A glut of horror films in Jan/Feb 09

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A glut of horror films in Jan/Feb 09

Post by TheJman on Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:35 am

What's up with all the horror films coming this and next month? There's one every weekend until mid-Feb.
We've just had The Unborn, then we've got:
My Bloddy Valentine
Underworld: Rise of the Lycan (action horror)
The Uninvited
Coraline (Gaiman fantasy horror)
And finally the Friday the 13th reboot on Friday the 13th of Feb.
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Re: A glut of horror films in Jan/Feb 09

Post by geezer9687 on Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:41 am

It's January. They all get dumped here if they aren't done in October.

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Re: A glut of horror films in Jan/Feb 09

Post by A_Roode on Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:42 am

Horror tends to be very cheap to make. In box office months where the gate receipts are traditionally soft, the studios would rather benefit from a cheap horror film outperforming expectations and having a theatrical run of 30-50 million than release a larger budget 'tentpole' type film which might struggle to break even. Or which might do very well, but which surely would have done better during a time of the year when people are aggressively trying to see films in theatre.
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Re: A glut of horror films in Jan/Feb 09

Post by Shrykespeare on Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:50 am

That's it exactly, Roode. Once this streak ends, I doubt you'll have much more then seven or eight pure "horror" films between March and September. That's just how it is.

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Re: A glut of horror films in Jan/Feb 09

Post by A_Roode on Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:54 am

We'll still have the mid-grade studio divisions hard at work because thats what Fox Atomic, Sony Screen Gems, Dimension, etc have been designed for: to provide the parent studio with reliable cash flow so that they can affoird to gamble on the much bigger tentpole projects. The only ones genuinely pumping out horror in the 'big' months are Weinstein and Lionsgate. For those guys, these are the tentpole films for the year!


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Re: A glut of horror films in Jan/Feb 09

Post by transformers2 on Tue Jan 13, 2009 1:36 am

very well said Roode they just dump all the horror films in Jan and Feb because they are cheap and theres not much competition. I think all of these horror films looks really,really bad like worse than normal.
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