Northwest Missourian Opinion

Whether people love them or hate them, everybody knows about scary movies. With movies like “Silent Hill,” “Paranormal Activity” and “The Orphan,” the horror movie genre has made a path within the movie industry and with quite the reputation. Sadly, scary movies are generally not held in high regards despite the story line.

While the horror genre does rely on tropes, blaring music and jump scares, there are many out there dealing with social stigmas and mental illness such as “The Babadook.”

People shouldn’t disregard a movie simply because it has these typical horror components. They are ultimately used to scare the audience and if done tactfully, they can really add to the thematic experience.

Directors have learned to better meld together common elements of horror movies and genuine moments into a suspenseful plot.

“The Conjuring” series directed by James Wan is a perfect example of storytelling with well-cast characters, believable acting and perfect transitions through the various settings.

With the movies heavily focused on the Warren couple, it followed the hauntings they were part of and took major dramatic liberties to portray a story with love, demons and true bravery.

Adding to the list of horror movies, Stephen King’s “It” became an instant favorite among horror movie fanatics and audiences around the globe in 2017. The movie managed to gross over $120 million within its first weekend in the box office and over $700 million worldwide, according to IMDb.

The movie lived up to the predecessor’s name with a colorful and unique cast set in an intricate story.

While not a paranormal horror movie, “It” definitely had many of the horror elements people tend to stray from like loud music during crucial moments in the plot and frightening jump scares to get the adrenaline rushing.

The movie was able to reach a wide range of audiences due to the playful dialogue between characters, the thoughtful screenplay and the 80’s nostalgia.

While “It” garnered fast popularity, one of the best horror movies with a story line delving into societal issues and supported by a diverse cast had to be “Get Out.” This movie not only won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, but did this on about a $5 million budget according to IMDb.

With such a low budget, it goes to show horror movies and particularly psychological horror has a place as highly acclaimed work. By taking the right perspective and telling a story through another’s eyes, horror movies can make a deep impression.

Some scary movies do end up being more ridiculous and funny than terrifying, but even then there are so many with solid plots, relatable characters and well-written relations.

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