A common Halloween tradition is to watch horror movies throughout the month. Personally though, I don’t like horror movies, and a lot of the ones coming out now tend to have the same problems. They rely really heavily on jumpscares and have a paper thin plot. Most of the time you’re watching them, it just feels like you’re watching an extended cut of the trailer. The acting is bad, the lighting is bad, and they’re not even scary most of the time. There are still good horror movies being made, but the majority of them being put out now are hot trash and almost the same movie. Another problem is that the only successful ones are all based on old, worn out franchises. Movies that are based on original ideas tend to fail because either they’re not good movies, or they didn’t do any advertising so nobody watched it. Most of the popular horror franchises now are from the 70s and 80s. Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Friday the 13th were some of the most successful from this era and they got a ton of sequels and spin offs. Production companies don’t want to risk the tens of millions of dollars it costs to make a big movie on something that nobody knows or is already a fan of. They’d rather play it safe and make a bad movie from a popular franchise already well established because they know it’ll sell. That’s why there are 12 Friday the 13th movies, 11 Halloween movies, 9 Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies, and 8 Nightmare on Elm Street movies. Most of these are terrible, but they sold, and that’s all they really care about.