However, the thematic and visual similarities are also striking - and natural, actually - between the B movies in the horror and thriller genres today. I'll find myself thinking of a scene in Lights Out, but placing the ghost/monster from MAMA in the scene. Or mentally putting the actress from DON'T BREATHE in a scene from GREEN ROOM. The themes of parental abandonment and neglect appear over and over in Oculus, Lights Out, Mama, Sinister 1 & 2, Ouija and the battle between young punks/crooks against a damaged masculinity (GREEN ROOM, DON'T BREATHE) keep popping up primarily because they are on the minds of the filmmakers and the audience.
What's more interesting to me is the diminished emphasis on sex as a taboo in these movies compared to the films back in the 80's. When Cabin In The Woods came out, it was really more about the b-movie horror movies from 20 to 30 years ago than the movies that were coming out at the time.