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As we reach another Friday the 13th and wonder if there really are murderous creatures like Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger, it’s time to reflect on the best the slasher horror genre has to offer. Slashers have been a staple of horror films for decades, outlasting many other gimmicky horror genres, like found footage films.
Whip-smart cultural criticism delivered in an appealing package is what writer-director Justin Simien does best, as he demonstrated in his first feature film, “Dear White People,” and the spinoff Netflix series of the same name. His second feature, “Bad Hair,” is winking social commentary.
Horror and thriller films have had a strong resurgence in the last few years, especially within the independent film scene. Check out some of the newest additions to these genres on Kanopy, free to stream with a local library card.
"The Walking Dead" will soon be dead. AMC's flagship series, or as franchise honcho Scott Gimple puts it, "Walking Dead Classic," will end in 2022 after an epic 24-episode final season spread (like a zombie plague) over two years. That's a bold move by the network when it comes to the most-watched show in cable history.
Do you want to get in the Halloween spirit? Many TV shows for all ages tell stories of vampires, ghosts, witches, zombies and more, offering the perfect outlet to dive into a visual spookfest.
Writer/director Charlie Kaufman, the brain behind "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Adaptation" and "Being John Malkovich," became a Hollywood darling for his willingness to stretch the limits of storytelling.
The first exchange in the brilliant, brutal “Shirley” is telling about what’s to come. A young woman, Rose (Odessa Young), finishes reading a short story and recounts the tale to her husband, Fred (Logan Lerman).
Summer’s almost over. The days are getting shorter. Pumpkin spice is in the air. Orange and black-themed stores are opening in once-vacant buildings. Yep. It’s nearly Halloween.
The “Conjuring” spinoffs are like Xerox copies – each new iteration comes out to diminished returns. The structure, ideas and style are there, but there isn’t the same heft of themes or slick craft Wan expressed in his two “Conjuring” films.
The authors will sign copies of the book at Auntie’s Bookstore on Saturday.
“Happy Death Day,” the story of a woman who’s caught in an endless loop of her own death, follows in the footsteps of “Get Out” by taking familiar elements from the horror genre but delivering the scares with more wit, wisdom and wonder.
The network said Monday it would substitute the edited version of that opening sequence “in light of the tragedy last week in Las Vegas.”
“Friend Request” strikes the perfect chord for harmless horror movie fun: It’s littered with truly effective scares that will keep audience members jumping out of their seats, but it’s so silly, earnest and schlocky that laughter offers catharsis.
“It Comes at Night” has the title of a horror film and, at times, the mood of one, but it is far too restrained to get the juices of the genre crowd going.
The film finds a group of 80 employees, mostly American, working at a Colombian recruiting firm. There are the standard office friendships, tensions and romances, which are all thrown into stark relief when impenetrable metal shutters come down and an ominous voice comes over a loudspeaker, instructing the group to kill each other or be killed themselves. The “game,” if you will, involves impossible ethical questions about whether or not to kill a certain number of innocent people in order to save a larger group of innocent people.
Genre films – horror, comedy, fantasy, Westerns – have always been great vessels for social commentary. The pleasures of genre conventions allow such messaging to go down easy; the spoonful of cinematic sugar that helps the medicine go down. Actor/comedian Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, “Get Out,” is an expert example of the way this works, though it’s far more than just a trenchant cultural critique wrapped in an appealing package. In this horror film, the horror is us, our history, our own troubled relationship with race. It’s bold, provocative, funny, and an overdue tonic for a society and media saturated with archaic norms and images.
Though Gore Verbinski has made a name for himself with large Hollywood studio pictures like “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Lone Ranger,” he’s always had a weird streak; a “one for them, one for me” mentality, interspersing in films like “The Weather Man” and “Rango.” “A Cure for Wellness,” a horror film set at a spa in the Swiss Alps, is most definitely one for him.
The newest movie villain to haunt your nightmares is a pasty demonic spirit who looks like Voldemort and dresses like the Grim Reaper. Stalking his victims, he jumps out of closets and photobombs their pictures, making them see things that aren’t real, until they go mad with homicidal rage. His name? The Bye Bye Man.
About one-third of us enjoy the adrenalin rush they get from watching scary movies, like "The Shining" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." They're the thrill seekers, the type who like to jump out of airplanes. More males than females make up their ranks. Becky Kramer/SR reports. (Question: Which horror movie is your favorite?)
Some people are drawn to scary movies and haunted houses. They often sensation-seekers, who may be predisposed to enjoy high-adrenaline events, a researcher says. Others get a sense of satisfaction from making it through a film hyped as particularly suspenseful or gory.