I was rewatching Van Helng recently and wondered, why did this film fail? What went wrong? It was a fun film that, wait a minute, did I say FUN? Ah, yes I did, and that’s the problem. It was fun. Not fun in the way that say Evil Dead is fun or say The Howling is fun. These films are fun in the sense that they relieve tenon and that release is a good thing, Kind of orgasmic really.
The key thing that creates tenon is realism. That is where the problem lies. Now before you say “Hey Mr. Trevor, r, these films are supposed to be fantastic, what are you talking about?!” let me explain. When we saw Eddie Quist turn into a wolf in The Howling before our very eyes, we were spellbound, or more honestly, we shit our pants! We believed and screamed or laughed, just to get the tenon out. Modern films don’t give us that. They give us imposble CGI monsters that don’t register with our emotional or phycal receptors. We don’t believe for one second that they are a threat, all we can say is…”that looked cool”.
Let’s start with the Universal’s remake of The Mummy. The script was written by Kevin Alexis Jarre and was fantastic, scary and mysterious. The first teaser trailer for the film was soaked in mystery and ominous tones, I was excited. Then the second trailer hit…oh well. What we got was a action adventure with a bloated budget and a cartoon like Mummy. I expected better from ILM, that’s what I get. At no point is the movie good, did I have fun? Yes. Do I even call it a horror movie? Not really. It is Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Pharaohs Tomb with Brendan Fraer as Indiana Jones.
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