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Originally posted by TC00:

What do you think studios could or should do to try and properly revive franchises for new audiences?



I think the first thing is that the studio should understand the audience, and cater to what the audience wants to see.

I am not sure why that seems so hard. . .

There are a bunch of shows we watch that just seem to stray so far off of what initially drew us to them -- Fear the Walking Dead while not a movie is the most recent example I can think of.
 
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Kind of veered off topic, but that's OK. Speaking of utterly repulsive, the state of the modern horror film is awful and I hate to think how generational attitudes have changed over what used to be just "scary movies".

I guess we could go back to the likes of Night of the Living Dead and The Hills Have Eyes and Nightmare On Elm Street for the beginning of it. Yet I liked those types of movies at the time and still consider some of them original masterpieces. I was never adverse to gore or violence or inappropriate behavior in the horror genre. I don't think I've changed, but horror films sure have.

For one thing, as I was discussing before, there are very few heroes. They all have problems that make them almost as bad as whatever monster is running around. But now we have movies that don't so much want to scare us as they do punish us for watching them. We have really mean spirited themes and torture-porn incorporated in these stories. Every character seems to die a lot of the times and evil often triumphs. Even if it doesn't quite, there is always the last scene where a next return is hinted.

Scary movies used to be fun, but now they are made to be unpleasant experiences and the audience expects it. Each one pushes the envelope farther than the next and nobody walks out. Each one gets more realistic than the next and its taken for granted. Whatever the age, the entertainment has always reflected the society of the time. We have problems, just look at our horror films.
Sadly...you are not wrong. Plus it's not just movies but also TV series that are like this.

***** Mild Spoiler Alert for 'Impulse'*******



Take the recent YouTube series 'Impulse'. I've watched the first four episodes and so far can see no reason why I might think that the main female character is getting anything other than what she deserves. Try as I might, I cannot feel sorry for her or feel any sympathy for her. She is a perfect example of the current crop of 'rebellious teenagers'. She drives away people that want to help her, aggravates everybody she meets and yet is still supposed to be seen as a poor tortured soul in need of support and sympathy.

Small aside, am I the only person who thinks quite a lot of TV series like this one are getting product placement money from the Tobacco Industry ? The main female character is shown to be frequently smoking, usually pot. In Westworld season 2, a new female character is introduced and she is first seen smoking for no good reason (actually this happened in both the first and second season of Westworld). In Stranger Things, the main adult characters are pretty much chain smokers. Sorry, it's just something I do not approve of.

I'll let everyone get back to the original topic now Big Grin
 
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