Have Hollywood Horror Movies Gone Too Far
Hollywood horror movies haven't gone far in any way in recent years. To think about this in terms of going to far, is ludicrous and idiotic to put it mildly. The majority of horror releases within the last ten years have not been gorey, nor have they been relevant in the form of arguments. If anything, the horror genre has been saturated with lackluster pg-13 films and horrible unrated versions on DVD. Hollywood as a whole has not released a hard rated R horror film for a while, and it has not gone too far whatsoever. Yes, a number of them have been brutal, but none of them have reached the gore quantity of a 1980's. In fact, probably the most gorey horror films produced on American soil aren't even major contenders for almost any awards, nor they have had official or lengthy releases not in the DVD market. With Japanese horror movies, remakes, and political thrillers, Hollywood has been missing from the horror arena in regards to gore. To say they have gone past an acceptable limit is just stupid.
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Japan, if anyone, should be blamed for exceeding expectations of horror cinema. They have continually pushed the realms with the unreal, and in American releases the films get toned down a lot. The American versions of Japanese films are usually only scary if you are scared by loud noises. There is little, to no gore over these films. Compare "The Ring", "The Grudge", or "Dark Waters" to their Japanese counterparts, and you also see two different films. The American releases are even given Pg-13 ratings and teenagers use droves to see them. These films aren't scary, do not concentrate on blood spill, and deal more with ghosts than anything truly horrifying.
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The remakes of horror films is seen as updates towards the original stories. However, these films are just as gruesome and horrific since they were when they were originally made. If anything, the newer updates to those films use modern techniques, cg, make-up and more sophisticated direction than their older counterparts. This is especially seen in the Halloween remake by Rob Zombie. Sure it had been gruesome and bloody, even though the original "Halloween" film failed to need any gore, this film only pushed the envelope to differentiate itself from the original. If you rewind time just a little and compare the remake of "Psycho" by Gus Van Sant with all the original Hitchcock masterpiece, you will notice that a frame by frame remake is not a substantial benefit to viewers and fans from the original film. The Van Sant version, although done frame by frame and in color is a boring trot through what you've already seen. Hollywood can only push the envelope in hopes of getting viewers, as well as the generational gap of horror movie fans only proves that Hollywood hasn't gone too far.
Political thrillers are never pointed to in regards of going past an acceptable limit. With strong criticisms with the government, the Middle East, and terrorism, the political thriller has never gone into the scrutiny that horror films get. People need to take a closer look at such things as political thrillers and their content, before saying Hollywood Horror films go too far. The majority of Horror films deal with fiction, and even those based on real events are fictionalized to an extent that they are fantasy in comparison to films that discuss the current state of world war 2, the oil crisis, or movies that make an effort to show the death of the president.
Do not get me wrong, I am not trying to say that Hollywood should stop making politically aimed movies. I'm saying that when comparing Hollywood movies, one must consider that horror is fiction most importantly of all. For those that believe that Horror moved too far in recent years, maybe they ought to see non horror films like "Mysterious Skin", or "Mean Creek", both depict the death of innocence amongst children, before pointing the finger at horror films as a genre.