I slept with a cross in my hand for a month after watching The Exorcist. I did. I swear. I was terrified after seeing the film -- I think I was thirteen at the time -- and definitely old enough to be able to handle such a film. Well, apparently not. I might have benefited from attending a support group for people terrified by fictionalized stories of horrifying situations (do those exist?). What I didn't realize was that filmmakers of horror films had a support group of their own.

Horror film directors have made it a mission to reinstall the bloodiest and most gruesome situations in this cult favorite genre. To be honest, the last film that I saw of this type was The Descent -- which I very much enjoyed and only ragged on the acting abilities of the cheating husband once -- but think that amount of blood may be all I can handle. Films such as Saw and Hostel, I think, go beyond what I find as an audience member to be pleasurable to watch. These films are different in the sense that they are borderline NC-17 flicks and mostly revolve around endless torture of hapless victims. In Variety's article they describe a scene where a victim's face is blow torched off and the torturer then clips off the victim's eyes (not exactly something I want to think about while eating lasagna at Christmas dinner).

This group of filmmakers has been dubbed the Splat Pack. I must say, I do love the name even though my stomach can't handle the majority of what they're making. Give me Dawn of the Dead or any zombie movie for that matter, but the torture genre I just can't take. Even though I can't bring myself to buy a ticket to see their films, I love knowing that the Splat Pack has been offering up a great deal of support for one another as they do face issues with ratings; inspiration to go further with gruesome ideas, and even funding films. Rob Zombie and Quentin Tarantino have become the godfathers to many up and coming horror filmmakers. Tarantino was described as "showing the ropes" to Hostel director Eli Roth. Horror films definitely have an audience -- the films often times gross more than large blockbuster films -- therefore the work will continue to be made. They just need the backing of each other to make sure that the ratings board doesn't take a chainsaw to the final cut of their films.
categories Movies, Cinematical