When it comes to Horror, as a genre, I think the most appropriate phrase is:
"They just don't make 'em like they used to..."
It's so true! All the recent horror films have been utter poop. They always have some pathetic hair of a plotline that they stretch to the very limit of plausibility, then add a bunch of good-looking teenagers, a geeky/ugly one that they can kill of in a more "emotional" way. Then they act in a completely stupid manner and get themselves killed using as much fake blood and unnecessary gore as is humanly possible. The worst thing is that because this has all become so mundane to audiences now, the director will add a bunch of loud BANGS to try and scare you instead of using excellent directing, acting, imagery and plot twists like they should. *sighs*
Some of the scariest films I have ever seen were ones with very little gore, like the Silence of the Lambs
trilogy (amazing films.. Anthony Hopkins = genius) and other psychological thrillers. I did think films such as the original Ring
were quite gripping and I can see why Western directors started to remake all the older Asian cinema horrors, because they are more surreal and work on psychological fear..althought even those are getting boring now.