best time of the year, but none of those elements get me as excited as the release of new scary movies.
Unfortunately, over the past half decade, movie fans have not been treated to original horror, instead being force fed another terrible “Saw” sequel that have been getting worse from year to year. This year was no different with the release of “Saw 3D,” which if you believe the filmmakers, is the last installment of the franchise.
The new sequel obviously used the current trend of 3D, which in my opinion takes the franchise to another level of bad that film fans truly do not deserve. The addition of the 3D to this movie was only an attempt to raise ticket sales after “Saw 6” underachieved last Halloween.
The problem I have with the “Saw” movies being released on Halloween is that they lost their originality and style after the second film in the series; however, due to the general masses’ stupidity, they continue to make money every year.
This makes filmmakers afraid to release any other horror films during the Halloween season.
Not only are the “Saw” movies stopping original horror from being released around Halloween, but they are stopping sequels and remakes of other classic horror to be shown in theaters in the month of October. Both of Rob Zombie’s recent “Halloween” films were released in the month of August. That is ridiculous.
I know when I think Michael Myers and “Halloween,” I definitely do not think of August. These films are meant to be shown during the Halloween season, as well as all the original horror that fans deserve.
Last year, filmmakers took a chance and released the low budget, “Paranormal Activity” which earned over $100 million at the box office compared to “Saw 6” which only made $28 million. This just proves that people are tired of the “Saw” franchise and are willing and ready for some original horror.
Regrettably, fans have now flocked to two “Paranormal Activity” films, and it already appears Paramount Pictures plans to release a slew of sequels, officially making “Paranormal Activity” the new king of Halloween. My hope is that filmmakers take a lesson from the first “Paranormal Activity” and learn not to be afraid to release original horror around Halloween. It is obviously what the people want, and I would be more than happy to go see some original horror during the best time of the year.