Been meaning to start this thread for ages, as it's something which needed discussing. The question as the thread title stems from a Home Cinema @ The Digital Fix review of The Survivor (1980). Below is the link to the review: The Survivor (1981) - Home Cinema @ The Digital Fix review and an excerpt from the review which is the origin of this discussion: The first example I can think of is the original Friday the 13th (1980). It takes some imagination to come up with the death scenes, and Tom Savini is one of the best in the horror genre. I don't believe they're taking the easy option, as when these horror franchise films have a formula and people know what to expect, coming up with something different in each entry I assume is difficult.