To quote from the song “The Living Years” by Mike and the Mechanics: “Every generation blames the one before…” There’s always going to be a generational divide in EVERYthing. Music? For sure. Have you seen the T-shirts that read: “It’s not just that I’m old. You’re music really does suck.” (Truth, right there.) Fashion? Yep. I actually wish the old tradition of men wearing hats (as opposed to ball caps) everywhere would come back in style, but the puritanical need to cover every inch of potentially exposed skin? Nope. I’m way too hot-natured for that. Plus I have too many tattoos to show off. But is there a generational divide in Horror? You bet your ass there is. A BIG one.
Perfect example: A couple’a few years back, I was watching one of the Thanksgiving Day parades on TV. A special guest on the program was that guy Taylor whatsisname from that movie series I can’t mention because I got in trouble for being too harsh in my criticisms of it so I vowed to just not talk about it at all. Al Roker or whoever was doing the interview (I forget) referred to him as the “most popular” movie werewolf of all time. I about inhaled a turkey drumstick. Um, HE-LLO. Long Chaney, Jr.? Oliver Reed? Hell, David Naughton? Your average tween today, though, likely doesn’t even recognize those names. And therein lies the problem.
Anyway, I can’t criticize the trendy (*cough* so-called *cough*) vampires and (*cough* so-called *cough*) werewolves of today TOO much, because we love all our readers and want them all, want YOU all, to feel welcome here. So I can’t opine too much. This guy, however, can. Disclaimer: The views expressed by the author of this linked article do not necessarily reflect yadda yadda yadda…
I will say this much, though. To all you young whippersnappers…your music really DOES suck.