Dystopian Films

Movies like this include "Blade Runner", "Children Of Men" and "Mad Max". More recently we are seeing a fluster of young-adult Dystopian films, often adapted from best-selling books. A fair majority of these were inspired by the global success of the box-office franchise hit "Hunger Games," in the years after we saw the "Divergent" series, "The Maze Runner" series, "The Giver" and other not-so-successful franchises that received negative attention from critics.

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In this article we have gathered what we think is an underlying problem in all dystopian unsuccessful viewer-bashed films. And yes, this does relate to "Hellraiser".

What made "Hellraiser" great?

If you haven’t watched "Hellraiser" yet (‘yet’ as in you should definitely get around to it) here’s the plot.

Sexual deviant Frank inadvertently opens a portal to hell when he tinkers with a box he bought while abroad. The act unleashes gruesome beings called Cenobites, who tear Frank's body apart. When Frank's brother and his wife, Julia move into Frank's old house, they accidentally bring what is left of Frank back to life. Frank then convinces Julia, his one-time lover, to lure men back to the house so he can use their blood to reconstruct himself.

What made "Hellraiser" great and that all films can learn from it is that a movie should be a about the story not the plot. It featured a far-fetched high-maintenance plot but the amount of story it took to explain it and add it into the story was minimal. The film’s story was still about one woman who was questioning her own morals and feelings towards a man that she once knew and loved, it’s about her struggle with killing people and how far she will go.

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The film doesn’t dive into specifics that would provide a more structured and stable base for the movie, because if it did it would have ruined it.

How can Future Dystopian films improve?

The dystopian film "Divergent" does not focus in the life and feelings of the main character, it focuses on the high-convoluted basis around the dystopian setting getting stuck in the headache-induced rut of endless specifics and plot loopholes. "The Maze Runner", "The Giver" and others encounter the same problem. To sum this article up, and this is to all filmmakers- Make It About The Story And The Characters, Not The Plot’. 

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