Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Top Five reasons Horror Films turn into Horroriable Films


1- Extreme Violence- It is no secret to any one that frequently watches Horror films that they tend to contain over the top violence. While I will admit that violence does have its place in these films, the film makers tend to go overboard most of the time. They do it to try and shock the viewer into forgetting how bad they’re and, unfortunately, it works. This has led to these types of films being mass produce to the point that you can’t really watch a Horror flick nowadays without seeing blood (most of the time terrible CGI Blood for that matter) and Gore being splattered everywhere. While some people may find this entertaining, I for one, find that it kills (no pun intended) the credibility of the film to be anything besides a cartoonish, exploitation flick.     

Notable offenders-

Friday The 13th                  

Hellraiser

Nightmare on Elm Street

Halloween

Final Destination  

Saw

2- Nudity- Like violence, Nudity in these films is a way to keep your mind from noticing the glaring problems. The removal of clothing tends to have to barring on the story at all and tends to happen out of nowhere. One minute you will have the killer chasing the intended victim when suddenly they will end up on a beach with about twenty girls with no top. This not only is degrading to women, but it also makes the film difficult to watch (to me anyways). I will explain my second statement: For some, being flashed every ten minutes is no an appealing prospect. This causes you to keep wondering when the next expletive shot is going to come; that it keeps you from getting into the film and enjoying it. Like violence, this kills the credibility of the film.

Notable Offenders-

Pretty much all horror film from the 60’s to the present

3- Really No Story- Now we are getting to the reason for 1&2. The story of these films normally has little, to no, existence. Most stories in Horror films nowadays come down to: misbehaving teens get killed by random killer of unknown origin or reason for being other than to kill the misbehaving teens. If you think I am kidding, think back to most of the Horror films you have seen. If you think, you will notice that the beginning of the film, almost always, the main characters will be introduced as being unscrupulous and then the killer shows up out of nowhere and begins murdering them. It happens in every Friday the 13th, it happens in every Halloween (the first one was not as bad, but this plot was still present.), and in every Nightmare on Elm Street (except the first, but it, like Halloween, has this same plot line). Basically what I am getting to, is that these films all have the same stupid, boring “story” and are painful to get through.  

Notable Offender-

Friday the 13th (not trying to pick, but this film has pretty much every flaw you can think of)

4- Unlikable Characters- I want to think to yourself and see if you have ever cared about any of the victims or intend victims in the Horror films you have seen. Are you done? Okay, now most of you may say Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis’s character from the Halloween series) and maybe Nancy Thomson (from the Nightmare on Elm Street Films) or even Karen (Sarah Michele Gellar’s Character from the Grudge Film), and I would agree. The reason is because they are made to be likable people and not some loudmouth, drug addicted designed for you to hate. Most, not all, the other films have characters that are designed for you to hate and enjoy when they are put out of your misery. I have not really seen any other horror films that I really cared if the protagonist lived or died. I am not saying that these are the only two; there have been a few others just that these are the two that stick in my mind. These characters are also almost always the same stereotypes: you have the Slut, Jock, Nerd, Druggy, loudmouth, and of course the “good Girl/Boy” (who is normally just as bad as the others) that has the highest chance to live. When films start to do things like this, the films start to become less horror and more of a comedy.

Notable Offenders-   

Friday the 13th (I know, I know)

Scream

Final Destination

5- Repeat Performance- This part will be short due to most of this point being explained already. What I mean by the term “Repeat Performance” is that these films never try to do anything different and are all the same. If you have seen one Friday the 13th, you have seen them all. I know why they do it, the formula works, so why change it.  People will continue to see these films, so they’re no reason to change. For the few people that actually want to see something different in the genre, they are pretty much out of luck. It is not very often that a Horror film comes along that is well done and new. The best newer horror film, one that really surprised me, was the “Boogeyman”(2005). When I got this film, I was expecting to see just another crappy horror film. It surprised me though with how deep and interesting it was. I liked the characters and the monster was actually scary(instead of comical). I would recommend checking it out if you are tired of seeing the same old crap over and over. It is very much like the “Grudge” film (another well-made horror film), in that the filmmakers used atmosphere to scares you, instead of knocking the umpteenth person’s body part off or turning them into a fountain of blood.

Notable Offenders-

Friday the 13th

Final Detestation

Halloween

Hellraiser

Nightmare on Elm Street

Scream   

Conclusion- What I am trying to say with this article is that horror films in general are getting worse by the minute. I am not saying that all of them are bad, just that many fall into the same old clich├ęs.Most filmmakers are afraid to try anything new and go on using the same old “tricks” to keep fans coming back. I don’t see this trend ending anytime soon, as people have a problem when it comes to change. They will always fear it more than the monsters in their television screen.  

1 comment:

  1. Very nice article, I completely agree I would like to have seen you list some of your personal favorites of the genre, just to get an idea of which films stand out as "good horror" movies to you.

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