Saturday, October 19, 2013

Are today's horror movies really that scary?

("Alfred Hitchcock Presents" intro music plays as a minimal line silhouette of James Faraci The Last Of The Americans from the side and the words in Army Text "The Last Of The Americans" and the word "Editorial" appear under for two seconds then disappear as James' shadow walks up to the silhouette as the intro ends camera zooms over to James Faraci, The Last Of The Americans)

TLOTA(Doing an impersonation of Alfred Hitchcock): Good evening, I am James Faraci, The Last Of The Americans and the views I am about to express are that from my own opinions and some from your opinions (Snickers and then laughs breaking character)

TLOTA(Normal): Okay, I'm not going to do that for awhile, but you guys know what time it is. (John Carpenter's theme from "Halloween" plays.) It's the time for kids to dress up like their favorite characters and ask their neighbors for candy, it's time for us adults to go dress up a like a little more mature version of the characters with some anatomically correct pieces & some which are bit more politically incorrect than others and also we get our glut of movies that are meant to scare the ever living daylights out of people with monsters, serial killers, the un-dead, aliens and all sort of creatures that make everybody soil their underwear. But with so many terrors in the real world the question that persists in my head "Are today's horror movies really that scary?" We have horror movies that are about gore & violence but for the most part are not really that substantial. We have characters like Freddy Kruger, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers (Show pic of Mike Myers from SNL dressed as Michael Myers from "Halloween") even I think that was absurd but back to the point I was making was the characters like the ones I mentioned are around to be the ones that are reminiscent of real terrors. Leatherface, Norman Bates and Buffalo Bill from "Silence Of The Lambs" were based on real life murderer Ed Gein and from what I heard Ed Gein was so nuts Gary Busey is freaking sane and competent to be President of the United States in comparison. But what about creatures like Vampires, Werewolves, Frankenstein & his creation, the gill-man, Godzilla and the like. For my tastes I prefer the Bela Lugosi performance of Dracula but doesn't mean that there hasn't been good performers who have tried to fill Drac's cape in fact Christopher Lee's performance in the Hammer "Dracula" films was solid through out and I'm certain Jonathan Rhys Meyers' performance of Dracula in an upcoming series will be an interesting take but there have been other vampires that have been both better and worse than what was perceived in the "Twilight Saga" werewolves on the other hand well there's a reason Lon Chaney Jr. is considered THE Wolf man because of more than just his ability to become a werewolf it's because he can show that there is more than just becoming a human/wolf hybrid or for that matter what are the consequences of  what has happened to you when you become a wolf will you attack everyone you know and care for or will the part of you that is human resist that temptation. But for me there have been two good Frankenstein movies the first one is of course the classic with Boris Karloff and I can't forget "Young Frankenstein" by Mel Brooks because it's so funny and amazing how it handles the source material. But nothing recent really has been as good save for a TNT Original movie that aired in the early 1990's and as the capabilities to make horror movies become easier they've become less about the build up to the fright like the classics and all about getting the quicker scare for the quickest dollar and that's a shame because the more of a mystery as to what can scare you the better the scare is, I think that's why many people consider Alfred Hitchcock a genius in that manner because in movies like Psycho if people were fifteen minutes late, they were not going to see it because it would ruin the experience for all of those who were seated and into the movie. But if it was done today, you could bet there'd be more sites ruining the experience. However the question still is "Are today's horror movies really that scary?" and unfortunately my thought on that is No, not really, because so much is buried in schlock and if you can find a gem in the schlock you're a lot better than me McGee. Because if you really, REALLY want a scare go with a classic, they'll never let you down for a reason.

TLOTA(Doing an impersonation of Alfred Hitchcock): Well, I hope you enjoyed my opinions on the horror movies of the day, now if you'll excuse me (bends over and picks up a double headed axe) I have some movie makers and stars to rectify . I am James Faraci and I am The Last Of The Americans. Good night.

("Alfred Hitchcock Presents" intro music play with a picture of Alfred Hitchcock over it and the words "In Eternal Memoriam to Alfred Hitchcock, A master of all movies")