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Group: Elder Things
Member No.: 87
Joined: 16-June 09
I just bought The Texas Chainsaw Massacre box set from amazon, it's arriving in a week. I got it primarily because it's the sort of thing everyone should own, and slightly because it's fucking awesome.
One of my favourite slasher flicks is Night of the Demon, a low budget romp about Bigfoot murdering campers. There's a wonderful scene where Bigfoot grabs two girls holding knives and smacks them into one another.
I've come to a realisation that the longer a series goes on for and the more paranormal a character gets, the less scary it becomes. Jason Voorhees for example, there were elements of paranormality in the first movie but it wasn't done in an 'in your face' kind of way. But as the movies progressed and they got more and more strapped for ideas, he became more and more... I'm not sure of the word, ghostly I suppose.
My favourite is Halloween, the original 1978 release, because the victims aren't faceless meatsacks who are there simply to be gutted. They have personalities and can be sympathised with, they have 'lives'. Of course, Halloween's complexity doesn't go very far beyond Loomis' quote "what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply evil". He's an evil guy, killing babysitters, that's about it. But it's done impeccably.
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