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The local entertainment paper across the courtyard from me had a very insightful article about the state of Horror Movies this week.

Read it here, and discuss!

http://www.wichitacitypaper.com/article … .323.shtml

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well written point of view, he likes horror like I do, I don't like to wander too far off the path into gore/torture, I enjoy the subtle, the creep up on ya leave you with a tingly fear of dread after the movie is over, the horror that stimulates a part of the brain that WANTS to create the rubber body parts and the slimey makeup and write a stellar script acted out by all the neighbors lol.
basic primitive horror can really work in this day and age of tech and I am so in control. Primitive horror and zombie horror is OH NO YOUR NOT IN CONTROL your just along for the ride, deal with it MUHAHAHAHA.
There are ALOT of upcoming horror genre filmakers (still in schools:) That I have alot of faith will bring the genre to a tilted jagged youaskedforit climax...and beyond.

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Hmm well I think this guy is just being nostalgic.. lets face it when we get older films are just not that scary anymore.. Everyonce and a great while we see something scary but its nothing like what we use to see when we were kids..

You just simply get older and things are just not scary anymore. I think he just used the "Splat Pack" as an easy target to create buzz for his whining about him wanting to be a kid again.

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The last time a film "creeped" me out was when I watched "Wrong Turn."
This is the kind of creepy horror I like - It had story, it had gore, and it had the best half-a-decapitation ever!

Yeah films don't "scare" me anymore - but Wrong Turn did creep me out. I hear there's a sequel coming?

Off to watch "Carrie".

They're all gonna laugh at you!

Last edited by Shakingman (2007-02-14 22:05:03)

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That's a given.  Horror films are much scarier when you were little.  In fact, I grew up absolutely terrified of the genre.  I wouldn't go near scary movies.  I'd have my dad watch a movie and then I'd ask him a bunch of questions about it.  Now, I'm practically obsessed.  That's just typically how it works.

Movies just don't scare me anymore.  I can't even remember the last time I got creeped out by a film.  I think it was "Darkness Falls" (Don't laugh) which got to me a little bit.  Other than that, it was Ju-On... a while ago.  So, yeah.

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I think it's really hard to get scared right now but not because of age. It's the fact that you've watched a thousand movies and nothing can scare you anymore. A couple of friends got REALLY creeped out with the remake of The Grudge and they're older than me. But after watching horror movies for 15 years (here comes the nostalgia) I usually don't get scared at all.

The article is ok, I guess. I don't agree with the guy but everybody has the right to make their own opinion.

BTW, the last time I got freaked out was with An American Haunting (please, don't laugh) and I still don't know why. Heh.

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all I have to say is that horror is in a pretty good place when a movie like High Tension gets made.

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I noticed that the article did not mention the '78 and '80s Faces of Death movies which were produced with ONLY the gross out factor in mind.  But what many of you expressed in your posts above, the need for increasing amounts of what scares (excites?) you, is called Creep in phycological terms.  Creep is just that... the same old stuff becomes boring and you need more scare, more shock to get that new high.  This was well displyed in a CSI episode where the guy was screwing his girlfriend in the park where he could see the dead body of the porn star he recently killed.  He needed more to get himself off.

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old ghost story had the etherical see through ghosts floating around...the creepy girl in The Ring with her mottled dead white skin, slimey hair hanging down obscuring her face, HER FACE, and the quick quick quick come at you movements, come on guys admit it, Thattttts creeeepy.

ever clean out your shower drain??? I swear thats HER *evil chuckle*

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Luckily I don't clean out my shower drain.  smile

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I watched Carrie again last night after not seeing it for years...what a movie...not that's it's scary but it did affect me emotionally. I saw the film in a new light. I always thought Carrie the antagonist - but she is the victim here. Her life is ridiculed and her debt is paid at the end of this film. I was the age of the people in the film when it was released...still in high school...and it brought back some vicious memories of my days in high school and just how cruel people can really be. Now that's creepy. That's horror.

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None other than Stephen King.

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Shakingman wrote:

I was the age of the people in the film when it was released...still in high school...and it brought back some vicious memories of my days in high school and just how cruel people can really be. Now that's creepy. That's horror.

Funny. I was one of the "cruel people" in my high school so I just couldn't connect with Carrie but however it's a great film.

Horror has evolved and will keep evolving in order to keep frightening people. After 20+ years of watching films of a supernatural guy killing horny teens you get used to it and need something else. Like taking away the supernatural part of the killer and making him/her your everyday neighbor.

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One of the things I don't like is that all our psychopaths have to have a reason to be the way they are.

Once we start to explain the childhood of Leatherface or Hannibal Lector, the idea of evil is really diluted.

Give me a movie with a force of evil and let my imagination decide why it exists - that is much scarier!

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Yeah, don't explain why... just let it be and we can imagine how and why! Alot of sequels try to explain why and sometimes it just doesn't work.

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I don't know about anyone else, but we can keep asking for something new or something different, but the oldies never get old.

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DemonToSome wrote:

Yeah, don't explain why... just let it be and we can imagine how and why! Alot of sequels try to explain why and sometimes it just doesn't work.

Hmmm...I like the why's? I like knowing the psychological defects in the horror characters...I like knopwing the history of the character...to have someone hacking up horny teens for no apparent reason doesn't cut it with me. There needs to be motivation. Maybe becuase I write...I have a tendency to create this world that doesn't necessarily come out on the page.

Just me.

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Hacking up horny teens for no apparent reason usually does the trick for me.  I also enjoy in-depth characters.  Horror is a wide genre, it's all good.