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Re: The Horror Genre Cliche Thread
« Reply #15 on: December 08, 2012, 05:11:15 pm »
The "chained in the basement" is a quick cheat to explain why the movie is locked into one location.  I did like how CUBE made it a maze of identical rooms with swapped-out wall panels, kept the look interesting... for a while.  But of course, once they're in one location, how do you keep the horror going?  You torture them.  And yeah, I don't dig torture pron either.  THere's really no point to it, I think (outside of maybe showing off gory effects work).  The only way I can think of to make that interesting or different is to have the main character have to become the killer himself, put the audience in his mind, that would be kind of terrifying, because I think people are always scared of the idea of falling off of that cliff themselves.  And it's also pure tension.

BTW, I just watched "The Sleepover" twice while browsing through Vimeo on my TV.  It's totally the kind of short I want to share with as many people as I can.

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Re: The Horror Genre Cliche Thread
« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2013, 12:25:09 pm »
The car does not start or stalls are precisely the wrong time. This is sooooo typical and quite frankly boring now.

So they spin it differently now with new camera angles and music. Tight focus on the key in the ignition, music builds, screaming beyond control.

For some freakin reason the driver turned off the ignition despite knowing a quick getaway is imperitive
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Re: The Horror Genre Cliche Thread
« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2013, 12:27:38 pm »
I think a bunch of them are designed to take advantage of a limited cast, limited location and money.  It's easier to make a movie if you have one victim, one sadistic maniac, and one lair.  The rest is old school blood effects and so on.

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« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2013, 12:32:00 pm »
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The "chained in the basement" is a quick cheat to explain why the movie is locked into one location.  I did like how CUBE made it a maze of identical rooms with swapped-out wall panels, kept the look interesting... for a while.  But of course, once they're in one location, how do you keep the horror going?  You torture them.  And yeah, I don't dig torture pron either.  THere's really no point to it, I think (outside of maybe showing off gory effects work).  The only way I can think of to make that interesting or different is to have the main character have to become the killer himself, put the audience in his mind, that would be kind of terrifying, because I think people are always scared of the idea of falling off of that cliff themselves.  And it's also pure tension.

Then I believe you're really gonna like High Tension
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Re: The Horror Genre Cliche Thread
« Reply #19 on: March 16, 2013, 07:34:14 am »
The french flick?  I saw it out of sequence when I was working at a movie theater.  And I remember the twist at the end.  Or was it a twist?  Anyway, I wasn't really drawn to it.

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« Reply #20 on: March 16, 2013, 08:15:05 am »
Yep, a twist.

Well seeing it out of sequence is going to dork the whole experience up.

I saw The Exorcist that way. For years, I thought it was a comedy.
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« Reply #21 on: March 16, 2013, 08:17:04 am »
For years, I thought it was a comedy.

I saw it last week. It still is.
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« Reply #22 on: March 16, 2013, 08:23:02 am »
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