Afraid Of The Dark: Is There An Audience For Horror Movies In Australia?

Maika Monroe in It FollowsThere’s something special about watching a great horror movie in the cinema. Sitting in the dark with a room full of strangers. Sharing the nervous silence of anticipation — and embarrassed laughs, when that noise turns out to just be a cat. And, of course, those beautiful moments when someone just can’t resist letting out a terrified scream.

It’s a shame, then, that these opportunities for Australian audiences have been few and far between. Outside of one-night-only screenings of Aussie zombie flick Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead, the first chance we’ve had to see a horror film in the cinema this year has been It Follows, an independent American film which opened here last week, more than a quarter of the way into 2015. To some extent this is explained by the paucity of horror releases worldwide; if we ignore minor movies like Zombeavers and REC 4: Apocalypse, the only significant horror flicks released in the US have been The Lazarus Effect, The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, and It Follows itself.

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