Hello invaders. This is the third day in a row I've posted. Personal Best!! I’m gonna go for 4 by making this a 2 part post :D
I'm writing (ranting) about horror movies and budgets. I'll let you know up front, my basic hypothesis for this little rant is that horror films with big budgets don't work. There are a few exceptions, but not many. I know it's not a new idea. In fact it's something I've believed for a while now, but over the last couple of days I started thinking about what it is that makes that so.
Before I go into my theory (which will happen tomorrow) lets take a look at some figures. We’ll start with the man considered one of the most profitable directors in Hollywood, Eli Roth. Roth's first venture cost he and his private investors $1.5 million and Hostel cost $4.5 million. One of the most profitable horror films, Saw, was made for $1.2 million. In fact, the franchise (or 1-5 anyway) was made for $36 million. But by far the most impressive film is Paranormal Activity. It was made for $15000. So far it has made $19 million.
Now, I know $19 million isn’t much compared to the ridiculous amounts brought in by the blockbusters, but think about it. This film has earned $19 million through word of mouth alone. The only reason for that happening is that the film scared a lot of people shitless. So what is it about the lower budget movies that makes them so much scarier?
Well, I have a theory. It’s backed up by Stephen King. Come back tomorrow to check it out.