Film Commentary

Why do bad horror movies get made?

November 5, 2010

Ti West (The Roost, Trigger Man, House of the Devil) in an interview with the A.V. Club:

TW: Anyone who complains about the state of horror, especially all the remakes, it’s your own fucking fault—you go see them. They don’t make the remakes because people are excited about them; they make them because they make a lot of money. Two original studio movies were Drag Me To Hell and Jennifer’s Body, and neither of them did very well. And then the Friday the 13th remake fucking destroyed the box office. So it’s the audience’s fault. That’s why that stuff is happening.

The solution?  Simple, stop paying to see formulaic remakes of Friday the 13th and start paying for unique studio releases like Drag Me to Hell and Jennifer’s Body.

I’ll go one further to opine that as true horror fans (that claim to nurture the genre), it’s our obligation. Our middle-class lives are boring enough.

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  • Reply Toad November 5, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Yep. Sadly, it is supply/demand economics. As long as people (and by that I mean immature teenagers or those who are immature teenagers at heart regardless of age) go watch them, the movies will continue to be made.

  • Reply Toad November 5, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Are you censoring Toad? Why are my comments not showing up? Hm!

    • Reply Richard Sanchez November 8, 2010 at 1:51 pm

      Worry not, Toad is not being censored! There seems to be a WordPress comment-delay. I don’t have scads of traffic on this site (perhaps some day), but if I do, that’s when I’ll have to worry about trolls.

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