20 items from 2015
It’s Halloween, the time of year for watching horror films with the lights out. You may be trying to decide which films you should watch for your Halloween scare-fest. There are many good films, depending on your taste. As a Halloween gift to you, Cinelinx lists 25 of the best horror films to watch, for your Halloween enjoyment. All these films are of excellent quality and convey the requisite eeriness and suspenseful mood to keep you in the creepy Halloween mood.
First…here’s a couple of Honorable Mentions:
Silence of the Lambs (1991) Hugely successful suspense thriller film that isn’t technically a horror movie but it’s close. This classy chiller became one of the few movies ever to capture the 'Big Five' awards at the Oscars. (Best picture; Best director for Jonathan Demme; Best actor for Anthony Hopkins; Best Actress for Jodie Foster; and best screenplay by Ted Tally. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Directed by Ridley Scott
Written by Dan O’Bannon
UK / USA, 1979
Genre: Sci-Fi Horror
Boasting one of the greatest taglines of all time – “In space, no one can hear you scream” – Alien blends science fiction, horror, and bleak poetry into what could have easily turned into a simple B-monster movie. In fact, the movie was originally pitched to producers as “Jaws in space,” but thankfully Ridley Scott, who was stepping behind the camera for only the second time, took the film far more seriously. Like Steven Spielberg’s great thriller, most of the running time relies on the viewer’s imagination since Scott carefully restricts how little we see of the creature. Alien can certainly test a viewer’s patience. This is an extremely slow burn (something unusual for the genre) and despite the budget, stellar effects, and ambitious set design, Alien in a sense is a minimalist film »
- Ricky Fernandes
The jump scare is a uniquely horror movie convention. Where some movies use it as an excuse to play peekaboo and assault you with noise, others use it as a way to shatter your complacency as a viewer. It’s the purest form of scare: something bursts out of a dark corner, a loud noise cuts the tension, or a jolt to the plot comes on so unexpected, you don’t know what hit you. It may just be a momentary fright, but a good horror movie will put you on edge and keep you there.
Alien (1979)- No blood, no Dallas
Horror purists are of the mind that jumps are cheap, and, for the most part, they are. Yet, in those nerve-wracking scenes, when a director knows exactly what they are doing, it’s riveting. I’ve always prided myself on not being one of those people who gets jumpy during a horror movie, »
Whether you're a fright fanatic, a middle-of-the-row horror fan, or a "someone-dragged-me-here" who barely watches from between terrified, trembling fingers, you've probably noticed an interesting trend: a lot of recent horror movies are based on true stories. At least that's what the filmmakers would have us believe.
The all-too-common "based on a true story" or "based on true events," along with the less reliable "inspired by true events," have become ubiquitous additions to most horror movie marketing campaigns. But this is nothing new. Going all the way back to the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre's" iconic 1974 tagline -- "What happened is true. Now the motion picture that's just as real." -- the truth has always been an important tactic in upping the fear factor for audiences.
If events truly did happen, does that make it more frightening? The recent success of movies like "The Conjuring" (2013), "The Possession" (2012) and "The Haunting in Connecticut" (2009) point to a big "yes, »
- Matthew A Nelson
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- Tamika Jones
Special Mention: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
Directed by Dario Argento
Screenplay by Dario Argento
One of the most self-assured directorial debuts of the 70’s was Dario Argento’s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage. Not only was it a breakthrough film for the master of Giallo, but it was also a box office hit and had critics buzzing, regardless if they liked it or not. Although Argento would go on to perfect his craft in later films, The Bird With The Crystal Plumage went a long way in popularizing the Giallo genre and laid the groundwork for later classics like Deep Red. A difficult film to discuss without spoiling many of its most impressive and famous scenes, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is a fairly straightforward murder mystery, albeit with many twists, turns and one of the best surprise endings of all time. But »
- Ricky Fernandes
Lionsgate has revealed two new clips from The Last Witch Hunter ahead of its release on October 23rd. Also in this morning's round-up: details on the New York City Horror Film Festival and the Colorado Horror Convention, as well as information on how to watch The Walking Dead online and release details for Eli Morgan Gesner's Condemned.
The Last Witch Hunter: "The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the Queen curses Kaulder with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. »
- Tamika Jones
Director William Friedkin's 1973 classic The Exorcist is still considered by many to be the scariest movie of all time. Back in 2013, Morgan Creek Productions was shopping a potential miniseries based on The Exorcist, written by Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four), but we never heard anything about that project moving forward. Last week, Deadline reported that Morgan Creek is looking to sell off their entire film catalog, although the company would keep remake rights for five movies in their 78-film catalog, one of which being The Exorcist, with CEO Jim Robinson revealing that ideas are being "tossed around" for a remake of classic. As it turns out, that isn't the case, with the official Twitter account for Morgan Creek revealing today that they, "will never attempt to remake The Exorcist."
Shortly after the news broke last week, director William Friedkin revealed that he doesn't believe Morgan Creek even owns the rights to the original Exorcist, »
From title changes to the addition of rubber demons, here's a selection of some rather strange movie alterations from cinema history...
The course of film production seldom runs smooth, and even the greatest films can suffer from all sorts of behind-the-scenes problems. For a very recent example, just look at Fantastic Four, a film with which suffered the kind of difficult production that will no doubt inspire books on the subject in the near future.
At any rate, the movies on this list are all examples of strange (and sometimes last-minute) changes, often imposed by producers or executives. In some unfortunate cases, the changes haven't been particularly beneficial, but one alteration turned out to be a pioneering moment in cinema history.
In every instance, the changes are unusual, surprising, or sometimes downright baffling ...
The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari (1921)
A classic of German cinema, Robert Weine's silent horror film is widely »
Religion in Horror Part II William Peter Blatty wrote the 1971 novel The Exorcist with the intention of turning people to Christ. The original novel actually focuses more on Father Karras and his spiritual journey through events like his mother’s passing, and his road back to salvation, more than it does Regan’s possession. He, too, wrote the…
The post Religion in Horror: Using Spirituality as a Fear Tactic appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Spencer Perry
While we can sit back decades later and see "The Exorcist" as the horror landmark that it is, it's easy to forget that in 1973 it was a controversial sensation. William Friedkin's movie got a mixed reception from critics, but soon became a must-see cinema experience, genuinely scaring moviegoers in a way that films hadn't before. For instance, you get a real understanding of the overwhelming power of Friedkin's film once you witness shellshocked viewers coming out of the movie that year, which you can do yourself, below. Av Club has dug up some fantastic vintage footage from 1973 news broadcasts featuring interviews with people who had just seen the movie, theater owners (some of whom had smelling salts on hand for those who passed out), and interviews witih Friedkin and author William Peter Blatty. It's truly eye-opening stuff. Viewers recall the most hair-raising scenes, and some of them can't even »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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- Brian Salisbury
William Friedkin and William Peter Blatty’s seminal embellishment on an actual 1949 case of exorcism is one of the most disturbing horror films of all time (particularly effective on lapsed Catholics). Its unprecedented success spawned a mini-genre of demonic possession movies the world over, as well as a couple of sequels and a prequel (which morphed into two different films). Ten Oscar nominations (including Best Picture, the first horror film to so qualify) yielded two wins for sound mixing and adapted screenplay. »
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1. The Shining (1980)
Back in 1980 legendary director Stanley Kubrick unleashed his iconic horror effort ‘The Shining’. Based on the novel by Stephen King, with plenty of artistic license being taken, the movie was yet another fine example of this director’s absolute mastery in being able to work and direct movies from different genres. Full of terrifying iconic imagery and sequences such as the twins in the hallway, the hag in the bath, the blood-letting elevators and of course the axe-wielding Jack Nicholson’s much parodied entrance through the bathroom door.
2. Psycho (1960)
Alfred Hitchcock’s classic slasher movie ‘Psycho’ is arguably one of the most influential horrors of all time. Another literary adaptation the movie was as shocking as it was successful especially considering its release 55 years ago. The movie was particularly highlighted by the surprising early demise of the apparent leading lady in the iconic shower scene and the even more unexpected finale. »
- Phil Wheat
Reviewed by Grace Fontaine
Hellish Father, I entreat you hear my confession- I saw 'The Exorcist' when I was 23 years young. After I had seen so many other horror films, I had become desensitized to cinema and genre. Consequently, upon first viewing Friedkin's acclaimed adaptation of William Peter Blatty's novel, while I certainly did feel it was worth a watch (as opposed to the supposedly "Omgawesome" 'Friday the 13th' which I felt was an over-bloated, badly-realised piece of sh--) I just didn't see Why Why Why 'The Exorcist' had been bestowed with the reputation as one of the most important horror films ever. Obviously, back when it was made it frightened many of the bums in seats, but these days, unless you have the constitution of cheap toilet paper or if you are a religion nut, it's not that mind-blowing or spiritually confrontational upfront. »
One of the most anticipated “midnight” movies at this year’s SXSW (South by Southwest) festival, is director Mickey Keating’s Pod, the follow-up to Keating’s Very entertaining 2013 low-budget yet high on thrills film Ritual. While Ritual was a scary and tense film about two people being stalked by a cult, Pod deals with very different subjects and shows Keating’s trend of never making the same kind of films twice. A true cinephile, Keating is a director to look out for, and we were lucky enough to have a chat with the talented filmmaker regarding Pod, Ritual and his next two films, Darling and Carnage Park. Read on!
How’s it going, Mickey?
Hey, how’s it going, man?
I am doing fine, just reading about Harrison Ford crashing his plane into a golf course, what’s up with that?
I know dude, how weird is that? He’s still tickin though, »
- Jerry Smith
In the wake of the Alien 5 news, here are 10 franchise sequels that also ignored at least one previous film.
We all have moments in our lives we'd prefer to forget, and so too do filmmakers. So what do you do when a movie franchise starts to go off the rails? Simple, just forget that the lesser films in the series never happened.
News recently broke that director Neill Blomkamp's taking this approach to the Alien universe. Recent interviews with both he and returning star Sigourney Weaver have revealed that Blomkamp's forthcoming sequel will not necessarily follow the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, and pick up the story from Aliens instead (although he has since given a brief update on that).
Of course, we'll have to wait and see exactly how all this pans out. But it's by no means the first time in history that a film's »
Kian Lawley is about to be YouTube’s latest movie star. The 19-year-old former member of the late YouTube supergroup Our2ndLife and current half of the new YouTube channel with fellow O2L-mate Jc Caylen dubbed KianAndJC just dropped the trailer for his feature length thriller The Chosen at Playlist Live in front of an audience of screaming virtual and live fans numbering in the thousands.
Elliott Morgan played host for the evening’s brief event, introducing Lawley and co-star Mykayla Sohn before the pair introduced the worldwide premiere of The Chosen trailer and previewed an exclusive scene for the live Playslist attendees. The threesome then talked on stage for a few about the flick, which has an enticing tagline evocative of an old school William Peter Blatty classic spliced together with the relatively recent horror film phenomenon popularized by Hideo Nakata.
When a child-stealing demon attaches itself to a little girl, »
- Joshua Cohen
In late 2014, Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film Inherent Vice - a psychedelic dive into the La of the past- screened at at a special BAFTA preview with the director on hand to take part in a post-film Q&A.
Ably marshalled by film critic Mark Kermode, the discussion touched on the director's Thomas Pynchon adaptation and his collaborations with Joaquin Phoenix and composer Johnny Greenwood. Perhaps most interesting of all, however, was Anderson talking about his all-time favourite movie.
When asked by Kermode to choose, Anderson replied quickly with "The Treasure of Sierra Madre. There's no competition, it's the best," before hesitating to ponder the merits of Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest.
"This is the game that's so f**king maddening," he said. "On the drive home you're like, no it's not Treasure of Sierra Madre its North by Northwest, it's Something Wild, it's Repo Men. The lists are so long. »
Mention The Exorcist in a conversation and most horror fans will declare it the scariest film of all time. While that declaration is well deserved (it’s an absolutely perfect film in every capacity), a film that is quite often overlooked when it comes to the legacy of that film, is the third film in the series, The Exorcist III (1990). While wisely ignoring the events of The Exorcist II: The Heretic (rightfully so, most of us try to act like that one doesn’t exist whatsoever), The Exorcist III did what very few sequels were able to do and it did it with an intense amount of fervor: it rose to the challenge of not only being as good as the original, but in my opinion (and feel free to call bullshit on this, it won’t change my mind), it actual improves on the original in some ways, giving a solid, »
- Jerry Smith
20 items from 2015
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