Simple Yet Effective

What makes a great horror movie? Is it the terrifying screams of the audience? It is the scary images? Is it the music? There are so many factors that make a horror movie a great one. Most people associate it with the number of times they get frightened, the length they closed their eyes, the fast heartbeat and many more. Those are just the thrills and how our body reacts. Sometimes we forget why we even get scared. Our mind processes the images and links it back to an experience we may have forgotten or the stories that we have associated to as being scary. A horror movie doesn’t have to be grand or doesn’t need to have great special effects. It is all about the story, the place, the scenes, the facial expressions and many more. In short it is all about the detail – the little things.
For me the innkeepers was a fantastic movie. It was very simple yet it hit the correct horror spot of everyone in the room. First is the place, an old hotel with a horrible past. As kids, we were always told stories of old haunted house [or anything that is old in general] to have some sort of supernatural happenings and these stories without a doubt has inflicted a certain fear we may never forget. Hence, it touches on our subconscious a part of the brain we cannot control. Second are the creepy and weird customers, most especially the old man though at first it was Lee because of her stalker vibe. But as soon as the old entered, his presence, his tone, his eyes and his determination to get room 353 triggered many bells. His wish to come back after so many years was a bad omen. His whole being emitted that spine-chilling aura. Third is the basement scene. It is the basement. It is dark. It is underground. It is the basement! I think we all know get that sinister feeling when we are about to enter the basement so must I explain why it is scary? Lastly, probably the major reason is the involvement with ghost [spirits]. When it comes down to choosing between zombies [or other creatures rather anything alive] or ghost, most people I have asked would answer zombies because they can kill it. Hence, we can find a solution and a chance for survival. But when it comes down to ghost, we do not know how to deal with them. Killing is not an option because they are already dead. Their powers are beyond ours. Even if we may not fully understand zombies and the like we know we have a fighting chance but when it comes down to ghosts we become hopeless. We do not trifle with thing we do not know especially the spiritual world. Hence, the idea of facing a ghost terrifies each one of us.
All in the movie had the usual flow of a story; the beginning, climax, and the ending. It was simple yet very straight to the point. It highlighted the right scenes, the right people, the right mood, and the right facial expressions.

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One thought on “Simple Yet Effective

  1. A horror movie doesn’t have to be grand or doesn’t need to have great special effects. It is all about the story, the place, the scenes, the facial expressions and many more. In short it is all about the detail – the little things.”

    I completely agree! I think this is what differentiates a lot of Hollywood horror films from the less flashy ones. There’s more focus on the details. Aesthetic isnt everything in a horror movie. SOmetimes its the accumulation of all these small details that really gets under your skin!

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