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Posted at 2:41 PM on June 11, 2007 by Euan Kerr

During the late 1970's my wee sister Fiona used to delight in coming down to breakfast and describe scene-by-scene, and in excruciatingly minute detail whatever horror film she had seen the night before.

She did this despite our protests that it she was ruining our cereal with her tales of terror, screaming, and decapitation.

Now an article from the L.A. Times has the Hollywood folks lamenting that their deathgrip on the "cuddle" set may be slipping. I had never realized that the gory delights of "Saw" and Hostel" and all the Japanese horror flick knock-offs are indeed aimed at teenaged girls.

To quote the article: In the post-"Scream" horror world, the target audience is primarily young girls — or what some producers call the "cuddle" market, teenagers who want excuses to squeal and clutch each other in the dark. That demographic generally holds true even for the torture films offered by the "Saw" and "Hostel" series.

Actually Hollywood is still making plenty of dough out of the horror genre, it's just that it's oversaturated the market. As writer-producer Akiva Goldsman puts it, "There's nothing you can do to a human being on screen that is taboo anymore."

It certainly is a strange way of making a living. The LA Times then lists the comparative box offices of some recent hits.

The New York Times also looked at the horror genre over the weekend, with a piece on how horror is doing so well that the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens is dedicating its summer exhibit to the scary stuff. However it reports today on the dismal takings of "Hostel II."

One final piece of "horror." Check out what the London Times has to say about the idea that Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone and Harrison Ford are all suiting up once again for action pics, ("Live Free or Die Hard," "Rambo 4" and the new Indiana Jones. The Times went to various make-up and body-building experts to see what they would suggest doing to make the aging stars (52, 60, and 65 respectively) remain credible as prime physical specimens.

Interestingly when they went to talk to the stunt experts, they said that the older fellas tend to know what they are doing, moreso than their younger counterparts who grew up in the CGI world.

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