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Hauntless
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Okay, I'll say it, I'm a chicken. There, I said it.

I don't like gory movies but I like scary movies. So, can I watch the Saw movies or is it just a gross-out movie series? I've been listening to the soundtracks and love them and now my curiosity is killing me.
 

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Do they have a good scary storyline? And what is the gory factor? I handled Friday the 13th fine (finally just saw it) but that's as gross as I can handle (yes, I'm that whimpy). For example The Ring is the perfect scary movie for me. Not gory but scary as all get out.
 

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Terra,
I don't think the saw movies are for you. I am not squimish and I liked them. But there are some definite flinch inducing moments from gore. Just my opinion though.
 

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I was afraid of that. I was so scared of seeing Halloween and Friday the 13th that finally I got the guts a few months ago and saw them. Afterwards, I was like, "That's nothing!" But hubby reminded me they were made in the 80's. Today slasher films are way, way past that. But heh, I thought there was a chance :(:p
 

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Yeah, hubby is right. 80's slasher flicks have nothing on modern day torture porn flicks. I am a surgical nurse and they Saw/Hostel type movies these days make me sit up and take notice.
 

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Terra,

I prefer the more scary than gory as well but I watched the Saw movies. If you can get past gore and torture the storline is pretty good. I'm afraid you will not enjoy them though. They are very gory.
 

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The Saw movies do have a high level of gore and if I were to make a recommendation I would say watch the first one and leave it at that.

I'm not a fan of sequels, especially to horror/gore films, so the following movies start to detract from the story and play more into the shock and gore factor much like the sequels to Friday the 13th and the more recent remakes of classic horror films. From what I have seen they are looking to push the limits of peoples stomaches and not the boundaries of what terrifies people.

And remember Terra, if you don't like the movie you can always turn it off! ;)
 

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Thanks for the advice everyone. Well, I think I will stay away from it for now. You are right Dogman, I could turn it off it's too much. Ill check my chicken/curiosity levels closer to Halloween and see if I'm up for it.

My problem is once I see something yucky, it sticks in my mind. There was that one scene in Scarface that still haunts me today. Sick!
 

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I'm not a huge fan of gorenography..I prefer the classic Universal and Hammer horrors,
However, some of these films are worth watching for some of the FX alone.

"keep telling yourself...its only a movie..it's only a movie.." (Advertising blurb for "Last House on the left")(I think.):)
 

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hey terra, i'm with you, i don't like gorey. my daughter and grandson watched saw, they liked it. but from what i could hear from the other room scarred the crap out of me. nothing better than a good scare movie. but i pass on the gore.
 

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The first Saw movie was genius and worth watching, though very gory. The second one is watchable. After the first one they became progressively worse to the point that they're ridiculous. Parts 2-5 rank right up there with the "Final Destination" series, the "Grudge" series, the "Scream" series,and Land of the Dead, among others, as wastes of time.
 

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The first Saw movie was genius and worth watching, though very gory. The second one is watchable. After the first one they became progressively worse to the point that they're ridiculous. Parts 2-5 rank right up there with the "Final Destination" series, the "Grudge" series, the "Scream" series,and Land of the Dead, among others, as wastes of time.
That brings me to another question that I have about horror movies. As I said before, I just saw the first Halloween movie and the first Friday the 13th movie. I understand that for it's time it was new and scary but I thought they were boring and not scary. So, is the cult following for those movies because of their sequels?
 

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The cult following status comes from a movie being widely popular, not how good it was. Many bad movies have cult like followers, and when you watch the original films nowadays they do come off as a bit bland, because of all we are exposed to in today's times.

Horror films have had a bad reputation for being somewhat cheesy, for shock, drama, note worthy effects, not so worthy stories or acting, so you can't really expect a lot from them. In most cases because people aren't going to expect much from the film, it is given less effort and focuses on the shock value to attract and audience.
That's when you start seeing things like "based on a true story" "rated R for gore, violence and nudity" and other headings that will make some people curious. Another thing that gets used, and abused is the movie trailer. They will take the best or most intriguing parts of the film and put them in a trailer to attract the attention.

When the first movie does well, especially exceedingly well, they will make sequels, and as long as people go see them they will continue to make them. In a lot of cases people who see the first film and liked it will go see the second, and depending on how they feel about it they will continue to see the films no matter how bad they get, because of devoted fanaticism.

The cult like following is essentially a group of super geeks devoted to the film, show, book, product, whatever it is. The numbers of fan boys and girls changes over time as new people are introduced to it and older members abandon it. People lose interest when they see something getting ridiculous, they outgrow it, or they see their favorite thing turning into something they don't like.

As for the sequels to the Saw films, or any other horror film, and the remakes whether from classics or foreign films (a la Grudge and the Ring) they tend to get worse and worse, trading plot, story, and acting talent for shock, thrill and effects.
If you are going to watch something like Grudge or the Ring, I suggest watching the Japanese versions, I found them to be much creepier and scarier. Another foreign scary movie to look into is called The Devils Backbone. Very strange and sometimes unsettling scenes in there.
 

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Thanks Dogman, that explains a lot. It was just so surprising after I watched the movies and I was like, "They kind of sucked!" Heh. Didn't expect that. Seeing Kevin Bacon and Jamie Lee Curtis as teenagers was neat.
 

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Thanks Dogman, that explains a lot. It was just so surprising after I watched the movies and I was like, "They kind of sucked!" Heh. Didn't expect that. Seeing Kevin Bacon and Jamie Lee Curtis as teenagers was neat.
Blasphemy!! ;) I thought you were required to be a fan of the first two Halloween movies to be on this website. The first Halloween is one of my favorite horror movies along with the original black and white Night of the Living Dead. I think part of what makes them classic movies, Friday is the 13th included, is the atmosphere they provided without being gory. As in your yard haunt, creepy lighting and creepy music go a long way in these movies. I'll admit that they do seem campy by today's standards but that's what also gives these movies their charm now. Jaws is a good example. Watching Jaws now, the special effects were so bad that it seems funny to think that this movie scared thousands of people out of the ocean. It was the fear that it could happen to you. Similarly, certain horror movies had that affect on people to a lesser extent like the Exorcist, Halloween, Friday the 13th, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. They may seem boring compared to today's fast paced horror movies but I think they hold up very well.
 

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The original Halloween 1 did not suck. You would probably have a different opinion f you had watched it in 1978. I didn't but it was one of the first horror movies I ever saw. Terra my dear I feel sorry for you. If you don't like the classics and you don't like gore, the rest is hard to find.
 

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I know! I was really ready for some good scaring when I sat down and watched them but....nothing. And it is hard for me to find good scare movies that are not gory. The ones that really worked for me was The Ring, Blair Witch Project, Ghost Ship, 13 Ghosts and Aliens. Back in the day, I was super scared watching Phantasm, Nightmare on Elm Street, Poltergeist, Amityville Horror and Jaws.

Today, I have high hopes for Drag Me to Hell. (fingers crossed)
 

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The original Halloween 1 did not suck. You would probably have a different opinion f you had watched it in 1978. I didn't but it was one of the first horror movies I ever saw. Terra my dear I feel sorry for you. If you don't like the classics and you don't like gore, the rest is hard to find.
Actually, I kinda think it does suck, kinda lame, A true classic can stand the test of time... I guess you can feel sorry for me too..be gentle though, I am very sensitive.
 
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