Independant or Big-Budget Blockbusters?

Independant or Big-Budget Blockbusters?

MacabreMoe's picture

What do you prefer? Independent films often have more heart and are truer to the filmmaker's vision, but they often lack the top-notch production values and funds of mainstream horror films. Big-Budget Blockbuster mainstream films on the other hand have (often), better marketing, bigger crews and bigger sales, but producers often mar the original ideas of the filmmaker in the first place and modern examples of these films are often unimaginative and uncreative. Personally  I  prefer independent horror. 

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DitaV's picture

Well to be honest, i simply perfer good movies, doesnt matter if they are indie or not. But if i had to pick one, i would say indie puts out better flicks lately than big-budget hollywood. 

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rift267's picture

im with dita...lately big budget is weak

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MacabreMoe's picture

I think you're right. It feels like modern big-budget horror has lost its touch, now existing as a (mostly), sequel-oriented redone rehashed crap-fest.  

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calebbotts's picture

I disagree, high budget films don't always corrupt vision, in fact I find that they have better vision. They seem to have more intricate plots, more interesting dialogue, and an overall better production.

Sure you'll get the occasional sleeper film, but normally you just get a bunch of drug riddled teens doing naughty things in the woods and then being hacked to pieces, ideas that are over used and rather weak to begin with.

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doe333's picture

Indie 9 times out of 10... I'll take poor production with heart and sincerity over a polished turd any day.

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klownz's picture

most the big buget films theese days just seem to be remakes of older films & remakes of foreign films. But to answer the question i really dont think it matters so long as who ever is watching a film is enjoying it!

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hbWonderland's picture

I definitely think it depends. There are some GREAT big studio horror films (or semi-big), even recently. Anyone see Splice? That movie had a decent budget, and I felt like it was pretty damn good.

HOWEVER, that being said, I think that independent films tend to be a great original source and IN GENERAL keep the genre fresh. Often extremely raw, low-budget horror develops a style that is later picked up by a major studio. Last House on the Left, Texas Chainsaw, and The Blair Witch Project are great examples of innovative styles, as are many Troma releases. 

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HELLFIGHTER's picture

I understand the budget situation but I cant stand to watch shot on video bullshit, indie or not. Maybe they are just harder to edit, but they are unforgiving to untrained body language, speaking dificiencies, and bad acting or camera presence and it comes out like some asses cinema class homework. Too lame for me. Its like the old joke of ". . . well they say the camera puts 10 pounds on you." " So how many were pointed at you ?. . . . . . . like 23 ? " I prefer some kind of cinematography. It IS a visual medium, if not, I would rather read a book.

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Super8Steve's picture

Independant hands down.  Most of the real ground breaking, influential  horror films we all love were low budget, outside of the system indies...Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Night of the Living Dead, Evil Dead, Bad Taste, etc. etc.

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