Vampires, werewolves, and zombies have become such a staple to today’s society that they are no longer scary audiences. With TV shows like The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf, and others, it has become tremendously harder to shock viewers when it comes to these traditional horror movie monsters. They have been so romanticized that thinking of these monsters no longer instills fear.
In my opinion, it all started when Twilight came out. Yes, before Twilight, there were vampire romance novels and some movies. IT just didn’t have the same huge audience that the Twilight series did. Once that came out, all anyone wanted to read and watch was vampire and werewolf romance. Since the vampire craze started, there have been countless TV shows and movies that have come out to bank serious cash in those genres. True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and others. They do not bank on fear, they bank on drama and romance.
What does zombies have to do with this? Ever since The Walking Dead came out, viewers have been more interested in the interconnecting of people who are in a zombie apocalypse and do not fear the zombies themselves. Recent zombie movies aren’t even that scary anymore, just a lot of gore, but no real scare value. I wish we could go back to the days where just thinking about those classic movies monsters impacted us with so much dread that we couldn’t sleep at night.