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    Good day sir, I am the horrific monster.

    Good day sir, I am the horrific monster.

    Many horror film have misunderstood what generates the greatest amount of fear: the unknown. The first «Alien» movie was frightening, because we had no idea what the creature looked like or where it was. Towards the end of the movie, we finally got the reward of seeing the horrific creature in its whole grandeur.

     

    Once a horror movie starts to flaunter its monsters excessively, then the «unknown» part becomes… well… known. The result is that only shock value is left to fright us. The movie has to rely on «what is behind you right now?» and «What is around the corner?» to give you value for your money.

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    Let us film this!

    Let us film this!

    It has become quite popular to make horror-movies with the visual effect of being made with a hand-held camera. This generates an impression of reality and sincerity for the viewers. We feel that the movie is not made by hollywood, but rather by some individuals in a horrible situation.

     

    The effect of using a handheld camera, is that the monster/creature/ghost is often blurry or hard to see. This keeps the creature as an «unknown» and encourages our imagination to fill in the blanks.  However, the use of camera can feel «forced» in some instances. Why does the characters feel the need to film EVERYTHING? They bring the camera when they go shopping, go to their friends place, go to have a dump and even when they run for their lives. Is it not awfully cumbersome to run with a camera in your hands? I think, I would try to throw the camera at the frightening creature.

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    Nice to fright you again.

    Nice to fright you again.

    Apparently, we love sequels. And you can almost be certain that if a movie becomes a big hit, then the producers will create one or more followups. This does not have to be a bad thing, but it starts to become silly when we are talking about 5 or more films (Saw, Paranormal Activity, Final Destination). I am uncertain why this trend has become so dominating. Perhaps is it connected to the fact that tv-series has become so successful and they want to mimic this over to films. 

     

    Anyway, the problem with serializing horror films is the same problem you get from showing the monster too many times: It stops being scary. The unknown will become known. In addition, the sequels follow the same structural development. In other words, we are watching the same film, with a slightly different packaging. The only reason to watch the films, is to pick up the several tiny hints of a bigger connection between them.

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    We be stoopid

    We be stoopid

    A horror-movie would not exist if normal human rationality was present. We would not follow the strange noise in the dark of old cellars. We would not tempt fate by trying to reclaim our valued belongings guarded by monstrosities. We would not try to face or fight these monsters. We would call the police.

     

    In horror-movies we often have humans deprived of intelligence and social interaction skills. They seek out their sexually appealing counterparts and try to avoid evils, while at the same time developing their relationship. They often end up in terrible and horrible situations just because they are unable to realize the danger of their choices. Almost all of them have phones or access to internet, but no one is calling for help.

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    You die first.

    You die first.

    The dumber you are in a horror-movie, the bigger the chance is that you will die first. There is a social hierarchy and order in determining who dies. I am certain that the order is based on social status, intelligence and beauty. The survivor has average, but still beautiful appearance, slightly intelligent and is not a total ass. 

     

    Sometimes you can analyze in what fashion the characters in the movie will die. If the person makes a statement of an important body part or a trait of his personality, one can almost be certain that his death will involve something involving these features. A girl who brags about having beautiful hands or face, can risk having her hands chopped off or her face disfigured. Let us hope no one brags about their sexual reproductive organs…

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