Modern Monsters in Horror and Halloween
Freddy, Michael, and Jason, modern monsters of the night,
Are the most horrible of fiends that will kill you on sight.
Wearing old masks or damaged skin,
These deadly creeps are of great sin.
Relentless killers impossible to stop,
Only innocent teenagers will end up on top.
For these are the new faces of horror,
Unlike anything you have seen before.
When one thinks of classic monsters; Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolfman, and the rest of the Universal Monsters come to mind. These creeps had the monopoly on horror for almost 40 years. Then in the mid to late 70’s a new type of monster was born, the modern monster. One based on the concept of a serial killer, but these killers are masked or not even human anymore. Creatures truly bloodthirsty, with high body counts and lots and lots of blood. The grandfather of these fiends was Norman Bates from Psycho (1960), but that freak was way ahead of his time. The truly first modern monster would be Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974). What really started the new trend were the two films Halloween (1978) and Friday the 13th (1980). After that came the new monster explosion, beginning with Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees and then quickly followed by Freddy Krueger, Pinhead, Chucky, Ghostface, and many, many others. On the extreme end you could even add Alien and Hellboy, modern representations of the Creature from the Black Lagoon, making them truly inhuman horrors.
How these new types of monsters showed in Halloween? The answer is not much at first. There was a Ben Cooper costume of the Alien in 79 and a Collageville one of Freddy in 87. But most kiddy costume companies deemed that these monsters are a little too mature and violent for children, rightly so. Instead you had to look to higher end masks to find theses fiends starting with Michael Myers “the face” mask by Don Post in 1986 and their Freddy mask in 1988. Or you could just buy a hockey mask and be Jason. By the late 90’s these monsters had become so ingrained in American culture that they weren’t as controversial as before and you could buy costumes of these creeps in almost any size and store. They started showing up in Halloween Haunt attractions and even as animatronics dummy decorations. Before when you thought of horror, you would imagine ghosts, vampires, and werewolves. Now-a-days you have the new type of horrors; Freddy, Jason, and Michael. So just because you know them on a first name basis doesn’t mean they still won’t kill you…