In horror movies which is more important? The Budget or the Story?

United States
November 27, 2010 2:36pm CST
i love horror movies as most of you know and i like all types.. i have found some that had low budgets but good concepts or stories that i like as much as the ones that have huge budgets but a weaker storyline.. i think sometimes the ones with the lack of budget make up for it with a better storyline (sometimes) where as others with a huge budget assume the graphics and etc will make up for the movie being pointless.. i cant tell you how many i have seen that spent a ton of money that sucked! so are you more impressed with good story lines or big budget special effects?? if only we could have more movies with both!!
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@lady1993 (14158)
• Philippines
28 Nov 10
yes, I know- it would be best if a horror movie has a bid budget and also a great story. But so far i haven't seen one like that.. Well, maybe Japanese horror movies are like that. I really find them scary. But i care more about the story than effects...
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• United States
27 Mar 11
the Asian movies i have seen dont seem to have much on special affects but use the story to scare more than anything else
@lady1993 (14158)
• Philippines
28 Mar 11
Yeah, Asian horror movies just make their ghosts look so scary and the ghost act well too. And I love their back stories, some are very sad, dramatic or just crazy. They make the movie more interesting.
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@uath13 (8227)
• United States
28 Nov 10
I actually watch them for a good laugh. Most of them are just plain silly. IN fact I've posted on here about a few of them, like Spiker... Seriously lame. IN one scene one of the victims runs out of the house to grab the axe from the stump near the shed, the villain ( spiker ) comes around the corner & tries to grab him only to be knocked down with a log by another of the intended victims. Does the guy with the axe standing over the killer finish him off? Do they tie him up then go for the authorities? NO, they run back into the house & hide till the killer has time to recover & stalk again! If I was in one of those movies it would quickly turn into a game of who's the better killer.
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• United States
27 Mar 11
lol totally typical! yeah i like horror movies because if they are good great and if they are bad you can make fun of them lol
@uath13 (8227)
• United States
28 Mar 11
There should be a new genra, the comedic horror. I would probably move 90% of the old "horror" movies over to that one.
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@mantis36 (4238)
• Philippines
7 Dec 11
the story i think is the most important, because due to lack of budget, they will in turn concentrate to more on screaming effects, the voices that makes your nerve and hair stand-up that even lizards fall will surely injected with your hairs hehehe... especially if you are relaxed and in an instant, a sudden demonic ugly bloody face appears on the screen, and even your softdrink mountain dew spits out due to shocking out loud....
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• United States
23 May 12
yeah you cant beat the cheap original but affective ways of a horror film such as you said with the screaming etc
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
14 Nov 11
Going to a horror movie for story...well you might be really stepping into the wrong genre of movies. Of course, when you really think about it, a decent enough story, coupled with some action can really make for an engaging experience. There is just something about the atmosphere that really is great. Tapping too many times right into the special effects budget however, that is just a recipe for some form of disaster and there are times where a budget can get some cool moments, but really is unfulfilled at the end.
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• United States
23 May 12
yeah a lot of horror movies have no story line or have the same one that was done since the 70s-80s but every once in awhile you find a good one. some of the movies that have had huge budget used it all on actors and then skimped on the special effects to the point i could do better but then there are ones that have too many special affects to have you forget the storyline sucks.
@KrauseHome (33258)
• United States
28 Mar 11
Personally for me with any movie, it has to be the story line. Who cares if there is all sorts of glamor and such, and the people are dressed nice, etc. if there is no real story line or plot and the movie does not hold me, or is not a Big hit on the screen then it makes you wonder what the use. To me this is just a wasted bunch of garbage for sure.
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• United States
8 Nov 11
not to mention a big budget sometimes makes people think if they get a lot of expensive famous actors it will make the movie and it just makes it BAD
@thezone (9452)
• Ireland
27 Mar 11
Big horror fan here too. I do like a good story rather than an all out gore fest, then in saying that you cant have horror without a bit of gore. I think a lot of the modern movies just rely on upping the gore and the kill count without much of a story. I prefer psychological horror the most where you are taken there but do not see much.
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• United States
8 Nov 11
i love psychological horror also
• China
3 Dec 10
Yes, some low-cost horror film is also worth seeing.
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• United States
23 May 12
some of them get really creative and some of them end up just being funny to laugh at
@alex8288 (292)
• Philippines
3 Dec 10
Good budget will make it or break it...If a project have a lot of budget it can cast a great actors and actresses and hire a good director that can make a bad story line look really good. Lots of horror films out there that don't have great story but it is a great film to watch because watching horror is all about fun making fun of your friends if they are scared and making fun of your self if you are scared. One of this movie is "Drag me to hell" it has a very simple story but in the way they make this movie is really great...
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• United States
8 Nov 11
i loved that movie!
2 Dec 10
Thats a good question and im stuck lol. Indeed you need a good story line to make a horror film more memroble but they tend to stick to budget effects as the audience can see a really well crafted scene with special effects which can look more scary than cheap budget effects. People tend to say you have to watch this film because in this one scene blah blah blah. Well thats what i hear more than wow the story was amazing in the film so i guess i have to tend more to the story as would make a horror film more enjoyable ^_^
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• United States
8 Nov 11
maybe a better story and then less effects because they do the whole "i know its going to jump out any second" type thing that makes you sit at the end of your seat the whole time
@maezee (26847)
• United States
30 Nov 10
I will say the story for sure. I mean, I HATE horror movies in general, I just hate the gore in it and all the blood and whatnot (I hate having nightmares about the movies later on when I'm sleeping LOL) - BUT I feel like it's justifyable in seeing if there's at least a good plotline to stick to. I've seen a couple of (obviously) low-budget "Zombie" movies, with really no actual plot and nothing to really freak you out except for "zombie"-type creatures jumping onto the screen..Ugh I hate those!
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• United States
8 Nov 11
i love horror movies but hate zombie movies because like you said no plot just people running from them or killing them which to me is BORING!
• India
28 Nov 10
good bujet special effets as they make people chill in there seats
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• United States
23 May 12
thats what i think too but then again some of the better movies were creative in not having a huge budget and if it was a horror movie they wouldnt show the killing you would just see the person grabbed which saved them on trying to fake the murder scenes
@wargod (29)
28 Nov 10
Some times budget because it's piratical to know what type of special effects is use and it is affect the budget.
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• United States
23 May 12
yeah i guess if you knew ahead of time it was low budget you would be more forgiving on if they were cheap or bad effects
@mustread (225)
• Bulgaria
28 Nov 10
It would be best if someone found the golden thing in between - decent storyline with a budget that could supply everything the filming crew would need for the movie. A big budget with no story is just a waste of money and time , but a good story with the lack of budget might not be very appealing to the eye of the average viewer.
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• United States
8 Nov 11
yeah if only there was a happy medium
28 Nov 10
I learned from a friend before that horror movies more often than not have very low budget. Well i guess some production companies try to compensate that with the film effects. I don't really care much about the films budget as long as the movie has a good storyline, a nice set of actors and effective scary scenes.
• United States
8 Nov 11
as long as the scary scenes are done well i think that with an ok storyline could work. when they use crappy computer graphic with no story drives me nuts
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
28 Nov 10
When it comes to horror movies nothing is more important than the story. the story is a vieer's main reason for watching . the story is what grabs our interest and keeps it through the movie. You can spend one dollar or one million dollars on a movie's budget. If you don't have a story, no money amount can fix it.
• United States
8 Nov 11
there are movies like saw that are less story and more graphics and gore that has done well but i prefer (although i did love the saw movies) the story to be stronger and more emphasized
• India
28 Nov 10
I love more of story in horror movies. But equally important is special effects which can play an important role in horror movies. The film makers should not look at the budget cost when they are planning to make horror movies. Even I like to see horror movies.
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• United States
8 Nov 11
what i hate is a good story but cheesy computer animated blood or something that they tried to save money with. some things you just gotta spend money on but yeah ideally they should never have a budget on them
• Canada
28 Nov 10
I think the story is more important in any movies. while not a big horror fan, my husband loves sci-fi movies and shows, and the special effects drive us (especially me!!) absolutely crazy. Maybe if they'd tone down (and spend less money on unnecessary effects) the movies would be more interesting.
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• United States
27 Mar 11
prob why i hate sci-fi lol
• Malaysia
28 Nov 10
To me, the plot is most important. I know of low budget films which succeeded in this. Those which spend too much money may not be good. I have seen many horror movies and some are really good even though they do not have good stars or spend a lot of money. "Wrong Turn" is an example of this.
• United States
27 Mar 11
i love wrong turn.. its sequels were good too
@cryox92 (170)
• Macedonia
28 Nov 10
The story is definetly more important. Although the budget is crucial to any movie, a good story can make up for all of the missing things. I still miss the old classic horror movies, nowadays most of the "horror" movies look like thrillers, and dont have any touching points with the horror genre.
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• United States
27 Mar 11
yeah now a days you cant tell if a horror movie will really be a horror movie or turn into something else by the end of it.. heck i have seen a ton of movies on imdb.com listed as horror and its barely a thriller
@Diddaka (90)
28 Nov 10
For me is the story deffenetlly.I see that kind of movies long time ago.I saw a movie (forgot it`s name) that was very good,without big budget.But the story takes your breath away.That`s why without good story and a lot of money can`t do anything.A interesting story and little budget is different for me. It`s my opinion!
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• United States
27 Mar 11
i love psychological thrillers which never really need a budget just a creative writer