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« on: June 25, 2004, 07:32:11 PM »

Am I the only person here who doesn't like my horror films to be full of stupid, cheesy jokes and absurd plotlines?

There's a COMEDY section in the video store- and half the movies in the HORROR section should move to it.

It's fine if there are a few jokes, here and there, to break some tension (I suppose)... but really, the point of horror films (at least in my opinion) should be to cause tension. I want to be scared. That's what horror means to me.

...While I'm on the subject, do you guys know of any scary horror films? Stuff that has very little or no comedy whatsoever?
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2004, 09:44:54 PM »

Gigli comes to mind...

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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2004, 10:23:18 PM »

I'm with you ZMF.  I like my horror films to be just that: HORROR.  I want scares not laughs.

This is the main reason why I rate Evil Dead 2 as the worst in the series.  The first is straight horror, the third a comedy action romp with little horror.  Evil Dead 2 is a mix in between which doesn't quite work for me....well actually at all.

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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2004, 10:37:00 PM »

Transylvania 6-500

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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2004, 10:45:23 PM »

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> Transylvania 6-500
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Awful!! Anyone remember Saturday The 14th? Very bad. I would also like to see a pure horror flick, with no comic relief...just straight chills and chock full O' creepiness.

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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2004, 11:16:43 PM »

I think the humor in ED2 works out because its DARK humor :).  loved it.

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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2004, 12:37:02 AM »

>Am I the only person here who doesn't like my horror films to be full of stupid,
>cheesy jokes and absurd plotlines?

I don't like jokes that seem out of place, but if something funny happens and it's believable in the context of the story, then I don't mind. The first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer did this perfectly in my opinion.

>Anyone remember Saturday The 14th? Very bad.

Mmmmm, Kari Michaelson in her underwear...
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« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2004, 02:19:21 AM »

I wouldn't have minded seeing Cabin Fever without all the humor in it. I just want to see if it would be any better that's all.

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« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2004, 04:43:22 AM »

  Ya sure. Not much of a horror movie but signs can freak you out. It's kind of an old movie but My favorite thriller.

   The part that freaked me out the most was the foot around the corner, or the alien on the roof. Plus I watched that movie in pitched darkness while home alone At night. Which I usually am home alone. But there are many others.

  Omen 1, 2, 3, 4
  The shining
   rose red
   The exersist
   ect

   But then there are those movies ment  to be horror and just stupid or horror and comedy mixed like

    Army of Darkness
    chuckee ( or how ever the hell you spell it )
    13 ghosts
    ect
   
    There you have it. I'm bored now.....
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« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2004, 11:57:50 AM »

Horror and comedy compliment each other and if done well can be effective. I'm terrified in my daily life...I moslty watch movies for fun or escape. I don't like any movies that take thenselves to seriosly...but farces can be annoying when the jokes constantly betray the story and theme of the film. The other thing is that Horror like comedy is based on surprise--it's hard to say "Boo" 620 times in a two hour movie and expect the "534th" Boo to be as effective a the first.

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« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2004, 05:02:20 PM »

Evil Dead series dropkicks the horror genre straight in it's nutsack because of the humor.

Granted, it got progressively more slapstick in it's later incarnations but still retained the twisted grotesque humor that makes them all classic. How serious does a horror flick need to get before it devolves into an emulated snuff flick? Thats about as unfunny as you can get when it comes to "serious horror" right?
I guess it all comes down to what entertains you or ruins your experience in a specific film.
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« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2004, 05:12:33 PM »

I'm not a big fan of humor in horror movies.  If I'm watching a horror movie, I want it to be dark, disturbing, and relentless.  Many producers, directors and screenwriters say that if you don't relieve the tension with some humor, people will start laughing at the parts that aren't supposed to be funny.  It's some sort of psychological thing . . . like you can't be subjected to too much stress without your mind craving a little humor.  So you end up laughing when you shouldn't.  That may be true for some (or most) people, but I prefer pure horror without the humor.

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« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2004, 10:32:17 PM »

Dame we got a lot of haters on Evil dead here.

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« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2004, 01:22:35 AM »

This is just a personal thing, but I find most horror to be somewhat funny anyway. Even when something is genuinely creepy, you can still hear me giggling maniacally-- I guess I've just got a sick sense of humor. So I don't mind my horror spiked with humor; I rarely differentiate in the first place.

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« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2004, 09:48:22 AM »


Hmmm... that's an interesting dilemma...  

The Dawn of the Dead remake was one of my favourite movies this year, but it was because of the Humour that was used with the underlying theme of apocalypse.  

Cabin Fever's only redeeming feature was the ending.  It actually had me in tears.

But I also like horror without the humour.  Just look at Scream 3: It was so stupid because it was made with too much [attempted] humour and it just was pulled off really badly.

Lately I've been getting into Japanese horror/thriller.  Mainly because alot of it is straight out scary without the laughs.  Even if some of the plot points are silly and funny if you stop to think about it [killer doll my ass]

I want horror in my humour, and humour in my horror: the two mix really well... but I don't want it mixed all the time.  Give us a straight out horror flick everynow and then and I'll be a happy man.
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