Senior HTF Member
- Jul 11, 2003
- Real Name
- Michael Elliott
TravisR said:ANY time that I see someone say that, I know they've never actually watched these movies (I'm not taking a shot at you, you acknowledge that you haven't seen them). There's nothing further from the truth than saying that these movies are some kind of conservative lesson to or punishment for promiscuous people. For their time, these movies were generally hard edged, violent, dirty and profane low budget horror pictures. They simply found a formula that sold tickets (kill people in violent ways) and they kept pumping out movies until they stopped making money.The whole idea of 'sex equals death' or morality came into the public consciousness 10 or 15 years later from a joke in Scream but there's no moral and no preaching here.
People with any real knowledge usually just take a look in Leonard Maltin's guide and follow whatever he or other mainstream critics say.
I've started to watch The Cinema Snob and one of his best episodes talks about how "goody" reviewers are sickened by stuff like this or CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST or countless other horror films yet watching something like SALO and praising it. Or, just last week I went through all four of the DIRTY HARRY movies and they're a lot more violent than what we see in FRIDAY THE 13TH. Of course, the type of violence is different but those putting down this series should revisit themselves with MAGNUM FORCE, a movie made seven years before this one. People, not me, praise THE EXORCIST as art but it's basically just a shock fest.
The lack of knowledge also comes into play in another way. It's okay if you don't like these movies because they're not meant to be art. They're meant to be entertaining. They're meant to be filmed quickly and cheaply and bring back a big investment so that they can make others while the distributor can pump some of that money into art pictures. The knowledge also comes into play because if you honestly give these films a shot, they're a hell of a lot better than so many movies out there. If you think FRIDAY THE 13TH 4 is trash and poorly made then wait until you see GRADUATION DAY.
The problem with some of the criticism is that they bash everything YET someone like Tom Savini has never gotten his due. Take a look at the special effects he was doing during this period and he deserves every bit the credit as some of those in the mainstream.