31 Days of Lessons Learned: Day Twenty Three
There’s a Fine Line Between Classic and Dated
From now until Halloween, my wife and I are watching horror movies every night to get in the spooky mood. I love horror movies, so this is definitely my favorite time of year. Tonight, we watched the original Carrie movie from 1976 starring Sissy Spacek, John Travolta, and the dude from Greatest American Hero (among others).
I’ve seen it on more than one occasion and I still like watching it, but this time around, I noticed a few things that just don’t jive these days. For starters, the opening girl’s changing room scene feels like a scene out of Porky’s. If you think about it, the actresses in that scene are all playing high school kids. Do you think a movie filmed these days would have a scene depicting a room full of naked high school kids? I don’t.
The clothing and the music also make this classic horror film feel pretty dated. So much so that all the scares and mayhem feel completely telegraphed with all the music cues.
The whole time I watched the movie, I just kept swaying between thinking Carrie was a classic or just another dated flick.
What I learned is that it’s just too close to call. I guess it’s a dated classic…
I guess that conflict is one of the reasons they’re remaking the movie…well, that and for another payday.
I just hope some of the other horror flicks I plan on watching in the next week don’t conflict me this much.