Is 4-D the Way of the Future?
What is 4-D, anyway? You know what 3-D is. Well, add some sensory input—vibrating seats, rain, fog, and even odors. Then you’ve got 4-D. They have things like that at Disneyworld. I remember, several years ago, watching some mini-movie based on A BUG’S LIFE at Animal Kingdom. You got sprayed with water at one point, and then the stink bug blasted the audience with a slightly smelly perfume. The seats shook at key points. I don’t know if they still have that attraction, but I’m sure they have something comparable. That’s a 4-D flick. It’s becoming more popular, overseas, to marry that kind of interactive element with standard theatrical films. Movies like THE LEGEND OF TARZAN and THE JUNGLE BOOK were big successes as 4-D offerings. A proper interactive experience with a film like that can make it feel like you are in the heart of the jungle with the actors and beasts on the screen.
This kind of technology is tailor-made for the Horror genre. Imagine walking across the moors with the two backpacking Americans in AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON when the chilly fog rolls in. Imagine getting spritzed with water during a bloody evisceration scene. Imagine the smell of brimstone wafting through the theater when a demon makes its appearance. I’d pay extra for a movie ticket to get those kinds of extras, wouldn’t you?