Are Horror Movies Overrated, Even Boring, Or Are They Terrifying?

by Bridey O’Connor

As the weather gets colder, more and more people will be staying inside and watching movies. Since it’s also close to Halloween, Hollywood is capitalizing off of the spooky feeling settling around the world by releasing horror movies this month. However, are these movies even worth the money spent on tickets to mediocre scares?

A common theme with horror movies seem to be something paranormal; in fact some of the highest grossing horror films have paranormal themes (The Exorcist, Blair Witch Project, The Ring, The Grudge and the Paranormal Activity series). So much so, that it seems a bit overdone in a way. A popular horror series that doesn’t follow the typical paranormal theme is the Saw franchise. However, that franchise does have a lot of gore in it which also seems to be a popular trope. (http://www.businessinsider.com/the-20-highest-grossing-horror-movies-of-all-time-2012-10?op=1/#-paranormal-activity-2007-1079-million-10 )

“As the years go by they’ve gotten worse and now they’re just jump scares and aren’t even scary,” said sophomore Lauren Rafferty.

“I think they are overrated because the trailers make them look really good but once you’re in the movie theater the movie isn’t that scary,” said freshman Kendall Jackson.

“They’re definitely overrated; most of the horror movies aren’t even that scary,” sophomore Alexys Malone said.

“I think they’re a little bit overrated. There’s too many and all of them are the same and not that scary,” senior Brooklyn Pfaltzgraff said.

“I don’t think they’re overrated because they are so scary,” said sophomore Avery Anderson.

“I don’t watch horror movies because I’m terrified at the smallest thing, even scary youtube videos,” said Sagan Blake, a sophomore.

This year seems to be prime for horror movies since Ouija: Origin of Evil is out and promises to be full of jumpscares and paranormal activity. So if you’re into horror movies, binge watch them to your heart’s content this Halloween season.