Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Exorcist gave me the creeps. The first one doesn't after repeated viewings but is still a great flim; the latter is one of the best horror movies in the world.
I thought The Human Centipede was boring and assuming to the point of being offensive. It had too much production for such a campy B-movie idea, and took all the fun away because of that. Kind of like if Marlon Brando starred in Evil Dead. There is probably something better out there if you want to see the second coming of Joseph Mengele.
Atmosphere is definitely everything when it comes to horror. Ominous sense of doom, unhinged villains... and main characters who are sympathetic enough to the viewer for one to want them to survive, instead of cheering at a ghastly demise that was brought about by idiotic decisions.
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“Where the tree of knowledge stands is always paradise” - so say the youngest and oldest serpents.
Kind of like if Marlon Brando starred in Evil Dead. There is probably something better out there if you want to see the second coming of Joseph Mengele.
Brando in Evil Dead? That would be AWESOME.
If you do want the second coming of Mengele, I recommend The Boys From Brazil whish stars Gregory peck as Mengele himself. A film called Shockwaves has also just made my to-do list. In fact, I think I'll go watch it right now...
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I don't find horror movies scary, in fact some are amusing. Wishmaster was hilarious. Some girl wished to be beautitful forever, so the djinn turned her into a mannequin.
But one movie was scary, The Cell. There were a lot of jumpy parts and there was a particularly creepy part where she's in hell and the devil is doing some experiment on her and humming a strange tune. I've had to watch it alone because others refuse to watch it at night.
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"I, even I, am my own redeemer". -Ragnar Redbeard
"Making a difference makes sense only if you are convinced that you have mastered the subject at hand to the point where any difference you might make would be for the better." -Thomas Sowell
Another movie that made me sick was Uwe Boll's Seed. The beginning of the film features actual footage of sever animal abuse and torture, which, if I recall correctly, wes provided by PETA. I had to turn the film off that first time. The second time I watched it, I fast forwarded past the animal torture. uwe Boll is regarded as a failure of a director, and I agree. There is one part of Seed, however, that I enjoyed, and involved a hammer.
Cannibal Holocaust is another movie I despise because of the deaths of actual animals in the film, which was done to give the movie more "realism".
I do not condone any movie that actually kills animals on camera. They are ugly, despicable, and are in all around bad taste. But that is just my opinion.
But that is your posted opinion. I enjoy horror. I like movies that make no excuses for upsetting the viewer. Horror, when done right is not about "in good taste" or walking on eggshells but is focused on causing repugnance and fear! You stated that you agree with critics in calling Uwe Boll a failure. Did he not serve you up a dish of repugnance and so much so that you turned of your set? That is not failing and is in fact a tribute to his success at what he does. As upsetting as that opening scene is it also helps relate the viewer with Seed's sociopathic origin.
Horror should cause the viewer to dislike and abhor the feature in front of them. Very few horror films are able to do this and the ones that do are the ones that people talk about the most. Take A Serbian Film for example or Salo. The subject matter is unthinkable and it can be said that one is better for never viewing but if you look up the definition for horror then you will have to agree that this is what it is all about. It is after all only a movie.
“Love is one of the most intense feelings felt by man; another is hate. Forcing yourself to feel indiscriminate love is very unnatural. If you try to love everyone you only lessen your feelings for those who deserve your love. Repressed hatred can lead to many physical and emotional aliments. By learning to release your hatred towards those who deserve it, you cleanse yourself of these malignant emotions and need not take your pent-up hatred out on your loved ones.” Anton Szandor LaVey, The Satanic Bible
I enjoy horror. Horror, when done right [...] is focused on causing repugnance and fear!
This is what a lot of folks don't get about horror mavens, this here that looks like such a contradiction. Enjoy repugnance? Seek it out? Call it entertainment? But I do. Happily.
However, I seem to be developing limits. Which surprises me. Lots of stuff out there I wish I could un-see. I used to gorehound this stuff up, I'd watch it all, wouldn't even bat an eyelash at the rape-snuff torture porn that Serbian promises. More and more though, I don't. Rather watch Addams Family or Monster Kid fare. I'm not sure if I ever enjoyed the likes of Cannibal Holocaust (etc) or if I was just testing my endurance in some way. Nowadays this stuff doesn't scare me so much as it depresses me. It better suits the definition of exploitation than horror. I'm sure that where that line is, and when it's been crossed, is different for each person.
I still like to be scared. I remember, as a kid, struggling so hard to defend my affection for horror movies. No, I'm not a sociopath, no I'm not sick (in any sense of the word), no I'm not otherwise-fucked-up. Trying to explain the thrill, the catharsis, the joy was so often painfully pointless. They just didn't get it.
Truth be told, I'm not sure I always get it either. It's a kind of ritual I constantly indulge in, something I proudly never "grew out of", something I truly enjoy despite the contrariness of loving something you kinda loathe. I like what Wes Craven said:
"It`s like boot camp for the psyche. In real life, human beings are packaged in the flimsiest of packages, threatened by real and sometimes horrifying dangers, events like Columbine. But the narrative form puts these fears into a manageable series of events. It gives us a way of thinking rationally about our fears."
_________________________ "What happens in the shadow, in the grey regions, also interests us – all that is elusive and fugitive, all that can be said in those beautiful half tones, or in whispers, in deep shade." ~ The Brothers Quay
“Up where the smoke is all billered and curled 'Tween pavement and stars is the chimney sweep world When there's 'ardly no day nor 'ardly no night There's things 'alf in shadow and 'alfway in light" ~ The New Christy Minstrels
I've heard that rumor as well. Poltergeist was a real treat when it came to interesting old school FX. Not just the makeup from the scene pictured (and maggot meat) but cloud tanks, animatroics, matte paintings, cel animation, miniatures, it's a whole lot of fun.
A tale from Poltergeist you won't find in modern cinema for a few reasons:
Back when films were filmed on film, you didn't know exactly what you'd shot until it was developed and printed. To be sure they got all the footage necessary before scrapping the sets and moving on, they'd print "Dailies" or cheaply made test prints which the producers would gather to watch after shooting each day.
The dailies are also important for second unit work, as the director would not often oversee things like exterior plates and establishing shots. The Visual FX people also relied heavily on the dailies because it would be the first time they saw how the lighting appeared on their models or how a slow motion shot looked in slow motion.
The story goes that when the visual effects crew finished shooting the (Spoilers) miniature demolition of the house (They basically wired and sucked it into a small hole) they reviewed their footage and then had the dailies editor cut it into the stock footage for plain exterior shots. The producers and director went into the screening room after a long day of work and watched the common house footage and then in the middle of an otherwise normal shot, the house was sucked into a demonic vortex.
I don't recall any similar tales on the Making of Avatar DVD.