News stories could be worse than gore-fest horror films

Reading stories such as the one about Clifford Lown are extremely disturbing. Especially when they’re local.

Clifford Lown, 49, of Epsom, Surrey, was convicted of abusing two children between 1987 and 1997 and a third child in 2010 following an Old Bailey trial. Lown handed in a video of him raping a woman in 2004 as he believed this would help his defence.

Judge Charles Wide QC stated, “It was a symptom of your grotesque misunderstanding and your lack of sympathy that you didn’t realise how other people would react to such a video, thinking bizarrely that it might help you,” he said.

“That just demonstrates how utterly distorted your thinking is.”

Lown has been sentenced to 19years in jail, which is six years longer than the normal sentence. He was found guilty of three acts of indecency with a child, four counts of rape, and one of sexual assault of a child.

Stories such as Lown’s are shocking and these types of stories are what make some of the world hate the news and try to avoid it. My high school history teacher told me that when she reads the news, she feels like killing herself. Dramatic and over the top, yes, but she does have a point. Not everyone wants to know about murders or rapists and news nowadays has become extremely graphic.

News such as this story makes me wonder why journalists, Doctors and theorists question whether violent films or video games make people commit crimes when we see worse stories in the news. Horror films such as Saw or Hostel are not as bad as some of the true stories we hear on the news, such as the war in the Middle East, rapists in local areas, people being chopped up and thrown in rivers or about spies being murdered and put into bags.

These aren’t fictional stories we hear about, and it makes you wonder, how can you trust anyone when someone is capable of doing that to another human being.

Furthermore it is stories like these, that we read about everyday, that make us become desensitised to other violent stories. Why be afraid of a horror film when there’s something worse happening down the road?

What has happened to horror?

Every time there is a new horror film out every horror fan wants to see it. “A new horror? Fantastic!”

Until you actually go to the cinema and then realise, “wow, what a load of crap”. Horror films nowadays are just made for the gore factor. The horror genre has been around for over a century now so we all know the conventions. They’re even being told to us in films such as Scream. This is why it’s so hard to find an actual scary film anymore. They’re all jumpy or gory but nothing ever scares anyone. Well, when I say anyone I am excusing the percentage of people who scream when the eerie music starts or a door opens by itself. That percentage know absolutely nothing about horror and honestly, I hope it stays that way otherwise there would be no action or blood seen in a film again.

You may be wondering what my point is in this post. To be honest, I’m just putting out the question and trying to get you to think. Classic horrors such as Nosferatu used shadows and music to scare the audience. It was the element of imagination which made people feel terrified. Nowadays it’s only the gore that is used which is purely there to disgust the viewer, not scare them.

Horror has lost it’s uniqueness and one day I hope I can bring it back.

I love the adrenaline you can get from being scared but knowing afterwards that everything is fine and ‘it’s only a film’. Horror films make the perfect escapism. They have the music, the mise-en-scene and just the reputation for being completely different to reality.

The only thing I hate is when films such as Paranormal Activity are released and there’s a huge hype about how ‘terrifying it is’ or how ‘rubbish it is and it’s a waste of money’. Please, just stop! I do not care what the majority vote is about a certain film. If I want to see it I shall.
When I did watch Paranormal Activity it made me jump. It did scare me. It was the first film to have done that in years. Some of my friends couldn’t even sleep afterwards. You might be thinking I’m just talking rubbish right now but this is all true and it’s because we allow ourselves to be involved in the film. We allow it to draw us in. Other people are so intent on rejecting anything they don’t believe in, anything that might pull them away from their beliefs or just their routine, that they just push away anything else. That’s what I believe anyway.

Horror films should be about the scare not about how disgusting the film is. Hostel and Saw are perfect examples of this. They are made purely for the gore factor and yes, times change and things evolve but we mustn’t forget what the purpose is of a horror film. I don’t want horrors to turn into a generic genre. Yes, most genres are now evolving and there are hybrid genres being created but horror is something which needs to be remembered. The element of the scare is crucial and people are forgetting that it’s important.

I’ve heard so many things about how horrors do not even need a good storyline. Apparently, if the film has enough blood and guts the audience won’t care. Really? Is this what it has come to? Because I don’t want to carry on being a horror fanatic if that’s what has become of horrors.

Bring me a horror film which is scary and not just made for the money and isn’t over the top with blood and we shall see. Horror might return to the greatness it once was instead of being the conventional rubbish it has become.

The Gore Factor ♥ – Top 10 gory horror films

I have included a few films which I love and a few which are here purely because they ooze of blood and guts.

My top 10 horrors:

10. Zombieland – Zombie-tastic.

It’s not exactly a typical horror. I wouldn’t say it’s scary but it does include Zombies who are dripping in blood. It brought another edge to the Horror genre and once again we see the fast, running zombies which have recently been appearing in horror films. It’s a good film and if you haven’t seen it yet, you should!

9. The Shining – Classic.

Do I really need to say anything about this film? The Shining is one of the most iconic horrors of the horror industry. The phrase ‘Here’s Johnny!’ has been used countless amounts of times since and the scene when he breaks down the door is seen in shows such as The Simpsons. It has also been used in films such as The Seed of Chucky. The Shining has an amazing cast who made the film what it is today.

8. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre –
Cult Classic

Now when I say the Texas Chainsaw Massacre I mean all of them. The beginning, the remake, the original, all of them.  The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a horror which cannot be missed. Leatherface is an iconic character in the horror genre.

7. Ginger Snaps – Cult Classic

If you haven’t seen Ginger Snaps you might not know it’s a werewolf film. It’s a low budget Canadian film which has done extremely well amongst cult horror fans.
The main character, Ginger, is attacked and bitten by a Werewolf which is killed by a passing car. She soon begins to show signs that she is transforming into a Werewolf and as the next full Moon approaches she begins to change mentally as well as physically. She shows traits of a masculine feminine female and also becomes a seductress to her male admirers. Ginger and her sister Bridgette have a love for death until it actually creeps up on them…

6. Jeepers Creepers 1 & 2 – Monsterific

Jeepers Creepers is weird and horrific. It brings back the original horror movies which were about monsters coming after humans. It’s disgusting but awesome. The second one also shows a new side to ‘Jeepers Creepers’. It’s a film you should watch if you’re a fan of horror.

5. Silent Hill – Goraptation

Silent Hill is an adaptation of the video game Silent Hill. It depicts the same storyline which was shown in the game. When the siren sounds and the darkness surrounds you, you know something bad is going to happen. Especially when the main character is in the bathroom and there is a deceased man tied to the toilet. When the lights go out, you hear something begin to move…
The film has fantastic characters and monsters. A sequel was announced to be in the making until the director pulled out. Another was rumoured to have begun again but other rumours have declared they don’t have enough money.

4. The Hills Have Eyes 1 & 2 – Gorellent

The Hills Have Eyes 2 is my favourite out of the two and this is due to the characters. They’re amusing within the sequel. Especially the mutant trying to help who shouts “run away” at one of the soldiers. For me, it’s quite comical as well as gory. One of the first scenes shows a previous soldier being found in the outhouse inside the toilet. Once they have pulled him out they realise he is covered in tiny cuts which have been infected from the human excrement. A later scene shows a soldier being grabbed and dragged through a hole in the mountain by his leg which makes his other leg snap so he can be pulled through. It’s disgusting, gruesome and goretastic.

3. Saw – Gorilicious

The Saw films have been made just for the gore factor. They are explicit and gorilicious. Every film brings a new way of killing someone. The makers of the Saw films have said that they had dreamed about the situations and wondered, what if it happened to them? Many people think that the films will never end but each film adds to the story and brings a new twist which stops it being predictable. Jigsaw is artistic with his creations and he always leaves his participants with a chance of survival, it just depends on how far they are willing to go to live.

2. Hostel 1 & 2 – Gorabulous

The first time I saw Hostel I hated the part when you see a guy cut the Achilles tendon on his ‘patient’. Especially when he says he can go and the guy tries to walk. It makes my skin crawl if I’m honest.
The second one is as gruesome, maybe even more. Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino have a skill of making you look away from the screen. No matter what film Tarantino makes, whether he has directed it, produced it or written it, the film will make you shudder.
Eli Roth has written about fantasies some people might have but never physically satisfy. Roth and Tarantino like to bring the ‘taboo’ to the screen and shock you. This is seen in Hostel 2 where a woman lies naked in a bath, slaughtering another naked woman hanging upside down above her, whose blood she uses to bathe in.

1. Frontiers = Gore-rific!

When I realised the film was French I wasn’t expecting much. I hadn’t seen the trailer and I knew nothing about the storyline. But once the film gets going it became one of the most gory films I have ever seen.

A guy is shut into a steam machine and you watch as his skin melts. More Achilles tendon cutting and shots to the head. There’s blood and guts and lots of it. Everything a modern day horror needs.

Fallout – Awesome gaming

Fallout 1 - PC game

The Fallout series first began in the 90s when the first Fallout game was released on the PC. The graphics weren’t much to go by due to the technology available at the time. Fallout 2 was released in 1998 and it wasn’t until 2008 when the next edition to the Fallout series would be seen.

Fallout 3 – logo

Fallout 3 was a hit within the gaming community. Although, many didn’t like the V.A.T.S technique where you could aim at individual body parts and save ammo. Most gamers prefer in first-person-shooter games to be able to shoot at someone without having to aim and to be able to kill an enemy whilst running or without the V.A.T.S. However, in Fallout 3 you have been inside a Vault since you were born and have only ventured out to find your father who has escaped. Therefore, you have no skills with guns or any melee weapon. Furthermore, throughout the game when you level up you get to choose what other skills you can have. For example, you could get the ‘Daddy’s girl/boy’ perk which provides you with +5 science and +5 medicine which means you can now use stimpaks more effectively when you’re hurt. This is why V.A.T.S is included so that you can develop throughout the game and learn to fight. As they say, you don’t run before you can walk.

V.A.T.S – Fallout 3

Fallout 3 also had  DLC to the game which were Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Broken Steel, Point Lookout and Mothership Zeta. This was so that once you finished the game you could continue and explore another island and other areas on the map which you could not previously. Furthermore, the ending of the game before the add-ons was a shock to the system as you think there is more to come but sadly there is not. Well, until you have bought the add-ons to continue playing.

Here is the Fallout 3 trailer:

and here is the Fallout 3 teaser:

Both trailers use contrasting music to set the scene of the aftermath of the atomic bomb. The first trailer shows the actual creatures you will come across during the game.  It shows the effects of what has occurred after the atomic bomb and it goes well with the advert you see at the start of the trailer which is foreseeing the future. The Vault which is being advertised is what the character you play has been brought up in. Throughout the game you learn about the character’s father and his life work. During the game you can become a Saviour of the Damned or Demon Spawn. This is due to your karma level which begins as neutral.  Depending on what you do throughout the game is how your karma level changes. For example, if you kill innocent people, steal from people or eat human flesh your karma level will drop. However, if you kill your enemy, protect the innocent, do good deeds, go on quests for others without killing them in the process and help the wasteland on its way back to normality, then your karma will rise and eventually you will become a saint of the wasteland.
After two years of Fallout 3, the next chapter has finally arrived! Fallout: New Vegas is here and is quite different to Fallout 3. There are new characters, new creatures and you can go into the Casinos and gamble away your money. The gameplay is similar to Fallout 3 so if you have played it before, you will be at home with the new game. New Vegas is portrayed like another world in comparison with the Wasteland. It has barely been touched by the atomic bomb. And once I have played the newest edition to the Fallout series, I shall give a review on the game. But I will say what I have heard already. Allegedly there are glitches within the game, as there are in most games, however the glitches begin as the game starts. A lot of people are unsure of what the game is now about and once again there are complaints about the V.A.T.S. But if the gamers don’t like it, they don’t need to play it.

As you can tell from the trailer, Fallout: New Vegas is similar to Fallout 3 but with new guns, new creatures and a new environment. Obviously.

Here is a history of the Fallout series:

And finally, to finish here is a preview of Fallout: New Vegas –

Hopefully it’s as good as Fallout 3…and hopefully less addictive.