Did anybody else feel some of the scares this time around were a bit on the goofy side?
Like the granny scene in the trailer. Great in the trailer, but then when you actually see the granny monster in the movie...yeah, I damn near spit my coke out from laughing.
There were a few other moments like that.
I haven't seen this movie but many horror sequels make the mistake of trying to make their scares bigger by amping up the visuals instead of sticking with more subtle horror elements.
predator 1 for example concentrated on the idea of not seeing what was stalking them in the jungle, the suspense and tension of being pursued by something. By predator 2 they just go for the violent and gory visuals that really don't have the same call for attention. I mean sure everyone knows what the predator is by the second movie but even so, removing tension and replacing it with higher action violence rarely works.
The only time I really felt like it worked was between alien and aliens but even in those movies, aliens wasnt really "scary", it was just a really good action movie. Alien 1 is still the creepier film out of the two. They simply knew they couldnt replicate it without it being worse so took the sequel in a different direction.
In most horror movies, the biggest sense of fear is generated by the build up, the sense of the unknown, once the monster gets revealed onscreen, things usually fall apart because the audience now has the visual, some might find it scary, others wont. Thats why I found blair witch project so creepy on my first viewing because it teases you with something very dark but never actually presents a visual, its just all played off your imagination.