After Dark 2007: Redux

Well, that sums up the eight movies.

Eight movies in three days. Eight horror movies in three days. I wonder why I do it to myself.

I’m glad the After Dark guys dropped the whole “too extreme” nonsense. These were actually milder films than many of the films released this year. And this isn’t a bad thing; people mistakenly think that Saw pushed the boundaries of gore when, of course, the ‘70s were littered with movies that make Saw look PG-13.

They just weren’t mainstream. Saw brought cleverness along with the gore, and in particular, allowed you to internalize the horror by imagining yourself in the situations portrayed. (After all, a maniac sawing off a leg is pretty mild, but sawing off your own leg at the risk of your family being killed–that brings it home a bit.)

I’ve heard the “fest” hasn’t done so well this year which is a shame, I guess. As challenging as it is to sit through them all, it’s fun and I’d hate to see it go away so soon.

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