Horror films, by and large, represent what we as a viewing audience and as a culture are scared of. As fears change, so too do the bogeymen that we see up on the screen. Even when you have remakes done in different eras, the true horror that they represent can often be completely different. For instance, take the original “Halloween” and the re-make by Rob Zombie. Michael Myers was originally the 1970s idea of a psychopath; no one knows why or what’s wrong with him, he’s just a hollow boy that fills himself with the act of killing. The re-make though uses all of the brutal psychology and terrible atmosphere possible to show the step-by-step process of how a slasher is forged, and how obsession can lead quickly to murder and mayhem. Monsters, even the unbelievable ones like the vampires in “30 Days of Night” play on our fears. Fears of being alone against the world, Directtv, or of being prey for society. “I Am Legend” illustrates how the hero, seen from another view, is the monster. Much like Edward Hyde was in Henry Jekyll, that’s a fear that audiences can always thrill to. That somewhere, deep down, we’re the villains.
Do the Remakes Live Up to The Originals?
Movie remakes can be good, bad or mediocre. What’s odd is that there seems to be no pattern when it comes to remake quality. Sometimes good films are made into good remakes, and bad films into bad remakes. Other times, bad films are made into good remakes and vice versa. The whole matter can be quite confusing.
An example of a great movie remake is “Scarface.” The 1983 version of “Scarface,” written by Oliver Stone and directed by Brian De Palma, takes the original black-and-white 1932 gangster tale and convincingly brings it Read the rest of this entry »
When did horror movies get so bad? When did it stop being about horror and start being about mediocre and forgettable experiences?
There seems to be an oversaturation of poorly-made horror films and you need only browse the genre on Amazon, check out RedBox, visit Wal-Mart’s entertainment section or peruse the In-Demand horror section of your www.directspecialtv.com provider, to see it for yourself.
At some point, horror became less about the abstract emotion and more about a man with a chainsaw ready to jump out at you. Remember a film called The Exorcist?
It’s remarkable how well The Exorcist holds up to this day despite being over 30 years old and there are a number of factors contributing to the continued success. For one, it had a great set of actors portraying the most convincing nightmare on Earth. You also had something called atmosphere.
The Exorcist wasn’t about making things jump out at you or setting you up for a jolt. It was about drawing you in with the allure and the mystery of it all. You became engrossed and the atmosphere of the film could pervade your thoughts.
That’s what real horror is all about. The build-up and the cathartic explosion of terror.
The horror film genre dates back to the early days of movie making. There are so many films that scared, awed and grossed out movie goers that it is hard to choose just one movie out of them all that is a favorite.
If you ask most critics they would say it has to be The Exorcist. It is hard to dispute that considering the story of the movie, the talent of the actors and the special Read the rest of this entry »
The idea of the slasher is one that’s been with us since Jack the Ripper, and the children it’s left behind have made some amazing films.
1. Incident On And Off a Mountain Road
While not technically a full movie, this film from the “Masters of Horror” presents the female empowerment aspects of slasher movies in a believable fashion.
2. Behind the Mask
Shot as part documentary and part slasher, it takes jabs at the genre and at the men that become slashers, before it turns out the lights and scares the hell Read the rest of this entry »
Forbes Magazine recently documented
over a thousand cases of zombie attacks, vampire blood drinking, and
various forms of cannibalistic behavior that have made world
headlines of late. The most recent famous case was the Miami Zombie
attack, where a homeless man ate the face of another homeless man in
Miami, Florida. There is rampant speculation as to why the Zombie
Apocalypse seems to be happening for real! Modern movie making
technology, especially CGI (computer generated images) have made
zombie, vampire, and horror flicks in general incredibly realistic.
Are horror movies actually acting Read the rest of this entry »
People love horror movies. They always have, they always will. There is something special about anticipating going to a movie knowing we are going to be frightened a number of times. Actually, the more advertisement we hear, before the movie, about the new movie being the scariest of all time, kind of appeals to our sense of horror.
There is no doubt that there is something special about those people who write, direct, and star in a horror film. They have been doing these movies for decades. Read the rest of this entry »
Horror films, by and large, represent what we as a viewing audience and as a culture are scared of. As fears change, so too do the bogeymen that we see up on the screen. Even when you have remakes done in different eras, the true horror that they represent can often be completely different.
For instance, take the original “Halloween” and the re-make by Rob Zombie. Michael Myers was originally the 1970s idea of a psychopath; no one knows why or what’s wrong with him, he’s just a Read the rest of this entry »