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As an aficionado of the scary-scary, I often find myself feeling like I need to defend my enjoyment of certain movies, such as the genuinely disturbing (albeit mostly on the first viewing) ‘Blair Witch Project,’ and even the first ‘Saw.’ The arguments I encounter usually involve manufactured jump-scares, leaning too hard on the CGI madness, an overuse of gory elements and the general deconstruction of the tropes of the genre, as seen in ‘Scream.’ For my money, though I’m leery of the splatterpunk stylings of Rob Zombie and company, the modern horror film has to work harder to overcome not only genre-savvy film-goers, but the ever-dwindling number of things that are truly unknown in the 21st century. While I won’t say that, f’rinstance, the remake of ‘Dawn of The Dead’ is as good as the pants-wetting original, it has moments of brilliance, Ving Rhames, and a credits gag that is a terrifying horror movie into itself, and perhaps had a more difficult job than its forerunners in generating real scares…
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would like to go on record as stating that poor Katie Featherston’s problems were exacerbated by her jerkass boyfriend, asking: Are modern horror films as good as the classics? Why/Why Not?
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