“The soul exists partly in eternity and partly in time.” - Marsilio Ficino
Artwork by: Sam Briggs
I just laughed so hard that I think I pulled a muscle….
Why thank you!
Lumping the entire “movie industry” into one giant group is an impossible comparison. There is a world of difference between a big budget studio and an independent movie release, which was what people were asking for illegal links for.
Also, your statistic is wrong (and possibly made up). You can get accurate numbers here here here and here. You can Google for more. There is a ton of research out there that is based on actual data, not just a feeling that studios earn “more than they need”. That is a value judgement with no basis in data. When the data proves out year after year that over 70,000 American jobs are lost every year due to revenue loss from piracy, I cannot support value judgements like yours that have no basis in reality.
I work in the entertainment industry. I have watched friends lose their jobs or earn steadily less pay as they go from gig to gig. I have watched companies that have been around for 40+ years close. It’s not because people are watching less movies. It’s because we have told ourselves as a culture that stealing music and movies is okay and that these industries are “so big” that everyone is rich and they somehow deserve it.
That’s just not true. Are there still rich movie studio heads? Yup, absolutely. Just like there are rich automotive CEOs. But it’s not those people who lose their jobs when the company’s bottom line takes a hit. It’s the average worker - and the movie industry isn’t just the studios. It’s the set designers, the SFX wizards, the makeup fx people…. it’s the independent horror companies who need every dollar they can to make the new and creative films that push the boundaries of our genre. It’s small mom and pop shops that sell these movies. Ever wonder why mom and pop music stores went out of business? When even big chains like Tower Records closed? It wasn’t because of lack of people listening to music…
And also, if we want to see more horror made, we have to show the market that is what consumers want. If no one buys horror movies, people are going to make other genres. Especially on the big studio level. I don’t want more romantic comedies - I want more horror movies! I’m willing to give $20 of my hard earned money to this genre because I want to see it grow.
I love horror. And loving, for me, means doing the right thing and buying instead of downloading. With all sorts of streaming sources, Amazon Prime getting me DVDs in two days, instant video available on every device I have…. I have no excuse to do any less.
You can buy it off of Amazon here
I won’t give you links to watch it illegally. If we want excellent horror movies to be made, we need to be willing to spend money in the genre. If we don’t, we have no one but ourselves to blame for the deplorable state of horror.