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August 6th, 2004

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01:52 am
This is for brainiac69...

"Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson, has been named the perfect scary film, according to a new mathematical formula."

Entertainingly, the calculations appear to have some parallels to my personal three-category eek/ick/ook system for rating horror films. Specifically, "the formula combines elements of suspense, realism and gore, plus shock value, to measure how scary a film is." Those fit pretty well:

    • Eek — "shock value": things jumping out suddenly and startling you.
    • Ick — "realism and gore": things revolting you.
    • Ook — "suspense": more broadly, things disturbing you.

And, as kviri has pointed out, there really needs to be a fourth category:

    • Ack — things making you realise you're watching a terrible movie.  :-)

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Date:August 6th, 2004 09:00 am (UTC)
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Date:August 6th, 2004 11:47 am (UTC)

"never call him a Monkey"

I feel this inexplicable urge to go read a Discworld novel....
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Date:August 6th, 2004 09:57 pm (UTC)

Re: "never call him a Monkey"


I love you.

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