"Because These Are Horror Times"

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"Because These Are Horror Times"

Post by Shiney on Sun May 03, 2009 9:51 pm

http://www.storytellersunplugged.com/because-these-are-horror-times


Follow that link to a nifty essay by the one and only JOHN SKIPP. I touched on this a little with him in the interview, I had not known about this essay, as I don't pay enough attention over at Shocklines...but I nabbed the link from Keenedom...

Anyway...enjoy.

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Re: "Because These Are Horror Times"

Post by Kenwood on Sun May 03, 2009 10:46 pm

You know why most horror isn’t scary any more? Because that shit ain’t scary. If you walk up to a victim of Katrina or 9/11, tap them on the shoulder, put on a plastic monster mask, and say “Boo!”, do you think they will scream in terror?

No. They’ll probably punch you in the fucking head, and ask you why you’re wasting their time.

Because that’s not scary. THIS is scary. REAL LIFE is scary.
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Re: "Because These Are Horror Times"

Post by cvrysen on Sun May 03, 2009 11:38 pm

Awesome essay. Always great when a Someone says what you're thinking, eh?

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Re: "Because These Are Horror Times"

Post by Mercedes on Sun May 03, 2009 11:49 pm

That really was a great essay. The streets of Vegas are all about horror.

No, wait. That's whores. Sorry.

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Re: "Because These Are Horror Times"

Post by Tall Tyrion on Mon May 04, 2009 1:02 am

He makes a great point. Why were some of the monster movies of the fifties and sixties to darned effective, despite the cheesy special effects and crappy dialogue?

I'm thinking of films like Them! and The Blob and The Day The Earth Stood Still (the original, not the crappy remake with that hero of overacters everywhere, Keanu Reeves). They succedded because they played upon real fears that people in the fifties were facing, like nuclear proliferation and the Cold War. They met people where they were and scared them with a taste of their worst fears, even if they were couched in symbolic language, and then let them off the hook with an "Everything's going to be OK, now let's head to the malt shop and dance to a good Beach Boys tune" kind of ending.

Those movies scratched people where they itched... are we?

I know I'm not. Skipp's point is well taken.

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Re: "Because These Are Horror Times"

Post by Mercedes on Wed Jul 22, 2009 1:28 pm

So if you were to write the ultimate "today" horror, what would it be about?

I'm terrified about the internet going down and the complete and utter isolation that a lot of us would feel. Lame? Sure. But true. Nobody knows their neighbors anymore. We wouldn't be able to pass information like we do now.

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Re: "Because These Are Horror Times"

Post by Tall Tyrion on Wed Jul 22, 2009 1:33 pm

Wham! Insight.

Isolation and depersonalization are two hallmarks of modern society.

Hmmmmmmmmmm........

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