By Isacc Feldman
Throughout the history of horror films and any movie that makes a college kid squirm, many tactics have been tried to send goose bumps up ones spine. In the early years of horror flicks there weren’t many effects or blood, which you can almost guarantee in every movie in today’s society. It’s almost like movies of today need the blood and gore to get people in the seats. It’s when a film comes along that just plays on your tension, not on your appetite, that suceeds critically and finacially.
When Saw first hit the silver screen in 2004 it was new for its genre. It was a movie that was a thriller with just little showings of blood. To many Saw fans the first movie was the best of the series. This was most likely because there weren’t as many moving parts as there were in the sequels, if you know what I mean. After the great debut of the series it seemed as though the director wanted more. The movies that followed got gorier and gorier. Some fans may have got grossed out, and the results lead to the film company taking a hit in the pocket. Some of the ways the people in the newer Saw films are dying seem to be a little farfetched. People will have pen caps attached to their eyeballs, which is attached to an F-150. This was were a fresh look film like Paranormal Activity came along and sweeped up new fans and big bucks.
What Paranormal Activity does best is take a step back from the limps and guts and does an excellent job at selling the viewer an hour and a half of slow tension. Even though there are scenes that involve barely anything going on the silence drives the viewers insane. Paranormal Activity which cost a meager $11,000 to make, compared to Saws $11 million, won the grossing battle.
What’s the fuss about? If you think that Paranormal Activity looks like a simple movie, you probaly guessed right. It’s just that, this simple movie has scared in over $100,000,000. Much credit should go to writer/director Orin Peli, who used every day objects and a little creativeness to surprise movie goers. Also what Paranormal Activity did very well was incorporate the times we’re in. they made a movie in a you tube style that is attracting in teens and college students alike.
People are trigger happy when it comes to the horror genre they try to always compare films now to films made by pioneer directors such as, John Carpenter and George A. Romero. Their freight films are considered classics in the horror world, because they just used smoke and mirrors, not CGI, which is seen in almost every movie these days. Its amazing how there was once a time when a hacksaw wasn’t used to get a key out of someone’s lung.
Even though this past fall Saw released their sixth movie of the series, Paranormal Activity’s sleek approach won the overall grossing war. That alone should tell movie producers that sometimes less is more