"Stage shocks", used so successfully in the Twilight movies before being outlawed, have now been re-approved by a Los Angeles judge.
Judge Stanley Milhaus III has ruled that "as long as the so-called 'stage shock' does in no way harm anyone involved, it is perfectly legal."
Since most of the Twilight movie episodes are through, at least with filming, it will be too late for them.
However, as soon as the news came out this afternoon, the casting of television's "The Vampire Diaries" say they want to use it throughout their episodes.
What is a stage shock?
It's a planted little shocker that is not in the script. It could be a dummy corpse dropping out of a closet to an object suddenly seeming to fly up at you or even the fake rat or mouse.
In other words, the devices are not in the script and many go unseen by the movie or TV viewers. But, they ARE seen by the victim which gives a shocked reaction that no acting can match.
Many of the shots zoom in on the actors face, as the cameraman has been tipped off that something is about to happen.
This worked great for Twilight but a group sued saying that it was similar to placing the color red into films in the old days. The viewer would not realize that he just saw a flash of red or an evil face because it went by so fast.
So this decision should clear things up. It will be up to each crew of actors in this type of movie or TV series to approve or rule out.
Like we said, "The Vampire Diaries" have already signed on. Now to find some experts in hidden shockers.