Posts Tagged ‘Horror’

Black Christmas

“Agnes, it’s me – Billy!” Bob Clark may be best known for directing his Christmas classic, 1983’s A Christmas Story, but many people don’t know that he got his start in horror like so many other filmmakers, and that one of his first horror films was another Christmas story – Black Christmas. What’s so refreshing about…

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Quarantine

“These are all rabies symptoms.” For many audience members, found footage films are just an opportunity to film a horror story on the cheap and don’t bring anything to the table. There are films, however, that work to use the filmmaking style to their advantage in exploring different ways to tell their stories. Sure, it’s…

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The Blob (1958)

“It’s the most horrible thing I’ve ever seen in my life!” It was the genius mind of producer Jack Harris who saw potential in combining two popular 50s genres — the horror sci-fi films and the teen delinquency films — when he got Irvin Yeaworth to direct 1958s “The Blob.” There were plenty of low…

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The Descent

“Hey, there’s something down here.” These aren’t words you want to hear when you’re stuck on a spelunking trip, particularly when you find out that the “something” that’s down here wants to eat you. That’s what happens to the cast of six ladies on an adventure trip in Neil Marshall’s 2005 film, “The Descent.” It’s…

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Dawn of the Dead (2004)

“Is everyone there dead?” “Yeah, in the sense that they all sort of fell down, and then… got up and… started eating each other.” Zack Snyder’s 2004 “Dawn of the Dead” remake of George A. Romero’s 1978 zombie classic may not be trying to say much, but it sure provides a good, fun scare. Join…

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28 Days Later

“This is what I’ve seen in the four weeks since infection:  people killing people, which is much what I saw in the four weeks before infection and the four weeks before that and before that as far back as I care to remember.  People killing people.” Zombies had notoriously been slow entities—let’s face it, the walking dead…

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The Thing

“Trust is a tough thing to come by these days.” In 1982, John Carpenter’s “The Thing” was released but had a tough time competing against other big sci-fi films released at the same time—E.T. the Extra Terrestrial and Blade Runner. It also was viewed by critics as being overly gory and wretched. With time, however, the…

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

“So it is you, Benjamin Barker.” With these words early on in Tim Burton’s 2007 film adaptation of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, we instantly get a sense of the dark place that the character of Sweeney Todd, played marvelously by Johnny Depp, has come from. This isn’t your typical happy-go-lucky musical.…

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Jaws

“I used to hate the water.” “I can’t imagine why.” When someone says the word ‘jaws’ to you, it inevitably conjures up the man-eating great white shark in Steven Spielberg’s 1975 thriller masterpiece. It’s hard to imagine a time when the word ‘jaws’ didn’t do this. But that’s what Spielberg’s film “Jaws” did, as well…

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Alien: Resurrection

“There’s a monster in your chest. These guys hijacked your ship and they sold your cryo-tube to this… human. And he put an alien inside of you. It’s a really nasty one. And in a few hours it’s gonna burst through your ribcage, and you’re gonna die. Any questions?” “Who are you?” “I’m the monster’s…

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