Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Original Horror vs. The Retro Tag: What Do You Think?
Last week, I had a conversation with a filmmaking buddy of mine regarding recent independent horror productions and the overbundance of retro style horror films: grindhouse, slasher, exploitation, etc. Our conversation went back and forth quite a bit, with him stating that it's hard for truly original works to break through when these styles of film have been done a 1,000 times over while I claimed that there's enough space in the sandbox for everyone to play. The discerning film fan (genre specific or not) can decide for themselves what they want to support: a re-hash of 60's-80's fare or truly unique and original stories.
But I think my position may be wavering a bit as these retro films are sweeping a lot of awards at film festivals. Don't get me wrong, these films are fun albeit not very original. Are they winning these awards based on the true merit of the work or because voters feel a bit of strong nostalgia when voting? But I digress. That's a different question for a different time.
My question to you is this: Do you think this style of film (and the recent proliferation of it) poses a challenge for filmmakers who have created truly original works?
Cortez the Killer