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    I think, as someone who loves thrillers and scaries, that the most effective monsters and thrillers are the ones you seldom or never actually see. Hitchcock was the master at this - even in Psycho, you never actually saw a knife going into flesh... Everything was implied. The inference was always clear and easy to make, but the viewer had to do the mental work. I think that is more effective and scary almost every time.


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    A rabbit in the pot was a lot scarier than a huge scissor sculpture. Name those movies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Anthony Horrigan View Post
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    I'm fine with weapons in films as long as they are not used as a crutch.

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    can you give an example of how a weapon is used as a crutch??

    what if there is a weapon, but it's never seen?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik Olson View Post
    A rabbit in the pot was a lot scarier than a huge scissor sculpture. Name those movies.
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    I agree with Charli- Hitchcock rarely used weapons, and his movies are obviously classic thrillers. I would be interested to see what kind of thriller you can come up with without using weapons.

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    Who needs weapons when you can have monsters? Then they can walk, talk, AND kill things...


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    In Sexy Beast, I can't remember if Kingsley's character was armed at all but his sheer psychotic-bullying-domineering persona made him very intimating. It was, IMO, a great example of a character who was over the top without being contrived. I think the key was, and I've seen this in real life, is the barely restrained politeness until you tell him "no" then he just goes off and tries another tactic. Us normal people aren't used to people who act like this and it's disconcerting.

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    Yep in mine its suggestion and atmosphere (Well its what i attempt anyway haha)
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    Huh, you just described me. Is that not normal


    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick T View Post
    In Sexy Beast, I can't remember if Kingsley's character was armed at all but his sheer psychotic-bullying-domineering persona made him very intimating. It was, IMO, a great example of a character who was over the top without being contrived. I think the key was, and I've seen this in real life, is the barely restrained politeness until you tell him "no" then he just goes off and tries another tactic. Us normal people aren't used to people who act like this and it's disconcerting.

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