Classic Horror

I watched Paranormal Activity 2 last night and I must say that for a sequel, this was VERY GOOD! In fact, it’s just as good, if not better than the original.

Paranormal Activity 2

The first loud bang really made me jump, but I’ve learned now not to be holding a hot cuppa when watching movies since freaking out once at Halloween and the coffee went all over me.  Perhaps I shouldn’t have been stoned at the time.

When the movie finished, even though Luke was with me, I was very apprehensive and worried about walking down my long, long hallway that descends into darkness.  Luke told me that I’m not watching movies like that again, but it goes to show how good this movie is. 

So my question is, why do most people state that it’s a load of rubbish?

Perhaps it wasn’t that good watching it in a cinema or perhaps it’s because today, a persons appetite for horror has gone beyond the bounds of classic horror and it’s reality horror with torture, blood and guts that is required to satisfy?

I really don’t know the answer, so feel free to tell me.

Personally, I love classic horror and I find films about ghosts, supernatural, demons to be bloody scary in case they do exist. It’s the unknown that fuels my appetite and I’ve experienced reality horror in my life time and I don’t want to be reminded of it.  Perhaps people who love these torture films haven’t experienced true horror?

I got half way through Wolf Creek and I couldn’t take it anymore and had to turn it off.  OH MY GOD! The film was so intense and well made, but I couldn’t watch that a minute longer.

Perhaps I’m from a generation that was brought up on Hammer Horror and sneakily watching films like The Exorcist, The Entity and Amityville as a teenager that truly terrified me.  If this is the case, what will future generations be like after watching movies like, Hostel, The Human Centipede, Saw?  In case you’re wondering, no I haven’t watched them and I don’t intend on doing either.

Marchlands

Marchlands

Has anyone been watching Marchlands that is currently showing on ITV1?

Although not scary, it is a very good ghost drama that is quite apprehensive when you see the young lad fitting when the ghost of Alice appears.  I love this drama because Alex Kingston’s character is in true denial of the existence of ghosts and can’t bear to think that her daughter is being haunted.  For more information about Marchlands, visit the website by clicking here.

Classic Horror To Come

Wake Wood

Wake Wood

I can’t wait for Wake Wood, a Hammer film that will be released in the UK on March 25 2011.  It has already been described as ‘an instant folk horror classic’.

Synopsis

Still grieving the death of their only child Alice at the jaws of a crazed dog, vet Patrick and pharmacist Louise relocate to the remote town of Wake Wood where a local pagan ritual gives them three more precious days with her… but what will they do when it’s time for their new daughter to go back?

Further information about the film can be found on the Hammer Films website by clicking here.

The Woman in Black (2011)

Synopsis

Produced by Talisman Films in association with Hammer Films

The story follows a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe), who is ordered to travel to a remote village and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. As he works alone in the client’s isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover tragic secrets, his unease growing when he glimpses a mysterious woman dressed only in black. Receiving only silence from the locals, Kipps is forced to uncover the true identity of the Woman in Black on his own, leading to a desperate race against time when he discovers her true intent.

For further information about this film can be found on the Hammer Films website by clicking here.

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7 Comments:

  1. the site looks great, the writing is good to, just added it to my favorites bar

  2. Hi Amanda — something you said: “Personally, I love classic horror and I find films about ghosts, supernatural, demons to be bloody scary in case they do exist. It’s the unknown that fuels my appetite…” that really sums it up for me, too. I also grew up with Hammer Horror films, The Exorcist, The Changeling, Halloween, Hitchcock’s The Birds and George A Romero’s 1968 Night of the Living Dead. For me it was films like these, that seem to reach into our psyches on a deep and primal level, that made the grandest impression. Last night we watched ‘An American Haunting’ which was a pleasant, albeit utterly terrifying, surprise as it seems to have slipped under the radar for us until now so we were glad to catch up with it. We also loved Paranormal Activity so we will defo be catching up with PA2 sometime soon, too. Great blog, btw!

  3. Short answer is that ‘horror’ is now all about body count. We live in a fast food society and now we want our horror fast too. People just don’t appreciate the psychology of fear anymore. Admittedly I have yet to see PA2. I will but am already freaked by the additon of a baby in the mix. Plays on all my motherly fears. But that’s the point….isn’t it?
    PA1 was a steady build up of tension. It cranked up the fear nicely. Body count = 1. But it crept under my skin and lingered in my head for two sleepless nights. It mirrored our primal fears. Fear of the dark, of what lurks behind half open doors, fear of being at your most vulnerable and under attack, fear of the unknown.
    Films like Psycho and Silence of the Lambs were classics simply because they remained in the psyche of the viewer. The violence was implicit, the characters intriguing, the plots terrifyingly believable.
    These days people want slash, gore, blood, massive body count. The characters are two dimensional. The viewer isn’t given the chance to ‘care’ about them. You just know who is going to ‘get it’ and they are easily forgotten.
    There are some good horrors coming out of Korea at the moment. Dark, eerie and truly memorable. I suggest Hollywood take note and stop trying to remake them in that fast food, consumer packaged, way that they do so well.
    Here endeth the lesson. 😉

  4. Hi there lady!

    For starters… people tend to associate real life horrible acts with horror nowadays for some reason. Slasher movies and torture porn do NOT a horror movie make… but defining the terms can be hard. My personal definition would be anything with a supernatural bent or an “inhuman” monster – not serial killers or real-life fare.

    So yeah… eiree, suspensful horror is the only stuff which really works and the second of the two US Paranormal Activity films is a good example of a film which does it right (I wish the Japanese sequel to it would hit DVD already, I want to compare the route they went with their Paranormal Activity sequel). So for me… the scariest horror movie ever is Robert Wise’s 1961 version of The Haunting. That’s a guaranteed scare for me no matter how many times I watch it.

    Horror films should be about atmosphere perhaps? Softly, softly, scary monkey… much like the atmosphere encapsulated in some of those moody photographs YOU take for your website where you capture a mood.

    Oh… any by the way… The Human Centipede is not really a gory or really THAT horrible a movie… and to boot, that one is actually really well shot and well crafted… although it’s ultimately less than the sum of its parts. I personally wouldn’t count it as a horror movie really, although popular consensus is judging it as such at present. Lightly Cronenbergian perhaps. But if you were going to watch any of the ones you mentioned… then The Human Centipede is the only one worth crossing the road for… and even then only for the beautiful photography and lighting on it.

    Sorry… my comment’s a bit rambly, isn’t it?

  5. I was very surprised at how much Paranormal Activity 2 affected me last night.

    I think, as with any film, to truly experience it, you have to let yourself be drawn in and believe it. Perhaps those who thought it was boring were just worried that they’d be scared so put up a barrier? I’m not sure. All I know is, I’m still thinking about the movie the next day so it wasn’t bad at all.

  6. Thanks everyone for the feedback as it’s an interesting topic to discuss.

    Nuts, you’re not rambling as I enjoyed your thoughts and totally agree. It’s funny what you say about The Human Centipede because a friend of mine was telling me that he was that sickened by it that he had to walk out of the room and leave his girlfriend watching it. I don’t think that I want to watch it.

    Kate, interesting views and I like your term ‘fast food package’. I think you will enjoy Paranormal Activity 2 a lot.

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