From classic monsters re-imagined to genetically enhanced robots of the future, popular culture has moved from vampires to zombies, generating millions of followers in the process. Films and TV shows made us fall in love and despise characters of supernatural origin and their interaction with humanity, but when the fad is over, what will be next? With the “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” Sagas long gone, we are now zombie and superhero obsessed. The box office and nightly prime time lineups are littered with superhero films, and as much as I thought that would bring me joy to say, it’s disappointing that some of these films are not only being made, they’re being remade and rebooted.
At the rate this superhero supernova is going, it’s only a matter of time before it implodes and the masses find something else to shop for at Hot Topic to show off their level of cool for things that used to be nerdy. For now, many enjoy the rate that shows like “Constantine”, “Gotham”, and “Arrow” are populating the airwaves, but once the limit is reached, what will be our next supernatural obsession?
We’ve seen many shows set in space like “Battlestar Galactica” and “Star Trek”, but could it be time for another extraterrestrial interaction? SyFy’s remake of the Canadian miniseries Ascension was actually, in my opinion, quite good and above the caliber of the stereotypical SyFy original movies. The plot was reminiscent of something like “Capricorn One”, and constantly made you wonder which was reality and who was in on the conspiracy. If a new show could follow suit and adapt a similar structure, I know many would be avid viewers…so…bring back “Firefly” as soon as possible!
A shortage of vampires has never been reported, as shows like “True Blood” and “Vampire Diaries” keep the hundred year old children of the night modern and seductive. Even as these shows are at their peak or past the finale, as long as vampires remain sexy or scary, they’ll be in demand. Plus, we can’t forget, if it hadn’t been for Stephanie Meyers’ “Twilight”, we would never have the erotic fan fiction “Fifty Shades of Grey”…I’ll leave you to decide whether that’s a blessing or curse (*cough cough* curse). As far as television though, the need for another vampire series is not as vital as it used to be.
A simple reason for the lack of demand for more two fanged terrors is the supposed coming of the zombie apocalypse. From “The Walking Dead” to “Doomsday Preppers”, there are just as many people that view for entertainment as there are for tips for the end of days. Comic book enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists alike can enjoy the zombie craze as personal zombie apocalypse plans become first date and dinner conversations. Whether as a joke or not, the idea is fascinating and so are everyone’s theories and protocols. Are we ready to leave the zombie phase? I’d say about as ready as Daryl Dixon with a cross bow.
Ghosts and the paranormal are still a very prevalent part of supernatural obsession in popular culture, but not as much as a fictional sitcom. Ghost hunting shows like “Ghost Adventures” and “Ghost Hunters” are actually more popular than the late “Ghost Whisperer”. The search for the unseen and the unexplained has been an obsession for over ten years now, causing many to leave their traditional jobs and open their own local ghost hunting businesses. When I think of the next big bad to watch on film and television, I don’t consider ghosts anymore, mostly due to the overabundance of shows that are created to document their existence.
My guess as to what the future holds for fans? Witches. Witches were popular with the series “Charmed”, but it’s been some time since it’s ended and the last thing we’ve seen has been last season’s “American Horror Story: Coven” (which was fantastically executed). With the occult being such a taboo, it would be really interesting to see witches as something different from the sexy, dressed in a little black dress young women. I think it would be refreshing to see modern witches (male and female) using more of the Earth-based theme that fits the tradition.
So if you hear me movie and tv gods and goddesses, witches get my vote! What do you think should be the next big supernatural obsession? Comment below to share!