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Latest Activity: Nov 18, 2013
Started by Liz E. Last reply by Liz E Nov 18, 2013.
Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 18, 2013.
Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 4, 2013.
I finally watched the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre last night. Pretty tame by today's standards, and no splatter at all, which was suprising. Still, it did have its moments. When the girl was at the dinner table, and she was screaming for what seemed like 10 effin minutes, that was a bit hard to take, because we are biologically inclined to be distressed by distress calls (screams) from others. So that was definitely an effective technique for adding tension to the movie (though I suspect that that was not exactly intentional -- they likely just thought it was cool to hear her scream and scream), and it lasted much longer than you hear in today's movies.
The first guy he killed with the sledgehammer was also very effective and unsettling, the way he fell to the floor and twitched like that.
I can easily see why TCM was really, really scary and shocking for its time.
I finally saw the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. It was better than I expected. Of course, because it was a remake, there were really no surprises when it comes to the plot. A great many of these modern horror flicks feature weak story lines and poor acting. That is not to say, of course, that the original NoES didn’t have its faults. It was a pretty cheesy movie in many aspects. However, the Freddy storyline was probably one of the more original horror inventions of the period. Anyway, the acting in the remake was not as bad as I expected it to be, and the sets and special effects were well done. They updated and modernized the story line somewhat. Freddy was a pedophile this time around, and not a murderer. The kids were also much better looking, wealthier, and more independent than their 1980s counterparts. No surprises there, either. They did fail to really explain the evolution of the knife glove though. He was burned to death as a pedophile, without the glove, but returned as a murderer with the glove. They did show the glove existed before his death, but there was no indication that it was ever used. I also didn’t like the fact that the kids figured it out much too quickly – that the dreams were real and that that they needed to kill him, etc. A little more confusion and uncertainty on their part would have been better, I think.
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