Horror is a difficult genre to love; even I'm finding that it's a struggle lately. It's generally reviled - even now, horror movies that are good enough get called "psychological thrillers" instead - and seen as a quick, cheap and easy way for filmmakers to get their foot in the door. It's rammed with cliches, and still revels in sexist and racist attitudes that should have died out several decades ago (except now they're "ironic", as if that makes anything any better). This is a list of shots, or scenes, that drive me completely insane every time I see them - if they could somehow be banned, that'd be great:
- The silhouette against the basement door
- The spiral staircase
- A mystery shape flits past the camera
- The spin-around scare
- Hand grabbing a tree
- Driving scenes with unseen dialogue played over the top
- Fucking around with the exposure of the film
I'm sure I've missed some, but if I never have to see any of these tired, old, seen-it-a-million-times-before camera angles ever again, that'll be quite soon enough, thank you.
Originally published at Den of Geek.
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