Hooper and Spielberg hold our interest by observing the everyday rituals of this family so closely that, since the family seems real, the weird events take on a certain credibility by association.
Could not agree more
Dec 29 - 10:32 AM
Good observation. Believable characters are definitely a huge bonus in a movie with elements of fantasy because it makes the fantastic seem a little more possible and real, which makes the movie more frightening. This little bit of truth is something that modern horror filmmakers fail to comprehend. I think maybe 90% of horror movies I've seen in the past 10 years have recycled the exact same stereotypical characters. Stereotypes can hurt a movie, the same dumb-ass stereotypes in every movie can destroy not only the movie, but the entire genre, which is why horror has become such a laughable genre. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, so maybe horror filmmakers would benefit from some medication and therapy.
May 23 - 09:35 AM
yes, nail on head. the film is as much about mundane suburban life as it is about anything. And the performances by Zelda and Jobeth are so moving. They really rise above the genre.
Oct 10 - 05:15 AM