Not pictured here: THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and DAWN OF THE DEAD. I used to ask my mother when the Oscars were on “”how come they never nominate horror movies like Roger Corman’s “PREMATURE BURIAL” which I thought was really cool. Today it looks pretty stupid but it was all about the fear of death. To me,Tobe Hooper and George Romero’s films are a more honest depiction (sort of) of modern society, especially the zombies that are drawn in death to the shopping center. Where else would we go? A refuge for the living, a paradise for the dead.
Horror movies today are bullshit. They don’t make ’em like they used to because they can’t. Audiences won’t accept simplicity and, well crap, even though that’s what they get with most of them, blundering-budgeted action adventures. It’s partly because we don’t have double features or drive-ins anymore. Teenage sex isn’t confined to the balcony or backseat.
We don’t have westerns anymore unless they’re lit with that stupid sentimental yellow glow and a kind of “faux Leone” grit. We don’t have detective movies anymore, nor musicals. Strictly pretentious little dramas with Emma what’s her face who’s always whispering in these Jane Austin messes OR you have action-adventure, whatever that is.
Movies are too expensive to make and as McLuhan predicted, once a medium becomes immensely popular it collapses under its own weight. Think about the automobile – it was great and got you someplace quickly or it was just fun … used to be people would go for a Sunday drive.Today there are so many cars you can’t get anywhere. So video is it! Little videos for the internet – until(and we’re almost there) until there are so many we’ll want all motion graphics and impact again. BLECH!