Thursday, 2 February 2012

Workshop QOTD: Death, death, death...

I've just been writing the ADR script for a rather gruesome death scene in Nightvision. To me the art of a great death scene is to leave the real horror to the imagination of the audience. It's a fine line between being terrifying, horrific and just gratuitous.

Now don't get me wrong I love a bit of splatter and gore but I tend to laugh in a little terrified way in much the same way I do when I'm at the top of the roller coaster, you know that fraction of a pause just before it sends you hurtling headlong into the bowls of hell.

That stuff is great but it doesn't disturb me in the same way that The Ring or The Shining or The Haunting (original not that crappy re-make, Jan deBont you should be ashamed for littering Wise's masterpiece with all that CGI crap) does.

So I'd love to know what is your fave death scene from a film and why? What made it affect you so much? Did it horrify you? Or did it move you? For me I'd have to say The Elephant Man still floors every time.

Next time.