Friend of Blog@, James Zahn (writer of Death Walks the Streets for Fangoria) has written an interesting piece on how the current recession in the U.S. is affecting (and will affect) the horror industry.
The horror industry has been a victim of it’s own actions, much like the auto manufacturers, the credit card companies, the retailers, and every other business in a state of decline. While the reasons may be different, the outcome can be the same. Entities will evolve and survive, or continue on the same path of stagnation, painfully awaiting their inevitable deaths…
The companies responsible for bringing viewers filmed horror entertainment are the poster children for what’s been wrong. Much like the auto industry, they’ve fallen victim to an emphasis on quantity vs. quality. Why should a car buyer settle for something outdated and overpriced from Detroit, when they could get something stylish and affordable that was built overseas?
He goes on in part one to talk about the direct effect some horror-focused film companies have already felt, as well as comic and video game makers. While part one is admittedly (even by Zahn himself) a bit of a downer, he promises part two will offer suggestions to make things better.
[via Fangoria Online]