September, 2010

Should Gore Be No More?

Halloween is by far one of my favorite holidays. Just the premise alone makes me happy – candy, bobbing for apples, dressing up, and, above all, the horror. Oh yes, the horror!
For the longest time, I’ve always been thrilled with the fact that at this time of year it is perfectly acceptable to run up to someone and scare the pants off of them without worrying if they’ll get upset. It’s brilliant! But my absolute favorite part of Halloween is the movies. I am a huge horror buff and a month long of horror films on AMC is paradise to me.
I don’t have a “favorite” horror movie, but I will admit, I’m a fan of gore; the bloodier the better. Personally, I don’t get all the hype that parents and organizations make over the new found genre of “torture porn” or “gorenagraphy” that have been seen throughout the never-ending Saw franchise and Eli Roth’s Hostel films. The gore is the attraction people! And parents, sorry, but your agreements just don’t work here either!
Parents love to complain to movie studios and production companies about the content within these films that they fell are marketed to young children. Wait?! Young children!? How is a film that is clearly rated R (which means no child under 17 is permitted without a parent or legal guardian) marketed to children? Children will, if the movie looks appealing, sneak in. It’s something that’s been going on for years and years. It’s almost like a rite of passage.
So knowing that the film in question is clearly not marketed to children under so and so age, but they sneak in and see it anyway and are either terrified or confused about what exactly it is that they shouldn’t be seeing, is it still the fault of the studio? Or is the fault of the child in question?
It’s not the films fault, nor the production companies fault or the fault of you the parent. Appeal is something, I think, that’s in the eye of the beholder. I hate the movie No Country for Old Men. I think it is so boring and it just drags on so much that it easily could have been a half hour movie at most. But who am I to say that this movie was crap and did not deserve to win Best Picture in 2004?
So herein lays my agreement: Do you think these types of films should be banned for cinemas or should the stay????

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