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Horror films are gradually moving on the verge of getting an untimely death.
I went to watch a horror film last week called Rings, and in a mid way, I thought, where the hell I am stuck! The film is not only boring but at the same time it is so stale and humdrum, I knew from the beginning that there will be scenes in which the ghost will appear behind the protagonist in the dark and this so called unpredictable scenes of all the horror films around the world is now so predictable that I find it laughable. In India, the quality of horror films was always cheap and below the par in the exception of Ram Gopal Verma’s Bhoot which I still believe is the best horror mainstream movie ever to come out in India. But over the years ghost films around the world are getting weaker and weaker. The biggest problem is the script, filmmakers feel they will scare audiences with VFX driven ugly ghosts, what if they don’t have stories, engaging ones to back it. But cinema, be it any genre is primarily a story telling session and if you don’t that you have nothing. Writers need to buck up their shoes to make the horror films look different now because today we are only trying to work on the CGI to make the ghosts of these films scarier and not on stories.
(Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz in Rings)
The Korean horror movies have set a bar and now they are also looking lifeless and monotonous, Hollywood is down and too, we Indians were never in the race of making good horror films ever. High time we should take a break from making horror films, the formula of less is more will work I guess if we’ll not come up with great stories anytime soon to back our horrific and technically sound ghosts, till then this circle of pathetically dull horror films will continue to form a big ‘Ring’. As far as India is concerned, the rural mass is still finding chills in Mithun starrer Pyasi Atma.
(Finding the above picture of Pyasi Atma was a daunting task done by the GD team, Applause!)