Much to our surprise, when we started this little project, we were met with a few roadblocks. The first and one we wholeheartedly expected to run into, was the lack of academic conversation surrounding our topic of discussion. This can be largely contributed to how we integrated Postmodernism and its themes into the discussion, serving to operate as an anchor to draw back to. The second issue, and one that ended up changing our conversation, was just how much money these “bad movies” made in the box office, often making triple or even quadruple their budget.
The conclusion we reached was as follows:
These movies grossly misrepresent the youth they pander to as air-headed, popular-culture obsessed mannequins. Blumhouse as a production company (and Hollywood, on a broader scale) recognizes that originality and innovation are not needed to turn a profit, as displayed by their clear ability to produce ground-shaking movies (Get Out) while also pumping out films like Truth Or Dare. The laziness born from misrepresentation extends into what they consider to be horror. While horror itself is incredibly relative from person to person, little is done to subvert the genera in order to adapt to a wholly different set of values, and as a result, of horrors. As we explained in our dissection of what exactly Postmodernism is, the tropes of yesteryear are either not being applied correctly, or simply fail to hold the same statues as they once had.