Tarry for the Nonce

March 27, 2006

More Gore to Ignore

Filed under: Entertainment — lmwalker @ 4:11 pm

I’m not a big fan of horror movies, so I can’t wait for the trend to die.

Since last fall, seven horror movies have topped the box office . . .

“In 1990, I had to pull my hair out just to find a movie to put on the cover,” says Fangoria magazine editor Tony Timpone. “There were only three or four major horror releases a year. Now there’s three or four a month. We’re like pigs in slop.”

I don’t understand the attraction at all. The plots are simplistic, with obvious twists. The dialogue is pedestrian. The quick cuts and jump scenes sometimes make the movie unwatchable. And the audience must be careful not to get too attached to any particular character.

What’s the attraction?

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7 Comments

  1. 90% of everything is crap, and that includes horror movies. But when done well, they are engaging and can scare you long after the credits roll and the lights come up.

    Comment by Toly — March 27, 2006 @ 10:23 pm

  2. It is unfortunate today that horror movies are often equated with graphic violence, gore and explicit sex and nudity. There are exceptions of course, but these are often films that are between genres like THE SIXTH SENSE which is also a mistery and SIGNS which is also science fiction.

    I can think of many interesting horror movies, a strange admission for a clergyman, most recently being THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE– recommended with reservations.

    Here is a partial list of others:

    ALIEN

    THE BIRDS

    THE BLACK CAT

    THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT

    THE BLOB

    THE BODY SNATCHER

    BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN

    CAPE FEAR (1962)

    THE CAT PEOPLE (1942)

    CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON

    DRACULA (1931)

    DUEL

    THE EXORCIST

    THE FLY (1958)

    FRANKENSTEIN (1931)

    FRIGHT NIGHT

    THE HAUNTING (1963)

    INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956)

    THE INVISIBLE MAN (1932)

    JACOB’S LADDER

    JAWS

    THE LOST BOYS

    THE MUMMY (1932)

    NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)

    NOSFERATU (1922)

    THE OTHERS

    PSYCHO (1960)

    RING (Japanese Version)

    SALEM’S LOT

    SIGNS

    THE SIXTH SENSE

    THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD

    THE TINGLER

    VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1960)

    THE WOLF MAN

    Comment by Father Joe — March 28, 2006 @ 10:22 am

  3. The Ring was actually very good, and not at all gory. (Though there are a couple of disturbing images, lasting less than a second.)

    The Village had its moments, though I personally liked it better in its cartoon form, when it was called Scooby Doo.

    Comment by Toly — March 28, 2006 @ 10:04 pm

  4. 90% of everything is crap….

    Even Motorola cell phones? wow Toly, wow….Don’t be such a pessimist 🙂

    Comment by Andrew P. — March 29, 2006 @ 2:22 am

  5. Sorry Laura, but the truth is, if it has to be explained, I simply don’t think you’ll get it. You and members of your family have raved about “The Passion of the Christ,” which is fine, it’s a great film. But, let’s be clear that it is gory, sadistic, and hard to watch – and yeah, it’s a true story. Does that make it alright? It all depends upon what one finds entertaining. Most thrillers, comedies, dramas, action-adventure flicks, etc. aren’t up to snuff, are at best only mildly entertaining, and are usually forgetable. Some of us like being scared – so we’ll watch the horror flicks – after “The Grudge,” I’m scared to death now of little Japanese kids… You watch a documentary to learn, you watch a thriller/mystery to be challenged, you watch a comedy to laugh – being scared in a controlled setting is no different. It’s the notion of the unexpected, of wondering if such a horrendous event is possible – “Se7en” kept me awake at night – I’ll admit it.

    Anyway, Father Joe is right about “The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” not purely horror – part courtroom drama – even my mom liked it, but I gotta say what scared me the most was the bit about 3:00am and it being the time when Lucifer mocks the Holy Trinity – yeah, not cool. For two years now and at least another six months, I do adoration at my church at when? Oh yeah, 3:00 freakin’ am! Ah well, I suppose the Church, my church, is the best place to be if Satan dares to show up. “Above all else, the Devil cannot stand to be mocked.” C.S. Lewis Well then, I shall have to mock the evil bastard should it come to that.

    Comment by Mueller — March 29, 2006 @ 4:59 pm

  6. While I am not sure the devil can possess a person who is in a perfect state of grace, the movie, THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE is quite compelling. It is rumored that the audio recording played in the courtroom scene was taken from the actual German tape of the Demoniac. That makes the film even creepier. I saw that the Ignatius Press catalogue is selling the DVD!

    By the way, if you like scary stories, you can access a number of them at my Blog:

    http://fatherjoe.wordpress.com (under stories)

    Comment by Father Joe — March 29, 2006 @ 10:48 pm

  7. Hmm, I can’t stand to be mocked…is it an error in logic to think that I may just be the devil? :oD I’m coming to a church near you for a good mocking…so be ready.

    I prefer to watch horror flicks for the comedy. I find 90% of horror flicks laughable. I did like The Exorcism of Emily Rose. It was surprisingly refreshing, compared to most shockers. I also liked ‘The Village.’ There were one or two scenes in there that made me jump a bit when I first saw it.

    Comment by Andrew P. — March 30, 2006 @ 3:01 am


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