Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Help beats Fright Night. WTF?

OK, out there, I understand that times are tough and scraping up the dough for a movie (let alone the surcharges for a 3D movie) can be a hassle.

But c'mon? How many competent summer horror movies get released anymore? One a month, if we're lucky.

And I know you've been spurned by remakes and promises unkept in the past. So have I. It hurts, I know. I know that you just don't want to give up your time and money to something that might not be worth it. Maybe you blew your allowance seeing "Final Destination 5" and that's OK. Or maybe you are saving up for "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" next week. That's fine, too.

But if you went to the movies this week to see a new release and you didn't see "Fright Night," shame on you. I can forgive you a little if you went to the new "Conan the Barbarian." I want to see that, too. I had a to make a choice and so did you. Fine.

But if you are a horror fan and went to "The Help" instead of "Fright Night," you better have a damn good reason. And don't try to pull any of that "I went to Spy Kids 4 because I love Robert Rodriguez" crap. I love him, too, but I'm almost 32 years old and don't have any kids. I can wait until "Spy Kids 4" ends up on DVD.

Here's the thing. If we don't support the movies that are really trying to entertain us, all we will ever get is crappy remakes and sequels out the ass. "Fright Night" isn't the scariest or bloodiest movie ever made, I'll give you that. But I honestly believe the people behind it did the best they could to give us something to sink out teeth into.

I don't expect everyone to be able to go see it during its theatrical run. I'm just asking you to try.

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