Hollywood horror movies haven't gone far whatsoever in recent years. To think about this when it comes to going to far, is ludicrous and idiotic to put it mildly. The majority of horror releases within the last ten years have not been gorey, nor were they relevant in the form of arguments. Contrary, the horror genre has been saturated with lackluster pg-13 films and horrible unrated versions on DVD. Hollywood as a whole has not released a difficult rated R horror film for a while, and it has not gone too much whatsoever. Yes, some of them have been brutal, but none of them have reached the gore amount 1980's. In fact, the most gorey horror films produced on American soil aren't even major contenders for just about any awards, nor have they had official or lengthy releases outside the DVD market. With Japanese horror movies, remakes, and political thrillers, Hollywood continues to be missing from the horror arena in regards to gore. To say they have gone past an acceptable limit is just stupid.
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Asia, if anyone, should be blamed for pushing the envelope of horror cinema. They've got continually pushed the realms of the unreal, and in American releases the flicks get toned down a lot. The American versions of Japanese films are often only scary if you are scared by noises. There is little, to no gore in these films. Compare "The Ring", "The Grudge", or "Dark Waters" with their Japanese counterparts, and you see two different films. The American releases are given Pg-13 ratings and teenagers use droves to see them. These films are not scary, do not focus on blood spill, and deal more with ghosts than anything truly horrifying.
The remakes of horror films is visible as updates for the original stories. However, these films are only as gruesome and horrific as they were when they were originally made. If anything, the newer updates to those films use modern techniques, cg, make-up and more sophisticated direction than their older counterparts. This is particularly seen in the Halloween remake by Rob Zombie. Sure it was gruesome and bloody, although the original "Halloween" film did not need any gore, this film only pushed the envelope to differentiate itself from the original. In the event you rewind time a little and compare the remake of "Psycho" by Gus Van Sant with all the original Hitchcock masterpiece, you will find that a frame by frame remake is not an substantial benefit to viewers and fans with the original film. The Van Sant version, although done frame by frame plus color is a boring trot through what you've already seen. Hollywood is only able to push the envelope hoping getting viewers, as well as the generational gap of horror movie fans only proves that Hollywood hasn't gone past an acceptable limit. five night's at freddy's
Political thrillers are never pointed to with regard of going past an acceptable limit. With strong criticisms of the government, the Middle East, and terrorism, the political thriller hasn't gone into the scrutiny that horror films get. People need to take a closer look at things like political thrillers and their content, before saying Hollywood Horror films go too far. The majority of Horror films deal with fiction, and even those based on real events are fictionalized to an extent that they are fantasy in comparison to films that discuss the current state of world war 2, the oil crisis, or movies that aim to show the death from the president.
Do not get me wrong, I am not trying to say that Hollywood should stop making politically aimed movies. I'm stating that when comparing Hollywood movies, one must consider that horror is fiction most of all. For those that believe that Horror moved too far in recent years, maybe they ought to see non horror films like "Mysterious Skin", or "Mean Creek", both depict the death of innocence amongst children, before pointing the finger at horror films like a genre.