Cujo

Aug. 8th, 2016 08:31 pm
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I saw Cujo is on Netflix, so I decided to watch it. Five year old me loved it, but then I read the book a little later, and realised the movie was pretty bad, comparatively. But I'm watching it now just out of nostalgia, if nothing else.

I'm a big fan of the horror genre, and always have been. I was raised on a weird mix of Disney and slasher films. but the husband hates horror, so I haven't really been keeping up with it for about 10 years. But I've been watching a lot of horror LPs lately, and it's making me really start to miss scary stuff.

So watching Cujo, I expected to get like, this huge wave of nostalgia. Instead, my first thought was the realisation that what Peter Benchley did for sharks, Stephen King did for bats. I just spent the first ten minutes wondering how badly bat populations suffered after this movie.

But at the same time, I really like natural horror. Ghosts and psychopaths are great too, but there's just something especially scary about real things. The big friendly dog that starts ripping everybody's throats out? That's scary. The pleasant tourist beach that gets besieged by a massive, man-eating shark? That's terrifying! And I think that's why the found footage format really took off like it did. Ghosts and haunted houses give a certain kind of thrill, but even when you suspend your disbelief, it only goes so far. It's not quite the same as something you know is real. But the found footage movies, especially those early ones, turned ghosts and haunted houses into something real. Blair Witch didn't do a whole lot for me, except for make me a bit seasick, but I remember nearly pissing myself over the St Francisville Experiment. And I miss that. Because I don't get to see a lot of horror films, and when I do, it's usually just on my iPad or in my well-lit office while I'm working. I haven't gone to see a proper horror movie in cinema in years.

I just feel so out of the loop now. When I look at Netflix, all I find are tongue-in-cheek B-movies. I don't know what's out that's genuinely scary. I need to fix this.
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