September 5, 2011
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Many horror films, be they of the ‘Saw’ or “Friday the 13th” variety, are a lot of things, but scary isn’t one of them. This is often because their stock and trade is shock, and violence is the means to that end.
They’re not particularly scary because fear involves mood and atmosphere, things that takes patience and time to build, things that can be squandered by one bad decision on the part of the director. This is not to say that there’s anything wrong with a bit of mindless violence every once in a while, but sometimes you want something a little more challenging with your gratuitous bloodletting.
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