Can 3-D Save Horror Movies?

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All he asks for in return is a hat that fits. Photo: Courtesy of Lionsgate

With torture porn no longer the surefire draw that it once was and moviegoers increasingly poor and unwilling to leave their homes, what are the producers of low-budget horror films to do? Where is the next frontier in cinematically coerced pants-shitting? Since they're already heavily invested in it, Lionsgate is hoping it's 3-D! The Times reports this morning on the studio's My Bloody Valentine 3D, the first three-dimensional horror movie to get a theatrical release in the U.S. in more than 20 years, which will play on 900 specially equipped screens on January 16. The film follows a group of survivors fleeing from a pickax-wielding maniac, though Lionsgate insists the 3-D effects will be used only to "enhance the story" and not as a gimmick (having seen the pickax-throwing trailer ourselves, we are dubious). Even so, the only way we can imagine this not being a huge success is if the people on the left-hand side of the above publicity photo sue Lionsgate for burning their faces off.

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