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Horror is meant to evoke fear—across all subgenres and categories, this is a fact. The most overt examples dig into surface nightmares and draw terror from monsters, shadows, and uncanny situations. Yet, there are quieter horror stories that exist in the light and discover the darkness. They are perhaps less accessible and entertaining—but once they find their way under the skin, they cannot be extracted.
Shirley Jackson knows better than any artist how to burrow beneath the reader. She takes her scalpel to a wide range of American situations, all superficially “normal,” and finds terror. Any of us at odds with the “normal” discover that her stories ring true. Her most famous plots feature some element of the supernatural (The Haunting of Hill House) or the Gothic (We Have Always Lived in the Castle); but then, on another spectrum, there is The Bird’s Nest.
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- Ben Larned
While Shirley Jackson is perhaps best remembered for leaving an eerie imprint on the literary world with The Haunting of Hill House, she also sent shudders down readers’ spines with 1962’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle. The last book written by Jackson is now finding new life in a big screen adaptation that recently added Taissa Farmiga and Alexandra Daddario to its cast.
The news of Farmiga and Daddario’s casting comes from Borys Kit at THR, who reveals that the actresses have joined Sebastian Stan (Captain America: Civil War) in the movie. According to THR, the duo will play “agoraphobic sisters who become divided by the cousin’s arrival.”
Neither actress is a stranger to the horror genre. Farmiga recently played the lead role in The Final Girls, appeared in multiple seasons of American Horror Story, and plays a key role in Ti West’s upcoming Western, »
- Derek Anderson
Kayti Burt Aug 10, 2016
Where We Have Always Lived In The Castle is coming to the screen, with The Winter Soldier, Sebastian Stan, taking a lead role...
Sebastian Stan does creepy oh-so-well, and the Captain America star will be bringing his talents to the horror film Where We Have Always Lived In The Castle, a film adaption of the short story written by Shirley Jackson — best known for her novel The Haunting Of Hill House.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stan is playing the role of creepy cousin Charles Blackwood in a story about a New England family who has lost four of its number to a mysterious poisoning several years prior. In the time since, the family has isolated itself from the rest of the town in the hopes of staying safe, using rituals and talismans to keep the hostile townspeople away. When Charles shows up on the scene intent on acquiring the family's fortune, »
Ever since his first feature film, Saw, was unleashed on unsuspecting audiences at Sundance in 2004, James Wan has continued to leave an indelible mark on the world of modern horror, creating two successful franchises—the aforementioned Saw and Insidious—and crafting several other truly remarkable genre efforts along the way, including Dead Silence and Death Sentence.
This weekend, Wan is hoping for a franchise three-peat with The Conjuring 2, his stunning sequel to 2013’s highly successful supernatural tale about the work of Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) Warren, two paranormal investigators who tackled evil time and time again throughout their careers. The follow-up film takes the couple to Enfield, England, where they must help the Hodgson family deal with an entity that is relentlessly tormenting them, especially young Janet (Madison Wolfe), who has become a pawn for the angry spirit.
During the recent press day, Daily Dead had »
- Heather Wixson
Edward Gardiner on why it’s okay to prefer remakes…
If it’s not a sequel, it’s a remake.
Always a hot topic in film discussion, the phenomenon of film remakes is something many of us still can’t entirely wrap our heads around. It’s been going on for decades, to varying degrees of quality, but only in recent years has it become so common, much to the ire of large portions of the audience, as big studios running low on ideas exploit previously sold titles for guaranteed ticket sales. In fact, I’m not even convinced it’s because they’re running out of ideas – films like Whiplash and Blue Ruin prove there are more than enough budding writers and directors out there just bursting with talent and original ideas. It’s because the studios know they have to put considerably less effort and money into selling »
- Edward Gardiner
Some brilliant scores accompany movies that don't always deserve them. Here are 25 examples...
Can a film soundtrack rescue a movie that is otherwise a lost cause? One thing’s for sure: throughout the history of cinema, music has often been the redeeming feature of many an underwhelming movie. Here are 25 amazing film scores composed for films that, frankly, didn’t deserve them.
This somnambulistic three hour romantic drama should really feature an extra screen credit for star Brad Pitt’s fetishised blonde locks. Rising way above the torpid melodrama of the plot is one of Thomas Newman’s most hauntingly melodic and attractive scores, one that leaves his characteristic quirkiness at the door to paint a portrait of death that is both melancholy and hopeful. The spectacular 10-minute finale That Next Place remains one of Newman’s towering musical achievements.
6 items from 2016
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