Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Jaws, Halloween, Shivers, Rabid, and Alien are from the 70s. The 80s didn't set trends in horror, they followed them. Modern Body Horror, Modern Slashers, Blockbuster Horror and Modern US-type Monster Horror all started in the 70s.
This is not to say that Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Scanners, Predator, etc are not good, but they represent a sort of maturation of themes that were already there. I am not going to get involved in an argument about when Cronenberg or Carpenter were good, but they became players in the 70s and did a lot of famous work in the 80s.
As for why, well part of it was Vietnam vets. Texas Chainsaw Massacre was largely done by Vietnam draftees. You had a whole lot of people who knew what it looked like when a dude gets disemboweled, understood what it feels like to feel hunted and be a hunter, and a nihilistic philosophy where you just sort of sit back and watch someone blow their brains out because its a good show.
Another part was that film creation and distribution started becoming cheap. A lot of people in film get their start in horror because corn syrup, red food coloring and condoms cost pennies. The introduction of enthusiastic, cheaply equipped amateurs to film in the late 60s to early 80s was like the introduction of enthusiastic, cheaply equipped amateurs to politics, that is to say, a lot of very interesting terrorism happened to the public. Most of it was misguided, but ideas that would otherwise have never been welcomed into the mainstream are forced there on a wave of cheap bloodshed and cheerful violence.
they were just made so people could get used to reaganism.
So Jason was Reagan?
It's been said numerous times before that the advent of the slasher flick was more or less a reflection of white American suburban anxieties. This is best illustrated by the snuff film scene in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986). Also, what >>6502
said. Not only were the 1980s on the tail end of a decade of serial killers in the news, but it was also utterly dominated by Reagan's attempts to "get tough on crime" by rapidly militarizing the police and escalating Nixon's drug war. Combine that with his poor handling of the AIDS crisis and its no wonder I kept hearing phrases like "stranger danger" into the 2000s.
The first slasher was the short story The Most Dangerous Game about a bougie cunt who hunts and kills proles for sport, you can't change my mind so fuck off.
This, but unironically
having sex without government certification, drinking fermented grains, dancing with friends are considered "degen" by the mentally ill only and should be thrown in the prison for free labor>>6528
Point in case
I never thought about this but it's kind of true. it's kind of fun to watch bourgeois middle class try to fight for the lives and die trying.
like I had this mentality watching horror before I even gave a fuck about socialism.