View Full Version : Whatever happened to the horror movie?
January 28th, 2005, 01:46 AM
I've noticed lately that there has been a downwards trend in the number of quality horror movies being released. I mean, it seems lately that I'm lucky to get one good horror movie (by good I mean actually scary, doesn't have to be shakespeare or anything). Last year, I'd say the Dawn of the Dead remake and Saw were the only good two that I saw. Might've been more... (me brian ait'n noi goad at memmorri). Surely the terrified general population is enough to justify a few more good horror movies, preferably with some kind of social context (or at least a villain that doesn't die five times). Surely it isn't that hard to make something scary? Is it?
Enough with 'psychological' horror movies that don't engage me mentally at all, and slasher movies that only seem to slash at my fleeting sense of purpose (causing me to ask what valuable service I could be performing for society other than watching this).
I remember fondly the exorcist, poltergeist, omen and alien. (even though i was only born in 1987, I had watched all of these by the time I was ten.... very disturbed child. I know.)
Whatever happened to the horror movie?
Where has all the horror gone?
Even stephen king is writing freaking fantasy for christ's sake...
January 29th, 2005, 04:30 PM
I agree, the only good horror film that I have seen recently is The Grudge. And how come all of the recent flicks are pg-13?? My belief is that if you are trying to make a horror flick, you need to go rated R... I'm watching old horror movies more and more, only realizing that I'm now memorizing the whole movie one by one :rolleyes: So come on Hollywood, get your act together! :p
What a great thread :D
February 1st, 2005, 12:15 AM
I was actually arguing with a friend the other day about how recent horror movies aren't scary. And he's only ever seen recent horror movies, so he was under the opinion that there was no such thing as a scary horror movie...
So I sat him down in front of the Exorcist...
His face had no colour left in it after the movie... I swear!
I haven't actually seen grudge yet, and I also have to get around to seeing Saw, which looks pretty good.
Perhaps they can salvage my opinion of the modern horror movie?
February 1st, 2005, 12:48 AM
I have the misfortune of being really jumpy. Not because of scary things, but sudden movements and loud noises cause me to jump. I jump when the toaster goes off or when my phone rings.
This makes people assume that when I'm watching a "scary" movie such as a slasher flick that relies on the killer/cat/whatever else jumping out a quiet moment that I'm scared out of my wits. I'm not.
But some recent(ish) movies that have managed to scare, and in which I never jumped once:
The Others - great building of mood and use of colour to convey it. the scene with the little girls voice in the old ladies body freaked me out big time.
The Ring - very mysterious and once again has a great use of a creepy kid. The feeling of inevitability really worked for me.
The Sixth Sense - or, in particular, the tent scene.
Actually, looking at that it seems I've got a problem with spooky kids in movies. I should probably rewatch the Exorcist and Omen...
February 1st, 2005, 04:33 PM
I just bought the Grudge today. The freakiest parts in the movie are how and where the girl shows up. She's pretty much exactly the girl from the Ring, but better. She shows up more and kicks some but. In the Ring, the people killed just looked really scared, like they died from fright or that their life was sucked from them. The Grudge has a better way of what the girl does. It's not all anticipation for that 7th day to arrive. I haven't seen the saw yet, and I'm hoping that Hide and Seek and The Boogeyman will be at least a good flick. Boogeyman looks like it would be more on the fright side than Hide and Seek, but who knows? They're both PG-13 and that irritates me. Where's the good old fashioned blood and guts? R-rated horror movies with SCARY plots and NIGHTMARISH scenes. I haven't had nightmares form a horror movie since I was 3... and that was because my brothers threw a Chucky doll at me and made me believe that he really was real :mad: I want a movie that is so scary I have nightmares :D Like the Grudge. I had ONE nightmare... and that was only because my worst fear is my room- once you see it you'll know why :p I'm off to write the next best horror movie :D
February 1st, 2005, 07:01 PM
I'm off to write the next best horror movie :D
Not before I do you're not! lol.
I would really like to start writing screenplays, but unfortunately I have no idea how and I've got too many little projects going right now to bother figuring it out. :(
Maybe when I finish something I'll look into it...
February 1st, 2005, 07:14 PM
lol! I have two good friends who are into writing screenplays. If you ask me, only one of them is any good and he writes stuff that mixes LOTR and the Matrix and probably two other completely opposite movies in one ..... so yeah. But I myself am more interested in suspensful romance for my novels and extreme horror for my screenplays. Like I'd ever sell anything, but at least I'll be satisfied scaring the living crap out of my friends with a horrifying book/screenplay. :p
I'm working on a piece right now that I'm hoping will be a mix between The Exorcist and The Grudge with a little bit of the Legend of Hell House. If it weren't so violent I would probably post it in the Community. ;)
But I am a firm believer in the horror genre and I'll be frustrated with Hollywood forever for not comming up with something scarier than dead teenage girls that will kill anyone who enter's their 'world'. OH OH and how scary was the evil side of the Tooth Fairy in Darkness Falls.!! :rolleyes: So anyways... I'm still in the drawing board room and must return :)
February 1st, 2005, 08:05 PM
I got one of my friends to send me a bunch of photos of his town and then I went and threw together a zombie short story set there. I sent it to him and now he doesn't go outside after dark anymore. ;)
And don't worry about posting violent stuff in community, some of my stuff in there is probably pretty violent... check that... really violent. :D
I usually only like violent stuff if its used for a reason, unlike in movies such as... say... Freddy vs Jason? That kind of violence is just stupid. It makes me laugh more than it actually scares me. And yes, it appears the horror genre has hit some kind of dark age. Perhaps a renaissance is in order? A violent, bloody, utterly terrifying renaissance.
February 1st, 2005, 08:12 PM
Freddy Vs Jason made me laugh the whole way through. Oh and Jason X... I thought I was watching an Adam Sandler movie I was laughing so hard. :D
Once I stayed with a friend at her mom's bf's house and his son was doing nothing but annoying me and my friend so I made up a quick short story about things that lurk in the shadows and just wait for little boys like him to walk outside at night. It was so funny the look on his face. :P I also warned him about the toilet monster. He only comes out when you get up at night to go to the bathroom... that way everyone else is asleep and no one can hear you get sucked down the toilet.
It was horrible but he stopped bothering us :D
My violence has it's purpose, but I found myself trying to get more deaths in my book. I want to portray the evilness VERY clearly... but sometimes the way I describe things ....... so yeah. But I'll check out some stuff you have posted in the community sometime tonight. Right now I'm in the midst of some research and I'm on a roll. :)
February 1st, 2005, 08:18 PM
lol, I love horror. it seems to be one of the only mediums that actually get an emotional response out of some groups of people. Although a lot of them will revert to the old standby in order to defend their honour - "That was crap. I wasn't scared at all." :rolleyes:
The upcoming silent hill movie should be good I think, then again it is based on a game, and they did manage to turn resident evil into what basically came down to an action movie with zombies. But I'm still going to sit here with my fingers crossed! :)
And good luck with the research, i hate research.
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