Subject: Re: THE QUIET ONES (no spoilers)
On 11/5/2017 5:12 PM, trotsky wrote:
> On 11/5/2017 3:19 PM, moviePig wrote:
>> On 11/5/2017 3:38 PM, trotsky wrote:
>>> On 11/5/2017 2:23 PM, moviePig wrote:
>>>> Though I liked its performers and even its tone well enough, I can
>>>> give it some respect for only its alleged authenticity. But those
>>>> neither engaged nor scared me. Meanwhile, for me, this flick was
>>>> doubly hurt by its PG-13 rating: first, I knew there'd be no
>>>> seriously horrific stuff despite how the aforementioned 'tone'
>>>> seemed to promise some, and second, there *was* no seriously
>>>> horrific stuff. And I don't understand those decisions, as tQO's
>>>> themes were decidedly non-juvenile...
>>> You are so full of shit. Have you never seen a Robert Wise movie?
>>> Both the original "The Haunting" and "The Andromeda Strain" were
>>> fantastic. How about a James Whale movie? How about "Nosferatu"?
>>> Most of the scariest movies I can name weren't rated "R". That's a
>>> cop out for your minimally recommended review.
>> Yes, your views on PG-13 horror are well known to most bipeds. But
>> *this* movie would've been better to watch even if *only* its rating
>> were changed. And, if Robert Wise made THE HAUNTING today, I'm
>> reasonably certain it'd be 'R' -- if only to keep the kids home.
> Address the larger point: are classic horror films such as
> "Frankenstein" and "Nosferatu" scary or not? Why not give an example of
> similar movies where one was better because of the "R" rating, or even
> the same movie that "better" because of the unrated version? Do you
> have any logic or reasoning attached to this opinion at all?
No, not to modern audiences, those old films aren't especially scary.
More specifically, being scared by them requires a viewer who's
considerably more sophisticated and/or fluid than is normal.
For an example of the utility of the 'R'-rating, consider THE QUIET
ONES, along with two people who sit down to watch it. Tell one of them
-- privately -- that this film will give them the worst nightmares
they've ever had. But tell the other that, despite the setups,
everything that happens on-screen turns out to be rather tame. Then
have them watch the movie, while you measure their respective pulses...
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YOUR taste at work...