Formulaic Horror Movies

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    Nov 14, 2013 3:25 PM GMT
    How many movies can you list that use this same formula?

    Family moves into place with a past
    Strange things happen
    Child acquires imaginary friend
    All shit breaks loose


    1. The Conjuring
    2. Amityville Horror
    3. Insiduous
    4. Hide and Seek
    5. The Shining

    Add your own.

    My question is, why can't these moviemakers think outside the box?
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    Nov 14, 2013 3:33 PM GMT
    You forgot sinister
    I think its because that's what seems more realistic since children are supposed to be more sensitive to the spirit world
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    Nov 14, 2013 3:37 PM GMT
    Typical dialogue for each part of the formula:

    FAMILY MOVES INTO PLACE WITH A PAST
    "Oh, it's beautful."
    "We love this place."
    "This is our dream home."

    STRANGE THINGS HAPPEN
    "What was that?"
    "Why is the door open?"
    "How did that move?"

    CHILD ACQUIRES IMAGINARY FRIEND
    "What's your little friend's name?"
    "I don't see anybody there."
    "Maybe we should take her/him to the doctor."
    "(Imaginary friend) says bad things happened here."

    ALL SHIT BREAKS LOOSE
    "We need to get out of this house!"
    "We're not leaving, this is our home!"
    "We put so much money into this place, we can't leave."
    "Grab the kids, we're leaving!"

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    Nov 14, 2013 5:30 PM GMT
    I ask the same question all the time. How I used to love the SciFi channel but now all the movies are unforgivably based on formulas.
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    Nov 14, 2013 5:42 PM GMT
    Certain aspects to the genre will always be predictable, but a quality script will nonetheless fill you with surprises and dread, with characters who are natural and dialogue that rings true.
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    Nov 14, 2013 6:20 PM GMT


    They buy a property built on...surprise...a sacred Indian burial mound! icon_surprised.gif
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    Nov 14, 2013 7:29 PM GMT
    The Orphanage



    Poltergeist



    The Others



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    Nov 15, 2013 4:31 AM GMT
    Today's horror films are just constant retreads of the Awesome horror films of the 1960's,70's and 80's.Screenwriters need to get a better imagination.Ry
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    Nov 15, 2013 4:47 AM GMT
    stevee90 saidThe Orphanage



    Poltergeist



    The Others





    The Orphanage is a GREAT movie!!!! And The Others. Although, are these considered horror films or suspense/thrillers?
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    Nov 15, 2013 5:57 AM GMT
    I must say, though, that "The Others" is one of my favorite movies. There's something about the foggy ambiance and remoteness. I never get tired of it. The film has a lot of sadness to it.
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    Nov 15, 2013 8:38 AM GMT
    2 of the movies are produced by James Wan,the malaysian film director,of coz there are similiarity.
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    Nov 15, 2013 3:21 PM GMT
    It's funny. I saw this thread title and the first movie which came to mind was "The Conjuring."

    Liked it though.

    "The Others" had the same ending as "Sixth Sense." After we figure out about the servants, it was inevitable. One of my fave movies too.
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    Nov 15, 2013 4:39 PM GMT
    Serial Killer on the loose

    Lots of promiscuous teenagers decide to go ahead with social

    events anyway (heroine is a virgin)

    Instead of sticking together they find silly excuses to separate

    Indiscriminate drug use ensues

    They get chopped up like a piece of meat at a butchers

    convention
    (if such a thing exists :lolicon_smile.gif)

    Every slasher film ever made !(including meta post modern slashers like Scream)
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    Nov 15, 2013 4:45 PM GMT

    'The Exorcist' and 'The Omen' are still my all time faves that break the horror template.