The success of any modern movie can be determined by three factors:
- quality and quantity of explosions
- skin content factor
- depth of gore and violence
Explosions are now more common and satisfying than love scenes in modern-day movies and there is now a great likelihood that something would blow up on the screen for no reason, even in the mildest Oscar-winning dramas. Recently, a surplus explosion scene from a Die Hard movie was inserted in Driving Miss Daisy – Directors Cut, to attract a younger audience. But explosions are standard even on the streets of some third-world capitals so moviegoers now expect more bang for their bucks. Apart for flames and smoke, moviegoers now want to see bodies and debris, such as random car parts and hair pieces, hurling towards the audience in slow motion. They want to say “wow, was that Bruce Willis’s hair?”
The skin effect in movies follows the inverse wine law where skin-70 has much less appeal than, say, skin-25 and skin-19 is the lowest skin number allowed. Also, female skin is considered a better seller than male skin but in recent time some females disagreed and said they preferred to see male skin touching female skin in motion. Some directors have developed a formula called the Skin Equation where the amount of skin, its gender, its age, and the time the skin spends on the screen is used to work out a movie’s skin content factor. The formula and interpretation of its output is guarded closely by the big production houses. What is known is that porn movies have made a mockery of the equation’s output.
On-screen gore, not the ex VP but the real thing, and violence have always aroused people’s curiosity and though people have been ticking off greatly dislike gore and violence on questioners handed out by Quentin Tarentino, they still flocked movie theaters for Eli Roth’s Hostel and Hostel: Part 2. Roth is credited with developing new ways to make people lose body parts while touring Europe, an essential feature of the successful modern movie. Although gore and violence in movies prevent people from enjoying overpriced popcorn at the theater, they are widely regarded as two of the many necessary evils of the movie industry. The aim of gore and violence is to make the audience puke in the aisle in order to provide an unforgettable movie experience. Their importance cannot be overstated.