Restraint, Optional

26 10 2009

Watching the 70s movie “Zombie” today, I’m realizing that a lot of horror movies are very similar to porno, except that the Main Event is a stalk-and-gore tension/release sequence instead of sex.

Most of them have a difficult time constructing believable scenes outside of the Main Event, to speak nothing of scenes that might actually serve or advance the plot. Usually those snippets refer very directly to the Main Event itself, and any plot development is usually explication, not action.

This is, of course, generalization. Not all horror movies are like this; the good ones usually transcend the genre like all good works of art.