One reason why
you see so many ghost and found footage movies at your local multiplex is that
they’re incredibly cheap to produce. Paranormal Activity cost $15,000 to make, made
$193 million worldwide and gave Paramount Pictures another horror franchise.
realized how profitable cheap horror films could be back in 1980 when it jumped
on the slasher bandwagon and distributed Friday The 13th, a $500,000
Halloween knock-off that made over $100 million and led to a seemingly endless
series of sequels and clones.
considerably less success with Prophecy, a 1979 monster movie whose elaborate sets
and special effects caused the budget to balloon to $12 million. As effects
budgets began to skyrocket while future classics like The Thing went belly up
commercially, it became clear that we were going to be seeing a lot more of
Jason Voorhees and far fewer original monsters.
Based on the
SyFy Channel’s output or, God forbid, the 2011 remake of The Thing, you could be forgiven for thinking there aren’t any decent monster films outside
of Aliens, The Fly and Starship