weekend box office: ‘Silent Hill’ makes noise, ‘Scary Movie’ still terrifyingly successful
ugh, I’ve got bad movie all over me!
Sign of the apocalypse number 7,092,163: Silent Hill, a movie so bad its studio knew it would get some of the worst reviews of the year so it withheld the film from critics before its release, led the box office this weekend with a take of $20.2 million. Ray Bennett in The Hollywood Reporter called it on Friday:
Witless, soulless and joyless… The massive advance publicity might catapult the film to decent box office returns on its opening weekend, but its total reliance for thrills on predictable jump cuts and loud noises might render word-of-mouth devastating.
And Scott Gwin at CinemaBlend this morning cringed:
The ironic part about the film’s success lies in the fact that the few critics who did give it a positive review acknowledge that it’s basically a mindless series of scary images designed to scare you at any cost. It gives the fans of the game a chance to enjoy their fright fetish without the hassle of thumb cramps. Meanwhile the rest of us can do little but cringe that the Uwe Boll style of filmmaing is actually gathering steam.
‘Scary Movie 4’: less fun
than a whack to the crotch
And the box office runner-up? Scary Movie 4, bringing in $17 million. Why, dear god, why? Wes Craven, quoted at ABCNews.com, thinks he knows:
Craven pointed to some of the more gruesome scenes in today’s horror films as indicative of what the culture is thinking and seeing in the news.
“People are taken hostage, people are beheaded and then that beheading is put on the Internet,” Craven said.
“Our own government has been caught torturing. It’s holding citizens of other nations right now at Guantanamo without any charges being brought. So, there’s a very deep sense that all the rules are being broken and we don’t know what the rules are anymore. Now when that’s the case, I think the horror films will reflect that. The horror films are basically nightmares of a society.”
I have no doubt that horror movies reflect cultural anxieties — but it used to be that it was good horror movies we craved when we were worried, not just any random splatter of blood, gore, and feces. When did we, as a society, become such crass and mindless children?
[box office results via Yahoo! Movies]
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