Sunday, October 25, 2009

Horror movies and budgets

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.

1 comment:

  1. I love love loved Saw. Then the 2nd one was OK. Then the 3rd one had potential but fell short. I gave up after that. I don't know if it is because the budgets kept growing for each installment or because the original filmmakers weren't involved after the original. But I tend to think that after a while, the shock and awe is no longer a surprise and it just becomes a gore fest - which anyone can do so it is no longer special.

    Now Hostel - that was just plain gory. I didn't particularly care for it at all. Disturbed the crap out of my husband though so that was entertaining ;0)