There are a lot of frequent fliers in horror. By that I mean trends that seem to never end. In most of the following cases, it really doesn't interfere with my enjoyment of the movies, but it certainly does mean less originality. I think I'm becoming more and more disillusioned with the horror genre. I'm desensitized to most of the violence, am not easily scared anymore, and am just dying for a good ghost story. So I guess what I'm saying is...can someone out there look under the nearest rock and find some damn imagination?
That being said, here are fourteen complaints.
It is highly likely though, that you'll find me in a dark movie house when Argento's Dracula 3D comes out. Two factors influence this decision: I love vampires and I love Argento. I'm bound to be disappointed but hey, it's my call.
4) Glaringly loud music: What was up with that ridiculous screaming screech in the score for Insidious? Wow, is that what demons sound like? Much of that score was really good - mysteriously dark and very worthy of purchase off iTunes. But with headphones on, you can literally totally blow out your eardrums when that shriek shows up unannounced! Equally as annoying are movies with banging bass, howling women, rap, or thrash metal. What purpose does that serve?
8) Remakes: Well, it's obvious this trend is NEVER going to end. The Last House on the Left, The Wicker Man, Thirteen Ghosts, The Omen, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes, The Fog, The Ring, Dark Water, Let Me In, Children of the Corn, April Fool's Day, Prom Night, Pulse, When a Stranger Calls, Psycho, Dawn of the Dead, My Bloody Valentine, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Mother's Day, Williard, Fright Night, One Missed Call, The Haunting, The Hitcher, Black Christmas, Halloween, The Amityville Horror, Straw Dogs, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark..... Need I go on?
9) Movies out of sequence: What I mean here is when movies are told out of order. I do realize it's a technique used to throw the audience off and confuse them, but I think that's part of the problem. I don't enjoy being confused. I prefer a film be told honestly. One lone exception to this would be the French film, Irreversible. Gaspar Noe's brilliant direction in this movie is the reason it works. The story can still be confusing at times but after you finish it you want to watch it all over again to see what you missed the first time. I'm not talking about time-travel films either, as most of the time I can tolerate those. And flashbacks are acceptable as well. It's films that jump back and forth in a nonlinear fashion that make me want to jump off the bridge. Films with stories that can be so convoluted that it's hard to keep up. Memento drove me crazy. Mulholland Drive confused the hell out of me the first three times I saw it. David Lynch enjoys that style immensely I think, and uses it in several of his movies (and in Twin Peaks as well). Hell, even The Grudge messes with my head.
What an awesome use of brain matter we have there. You mean to tell me they couldn't think of anything else to call this film? Hell, even 'The Thing Before' would have been more acceptable. Also on the dumb-ass title list: A Horrible Way to Die. I just saw this flick and have to say, no one really died an exceedingly horrible death in it. Yeah, they were killed...but nobody got their guts eaten by zombies or had their eyes poked out with a pitchfork. No vats of acid, no steel traps on their face, no eating alive by rabid pigs. So WTF?
An up and coming stupid title hitting theaters next year? The Collection. The brilliantly named sequel to, you guessed it... The Collector. Stunning!
Will the trend never go away? All these heroes are going to be banging into each other on the damn street.
14) Foreign transfers: What I mean here is all the films that have been remade here in America just to capitalize on foreign popularity. The biggest example here is also one of the best: Let Me In (2010). I was SO hesitant to see this movie! Let the Right One In (Sweden, 2008) was such a fantastic film it was hard to imagine the need to remake it for American audiences. And to remake it so soon after the original? Unreal. Thankfully it was truly stellar. But it was just one of tons of quick remakes, such as Quarantine - a film okay in its own right, but still inferior to the Spanish film .REC. Upcoming remakes of foreign horror are Americanized versions of The Host (S.Korea) and The Silent House (La Casa Muda, Uruguay). I've always found it perfectly acceptable to watch foreign films, and actually prefer the originals in their own language. I'm not a fan of dubbing. If it's a Spanish film, I'd rather hear them speak the language and watch their mouths coordinate with their speech...