As a population of movie-goers who are frequently exposed to the same types of motion picture over and over again, it’s always nice when a movie comes along that laughs in the face of what came before it and refuses to play into the hands of current trends. So to reward this level or risk-taking and innovation, what do we do? Well, we make it a bonafide hit at the box office, of course. That’s what you get for pushing the boat out, Mr. Filmmaker, we say to ourselves. Take all of our money – you know, to show our appreciation for what you’ve done.
Good as our intentions might be though, in embracing this new, trend-less movie, we’re also bringing about our own doom. The moment Hollywood realises that a different sort of picture has made a killing at the box office, they set about on their evil agenda: making even more movies in the same vein. By rewarding the trend-less, we accidently give rise to the next generation of trends. It’s a vicious circle, and there’s no way to stop it. But it also means that for every great, cutting-edge movie that comes along, we get a succession of copycats in its wake.
Here are 10 brilliant movies that inspired horrifying cinematic trends. Unfortunately, we’re still feeling the repercussions of most of them…
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