March 19, 2008
Sixteen Year Old With A Mission
CANYON LAKE, Texas (STPNS) -- I really don't understand why people enjoying watching splatter movies.
First, the plot is basically the same. Some murderer, creature, monster, demon, ghost, alien, etc. is on the loose, petrifying people (don't forget the classic bloodcurdling scream), and of course killing, abducting, etc.
Second, it is so gruesome. Why anyone would want to watch someone being slashed to smithereens by a chainsaw is beyond me. Personally, I would rather not see the blood and guts. I like Stephen Spielberg's style, myself. He understands the power of suggestion.
For instance, a dinosaur is chasing a group of people running for dear life. They try to hide behind a waterfall. The dinosaur discovers the group, plunges his nose through the rushing waterfall, and snatches a screaming man with his arms and legs flailing. We hear a hideous crunch. Briefly, the waterfall turns red and the audience shudders.
Now, nobody actually sees the dinosaur eat the man. But when you hear the crunch and see the waterfall turn red, you imagination takes over. Many times that can be more effective than showing the blood and guts. While watching this, you should remember that it isn't reality.
The dinosaur is created from the magic of animatronics. The horrible crunch is added later in the sound effects department. The red is simply a bucket of fake blood being tossed into the waterfall by a crewman.
Splatter movies are fun to make. The special effects are incredible, and make-up is great, too. Maybe that's why there are so many. But I ask again, why would anyone want to watch them?
I guess that's because guys like to take their dates to the horror films. When the blood splatters (hence the name?), the girl winces. The boy eases his arm onto the back of the chair. As the gory scene continues, the girl squirms in her seat. The boy puts his arm around the girl protectively. He comforts her saying, "It's just a movie."
Ah-ha! That's why. Guys, the jig is up! We know your plan. Girls beware!
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