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What makes a scary movie...scary?
Examine the elements of horror movies that are generally considered the most effective at scaring, disturbing, or unsettling audiences, and how these have changed over the decades, from early silent films to Hitchcock’s masterpieces to modern remakes.
Great article! Adapting books to film is so complicated and interesting, I love learning about it.
I enjoyed the history of women and fairy tales-it’s always important to look at women’s oft-overlooked role in creative history! However, I don’t entirely agree with you that modern movies are over-sensationalizing fairy tales or cheapening motifs. Many of the original stories, including many of the Grimm Brothers’ and Little Red Riding Hood, are short, superficial and HIGHLY sensational. Red Riding Hood has long been a story about sexual awakening and womanhood, and there are several Grimm Brothers stories are shockingly violent: Cinderella’s stepsisters cut off parts of their feet and have their eyes plucked out!
You raise a really interesting question about fiction writing. Thanks for discussing such a difficult but pertinent subject!