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Oct. 25th, 2008 | 04:59 pm

For some reason, probably the approach of halloween, I have been seeing quite a few references to assorted "disgusting" modern horror films which somehow are far worse than all of the cuddly ones of previous years. Mostly the references are to the Saw and Hostel series. I'm not all that diverted by horror films in general so I didn't want to spend huge amounts of time torrenting, but I thought I'd look up a few scenes - all this stuff tends to be out there on the web if you look.

My response has just really been "is that it?" I'd heard, for instance, that the first torture-death scene in Hostel 2 was really completely horrible and disturbing but, well, it doesn't seem particularly any worse than stuff from the 80s and 90s, and the effects don't seem any more sophisticated either. The traps in Saw 2, 3, 4 seem really D&D - and were sometimes entertainingly ingenious, but not scary - and everything from Captivity was just laughable, though I understand that's considered to be particularly rubbish.

Obviously one can talk about misogyny and the pornography of suffering and so on but those aren't new complaints about horror films. There doesn't seem to be anything new here on that score.

I do wish that I'd seen the first Saw film before I'd read all the spoilers, though, it seems like a tense film with a good central concept that just happens to also involve a fair amount of blood. (The one-line pitch for Hostel sounds good too but from all I've seen of the film it doesn't look like it's been executed that well.)

I'll tell you the one film that I watched bits of and even on the basis of those thought "this would scare the crap out of me" - Wolf Creek. It's a little hard to say why but I think it's a combination of good direction and an excellent performance by the main bad guy, as well as good ones by the rest of the cast.

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Nina

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from: janinazew
date: Oct. 25th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
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I watched a little bit of Wolf Creek the other day and changed the channel because it was a little too effective. On the basis of that I reckon you're right.

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The Princess of Id

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from: danaseilhan
date: Oct. 25th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
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I hadn't even heard about it until you mentioned it. Now I'm like, "What was the point?" Just for once I wanna see something where two young guys get brutalized and cut up and the lone woman saves the day.

Er, almost got that with Event Horizon, I guess. At least she survived til the end.

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Horror movies

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date: Oct. 25th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
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Or the wolf could turn out to be the good guy for a change.

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Friday Dallas

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from: killing_sata
date: Oct. 26th, 2008 09:59 am (UTC)
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can I be your friend?))
i sometimes post in english, and leave loads of pictures!
here's my flickr:
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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Oct. 28th, 2008 08:15 am (UTC)
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Of course, no need to ask.

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bitchiekittie

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from: bitchiekittie
date: Oct. 27th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
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I can confidently say that I have probably watched more horror movies than just about anyone. ever! but the only horror movie I've watched that I felt was truly disgusting was "the hills have eyes" because of a graphic and prolonged scene of the sexual assault of a girl who was supposed to be a teenager and another woman. telling the story of rape in general doesn't offend me, and sexism in horror is nothing new to any horror fan. in fact, in the 80s, no horror movie was complete without some boobs showing, usually those of "teenage" girls. still, I'm a huge fan of the genre.

but this one was presented in lingering shots of grotesque hands on smooth, unwilling flesh and definitely had more of the feel of a very weird porn film. my friend and I squirmed and looked away, leaving the theater with a nasty taste in our mouths, because it was clear the director meant to titillate via a rape scene. and that's over the line.

the first saw made me laugh out loud in the theater (imagine the strange looks I got), because it was so stupid. it was, however, a good departure from the usual horror movie storyline, so I've watched the whole series, and plan to see the next one. as far as wolf creek goes, I liked it, but it was pretty unremarkable. then again, I've been feeling that way about ALL horror movies lately, so maybe you shouldn't listen to me!

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bitchiekittie

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from: bitchiekittie
date: Oct. 27th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
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er, I meant to say there's only one RECENT horror movie that disgusted me. there are some old ones, including one cult classic that I didn't get more than a few minutes through, because it started off with a really horrible rape scene that I only saw about 5 seconds of before turning it off. I knew that it was a revenge story, but I didn't understand that it would be depicted that way. true horror, but not in any sort of enjoyable way.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Oct. 28th, 2008 08:16 am (UTC)
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Sounds like it might be I Spit On Your Grave.

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