DP and I went to hire a film Saturday night as a treat and couldn't believe just how many of these films were on the New Arrivals shelves.
Various plots on abduction, torture, force, maiming, etc.
I guess I just don't get why people are entertained by these films? I find them disturbing at best and absolutely disgusting at worst.
I just don't want those types of things in my head, and I worry there's a generation out there that will in some way become desensitised to this level of violence by making these films "cool" to watch with friends.
I remember being shocked by Scream when I was a teen, but these now are a billion times worse!
Well..............................I suppose on one hand you are not obliged to watch them. But then you think "Who watches this crap?"
I watched A Human Centipede (twice) because I did wonder who dreamed this up, who decided to bankroll this. (I got really fed up with one of the screamy actresses and I just wanted the Mad Doctor to kill her right now ). Then I had to watch it because I wanted the finality of how it ended.
I do worry about people becoming de-sensitised to horror, violence and pornography. I don't object to horror in a film if there's a point but not gratuitous.
But I do agree they are getting more disturbing and maybe 'depraved' is the right word? Like the human centipede, I read the synopsis, and that of the sequel, fucking hell <vom>. It makes me think of people writing their own sleezy porno where they just put as much shocking stuff in as they can think of.
I used to have horror sleepovers where we would laugh at freddy kreuger etc. Then I saw The Ring and was so freaked out I did not watch another horror movie for about 8 years!
I know its been around a long time, but I think implied horror though is far more effective artistic-wise (think shower scene in Psycho)...now it seems to be a case of out-doing each other in blatant, horrific violence and gore.
And people will always be drawn to them out of curiosity.
I kind of agree with you in some respects in that its not too healthy to watch a lot of this stuff. I went though a phase in my teens when i loved horror films and saw too much. I was 13 when I saw the exorcist for example.
As contemporary films are far more visually convincing i would be concerned if my kids were seeing them. I believe you need to be educated to make an informed choice so would say over 18s only.
I don't mind the blood so much, it's more the level of violence directed towards women that I worry about. The cell with j lo is a prime example of that. Included in that the level of sexual violence that seems to be in every film. I worry about becoming desensitised.
Fwiw Texas chain saw massacre was banned for years in this country. I watched it after the ban was removed I watched it and regretted but films today are on a different level
Exactly, how and why do people think of these plots??? I think it boils down to money. People pay lots to be entertained/scared by horror (let's face it, these films are becoming more and more popular), and these filmmakers will have no boundaries if it brings in the cash.
Before we downloaded a film called Lovely Molly,I checked the reviews on the net. They were fairly unanimous that it was atmospheric and poignant,chilling but not gory,so we watched it. I found it so harrowing I could not watch to the end. It was a 15 rating.