Succubi are certainly underutilized. Not that I care about horror, but it feels like something their usually demographic should enjoy. I’d love for the Japanese death kites to get the spotlight, though. Too lazy to look up the actually name.
@aetris I feel like Del Toro has almost single-handedly made his own creatures their own works of art in his movies. I have no idea how you would describe the creature in Pan’s Labyrinth with the eye in it’s hand other than just plain creepy as they come.
@reclaimercube - Del Toro is one of the few filmmakers around I would still define as an auteur.
This probably should be in a thread of it’s own and I’m sorry it’s so late-to-the-party but there was once a time filmmakers were SUPPOSED to be auteurs and films were supposed to be art, and then Jaws and Star Wars came out, and suddenly it was all about money and audience and entertainment. And obviously it kind of has to be because movies cost money and if a studio is going to invest $40 million + in a movie there has to be a return, but it does seem like there ought to be some art in there someplace!
@reclaimercube - Del Toro’s definitely not cranking out ‘studio films’, which is the important thing to me. I think a director HAS to care about commercial success if he wants the money for projects, just look at M. Night Shyamalan. I guess what I was trying to say before is that Hollywood is always looking for that money-making formula, so the would-be “blockbusters” crowd better films out of the theaters.
But having said THAT, I don’t see a lot of really great small films either. I mean I love Wes Anderson but his films aren’t all that small.
@aetris I, actually, have started to despise Wes Anderson movies. It feels like at this point he has stopped trying to make good movies and started trying to make “good Wes Anderson-style movies”.
Quinton Tarintino has falled, almost, into the same trap as him as of late. I really enjoyed The Hateful Eight and appreciated the ability to see it in theatres, but it felt like he was ripping off early movies of himself.
For some reason the director I’ve found myself falling in love with lately has been Drew Goddard. I can’t stop thinking about Bad Times at the El Royale. It felt like the cookie cutter machine of Hollywood allowed something different to come out.
@reclaimercube - I’m pretty much a sucker for Anderson, though I also love what I would call Shymalan’s sensibility too (and he’s a local boy - much more so than Brian DePalma, who graduated from my alma mater!)
Interesting to hear about Goddard - I’ll look for Bad Times at the El Royale!
You know I took all day to meditate on this thought but when have centaurs been properly horrifically done? Outside of Narnia and LOTR have they ever really had their moment in the light? I feel like this could be done exceptionally well. One that comes to mind that you could almost take seriously was the one in Harry Potter, however, that was a friendly take. The idea of them by default sounds pretty horrific IMO.