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Hmmm
Posted by: Jobob on 2014-11-29 01:29:37
There's certainly something different about Japan horror vs western horror but I'm not sure you put your finger on it.

For example: Halloween seems very much like Ring. Some guy, in white, killing innocent people (people unrelated to his death IIRC). Also IIRC he's never caught.

I suppose Friday the 13th ... he never dies and while he's killing camp counsellors as revenge he's not killing the ones who let him die. (and of course in the original it was his mom).

Or about how the Hellraiser series? Candyman? Even Freddy Kruger seems to fit many of your descriptions of Japan horror movies

Clearly there's something different because they feel very different. They're often about different topics. Uzumaki for example. WTF?

Some of the stereotypes of US horror seem less present in Japanese. The final girl for example and all the stuff around that. But otherwise I'm having a hard time not fitting many of the Japanese things mentioned on to US movies and seeing them as substantially similar.
Speaking of Dead Space Dr Yomismo
Posted by: Detis on 2014-11-28 04:59:33
You use the save and workbenches a lot in Dead Space 1. BUT there is one and ONLY one work bench you use and when you try to exit it a freaking necromorph will SCREAM in the side of the screen at Issac.

This messed me up bad and was a good jump scare for the reasons Chris mentioned above. You use the workbenches all the time (the game didn't pause ala Alien Iso, Dark Souls) But you usually were either in a safe room anyway, or you killed everything in that room to use the bench. The sinister act of adding the one jumpscare almost halfway through the game was genius to me, cause I sure as hell was cautious about going to any bench in the rest of the game and really was proud they did it once and only once.
Posted by: Dr_Yomismo on 2014-11-21 00:52:54
An opposite example: in Dead Space 2 (or 3, I'm not sure) there were these ventilation shaft crawling sections from time to time, where I expected some jumpscare or enemy appearance, but in the end, that never happened.
Posted by: Guy #1 on 2014-10-21 02:56:06
Chris - I know you hate seeing posts about people reminding you that you're needing to update your database, but it is getting to be quite outdated now. New horror games come and go, but they aren't in your listings at all. Sorry if this sounds like nagging to you, however you should try to add some games.
Posted by: Chris on 2014-10-20 17:10:54
I'm keeping all blog posts, all comments, and all game pages! That's what makes it hard, but yeah--10 years of work here, I'm not going to throw it away.
Posted by: Riah on 2014-10-20 13:21:15
Chris, if you do rework the site or make a new one, I hope you try to keep as many of the old blog post archived as you can. There's likely some good ones I haven't read yet and some I'd like to go over again.
Posted by: Brofose on 2014-10-16 17:35:08
Long time lurker, first time poster. Although I'm not a fan of Reddit, I'd probably use it in place of a forum for like minded horror fans.
Posted by: Gramaz on 2014-10-15 18:15:46
couldn't we maybe do something like an official subreddit?
Posted by: Chris on 2014-10-14 20:10:07
I'm not sure. I have to admit that I consider deleting the "update your database" posts that come in the form of article comments because they aren't on topic and I have a rather detailed contact forum for that purpose. But on the other hand, there are so few places for people to chat that I just end up leaving them be.

I am mostly through a complete rework of the site, but it won't add anything specifically for the community. I don't really know how best to manage that. I dislike forums more and more, but I'm not really a fan of social media pages either. Suggestions are definitely welcome!
No Forums but...
Posted by: REDVWIN on 2014-10-13 22:49:26
...any other way to keep the community alive and interacting, Chris?