Unpacking the world of scary movies, a genre of distinctive appeal and incredible profitability.
I'm curious where the line is between "horror" and "monster" movies. When does the make-up for vampires, werewolves, and whatever other beasties raise the investment budget up into "sci-fi" or "fantasy" or other lower return genres?
I like this genre and generally the uglier the better. I have seen some B-movie gorefest type films which have made me feel grubby that I enjoyed them despite better instincts. But there's a sort of a cartoonish quality to some of them to keep you from entering through the gates of hell completely. I think what is most entertaining about them is to see what is achievable nowadays on absolutely minute budgets. If you do wish to delve into the sewer, a very good example is the film Terrifier.
I’ve never been into the genre but I really like your last sentiment of going out to the movies for a “collective terror experience” lol
Because I did see the Blair witch in the theater and omg was it scary! Contrast that with my home viewing of get out which I thought was really good but not really scary. Perhaps it could have been that I was missing out on the collective terror experience to get the full experience?
Great stuff. I was looking at the Blumhouse wiki the other day and saw the sub-label "BH Tilt". Hadn't heard of any of the movies. All profitable (at least in budget/box-office as reported on wikipedia). Pretty remarkable story.