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Moderator Elvis Mitchell played host to a filmmakers' luncheon on Wednesday at CinemaCon. On stage for the special event were the renowned Sam Raimi, Oliver Stone, and Guillermo del Toro. They began the afternoon's discussion with a debate on what horror versus tension in film and how it pertains to attracting--and keeping--an audience. Stone commented that he's "too old for horror" now, preferring tense moments in his films. Raimi and del Toro differed somewhat, though all three generally agreed that tension was necessary to sell moments of horror in a similar way as setting up a joke in comedy. "Horror has to be transgressional," said del Toro, believing that pushing boundaries comes with the territory of the horror genre.
The conversation then began turning more toward general topics. Raimi aims at making his movies specifically for an audience, whereas Stone adamantly feels that early screenings can be hindrance to the final product. He cited his 1991 hit, JFK, as an example. Having denied test screenings for the film, Stone feels that was a blessing for the end result because it allowed them to focus on assembling the film rather than throwing at an audience incomplete information on a complex subject. Guillermo del Toro went to say that during the process of creating a movie he "discovers the moment a movie finds its audience."
del Toro further explained his philosophy to be that an audience's desire for going to see movies boils down to two reasons: to see a reflection of ourselves, or to escape.
Edited by ShawnMR, 17 April 2013 - 03:33 PM.