Friday, November 16, 2012

Modern Horror Movies, Hardcore Porn & Vibrators

Modern horror movies have unfortunately done something to viewers--taken us as far as they can go with desensitizing us. Since we longer jump and cringe at ax murders, then they eviscerated and tortured people. When that newness wore off, they tried gruesome killing after gruesome killing, each more over the top than the last.

The problem is, they no longer hit our horror G-spot.

Like porn and the use of a vibrator, it takes a bit more and more and more to stimulate and eventually, one builds up a tolerance. Horror was never about the killings or the torture so far as it was about the unknown (in other words what they didn't show us, not what they let us see--everything). The real horror is not in witnessing death, but in the not knowing what will happen. If you see a dark room and hear creepy music, your mind fills in the appropriate terror that works on you instead of someone spoon-feeding you your fright.

Our minds are truly the best scriptwriters when it comes to terror, not our eyes.  


("Hostel" - Modern Horror Movie)

I don't find movies like "Hostel" or "Saw" scary, only uncomfortable and numbing. Think about it, people are killed off one after another until there is no one to care about and nothing to hope for. You simply watch the slaughter. They create an apathy in the viewer. Even a simpleton moviemaker should know that creating apathy in your viewers is the kiss of death.

How do you do a killing movie and create horror? Let's have a look at this one --


("The Changeling" 1980)

There is hope on the horizon! Some moviemakers have gotten savvy at looking towards the classics for cues on how to totally engage the viewer with lush cinematography, gripping soundtracks, great doses of darkness, unexplained happenings, and haunted characters. Here's two that come to mind and are worthy of the watching - allowing the horror sensation to seep back into our minds and bodies again so we lose that numbed up feeling. 


("The Woman in Black" coming in early 2012)


("The Awakening" coming early 2012)

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