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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2005 5:39 pm 
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Hey guys! Im currently doing my final year dissertation at uni on the subject of horror films. Im conducting a quick survey on the subject so if anyone could reply to my questions i'd be very grateful :D

1. What's your favourite horror film?

2. Which is more effective; a violent and gory film or a film where the horror is left to the imagination, or unknown and unseen?


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Favourite horror - Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Which is more effective - Either...depends how they are used. Generally though, the unknown is always more scary.

Way to do your degree...Internet research. :)

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Favourite horror film - Ring (the origonal)

I think it's much more scary when its best left to the imagination.

Although the violent type sometimes are better at creating a sense of anxiety, which is what most people like in a horror film.


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Favourite horror - Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Which is more effective - Either...depends how they are used. Generally though, the unknown is always more scary.

Way to do your degree...Internet research. :)


probably the same.

and for whats more effective, a stong use of ambient noise and the imagination - for me anyway, but it really depends on the person.


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lol yeah internet research tis easy hehe! thanks for the replies guys, i really appreciate it! :D


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I can't pick a favourite. I had literally hundreds of 'em on VHS and used to collect video nasties.

As for which type is more effective, it depends on the psychology of the individual. I've watched shitloads of excessively violent/very gory films and I think you become accustomed/conditioned to gore after a while. It doesn't really have a lasting effect on the mind. This type of horror film either packs short, sharp shocks or creates feelings of disgust/revulsion in viewers.

The horror films that are suggestive with their content and rely on the viewer's mind to conjure images have a more lasting effect. I always think that your own mind creates fear that relates to you personally and is therefore far more frightening than any amount of special-effects/gore.

Obviously the best horror films can combine both approaches to scare the shit outta ya :twisted: eg. The Thing (1982, John Carpenter) - It has the gore and shocks every time 'The Thing' reveals itself, but then Carpenter has you guessing all the way through as to which person 'The Thing' occupies. The ending is a classic too. It's very important to have a good ending so your audience/victims are still shitting themselves or thinking about the film hours after. :twisted:

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Best bit on the thing- When the guy is ressusitating (How do you spell that word?!) that fat guy, and his chest opens up and bites his arms off.
I've seen it loads of times, I always know it's coming, I know it looks rubbish, but it gets me every time.

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Obviously the best horror films can combine both approaches to scare the shit outta ya eg. The Thing (1982, John Carpenter) - It has the gore and shocks every time 'The Thing' reveals itself, but then Carpenter has you guessing all the way through as to which person 'The Thing' occupies. The ending is a classic too. It's very important to have a good ending so your audience/victims are still shitting themselves or thinking about the film hours after.


yeah the thing is an amazing film, i esp love the fact they only touch on the crashed spaceship under the ice and don't even really look at it bar that one shot.

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This is all great guys thanks again for all ya input *does happy dance* :D


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I'd say that Hellraiser 2 is probably my favourite as pinhead has a menacing elegance to his debauchery. That and the cheesey but entirely needed one liners from channard.

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1. The Thing (super-cheesy but wonderful Kurt Russel version)

2. Implied. Horror is always best implied. Hell, if nothing actually happens, it's even better. Like Blair Witch - sod all happens, but it's ace.


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