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Hollywood Horror movies to Sri Lanka

I don't understand why Sri Lankan movie importers does not import good English horror movies (Not violance gore films) to our country. Stephen King' s movie adaptation "IT" movie is making box office records, also Annabel Creation. We love good horror movies. But why movie importers here blind to see it ? Why only bring Action films here.? It's sad good movies like "conjuring" " Insidious" never screened here.


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roy_mustang

I don't know for sure, but I think it's because the audience for a horror movie is very limited.

I'm a HUGE horror fan. While almost all of my friends or colleagues from work would love to join me in watching something like Mission Impossible or Lord of the Rings, I only have two friends who would watch a horror movie. So my guess is, theatres here won't make a huge profit out of showing horror movies. It makes sense, especially if it's expensive. That's only a guess though.

It is also possible that the movie may not be distributed for this region.

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Rasika007

Thank you for your reply Roy. Good to know another huge horror fan. But I personally think audiance won't be that small in Colombo suburbs, outside Colombo it can be. I think they have to bring it & promote it. I can't see any importer doing it for any English movie here. I heard Scope cinemas doing fm radio promotes for Kingsman movie. But it's better do it in visual media like Tv. I remember EAP movies doing Tv spots for horror movie Poltergeist but movie wasn't that good. I think highly successful horror movies will have a good audiance here. Even in India they bring good horror movies, IT & Annabel both movies now showing in India so it can't be a region issue here. I thought Ceylon Theatres is a poor company cause they always bring chap low quality English or Hindi & Tamil movies But I was shocked to see it's owned by Cargills Ceylon billionaire conglomerate so money is not big issue for them to import good movies. I think we fans should get together & sign a petition also we can raise voice in social media.

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Nadee

Hi Rasika 007, I agree with you. I think if they promote these horror movies which are not gruesome to watch…people would come to watch them. Lets just hope that one of cinema importers will bring at least IT movie as a favour for Sri Lankan horror fans like us.

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Crusher Roodown

The reason IT didn't come to SL was because they can't guarantee the numbers. Obviously while there are those of us who love horror, it's not a mainstream genre in Sri Lanka so importing a horror movie can be costly if people don't come to see it. The numbers are guaranteed for genres like action etc but not for horror. This was told to me by a friend who spoke to the owners of Scope when asked if they were bringing down IT.

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Rasika007

Thank you for your information Crusher Roodown. I'm amazed to hear they can't guarantee for movie "IT" which has now grossed over 600 million dollars world wide breaking many box office records . Can't agree with scope's theory of uncertainty, how can you predetermine that without importing any horror movie at all. SL movie importers have been refraining horror movies even very good successful ones for ages. I urge them to bring at least very successful ones like "IT" & "Annabel Creation". Crowd for horror movies will be mostly teens and young adults so it's a good majority. Also our viewers tastes are not that diffrent from our neibour India and they screening both "Annabel" & "IT" successfully. Then how can they predict those will fail here? So this unreasonable fear our importers have is actually more like their stubbornness "You people have to watch what we bring here" like attitude. It's so sad Sri Lankan fans will always going to miss this prominent movie genre full of thirill rides.

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vishkid

I'm with Rasika007. There are enough small screens with limited seats here to justify bringing down something like IT. Given the crap movies we had in September (and still are) in the smaller screens - one could but wonder why no one thought of bringing down one of the best September movies ever. Either they don't have the nous, or they don't have the class. They would definitely have filled way more seats with IT than anything they had on at Empire cinemas over the past month for example.

There's also probably the assumption that moviegoer tastes have not evolved in SL, which is not the case. Shame that we have to lag behind India on these counts

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Rasika007

Thank you for your support Vishkid. I believe movie importers are really treating English movie fans here like primitive monkeys who would only like big loud action movies with chicks. But the actual moviegoer expectations are higher than they think. With the expansion of Infomation Technology lot of people are aware of current movie trends & they know what are the best to watch & what to avoid. As you said, in September they imported some crappy low budget English movies avoiding record breaking movie "IT" I can't understand how their brains work. Action is not the one & only movie genre people love here, they love horror/thriller/drama genres too. At least for now let's hope their ignorance will change in future.

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curious

YES!!!! was so looking forward to IT or Happy Death Day or Conjuring on the big screen.

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Rasika007

It's sad it's seems like any of these horror/thriller movies won't make it here, due to blindness of our poor importers.
Stephen King adaptation "IT" grosses over staggering $ 600 million worldwide including Asian countries. But our movie importers act like they have not even heard of it. Also Annabel Creation was very successful still they did not bring here. Happy to see Ceylon Theatres now showing Amityvill Awakening also EAP circuit. I hope they will show it outside Colombo too. But most successful ones still missed. I belive it's nothing wrong with movie fans here, they have high expectations to see good rated horror/thrillers. Problem is with the mind of movie importers here who don't like to cater variety of movie fan demands.

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