You're Such A Critic

YOU'RE SUCH A CRITIC

November 04, 2005

THE QUESTION

With gruesome special effects easier than ever (and on full display in Saw II), we wonder: Are today's movies scarier than classic chillers or less so?

WHAT YOU SAY

The films coming out today are far from scary. Perhaps if the people making these movies would pay attention to the movie behind the special effects, the box office would be doing better.

CHRISTINA MAZZETTA, ABINGDON

Scariness or fear is not created with "special effects," but rather evolved through imagination and anticipation on the big screen. This evolution can play on any of our senses to deliver an impact far beyond the depiction of blood and guts. A close-up of chocolate syrup spinning down a drain along with the sound of a knife plunging into a watermelon (Psycho), kept people out of the shower for years.

MIKE METZGER, OWINGS MILLS

With all of the advancements in technology, movies have become more and more scary. Considering how much sound impacts the movie, from eerie music to loud thuds, how could one find a barbaric silent horror film scary? Today, people have come to expect much more from scary movies and movie producers have delivered.

SIMONE SALTZMAN, OWINGS MILLS

The horror films of the pre-CGI era had to rely upon the skills of the director, cinematographer and editor to create the tension that is requisite of a good, scary movie. The special effects craftsmen were just that, craftsmen. It is also important to remember that story and performance drive all motion pictures. Jaws, Psycho andThe Exorcist wouldn't possess the resonance that they do without the performances of Robert Shaw, Anthony Perkins and Jason Miller.

SCOTT M. CARBERRY, BALTIMORE

THE NEXT QUESTION

With yet another version of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice set to reach Baltimore next weekend, we wonder: Is it merely the ultimate chick-film material or is there something universal about the story that keeps directors and actors lining up?

Please send your thoughts in a brief note with your name, city and daytime phone number (and "Such a Critic" in the memo field) to arts@baltsun.com.

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