Question by LIZA: Why do most American audiences like fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and action films so much??
These genres almost always do HUGE box office (even when a number of the movies really aren’t all that great), while foreign films, indie flicks, documentaries, and most of the critically acclaimed Oscar type films, usually struggle to find a very wide audience.
Are American audiences, in general, kind of shallow in there movie tastes??
If it isn’t pure escapism, or over the top entertaining, the reaction generally seems to be, “Why do you want to see that??”
As a beginning filmmaker, who writes his own screenplays, and has to make the most of a shoe string budget, I find this mentality very frustrating, and even discouraging.
Are that many Americans so miserable in there regular lives, that they have this huge need to constantly escape into some fantasy realm?? That’s really very sad, if that’s truly the case.
Th box office numbers don’t lie. Sure, there are those who are more open minded about watching a more diverse range of films (God bless them, each and every one), but, in general, they are definitely the minority. I’d like to see that change, but as long as people keep flooding theaters to watch Harry Potter, or Spider Man, it never will.
I’m shouting out into an abyss, it seems. I’ve probably watched, and studied more films in my short life (going all the way back to the very beginning of cinema) then most people may watch in their lifetime.
Name it, I’ve probably watched it.
Answer by Bekka
Because we can relate to the fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and action of driving on our local freeways….
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