WHAT MOVIE SUCCESS PUZZLES YOU ?

WHAT MOVIE SUCCESS PUZZLES YOU ?

HELLFIGHTER's picture

Everyone has a movie they like that they cant understand why others dont like and VICE VERSA. Sometimes you can figure out why when its because the movie targets, for example, girl/tweens like TWILIGHT (although grown up moms seem to love this shit. . . . and the young boys. Just sayin'.)

Others are a little more mystifying. The movie that puzzles me is the shitty, boring, SO DERIVATIVE. . . . . . . . . PARANORMAL CRAPTIVITY. I CANNOT fathom, along with 7 friends, wtf anyone found scary from this crap. Now Craptivity was a success financially and YES, I KNOW its the hype, but still people claim to like it. (drinking the kool-aid of being CONVINCED they will like it?)

Another is one that flopped on the screen but every horror head, here included praises to high heaven, the Peter Jackson horror DEAD ALIVE. I cant even get into it and watch it for more than a few minutes. I think the most time I spent on it is 15-20, lol.

What movie success puzzles you ?

NO, Im NOT looking to be "convinced" these two movies are "great", whats YOUR choice ?

MOVIE TIME SMILEYNO FRIGGIN WAY !

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expendableExtra's picture

I'd call Paranormal Craptivity a "horror" movie for NON horror movie fans. These twits that make up the majority of movie-goers are responsible for the popularity of these movies because of the box office numbers the twits have generated. Sadly, I believe there's a fourth coming...

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MrBradshaw's picture

Blair Witch....it is not really that good of a movie...the only thing that I can think of is that at its time it was a brilliant concept the way it was filmed

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Wolfe4086's picture

You hit the nail on the head why Blair Witch was successful the concept and implementation of the film was great. Most non-horror fans would have never guessed that the idea of "Found Footage" goes back to Cannibal Holocaust and it still irks me today that it is wrongly called "Blair Witch" style. As for movie that puzzles me I would saw those awful Scary Movies and their knock off films. They are not really that fun and I want to pummel them for making Stan Helsing.

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HELLFIGHTER's picture

Unfortunately. . . . . . . yes there IS. Another blow for MEDIOCRITY. Even Oren Peli's t.v. b.s. show THE RIVER was nothing but a mish-mash of EVERYTHING done in ANY horror movie. Its like people calling someone a great painter only to find out its a monkey throwing paint at a canvas. Whatever sticks.

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HELLFIGHTER's picture

BLAIR WITCH ALMOST took me in cause of their conniving hype. They did a "special" about finding a vhs tape buried in an ancient and undisturbed brick wall. All a bullshit scam, that Im surprised was allowed as you couldnt do that for any other commercial product. It sold a lot of peeps that the legend was real even though the movie was fiction. More con jobs under the guise of clever marketing.

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Spookster88's picture

I had no problems at all with the 'Blair Witch' marketing and actually found it quite inventive-it harkened back to the good ol' days of cleverness reminiscent of Orson Welles' 'War of the Worlds'-you could believe it or not. (Which a LOT of people DID and even today you still cannot persuade them any different) A grand hoax that had the slight ring of believability to it to add that sense of 'realism' to it. I don't have anything against clever marketing-the only thing is, 90% of it ISN'T clever! 
As for which movie success puzzles me-and i know i'm going to get flack for this..i just can't see HOW the 'Halloween' franchise is so popular-i have TRIED to see what all the hype is about, but i for one, absolutely CANNOT get into it-neither the John Carpenter version OR the Rob Zombie version. Myers is a BORING character that just does NOT do anything for me. Another franchise is the 'Hannibal' series. I couldn't get through the first 30 minutes of 'Silence of the Lambs'-to me it's just another useless waste of celluloid.
As for 'Non-Horror'-there are a LOT of franchises that i don't see how they're such a success-the 'Transformers' franchise, the Bale 'BatMan' franchise (sorry folks, i just CAN'T accept Bale as BatMan-nor Chris Nolan's 'vision' of the characters) to name two.
As for the opposite and movies i LOVE that i can't understand why others don't-there are way too many to list. But i've ALWAYS had the opposite taste of everyone else-which i actually consider it a blessing-I have my OWN taste and i don't follow the crowds and that makes me unique and an idividual. I like what I like and DON'T like what i don't like and i usually have a pretty darn good reason for it!!

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HELLFIGHTER's picture

Not exactly a fair comparison as WAR OF THE WORLDS WARNED viewers at the beginning of the show that it was NOT real AND warned them at the end of each commercial before the show would continue anew from the break. Problem was that people would panic and take action before they could hear the announcements and the panic multiplied by word of mouth. There was NO t.v. and people didnt know it was on the ONE station and so the panic surged by the unknown danger. NOT the case with the "Blair Witch Special". Theres marketing and theres con jobs.

The recent SEQUEL to the Paranormal Craptivity franchise tried to "market" and say that the Italian Government had banned their recent shitfest of a movie because it was "too scary". Unfortunately for them it backfired when the Italian Government took umbrage and alerted the international media that it was a LIE and that they had not banned it and lambasted the movie for its attempt to sell a mediocre product with an "official" statement.

LOL, you DO have a different take on movies than most. To each his own. I have to agree that I like what I like regardless of the "fans" and followers. Sometimes its popular, sometimes its not.

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Changsha's picture

THE movie the dead zone I know the book was popular the movie starring Christopher Walken's I just can't believe that people went nuts over it when it came out. Just because it was Stephen King? I try to get into his books but just didn't like his style of writing and for the movies, PEW!! ha ha at least that's what I think of them, I just don't see what others do in some of the movies that are made from his books. Now I enjoyed pet cemetery I believe that was a Stephen King book right? And movie?

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HELLFIGHTER's picture

PET SEMATARY WAS a King story and you are right. MOST of the King stories fail as movies and two or three are great. Im not a fan of his works. I like about two stories and could take or leave a few others and have NO interest in reading everything he writes or actually, anything else.

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Cassie_Carnage's picture

Paranormal Activity is definitely on my list. But the one franchise success that I totally do not understand why people love it so damned much is Saw. What a piece of crap that movie is. I couldn't even sit through the first half of that insipid piece of torture porn and it's had what, like 8 sequels now?

How many more times must these people be locked up by a madman and forced to maim and/or kill each other before it gets boring for the audience? And how exactly could anyone even say that it's a SCARY movie? The gore scenes are gross and are only there to make people squirm and look away from the screen as actors scream their way through forced self mutilation. Personally, I laughed my ass off when that stupid puppet rode out on the tricycle and talked to people. 

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