This Halloween season, most of the current horror flicks are a bore. Some of them are actually (unintentionally) funny. Maybe the problem is that Americans have too many real things to be scared about.

Pop culture guru Rob Weiner says, “The recent slate of horror movies is pathetic. They aren’t scary. There’s nothing that captures the imagination. It’s like Hollywood ran out of ideas. It’s a really sorry state of affairs [and] audiences deserve better.”

How do you convince horror-savvy audiences to continue jumping at the same old bumps in the night? How much deeper can scriptwriters dig into their bag of tricks and twists and gimmicks to surprise viewers? How do you create another “Exorcist” when horror fans are over demonic possessions? How do you create another “Dracula” when vampires are busy vamping in teen romance novels? It

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