Friday, Jul 01, 2022

How OTT Turned Into A Game-changer For Horror Movies

From a pale woman clad in a white sari to eerie sounds of ghungroo coming from a distance, the genre of horror in Bollywood has mostly been similar, though OTT promises a brighter future

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The genre of horror became popular from 1960s to 1990s, with films such as Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neechey, Ghungaroo Ki Awaaz, Band Darwaza, Dahshat, Purana Mandir, Purani Haveli, and 100 Days. The 1980s and 1990s were taken over by action and romance, and the early 2000s tried bringing back horror with films such as Raaz, Krishna Cottage, Bhoot, Vaastu Shahstra, among others. Many stories disappea­red into thin air, much like the ghosts in these films, and very few left a mark. Horror has struggled to find a steady popularity in India, though filmmakers have often tried to reinvent it.

Gamechanger for Horror?

With the advent of OTT platforms and a shift in the age of content consumers, the last few years have seen more horror stories come to digital platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. The treatment of the genre on these platforms surely differs from theatre releases. Plus, the pandemic confined us indoors and many found it engrossing to curl up to horror OTT content with films such as The Ghost Stories, Typewriter, Roohi, Dybbuk, Chhori, and Ghoul.