Ghost Horror film buffs: What are your likes and dislikes about this genre and what would you like to see more of?
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Personally I want more jump scares. Too many ghost stories rely on gore or some twisted psychological mind f#ck. The Evil Dead remake was just a constant bloodbath not one scene was actually scary. I think the last truly scary movie I saw was Poltergeist.
That's what a friend of mine mentioned. I'm trying to create a ghost horror film equivalent to how the Japanese do it, but it's growing a bit difficult to be original when there are a lot of films out there already (good and bad).
If you have Netflix they have a decent selection of Japanese horror films. That could give you an idea of what's currently out. If I had to breakdown the structure, I would say take a normal everyday occurrence and twist it all the way left. I saw one J-horror film where a woman was making fried dumplings out of newborn fetuses to stay young. Needless to say I will never eat a fried dumpling again. But its those type of films that stay with you long after the fact.
I think that instead of beating the audience over the head with detailed makeup CG and gore the filmmakers might try allowing us to fill in some of the gaps in our imagination. As Stephen King said in "Danse Macabre": no matter what I show you, it'll never be as scary as what you imagined... had to paraphrase since I don't have the book handy, but I thoroughly agree.
Hi Demiurgic Endevors Actually I think the J-Horror film you are referring to is not a Japanese film (and hence not J-Horror) after all but instead the Hong Kong Chinese film 'Dumplings' directed by Fruit Chan which was originally one of 3 short films included in the feature-length anthology '3 Extremes'. If I'm not mistaken 'Dumplings' was so well received that it was expanded to feature length.
@Bryant you're right. And I did first see it as the anthology 3 Extremes. I didn't know Dumplings was made into a feature length. I don't mean to classify all Asian horror as J-Horror I just use it as a general reference. I recently saw the Korean horror Sick Nurses. It wasn't Jump Scary but it was Concept Scary.
Thanks for your thoughts, it is actually helping me in the direction that I want to go.
less gore, more well-written, layered horror - I don't mind a good splatter but a whole movie's worth is well, boring.
Screw with the formula until you know it's new. Too many young woman moved into a new house that's haunted by a tragic murder mystery she must unravel. I've already seen. Vary it up, whether that means location, ghost identity, source of death, ghost abilities, protagonist, etc.
Ghosts don't scare me at all. Producers scare the daylights out of me! ;-)
James David Sullivan ~ hahahahaha!!!! thanks. I needed that. And sometimes me too
Jason, that had some great tension. Looking forward to it
Thx Rey, just a little teaser to.get the film out there.
That's pretty trippy Rey…I dig it! ...No idea what it's about, but it's cool :)
trailer for my sci-fi horror novel Dead Batteries
Oh I can see that, I just don't see the story in the trailer, so that's what I meant. It looks interesting though. I like the surreal stuff in any art form.