In the week leading up to Halloween I decided to dust off some DVDs of old horror movies from Hammer Films, mostly a set of four of their Dracula movies, and I started to think about a trend, or trends, when it comes to monster that I don't really care for.
1. ROMANTICIZE: This is where they take classic movie monsters like vampires and werewolves and turn them from bloodthirsty creatures of the night out to feast upon your flesh and/or blood, into neutered soapy broody emo-brats to appeal to teenage girls.
The Twilight films were the most obvious and worst offenders of this. Essentially the whole series is based on the notion that a girl can change a homicidal predator if she loves him enough. Then there's the whole choice between necrophilia and bestiality storyline when she wavered between bloodsucking vampire boy, and flesh eating werewolf boy.
Wonderful themes to build your franchise on.
2. CARTOONIZE: This is the temptation to go overboard with just about everything associated with classic movie monsters. I'm talking big budgets, big stars, lots of fancy pants special effects, big monster battle scenes, and lots of super-slick martial arts fighting with a variety of exotic weapons done by heroes who are more than a match for any monster that comes their way because they are some sort of "chosen-one" monster fighter. The most obvious example is the movie Van Helsing.
I'm not saying that these trends are necessarily bad things. However, while they did seem new and novel when they were first done, they have since become very predictable cliches. Also Hollywood seems unable to properly market a more straightforward "scary monster" movie without trying to either mold it into one of the two aforementioned cliches, or at least trying to market it as such.
That's what I think, what do you think?