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Post by ThePunisher September 13th 2023, 5:44 pm

What's your opinion on the state of horror today? Do you think the same tropes are used over and over again? Is there a lack of originality? What could be done better?
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Post by I'm Not a Goalie September 15th 2023, 10:38 pm

Considering I more or less refuse to watch any movie released in the past five years without hearing strong word of mouth first, I usually pass, so I'd have to say not good. Whenever I scroll through the newer movies released to Shudder, particularly Shudder originals, I'm struck by how similar the synopsize are. I don't feel modern Hollywood Mandates have helped at all. When certain types of characters have to be portrayed a certain way at all times, it makes for very static characters, and very unoriginal and just flat out boring storylines. That's why modern movies feel so unoriginal, you're very limited in type of movie you can make anymore. Could you even make a original IP slasher movie nowadays without having to jump through hoops to make sure all your check boxes are marked, and which characters you can do what with?
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Post by ThePunisher September 18th 2023, 6:47 am

I'm Not a Goalie wrote:Considering I more or less refuse to watch any movie released in the past five years without hearing strong word of mouth first, I usually pass, so I'd have to say not good. Whenever I scroll through the newer movies released to Shudder, particularly Shudder originals, I'm struck by how similar the synopsize are. I don't feel modern Hollywood Mandates have helped at all. When certain types of characters have to be portrayed a certain way at all times, it makes for very static characters, and very unoriginal and just flat out boring storylines. That's why modern movies feel so unoriginal, you're very limited in type of movie you can make anymore. Could you even make a original IP slasher movie nowadays without having to jump through hoops to make sure all your check boxes are marked, and which characters you can do what with?

Good points here. It seems like every movie you watch in the slasher genre for example, you know who is going to die and in what order. There always seems to be at least one stoner, one jerk, and naturally, a group of people who go where they aren't supposed to go despite being told and seeing obvious warning signs.
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Post by t8mc November 8th 2023, 2:15 pm

I think we're in a good age for horror films. There are so many of them out there getting released all the time and very often you can find one that is actually pretty effective. I don't need the films to be amazingly well-produced but as long as they have a decent idea and execute it, I'm happy.

There have been some real gems in the last ten years. Hidden gems, flawed ones but still well worth watching.

I find that the ones that get the most hype tend to disappoint the most. Like The Black Phone. I thought that was gash to be honest.
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Post by Jason Voorhees November 8th 2023, 2:27 pm

t8mc wrote:I think we're in a good age for horror films.  There are so many of them out there getting released all the time and very often you can find one that is actually pretty effective.  I don't need the films to be amazingly well-produced but as long as they have a decent idea and execute it, I'm happy.

There have been some real gems in the last ten years.  Hidden gems, flawed ones but still well worth watching.

I find that the ones that get the most hype tend to disappoint the most.  Like The Black Phone.  I thought that was gash to be honest.

Really? I liked the black phone it was something a mix of the lovely bones.
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Post by t8mc November 8th 2023, 2:30 pm

Jason Voorhees wrote:
t8mc wrote:I think we're in a good age for horror films.  There are so many of them out there getting released all the time and very often you can find one that is actually pretty effective.  I don't need the films to be amazingly well-produced but as long as they have a decent idea and execute it, I'm happy.

There have been some real gems in the last ten years.  Hidden gems, flawed ones but still well worth watching.

I find that the ones that get the most hype tend to disappoint the most.  Like The Black Phone.  I thought that was gash to be honest.

Really? I liked the black phone it was something a mix of the lovely bones.

yeah I didn't really get on with the supernatural aspect of it. Like it didn't fit in with what was basically a kidnapping film. It felt like two separate stories at times.
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Post by Jason Voorhees November 8th 2023, 2:34 pm

t8mc wrote:
Jason Voorhees wrote:
t8mc wrote:I think we're in a good age for horror films.  There are so many of them out there getting released all the time and very often you can find one that is actually pretty effective.  I don't need the films to be amazingly well-produced but as long as they have a decent idea and execute it, I'm happy.

There have been some real gems in the last ten years.  Hidden gems, flawed ones but still well worth watching.

I find that the ones that get the most hype tend to disappoint the most.  Like The Black Phone.  I thought that was gash to be honest.

Really? I liked the black phone it was something a mix of the lovely bones.

yeah I didn't really get on with the supernatural aspect of it.  Like it didn't fit in with what was basically a kidnapping film.  It felt like two separate stories at times.

I heard they are making a sequel but given that what would a sequel even be with the villian dead?
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Post by ThePunisher November 9th 2023, 10:40 am

Jason Voorhees wrote:
t8mc wrote:
Jason Voorhees wrote:
t8mc wrote:I think we're in a good age for horror films.  There are so many of them out there getting released all the time and very often you can find one that is actually pretty effective.  I don't need the films to be amazingly well-produced but as long as they have a decent idea and execute it, I'm happy.

There have been some real gems in the last ten years.  Hidden gems, flawed ones but still well worth watching.

I find that the ones that get the most hype tend to disappoint the most.  Like The Black Phone.  I thought that was gash to be honest.

Really? I liked the black phone it was something a mix of the lovely bones.

yeah I didn't really get on with the supernatural aspect of it.  Like it didn't fit in with what was basically a kidnapping film.  It felt like two separate stories at times.

I heard they are making a sequel but given that what would a sequel even be with the villian dead?

I hope it doesn't turn out to be a Saw franchise with disciples of the original vilian.
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