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Friday, April 06, 2007

Please Kill The Bad Guy

I came in on the last 40 minutes or so of Silent Hill (2006), a horror film based on the video game of the same name. The story is about a woman who goes searching for her missing daughter in a mysterious desolated town. The climax is pretty gruesome, involving a burned- beyond-recognition girl, and barbed wire being used as a weapon to exact revenge. It appears that the heroes have triumphed, but the very end of the story makes a turn.

I hate when horror films and thrillers end with the who--or what--that was causing the mayhem not completely being vanquished. There are only a few films that do that and still come off as satisfying to me. Halloween (1978) and The Abomidable Dr. Phibes (1971) come to mind. Otherwise, I'd rather see the perpetrator get theirs when the story closes.

Just as bad is when these types of films leave the audience scratching their heads when the lights in the theater come up. The Other (1972), about a pair of twins, one good and one bad, has a confusing ending, and The Blair Witch Project (1999) leaves more questions than it solves.

I heard reports that another movie in the Halloween franchise is in the works. Isn't it time for the Michael Myers character to finally die off (like he supposedly did in Halloween H20)? Just like Jason Voorhees of Friday the 13th and Freddie Krueger of Nightmare On Elm Street, that character has worn out his welcome. That's the main problem with characters like these who don't get put down the first time around. Screenwriters and producers are allowed to keep coming up with stories--often not as good as the original one--to keep them going. We don't see Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolfman and the Mummy movies anymore on a regular basis, because people knew when to quit.



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