April 15th, 2006

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Horror's onus.

I can count on my fingers the number of horror films that I find downright frightening. This stands in contrast to the pass/fail ratio of every other genre on the planet. It's not hard to find a western that feels lawless and dusty, a romance that sparkles with flirty tension, or a comedy that makes me laugh, but horror flicks that terrify me are as rare as six-fingered shamrocks. This is probably because few filmmakers are gutsy enough to even attempt a straight-up, wet-your-pants-scary horror film. Instead, most ostensible chillers end up as either "a thoughtful mood piece" or "campy, ironic fun." Aim low, America.

I think this cop-out epidemic can be explained by the fact that Collapse )