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    Ooooh....Alice Sweet Alice....anyone like Alice Sweet Alice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marmalade.sunrise View Post
    I was already laughing at the ads, so it didn't bode well for the film.

    My whole thing was...if you have to show people in the audience reacting to your film to advertise it....something's wrong....deeply wrong.

    But I watch a lot of horror movies, and if you do as well, that may have something to do with it. I just can't believe that movie scared anyone. Ever.

    Same for Blair Witch.
    That was part of their marketing campaign because originally it wasn't going to be released nationwide in theaters; so they decided to show it exclusively in select cinemas and see what the audience's reaction to it was.

    I'm not saying the movie doesn't have flaws. Some of Micah's behavior doesn't make any sense, but I think the acting is good. Considering the entire movie was filmed in one location, mostly in a single room, it did well with what it had to work with IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marmalade.sunrise View Post
    But I watch a lot of horror movies, and if you do as well, that may have something to do with it. I just can't believe that movie scared anyone. Ever.

    Same for Blair Witch.
    I thought they were both scary, even though I didn't think Paranormal Activity was actually a good movie. I don't really like the horror genre in general though, so maybe that has something to do with it. I think horror films have by far the worst hit/miss ratio of any genre. Most of them are just not scary and are poorly plotted and made.

    I think what made these films scary for those who liked them was that they were relatable and presented with an atmosphere of realism. I'm not really referring to the "documentary" style they're shot in, but to the fact that the scary things in them are more believable. Most people can envision themselves in the situations those characters are in, because they're so NORMAL. It's much harder to put yourself in the place of a victim of Jigsaw, or a chainsaw-wielding maniac, or a burn victim killing you in your dreams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mask Manifest View Post
    That was part of their marketing campaign because originally it wasn't going to be released nationwide in theaters; so they decided to show it exclusively in select cinemas and see what the audience's reaction to it was.

    I'm not saying the movie doesn't have flaws. Some of Micah's behavior doesn't make any sense, but I think the acting is good. Considering the entire movie was filmed in one location, mostly in a single room, it did well with what it had to work with IMO.
    Yeah, it just didn't appeal to me. The original T Chainsaw also had a very low budget and I think is much more powerful than either Paranormal Activity or Blair Witch, and also scarier than the more expensive re-makes.

    I believe that a certain aesthetic appeals to me, and if a horror film lacks that, I just don't want to watch. I could watch old Dario Argento flicks all day long, but stuff like that leaves me cold.

    It's interesting to me, too, what scares some people doesn't frighten others. Like apparently aliens and zombies really scare some people, and it does nothing to me.

    Like any art form, it's all so subjective, I suppose...

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    I'm not gonna lie. The first time I saw it, I got chills down my spine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by EffEmDoubleyou View Post
    I thought they were both scary, even though I didn't think Paranormal Activity was actually a good movie. I don't really like the horror genre in general though, so maybe that has something to do with it. I think horror films have by far the worst hit/miss ratio of any genre. Most of them are just not scary and are poorly plotted and made.

    I think what made these films scary for those who liked them was that they were relatable and presented with an atmosphere of realism. I'm not really referring to the "documentary" style they're shot in, but to the fact that the scary things in them are more believable. Most people can envision themselves in the situations those characters are in, because they're so NORMAL. It's much harder to put yourself in the place of a victim of Jigsaw, or a chainsaw-wielding maniac, or a burn victim killing you in your dreams.

    Yeah, like I said ...different things scare different people. I think as a female it's pretty easy to envision myself in some sort of homicidal maniac scenario...because in most serial killer films/slasher flicks the victims are females, and this lines up quite nicely with reality, what I've read about serial killers and even what I know about domestic violence.

    The "real" thing just doesn't appeal to me....it's the spooky, the atmospheric, the artistic that gets me in a horror film...it pulls me more completely in, and allows me to have more of a suspension of disbelief.

    To each his or her own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marmalade.sunrise View Post
    Yeah, like I said ...different things scare different people. I think as a female it's pretty easy to envision myself in some sort of homicidal maniac scenario...because in most serial killer films/slasher flicks the victims are females, and this lines up quite nicely with reality, what I've read about serial killers and even what I know about domestic violence.

    The "real" thing just doesn't appeal to me....it's the spooky, the atmospheric, the artistic that gets me in a horror film...it pulls me more completely in, and allows me to have more of a suspension of disbelief.

    To each his or her own.
    I agree with you that the more you can relate to a character, the more suspenseful it will be. That's why the majority of horror movies aren't scary. When the acting and writing are so terrible and the plot is riddled with cliches and over-the-top special effects, it loses it's connection to the characters. Most horror movies fail to create any kind of emotional attachment to their victims beyond a natural empathy for human suffering.

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    As popular as the horror genre is, it seem like a lot of people enjoy watching other people die in grotesque ways. Strangely, many of these same people can't bear to watch an animal suffer. I think they should make a movie about a serial animal killer who breaks into peoples' homes and murders helpless pets.

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    The Shining > The Exorcist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mask Manifest View Post
    I agree with you that the more you can relate to a character, the more suspenseful it will be. That's why the majority of horror movies aren't scary. When the acting and writing is so terrible and the plot is riddled with cliches and over-the-top special effects, it loses it's connection to the characters. Most horror movies fail to create any kind of emotional attachment to their victims beyond a natural empathy for human suffering.
    Well what's interesting to me, though, is that my ex - a man - mostly prefers serial killer and atmospheric ghost films too...he, like me, is not particularly frightened of aliens or zombies...of course, he's a horror collector, so he isn't particularly frightened by anything...but his bent in horror is very similar to mine, except it includes a leaning toward torture porn in some cases, but just as easily to the "beautiful" stuff like Susperia and Italian giallos. I secretly think he also believes in the devil...but that's another story all together...

    I think there's a sort of person who watches horror for the aesthetic, and those people are going to be very different from people who watch horror just to be entertained or frightened, despite what sub-genre of horror actually frightens them.

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