"I'm done with the Horror/Suspense/Thriller Genre" Wed Oct-14-20 03:13 PM by walihorse
I just finished watching the Haunting at Bly Manor and it solidified for me my dislike for horror.
I really get nothing from it. I don't feel anything other than laugher and annoyance. My suspension of disbelief aside (which is a big reason I think why I can't get into it), Its just boring to me.
The last horror movie, I liked was Hereditary, basically it felt like a true unescapable force and the ending was interesting to me.
I'm not sure if anyone else feels this way. Last horror movie that made me scared was Hellraiser when I was a kid, everything else is just hilarious, corny, nonsensical, or boring. Edit (forgot about the Shining, I watched that as a teen, that was a great scary movie, but no longer)
Any good horror recommendations, that might change my mind?
¿If a fat guy falls in the woods and there is no one around to see it, do the trees laugh?
3. "RE: I'm done with the Horror/Suspense/Thriller Genre" In response to Reply # 0
i lump horror, suspense, and thriller together, too, but truthfully the latter two also exist without elements of horror. people can also wax poetic about the differences between horror and fantasy (which you didn't mention but are also often put together along with sci-fi), and talking about suspense and thriller, mystery is right there, too.
>I just finished watching the Haunting at Bly Manor and it >solidified for me my dislike for horror.
this is literally the first review or opinion i've read of this. i've been waiting to hear. i still haven't watched The Haunting of Hill House, even though i've heard almost nothing but good things and like the original. i thought there was a sequel series to that coming, but then this happened (instead?).
i don't know why people keep remaking The Turn of the Screw. this is the second one just this year, and The Innocents from 1961 is already regarded as a classic.
i know he's popular on this board, but it might reveal a bit about Mike Flanagan that he's so prone to tread well worn ground, even though i'm inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt that he's basically a victim of IP mania.
>I'm not sure if anyone else feels this way. Last horror movie >that made me scared was Hellraiser when I was a kid, >everything else is just hilarious, corny, nonsensical, or >boring. Edit (forgot about the Shining, I watched that as a >teen, that was a great scary movie, but no longer) > >Any good horror recommendations, that might change my mind?
i am going to interpret this as new releases for the moment. going back to Flanagan, his film Oculus (WWE studios) was one of the horror films of the previous decade i watched expecting little and was surprised by how good it was. i'd sort of counted out horror myself since it went in the teensploitation direction in the late '90s and then cycled through remakes and sequels.
Oculus getting under my skin put him on my radar, but it wasn't until (shining sequel) Doctor Sleep came out and i saw it in the theater that i would see more from him. i found rebecca ferguson really unnerving in that one; great job from everyone.
the film released before Oculus that really creeped me out was Sinister. i was happy to see it covered at length in the season premiere of History of Horror on AMC this past weekend (serious spoilers for those who haven't seen the film already). it was directed by Scott Derrickson, who would go on to do Doctor Strange, so for surrealist imagery, it's there in a much more disturbing way. the music is also excellent in it and really builds up the creep factor; it's incredible this was a studio picture aside from having an A-list star and a plot that isn't complex.
another one i was glad to see History of Horror spotlight was The Cabin in the Woods (again, huge spoilers in the show). that and Drag Me to Hell i thought were flukes in signalling horror was back for me, but i was wrong.
for something more recent, on a smaller budget, and international, i thought The Babadook delivered on my expectations when i finally watched.
i also found the first chapter of IT very unsettling and well made but haven't yet watched the (less well received) conclusion.
there really are all manners of horror, evidenced by the crisscross with those other categories, so it's hard to recommend or discuss it as a blanket genre. a person could find it all stupid except for a certain type.
i still really like watching cult classics. i just today ordered April Fool's Day after streaming it on netflix a few years ago, and i believe it's streaming on amazon prime video right now. one i watched on APV just this week i'd been wanting to see for years, the horror comedy buddy cop movie Dead Heat. the effects, laughs, and chemistry were great, so if someone is in the mood for something lighter and doesn't mind more zombie stuff, check it.
8. "you are very welcome" In response to Reply # 6
there's nothing to be sorry about either. there really are plenty of movies that blur the lines between horror and suspense or thriller. as stylez pointed out, The Vanishing is fantastic. if you like or are interested in korean movies, perhaps after the oscar wins for parasite this year, another movie i streamed years back on netflix and went on to buy was I Saw the Devil, which is deranged and amazing. when it comes to gripping movies about psychos and scary situations, it's almost splitting hairs to get into what is and isn't horror.
>I guess I should >have really said supernatural horror. Those jump scares and >paranormal stuff is really what I have come to have a disdain >for.
that can definitely get formulaic. they must rake in money because every year those cheesy movies kept coming out. that doesn't mean some people aren't making them well, but it can be difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff.
>I was thinking about it and I loved George Romero's Living >Dead series. Especially night and dawn.
yes, they are great, and those two are the high points. i also like day of, as it's basically a critique of government and military.
10. "I just don't get a (positive) thrill from being anxious" In response to Reply # 0
I'm already the sort of dude that expects to get fired every day before he walks into work, I can't wrap my head around being entertained by stress unless the movie itself is pretty good.
I do like thrillers though, I guess I specifically mean jump scares. I jump at all kinds of loud noises and flinch at all kinds of sudden movements; there were times in theaters where I'd react to a Marvel movie like it was an Annabelle film. Shutter Island, The Shining, the basement scene of Zodiac, all that sort of stuff feels earned.
But outside the '80s classics which I find redeemably campy (I especially love Halloween as a series for being so self-indulgent, and Michael Myers honestly isn't scary unless you can convince yourself "ThiS COulD REAllY HapPEn~~~~" somehow.
14. "I really dislike seeing people hurt for laughs or shock. " In response to Reply # 0
I also don't like gruesome for gruesome sake movies.
I can completely do without all of that.
So the whole Saw Franchise (after the first) and all the copy cats I was not interested in. No interest in the Final Destination type movies.
I do love thrillers and suspense. So yeah the build up in Get Out is my ish. It's the reason why one of my all time favorite movies is Silence of the Lambs (but hated the gruesomeness and shock value of Hannibal).
I love the story how Brad Pitt ran out of money for the big zombie fight scene in World War Z so they settled in the ending in the movie which is just him moving quietly through a lab. That's the difference between suspense and horror.
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15. "I feel like we see horror movies the same way" In response to Reply # 0
I don't believe in supernatural horror either, so a lot of it doesn't resonate. the Conjuring series bored me to tears. and the strict gore movies are mostly banal or even unintentionally hilarious.
conversely, Hereditary was also one of my favorites of any genre two years ago, because it was just extremely well-made. enjoyed It Follows and The Babadook because they had interesting premises and didn't overstay themselves. The Cabin in the Woods was OK; I got the meta part but it wasn't as purely entertaining to me.
I haven't watched much Asian horror, but Audition stands out in my memory for a few truly creepy scenes. The Wailing was interesting, but too long.
I also like the classics: Halloween is great, the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Exorcist was surprisingly obscene...the latter two I saw for the first time in the last decade, and they still held up.
my recommendation would be Green Room (2015) -- Saulnier is divisive and it's more of a thriller, but it definitely uses violence and macabre in a way that the Saw rip-offs never could. I like The Witch (2015) quite a bit as well, even it took me about 3 start-stops to finish it.
17. "I mainly watch old ones for nostalgia now" In response to Reply # 0
I watched the first 2 Phantasm movies this week. They are pretty awful films but I still love them. lol I think its why I like David Lynch movies as well tho, movies that there is some type of illogical plot that you try to figure out but never really understand because its probably all someone's messed up dream.