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Because violence and sadism went from punctuation to becoming the entire story? To coin a phrase: overkill.

The violence of TD, G1 and 2 or Psycho was there for a specific narrative impact, was not glorying in the sadistic, and was not the narrative itself.

That seemed to gave changed with Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween. Which was fine with me, enjoyed them all, when they were the outcast films and did not become staples in the endless sequels.

I've actually thought about this stuff because I was a horror fan and gory was just cool to me in the days of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazines in the 50s and 60s.

Nowadays, different ways to kill, different ways to inflict pain on innocent victims when polished into a pseudo-realistic manner, when that seems to be the end-all and be-all of the exercise, I just do not have an interest.

That doesn't mean a good shock or scary moment or more are always to be avoided. I just need a reason more than titillation (Pan's Labyrinth comes to mind).

Ken
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