I made a post a long while back about all of the little things inherent in many horror movies out there that bug the hell out of me and after just watching Toolbox Murders (2003) again and being reminded of one of my least favorite things a horror filmmaker can do, i'd like to add it to the list. Most of the things on that above list are admittedly things that make horror movies what they are and thus should be looked past when watching one, but this one, along with bad CGI, really makes me cringe in my seat. And I actually am a fan of Toolbox Murders so don't take this as me bashing the overall film!
What is this pet peeve I am talking about?
When someone gets their head cut off and then their eyes or mouth continue to move around a bit after the decapitation. That fucking annoys me to no end. It's not creepy, it's not cool, it just looks fucking lame. (It is however acceptable if the head in question belongs to a zombie or if the movie is called The Brain That Wouldn't Die!)
And yes, I am well aware that there are documented (or at least alleged) cases of such things happening in real life. It is said that the eyes and mouths of decapitated heads have shown signs of movement several seconds after a beheading. Allegedly, the human brain has enough oxygen stored for metabolism to persist for about 7 seconds after the head is cut off. So yes, it is in fact theoretically possible. But that doesn't change the fact that it just looks totally stupid when it happens in a horror movie. I may be the only one that feels this way and I realize that by stating that it's not such an unbelievable thing i'm kinda defeating my own argument, but this is just the way I feel. I'm sure there's lot of things that could conceivably happen but nevertheless would look lame on film.
I cite scenes from the afformentioned Toolbox Murders (hard to see because of the lighting), Dario Argento's Trauma (which is just totally ridiculous no matter which way you cut it), and the House of Wax remake (which also suffers from poor CGI) to back up my argument .....
AM I THE ONLY ONE?!