Do you like scary, I mean really really scary movies? I do, and Hollywood is seriously letting me down. Compare anything that you saw in the last five years with The Shining and you’ll see what I’m talking about. If Hollywood wants nerds and geeks to flock to the theater, they’ll have to do better than Harry Potter. We want stuff to watch that offers us little choice but the reward of our undivided attention for a brief time.
I realize that it is entirely conceivable that we’re soon to run out of thriller plots. Believe it or not, the ways that someone could meet with demise that they might object to are quite limited, given the fact that lightning strikes and other phenomenon are quite rare. This brings me to Final Destination (and sequels). The creativity rocked, but it just wasn’t plausible enough to be scary.
Hollywood and Indie producers, I’m begging you .. come up with a plot that could be applied to the person at the end of your finger once you have stood on an average street, closed your eyes and spun around while pointing a dozen or so times. I know the creativity is there, and I’m sick of marveling at special effects while forgiving a shallow plot. Could I do better? Probably not, but I’m not paid to write plots, I just pay to watch them unfold on a big screen.
This is an open challenge. Come up with the next best thriller that will unseat everything that any popular director has ever done. Gore, social taboo and shocking gratuitous scenes are up to you. Just ensure that I walk away inspired by the plot.
If the actors aren’t incidental, you’re doing it wrong.