Why horror movies are attractive
DreamWorks’ new work, “Midnight Bell 2”, has caused a whirlwind of horror in North America.
With the achievements of “Midnight Bell 1” and “Sorrow”, Hollywood remakes Japanese horror movies are in full swing, and the American versions of Japanese horror movies such as “Rose Flower and Red Lotus” and “Ghost Call” are already in the worksChina, and is likely to set off a small resurgence in Asia.
Japanese horror films’ alternative styles and oriental colors, and the way they rely on stories and characters to create psychological horror, are very different from Hollywood’s special effects and bloody methods.
To make the film more Japanese, the American version of “Midnight Bell 2” invited the original Japanese director Hideo Nakata to fully implement the five elements of Japanese horror movies.
First, there are dual female protagonists.
The main characters in Japanese horror movies are mostly girls, they are both beautiful and scary.
While showing appalling cruelty and evil, there is also an astonishing sympathy and regret.
Whether it’s Sadako, Hanako, or evil spirits, the evil and horrible powers in them all originate from the darkness of human nature, from the restlessness of the soul and the strong sense of loneliness.
The film presents a tragic character under the horrible appearance.
This duality is one of the key elements of Japanese horror movies.
In “Midnight Bell 2”, Shamara inherited the characteristics of Sadako.
Second, the horrible image of nihilism.
Japanese horror movies have won the tradition of Eastern mysticism. Horror is not a long-term visual stimulation, but a deviation from imagination.
The images of ghosts in Japanese horror movies such as the “Midnight Bell” series, “Ghost Doll” and other Japanese horror movies are uncertain phantoms. This kind of treatment, if left, if any, makes the audience ‘s expectation more intense and horrifying.The water rose.
This shows that the oriental culture is longer than the freehand side and has a strong oriental metaphysics.
Third, the introverted temperament of quietness.
Japanese culture has a restrained temperament, and it is a major feature of Japanese horror movies to be quiet.
The Japanese version of “Midnight Bell” does not include the blood and violence commonly found in Hollywood horror movies, the basic tones of black and white gray, the slow pace, and the bland dialogue, narrating with the calmness and calmness unique to Japanese culture, but step by step as a camp.People are horrified by holding their breath.
It uses a relatively primitive film language to highlight the creation of artistic conception, the foundation of suspense, and the use of film rhythm, light, makeup and soundtrack to create a horror from the inside to the audience.
Fourth, it comes from everyday horror elements.
The props of Japanese horror movies are daily necessities. Video tapes, telephones, hair, mirrors, shadows, water, abandoned buildings, and inexplicable things often appear.
The real horror is not a horrible ghost, or a cold gaze, a wicked smile, and some taboo secrets that you do n’t know.
Hideo Nakata in “Midnight Bell 2” this time, still repeatedly used the scenes in leisure-sudden phone calls and faucets.
Fifth, time and space concept of doomsday consciousness.
A common theme in Japanese horror movies is how humans provoke ghosts in closed spaces.
The space where the ghost strikes is often claustrophobic and the desert island is closed. This kind of space treatment is obviously a metaphor for the island nation.
Because Japan is often invaded by water damage, water is a symbol of expected death, and the image of “water” has become an iconic element in Japanese horror movies.
In addition, time has always brought fear to the Japanese, especially when time is injected into the news and becomes history.
This can be returned to the Taisho period, which is as short-lived as a cherry blossom. The Great Kanto Earthquake that occurred during the reign of Emperor Taisho caused countless deaths and injuries, becoming a prominent coordinate in Japanese history. The resulting doomsday consciousness has become the source of terror in modern Japan.
In order to film the horror and doomsday of the water, “Midnight Bell 2” was dedicated to a desert island.