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January 28 2015

Have Hollywood Horror Movies Gone Too Far

Hollywood horror movies haven't gone far at all in recent years. To think about this when it comes to going to far, is ludicrous and idiotic to say the least. The majority of horror releases in the last ten years have not been gorey, nor were they relevant in the form of arguments. If something, the horror genre continues to be saturated with lackluster pg-13 films and horrible unrated versions on DVD. Hollywood overall has not released a difficult rated R horror film for a while, and it has not gone too far whatsoever. Yes, some of them have been brutal, but none of them have reached the gore levels of the 1980's. In fact, the most gorey horror films produced on American soil aren't even major contenders for almost any awards, nor have they had official or lengthy releases not in the DVD market. With Japanese horror movies, remakes, and political thrillers, Hollywood may be missing from the horror arena in relation 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 pushing the envelope of horror cinema. They've continually pushed the realms with the unreal, and in American releases the flicks get toned down a great deal. The American versions of Japanese films are usually only scary in case you are scared by exposure to noise. There is little, to no gore in these films. Compare "The Ring", "The Grudge", or "Dark Waters" to their Japanese counterparts, and you see two very different films. The American releases are even given Pg-13 ratings and teenagers use droves to see them. These films are not scary, do not focus on blood spill, and deal more with ghosts than anything truly horrifying.

The remakes of horror films is visible as updates for the original stories. However, these films are only as gruesome and horrific as they were when they were originally made. If something, the newer updates to those films use modern techniques, cg, constitute and more sophisticated direction than their older counterparts. Many of the seen in the Halloween remake by Rob Zombie. Sure it had been gruesome and bloody, although the original "Halloween" film did not need any gore, this film only pushed the envelope to tell apart itself from the original. Should you rewind time a little and compare the remake of "Psycho" by Gus Van Sant with all the original Hitchcock masterpiece, you will see that a frame by frame remake is not a substantial benefit to viewers and fans of the original film. The Van Sant version, although done frame by frame plus color is a boring trot through what you've already seen. Hollywood are only able to push the envelope hoping getting viewers, and the generational gap of horror movie fans only proves that Hollywood hasn't gone past an acceptable limit. five night's at freddy's

Political thrillers are never pointed to with regard of going too far. With strong criticisms of 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 things like political thrillers and their content, before saying Hollywood Horror films have gone too far. The majority of Horror films handle fiction, and even those based on real events are fictionalized to a extent that they are fantasy when compared to films that talk about the current state of the war, the oil crisis, or movies that make an effort to show the death with the president.

Do not get me wrong, I am not trying to say that Hollywood should stop making politically aimed movies. I'm proclaiming that when comparing Hollywood movies, you must consider that horror is fiction above all else. For those that believe that Horror has gone too far in recent years, maybe they need 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.

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