5 Reasons Why Ju-On Is A Modern Horror Classic (& 5 Why The Remake Is Better)

Ju-On: The Grudge has had a lasting effect on the horror landscape in the west, and along with Ring, it’s has done a great job at bringing Japanese horror films over here to the west.

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While there are some fans of the American remake of The Grudge that prefer it, and tons that just plain haven’t seen the original, there’s something almost more frightening about the rough-around-the-edges feel of Ju-On: The Grudge that makes it an absolute must-watch for any self-respecting horror fan. After watching the original, watch the remake and the sequel to the remake, and if you really enjoy the three of those, go ahead and watch the rest of the series. Which is the best though? The original or the recent reboot?

10 Classic: The Gritty Feel

The estimated budget for Ju-On: The Grudge is an estimated 3,500,000 in USD, which really isn’t big at all despite it sounding like a lot to most people. That means that there wasn’t enough for CGI and they used practical effects for blood, any slight amount of gore in the murder sequences, and for Kayako and Toshio. This means that they had a real actor and actress for all of their scenes, and as a horror actor, it’s a lot easier to react to something that’s actually there rather than a CGI rig in front of a green-screen. This contributes to its gritty, unpolished feel, which honestly gives the film an air of reality.

9 Reboot: The Cast

The cast in the 2020 reboot is legitimately really solid, featuring really well-respected actors and actresses such as John Cho, Andrea Riseborough, and a Hollywood scream-queen named Lin Shaye. While some would argue that the writers and directors of the film didn’t use them to their full capability, the star power alone is something that doesn’t really happen in a whole lot of horror movies, and when it does, they aren’t usually popcorn flicks like this.

8 Classic: The 2004 Remake Was Good

While a lot of people probably avoided the remake of Ju-On: The Grudge released in 2004 and starring Michelle Gellar, it’s a legitimately good film that any horror fan should watch, especially if they want a horror experience that helped shape the landscape of horror in the mid-2000s and into the late 2000s.

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A lot of people have seen it, and the second one, which is why they might have been disappointed with the pacing and atmosphere of the remake since a lot of people seem to find it just a little bit boring so far.

7 Reboot: It’s What Horror Audiences Are Expecting

While some people might say that The Grudge didn’t need a reboot, audiences have probably wanted one for a while, especially after the release of The Grudge 3 which even die-hard Grudge fans found difficult to enjoy. While it might not have been exactly what we wanted, the reboot we got does a pretty okay job at keeping the feel of the first two films in the western remake series, in addition to adding a grit that we hadn’t really seen before in the series. There’s also the introduction of a police officer and an investigation of the murders that happened, which we don’t really see in the original either.

6 Classic: It Helped Bring Foreign Horror To The West

Before the wide attention that J-horror got after the release of The Grudge and The Ring, the only people who were familiar with Ju-On: The Grudge or Ring were horror film buffs and people who had their thumb on the pulse of international films given the buzz the release of the two generated for Japan. At this point, tons of people are specifically hardcore fans of J-horror, and now foreign-language horror releases are getting more attention from the film community at large regardless of what country they’re from, a big example being the Turkish horror film Baskin.

5 Reboot: Nicolas Pesce Is A Solid Director So Far

Nicolas Pesce doesn’t really have too much under his belt yet, but what he has done so far has gotten at least mixed-to-positive reviews. While this isn’t necessarily the most glowing of reviews for him, it still means that he’s a capable director with a future fit for honing his craft. With the help of horror-legend Sam Raimi, the film should have been everything we ever wanted for a Grudge film.

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That being said, there are a lot of arguments going around that it’s not at all what we wanted. In both of his previous films, he’s definitely shown a lot of style, and if that can be molded into style that absolutely has the fundamentals down, then we’re looking at another great horror director.

4 Classic: It’s Based On Traditional Japanese Ghost Stories

One of the things that make Ju-On: The Grudge so charming and important to viewers is that it’s based on legends that are popular in Japan. In the same way that the release of John Carpenter’s Halloween was so affecting because it told the story of something that could happen and blow-up every aspect of a nice suburban life, the tale of that old, empty house that all the neighborhood kids know not to enter, Ju-On does that too. A lot of small cities in Japan probably have tales about murder-houses in their neighborhood that no one should go near, and that’s really at the heart of the film.

3 Reboot: Realism

One thing the director wanted to do with the reboot is to make it grittier than the movies that preceded it. That being said, sometimes grit isn’t exactly what a horror movie needs, which is the issue a lot of unrelated films from the early to mid-2000s had. Yes, you are making a horror movie, but being gritty for the sake of being gritty and punishing characters who don’t deserve it even a bit can be just a little bit cruel-hearted. This film does a decent job at avoiding both of those extremes, even if they definitely were leaning towards doing a lot with the gritty factor.

2 Classic: It’s Like A Series Of Horror Vignettes

While it may be a critique from some people, tons of critics and writers have noted that while the film does have an over-arching plotline running throughout it, it also takes its time to visit people who aren’t directly related to the initial incident that started the curse, only to show how their fates began to be intertwined with it later. It gives the whole movie a really interesting pace, and while it prevents us from identifying with the characters fully, it keeps the scares coming.

1 Reboot: Pushing The Mythology Further

Another thing Nicolas Pesce wanted to do when making this reboot of The Grudge was to make sure that they did something new with the mythology. Pretty much everyone who’s seen a trailer for any of the three preceding films is well-aware of how the curse works and how it’s able to spread. This film brings it to America after a new encounter with Kayako’s house, and from there we see a new string of murders. Not only has the curse moved to a new group of people, it’s also replicated itself here in the States.

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2020-01-16 01:01:03

Cody McIntosh

Final Destination’s Horror Movie Character Name Easter Eggs

Final Destination started off as a small-scale horror film, but it’s turned into one of the more resilient and consistent horror franchises over the years.

The history of the original Final Destination actually charts back to an unproduced spec script for The X-Files. However, the concept of a vengeful Death who doesn’t like it when people escape its grand cosmic plan is perfect material for horror. James Wong’s film turned into an unexpected success and spawned a wealth of sequels that continued to improve upon themselves. There’s something strangely addictive about the way in which the world can be one giant Rube Goldberg machine designed to take someone out through coincidence.

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None of the Final Destination films deviate too far from the first film’s original premise, although some of the movies get a little more creative with the universe’s rules. Even though the movies get increasingly bigger, there’s still something special about the first Final Destination and how it executes the idea so well. Part of the fun of the movie is not knowing how Death will lash out at these teenagers, but the film is also full of subtle nods and Easter eggs, both in regards to who is next on the chopping block as well as references to beloved horror films of yesteryear.

An easy place for movies to hide in references to other films is within the names of their characters, which is exactly what James Wong and Glen Morgan did with their Final Destination screenplay. Many of the main cast gets their namesakes from influential directors or performers from horror’s classical black-and-white era. Devon Sawa’s Alex Browning is named after director Tod Browning (Freaks), Terry Chaney comes from Lon Chaney, who played the original Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, Tod Waggner plays tribute to director George Waggner (The Wolf Man), and Seann William Scott’s Billy Hitchcock is a clear nod to the prolific Alfred Hitchcock. Even the more ancillary characters in Final Destination subscribe to this rule. Valerie Lewton (Val Lewton), Larry Murnau (F.W. Murnau), Blake Dreyer (Carl Theodor Dreyer), and Agent Shreck (Max Shreck) all also owe their names to old horror legends. To go one step even further with the symbolism behind the characters’ names, Tod Waggner is intentionally spelled with only one “d” since “Tod” translates to “death” in German.

While these figures are not necessarily influences on Final Destination, they’re still figures from horror’s history who have inspired Wong and Morgan. Since some of these names are more obvious than others, figuring out the significance of one can help clue audiences into the others and realize that there are hidden things to watch out for in the film. Paying attention to all of these horror Easter eggs may not help save these perilous teenagers from Death, but they’re still a bonus that reflects the level of love and research towards the horror genre that’s gone into Final Destination’s production.

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2020-01-14 01:01:57

Daniel Kurland

10 Asian Horror Movies You’ve Never Heard of, Ranked | ScreenRant

Although it seems like the Asian horror boom has since long ended in the West, fervent fans know that isn’t true. The latest installment in The Grudge series is proving that interest still exists. Also, the genre is thriving quite well overseas. The difference now is there is more variety than ever before. No longer are studios riding the coattails of Hideo Nakata’s Ring or Takashi Shimizu’s Ju-on: The Grudge—we have a variety of subjects, more than ever before.

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In recent years, films like The Wailing and One Cut of the Dead have earned attention here. But, there are other titles, both old and new, that have flown under the radar. If you’re looking for something new and scary, and you don’t mind subtitles, then check out these ten horror movies from various Asian countries.

10 999-9999 (2002)

Teen slashers never go out of fashion, it seems. Thailand, like other neighboring countries, originally rummaged through native folklore when making horror movies. They eventually looked elsewhere for inspiration. Namely, the Final Destination series that was making serious money overseas.

In the tradition of 976-EVIL, 999-9999 concerns a suspicious phone number that curses anyone who calls it. Anyone unfortunate enough to ring the notorious number, soon ends up dead.

9 Darna Mana Hai (2003)

Inspired by the obscure 1997 American horror anthology Campfire TalesDarna Mana Hai (or, Fright is Forbidden) sets itself up in a similar way. A group of friends traveling on a long and deserted, backwoods road find themselves stranded after the car breaks down. Until help arrives, they share spooky stories with one another.

Unlike Campfire Tales, this Indian horror movie boasts six tales rather than five. Aside from the six segments, the wraparound contains its own involving subplot about the storytellers, all of whom are in mortal danger themselves.

8 Split of the Spirit (1987)

In this all but forgotten Taiwanese horror movie, a woman is heartlessly murdered by her lover. To exact revenge on those involved in her death, the victim possesses the body of a dancer. To free their friend of the spirit’s hold, though, a man and his girlfriend contact a spiritualist.

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Split of the Spirit is not remarkable by no means, but its inventive practical effects and stylish aesthetic keeps it in rotation for fans of vintage Chinese horror.

7 The Vanished (2007)

In this elusive 2006 horror movie from Japanese director Makoto Tanaka (Sing Salmon Sing), a tabloid reporter investigates a bizarre incident in a little town. A child is found dead, but his organs are somehow missing upon autopsy. This leads to a greater mystery where the corpse has literally run off. To add more confusion to this case, the boy died over thirty years ago…

The Vanished is originally titled Ame no Machi (Town of Rain), which is the name of the Hideyuki Kikuchi short it’s based on. It’s a pensive, creeping kind of horror movie that echoes early David Cronenberg at times.

6 Dangerous Seductress (1992)

Sometimes a film is so bad, it’s actually quite ‘good.’ This is the case for Dangerous Seductress (or Bercinta dengan maut in Indonesian), an early ’90s horror movie that has understandably developed a cult following over the years. Although available in the West on DVD, copies are now scarce. However, the movie was shot in English so there’s no need to worry about translation issues if you come across another release.

In H. Tjut Djalil’s outlandish final movie Dangerous Seductress, an abused woman makes a deal with evil and becomes a succubus-like creature.

5 Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge (2007)

In the vein of Donnie Darko, this fantasy-horror movie is based on the novel of the same name by Tatsuhiko Takimoto. It never outright induces scares or summons the sensibilities of a traditional horror movie, but Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge teeters on the edge.

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In this romantic oddball of a film, two mournful teenagers come to meet one night when the other is battling a chainsaw-wielding entity. This is no isolated incident as it happens quite often for Eri, a grieving, young woman. Through these trials, though, she and Yosuke become the closest of friends.

4 The Secret of the Telegian (1960)

From the studio, Toho, that gave the world Godzilla is this near-lost 1960 sci-fi/horror treasure that pioneered a lot of future tokusatsu effects. In The Secret of the Telegian, a serial killer uses a matter-transporation device when carrying out his crimes.

Jun Fukuda’s The Secret of the Telegian was originally intended to be released theatrically in the West, specifically the United States. Plans fell through and the movie was sent straight to television. Although it was dubbed in English, this televised version of the film is in black-and-white rather than color.

3 The Housemaid (2016)

Not to be confused with the South Korean movie The Handmaiden, this Vietnamese ghoster is a period film with supernatural elements. Set in 1953 Indochina, a housemaid’s affair with her widowed boss results in the return of the man’s wife, now a displeased spirit.

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Vietnam has had a lot of trouble building up its cinema industry. So, when something like The Housemaid comes along, one has to commend those involved. This spooky tale is sometimes a melodramatic soap opera, but compared to other Viet horror movies, it’s a cut above the rest.

2 Séance (2000)

Kiyoshi Kurosawa has dealt with horror since the beginning of his career. Years after Sweet Home was practically locked away by Toho, he gave the world Cure and Pulse. One of his lesser known films is one produced for television.

In the slow burn Séance (originally Kôrei), a woman with supposed paranormal powers helps the authorities find a missing girl. Yet, when the child appears before her, the woman and her husband keep her hidden in their home. This way, the psychic can prove her gift is legitimate. Unfortunately, the girl dies in her captors’ care, and she now haunts the couple responsible for her death.

1 Suddenly in the Dark (1981)

This 1981 horror movie combines several sub-genres, all coalescing into one of the best hidden gems in South Korean cinema. It all starts with a lonely housewife whose husband, a biologist, brings home a young housekeeper. As he’s busy with his work, the matriarch suspects something is not right about her new employee. She not only possesses an ominous shaman statue, the housekeeper may be having an affair with the wife’s husband.

Suddenly in the Dark is a gaslit and supernatural psycho-thriller. Its lead actress delivers an unsettling performance that credits the movie’s evocative, mania-induced feeling. Anyone who loves classic horror should not miss out on this one. Especially since it’s been remastered and translated for a wider audience today.

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2020-01-12 03:01:25

Paul Le

New BATMAN Writer is Bringing The Horror Back To Gotham

Writer James Tynion IV is no stranger to Gotham, having worked on such Batman titles as Detective Comics and Batman: Eternal. But in his new nine-issue story arc “Their Dark Designs,” Tynion is bringing an “action-horror” element to DC’s flagship book with gruesome new characters, and graphic death scenes.

Despite a long career writing stories within the Batman franchise, Batman #86 (on sale now) marks Tynion’s first time in the driver’s seat of DC’s flagship Batman comic. According to multiple interviews with Tynion as well the writer’s own newsletter, The Empire of the Tiny Onion, his “bat-book” will heavily feature the title character as an agent of fear, going as far as comparing Batman’s ferocious tenacity to that of horror icon Michael Myers.

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Tynion explained his overall plans for the book in a recent interview with DC Nation:

We’ve talked a lot about the tone we’re hoping to bring to Batman. I keep using the words ‘action-horror’ and I think that’s going to drive a lot of what we’re doing… Batman has always been a frightening character, and he uses his villains’ fear as a weapon to help him do his job. There are ways we’re going to push that and bring it into the world he’s helping rebuild around him after the last year.

Following Tom King’s gargantuan 85-issue run of Batman would be intimidating for many writers, but with nearly a decade of comic books under his belt (and legendary Batman scribe Scott Snyder as a former professor) Tynion seamlessly transitions from the aftermath of “City of Bane” into his own story. The Dark Knight’s life is that much darker with Gotham only beginning to recover from its occupation under Bane and his enforcers.

This wouldn’t be the first time Bruce Wayne has had to rebuild his city after a major cataclysm, but with his longtime butler/father figure Alfred Pennyworth now tragically deceased, Batman has to fight against unstoppable odds while missing a core piece of his support system. In one tear-inducing moment in issue #86, Bruce momentarily forgets Alfred’s passing and instinctively tries hailing him over his cowl communicator. In short, Bruce… isn’t doing too well. Right from the start of the series, and his emotional baggage is turning his crusade to fix Gotham into a manic obsession.

But Batman won’t be the only boogeyman in Tynion’s series. In his first issue alone, Tynion introduces two new assassin characters, one of whom looks like he walked right off the set of House of 1000 Corpses. The issue also features two slow and gruesome deaths that will give anyone with septophobia goosebumps. Tynion would hardly be the first writer to inject horror elements into a Batman story, but for the seasoned comic book writer it’s more than just a gimmick. With Bruce in such a poor state of mental health following the tragic events of Tom King’s 85-issue run, Tynion is using the horror genre to spotlight the character’s emotional turmoil. While Gotham’s villains might be scary by themselves, an emotionally shaken Batman driven to his breaking point is by far even scarier.

Batman #86 is available now at your local comic book shop.

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Source: DC Comics

2020-01-12 02:01:02

Dorian Black

Horror Franchises Returning In 2020 | Screen Rant

Michael Myers, who is returning in Halloween Kills, and many other leading horror franchises are seeing new installments release in 2020, which is shaping up to be an incredible year for horror.

Horror franchises have always been one of the biggest aspects of the horror genre ever since the 70s and 80s, which saw the rise of Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, and Leatherface dominating the big screen as titans of terror. Others have followed, like Chucky in the Child’s Play franchise and Pinhead in Hellraiser, but as the years have worn on, modern franchises like Saw and The Purge have emerged and joined them.

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Many of these popular modern franchises are getting new installments in 2020. Some that haven’t been updated in years, such as Candyman, are getting refreshed and updated from new, brilliant minds within the genre. Here are some of the franchises to look forward to on the big screen this year.

Though its original installment, The Boy, didn’t take off with audiences (and only has a 30% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), its sequel Brahms: The Boy 2, is heading to theaters in late February. This time, Brahms has a new family to torment, and stars Katie Holmes as Liza. The last movie, in 2016, starred The Walking Dead alum Lauren Cohan as Brahms’ nanny, which might beg the question as to why a doll would be in need of a nanny in the first place, but with Brahms, there’s more than meets the eye.

A Quiet Place 2 is the highly-anticipated sequel to writer and director (and star) John Krasinki’s 2018 smash hit, A Quiet Place. Though Krasinski’s character didn’t survive the first installment, the sequel follows the remaining members of the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe) as they make their way to a new location from the farmhouse they were previously stationed at for safety from the extraterrestrial creatures who respond to even the slightest sound. The first full-length trailer dropped on Jan 1, 2020, and the film will release in March.

The ninth installment of the popular Saw franchise is currently being called by its working title, “The Organ Donor” and was inspired by a story from Chris Rock, who also stars in the film. This upcoming film will see the return of director Darren Lynn Bousman, and will also star Samuel L. Jackson and Marisol Nichols (Riverdale). Little is known about the plot, though sources surrounding the film has said that Rock’s idea for the story takes the franchise in a new, unique direction. Every previous film in the Saw franchise has had an October release, so the May 15 release date is an early present to franchise fans.

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Jordan Peele, of Get Out and Us fame is one of the biggest names in horror right now. When news broke of him being behind a “spiritual sequel” to the beloved Candyman franchise, fans were over the moon. Director Nia DaCosta is at the helm, and while she is a newer filmmaker, her projects have gotten incredible reviews from critics, along with Peele’s stamp of approval. The film will see Tony Todd, the originator of the titular role, back in some capacity and also stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman), Teyonah Parris, and Colman Domingo.

The Purge 5, which is currently untitled beyond that, could possibly be the franchise’s final installment, according to creator James DeMonaco. Plot details are scarce, and fans have wondered whether the film will follow up directly after the events of the franchise’s third installment, Election Year, or perhaps even adapt The Purge television series in some capacity. Jason Blum has mentioned interest in a crossover in the past, as well as a greater cinematic universe for Blumhouse properties in general, so while this movie might be the end in some capacity, it could still have a greater future after it releases in July 2020.

Columbia Pictures managed to turn a meager $9 million budget for Escape Room into $155.7 million at the box office, so Escape Room 2 (and likely an entire franchise) got underway barely a year later. The first film released in January 2019, which is typically a poor month for horror movie releases, as seen with The Grudge‘s box office flop. However, this series about friends who sign up to do an escape room together (which has become a popular trend in recent years) only for it to go horribly wrong has endured. Though it’s reminiscent of the Saw movies, Escape Room‘s sequel could be an equal success that might end up starting something much bigger.

James Wan’s The Conjuring universe will continue with yet another case from the files of Ed and Lorraine Warren, who are played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, respectively. This time, instead of following an in-home haunting, as is the usual modus operandi of the franchise, The Conjuring 3 will follow the events of an infamous court case where the Warrens testified after performing an exorcism. The case was the first in US history where a defendant claimed demonic possession as a defense and created the infamous line “the devil made me do it,” which was the inspiration for the film’s title. Michael Chaves, who previously helmed The Curse of La Llorona, will direct.

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The continuing saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode, which has endured in some capacity since the original movie’s premiere in 1978 will continue in 2020, with one more installment (and presumably the last) in 2021. Halloween Kills will see Jamie Lee Curtis and James Jude Courtney/Nick Castle as Laurie and Michael, respectively. Other familiar faces will return in some capacity, including Anthony Michael Hall, who was cast as the adult version of Tommy Doyle and Kyle Richards, who is reprising the role of Lindsey Wallace, which she originated as a child actress.

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2020-01-10 01:01:25

Jack Wilhelmi

Morbius and New Mutants Crossing Over Into Horror Is Smart For Superhero Movies

The superhero movies Morbius and New Mutants are attempting to cross over into horror by adapting traits of the genre and marketing themselves as crossover (or even just straight up horror) movies; is this a smart idea?

The rise of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Universe have plunged superhero movies into the forefront of mainstream media. The movies make insane amounts of money, the franchises have limitless potential for crossovers, and the merchandising is endless. Similarly, there has been an uprising in the horror genre with major franchise names like Halloween being brought back into the forefront, though the genre never truly has gone entirely out of style. In the past, gritty, darker takes on superhero movies such as Christopher Nolan’s tenure directing the Batman movies, have done tremendously well with adult audiences. However, Marvel movies tend to be, on the whole, appropriate for younger audiences, or at least more so than the horror genre.

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While there have been some attempts at crossover on the horror side, such as with 2019’s James Gunn produced evil superhero movie, Brightburn, it didn’t quite stick the landing. This could have been for numerous reasons, though the gore-laden movie about how dangerous superheroes can actually be if they’re not inclined to be good had a unique thought process. This idea was streamlined into a clearer, more popular vision with Amazon Prime’s series, The Boys. Truthfully, there’s plenty of room for crossover in both directions, and it’s a good idea all-around – here’s why.

While New Mutants and Morbius aren’t the only superhero movies crossing over into horror, they are two that could use the boost the most. New Mutants is the newest installment of a franchise, X-Men, that hasn’t been as successful with recent entries in the past. Therefore, it needs something unique and different to kickstart it in another direction. With a fresh face cast of characters including Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), and Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things), there’s some familiarity with what it takes to deliver performances that can be recognized in the horror space. The anti-hero principle doesn’t seem like it’ll come into play here; instead, the young mutants are trying to escape a facility that likely holds more danger to them than good, though the premise states that they must “fight their past sins and save themselves“.

Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill, who worked together on the horror film, Sinister, also worked together to create the first standalone Doctor Strange movie. Derrickson, who will be directing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, has said that it will also be a horror movie. This likely set the pace for others to follow. New Mutants and Doctor Strange‘s sequel seem to be managing the crossover by taking elements that already work and adding in horror, where movies like Brightburn missed the mark by taking elements of horror and trying to incorporate superhero elements in a unique setting when really, it was like evil Superman.

Morbius could manage the crossover effectively because he, like Spawn, is a character that is already steeped in horror and exists in comics with a full story all his own. Morbius’ character is a Spider-Man villain, which makes the movie a second attempt at giving a villain from that franchise its own stand-alone film. Morbius, who suffers from a rare genetic blood disease, accidentally turned himself into a “living vampire” through various experiments to find a cure. His abilities are similar to the vampire tales of old, and, though he’s no Dracula, it creates a natural path between superhero movies and horror in a sensible way. However these films end up, given the success of each genre on its own, there’s likely more to be explored here in the future.

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2020-01-09 01:01:08

Jack Wilhelmi

Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Horror Movies (Other Than Buffy The Vampire Slayer)

Sarah Michelle Gellar, of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame, has lent her substantial talents to many horror movies throughout her successful career, which has spanned decades.

Gellar started as a child actress who first did Burger King commercials, but then ended up landing larger roles, such as that of Kendall Hart in the popular, long-running soap opera, All My Children. Hart was the daughter of Susan Lucci’s character, Erica Kane, and was praised for having the fortitude and skill to go against a veteran actress like Lucci even in her pre-teen and teen years. When she was 18, Gellar won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress In A Drama Series for the role. Gellar went on to pursue other projects, and landed the title role of Buffy Summers in Joss Whedon’s mega-hit series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which ran for seven seasons from 1997-2003.

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However, Gellar has always seemed to have a fondness for acting in horror films, and has delivered major and minor roles to the genre in multiple films throughout the years.

Though she read the script for Buffy in 1996, Gellar took on two roles in feature films during the same time period; both were slasher films, and both saw a great deal of success. First, Gellar got the role of Helen Shivers in 1997’s teen blockbuster, I Know What You Did Last Summer, which also starred Ryan Phillippe, Jennifer Love Hewett, and Gellar’s now-husband, Freddie Prinze Jr. Though Gellar was not the final girl, and ended up being slain more than halfway through the film, her role was part of a small ensemble cast of other fresh-faced young actors that allowed her talent to shine on the big screen. I Know What You Did Last Summer turned a $17 million budget into $125.2 million worldwide. Gellar had a smaller role in Scream 2, Wes Craven’s sequel to his 1996 smash hit, Scream, and played Sorority girl Cici Cooper, who had about as much screen time as Drew Barrymore did in the first, and was extinguished quickly by Ghostface.

The majority of her time was occupied by Buffy for the rest of the 90s and into the early 2000s, but Gellar took the lead role in Takashi Shimizu’s first American remake of his hit Japanese horror franchise, Ju-On, in The Grudge (2004). Her role, Karen Davis, was one of the highest-praised aspects of the film, which acted somewhat as a redemption project for Shimizu, who took his opportunity to remake the film for an American audience as an attempt to improve on the mistakes he saw in the first. Shimizu returned to direct the sequel to The Grudge in America, The Grudge 2, which saw Gellar reprising her role as Karen for a brief stint before she succumbed to Kayako’s curse. Just before The Grudge, Gellar also stepped into the ‘kid-friendly’ horror space, where she took on the role of Daphne Blake in the 2002 live action version of Scooby Doo.

In 2008, Gellar starred in the psychological thriller, Possession, with Michael Landes and Lee Pace. Possession explores the strange events that surround a woman whose husband and brother-in-law get into a car crash, end up in comas, and then lead her down a harrowing road of mistaken identity and body swaps. This film didn’t see anywhere near the success of Gellar’s other horror projects, and was panned by critics and audiences alike. After Possession, Gellar’s work was largely focused on television, though she has certainly contributed a great deal to the horror genre with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and beyond.

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2020-01-08 04:01:19

Jack Wilhelmi

5 Horror Trends Of The 2010s That Need To Die Out (& 5 That Deserve To Stay)

Each decade, the horror genre changes. The ’80s were filled with trashy slasher movies. Then in the ’90s, the genre had started to grow stale and repetitive. It wasn’t until 1996’s Scream finally revitalized the genre, leading to the influx of “hip” and self-aware horror that bled into the 2000s. 

The horror genre has now changed in the 2010s, for better and for worse. This list will look at the genre’s tropes within the last ten years, with some being a saving grace, while others that need to just go away. Here are five horror trends of the 2010s that need to die out and five that deserve to stay.

10 Needs To Die Out: PG-13 Slashers

Slasher films aren’t what you’d call “high art.”  They are exactly what they need to be: stupid characters being killed off in creative ways by an unstoppable killer. The over-the-top kills are what make the genre watchable in the first place. 

Within the last two decades, studios have decided to tone down the violence to PG-13, creating atrocious titles like Slender Man, Black Christmas, The Bye Bye Man, and many more. It’s definitely not a creative choice either, as it’s obvious the studios just wanted a PG-13 rating to help bring in more money. PG-13 can work in certain horror, but the slasher genre is reserved for an R rating. 

9 Deserves To Stay: Horror Relying On Atmosphere And Visuals

Many horror fans hate jump scares. While some of them can be effective, they are generally reserved for the “cheap scare.” By the end of the movie, you’ve completely grown immune to it and forgotten most of them. 

In the 2010s, we got many classic horror films that relied more on atmosphere, tone, and visuals. Films like The Witch and Hereditary stuck with their audiences long after the credits rolled. This is because a mood was set and the director stuck with it. With the right kind of imagery and intensity, a horror film can get under your skin in the best way possible.

8 Needs To Die Out: Cinematic Universes

The Conjuring Universe was a great idea on paper, but let’s face it, many of the movies have been pretty awful. The original Conjuring is a terrific film, no doubt, but since then, the movies within this universe hasn’t come close to the same quality. 

Each new horror villain they’ve introduced has become a disappointment. Annabelle, The Nun, and The Curse Of la Llorona were all panned by critics and audiences (okay Annabelle: Creation was decent). It’s understandable why the studios want this, since the MCU is one of the most profitable entertainment products in history. Unfortunately, The Conjuring Universe hasn’t been able to capture the same magic. 

7 Deserves To Stay: Horror TV Shows

The horror genre comes in many forms; movies, books, video games, and even TV shows. This past decade has shown that horror can be just as successful on the small screen as it is on the big screen. Television gives creators the opportunity for long-form storytelling and character development.

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These shows include Haunting Of Hill House, The Walking Dead, and Ash vs Evil Dead. You could even put Stranger Things in that category, which is one of the most popular shows going on right now. With all of these hit horror shows, let’s hope that there’s more to come. 

6 Needs To Die Out: Long Trailers That Spoil The Movie

Now, this is actually an issue with movies today in general. Movie trailers nowadays are just way too long, on top of having too many of them. It’s awful when a horror movie, especially a slasher, has a trailer where it’s made clear who is going to get killed.

A notorious example of this is the trailer for Halloween (2018). To be fair, a studio wanting to market a horror movie needs to show some sort of scares and kills. Except in Halloween, there were so many shots in the trailer where a character is seconds away from being killed by Michael. That robs the audience of the suspense going in.

5 Deserves To Stay: Horror That Relies On Sensory Deprivation

Throughout the last ten years, there have been some great horror movies where sensory deprivation is put into play. This means that an important sense, such as sight and hearing, is taken away from characters, resulting in some extremely tense sequences.

For example, in Hush, the main protagonist is deaf and is being stalked by a psychotic killer. When something as important as hearing is taken away from a character, this makes the audience feel as if they lost it as well. Other noteworthy mentions are A Quiet Place and Bird Box

4 Needs To Die Out: Supernatural Technology

In the digital age, it was inevitable that studios would find ways to incorporate technology with supernatural horror. The problem is that these movies just end up feeling gimmicky, and even silly at times. 

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Unfriended is probably the most notorious example of this where the entire movie takes place on a Skype call among multiple people. It’s a terrific concept but it was executed poorly. Other atrocious movies have also jumped at this trend like Friend Request and, more recently, Countdown. For some reason, ghosts or demons just don’t mix well with technology. 

3 Deserves To Stay: Worthy Stephen King Adaptations

In the ’80s and ’90s, films based on Stephen King’s work were being made like crazy, with many of them being cheap cash-grabs or made-for-TV products. The past ten years fans have gotten some really good adaptations from Stephen King novels such as IT, Gerald’s Game, 1922, and even 11/22/63 (not horror but still great). 

Sure there have still been some missteps, such as Carrie and Pet Sematary, but it seems like King’s novels are getting adaptations from creators who respect his work. Even in January 2020, HBO has a series based on The Outsider with Jason Bateman. There’s still talk of a new miniseries on The Stand. Here’s to hoping that HBO produces it. 

2 Needs To Die Out: Sequels, Prequels, & Remakes

The last decade continued on with the plethora of sequels, prequels, and reboots. While a lot less were made compared to the 2000s, they were still a mainstay in the genre. Sometimes, they just feel unnecessary. For example, no one asked for a prequel to The Thing. The ambiguity was one of the best things about it. Also, Halloween (2018) was not needed, despite being a decent homage to the original. 

This isn’t to say that sequels, prequels, and remakes don’t have their place. It’s just that this past decade there have been a ton of great original horror movies that don’t need to be a part of an existing franchise to be successful.

1 Deserves To Stay: Thought-Provoking Horror

Sometimes referred to as “elevated horror,” the 2010s contained some of the best films the genre has to offer, whom of which will go down as a classics in the years to come. These films took the horror genre but applied it to though-provoking stories that delved into societal and political issues. These included Us, Midsommar, The Lighthouse, and The Babadook

One of the best films of the entire decade, in general, was Get Out from Jordan Peele. It took a relatively simple premise of meeting your girlfriend’s parents but then delved into a hellish nightmare that commented on liberal racism. We hope that the trend of these great horror films continues on and the genre gets the respect it deserves. 

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2020-01-05 03:01:46

Joshua Pedroza-O'Leary

Horror Movies That Are 10 Years Old In 2020 | Screen Rant

2020 begins a brand new decade, and with that milestone, lots of great horror movies from 2010 are celebrating their 10-year anniversary. 2010 really doesn’t feel like that long ago, but such is the passage of time. It was an entire decade ago when The Walking Dead premiered on AMC, Barack Obama was still U.S. president, and there weren’t yet enough streaming services that subscribing to them all would land consumers in the triple digits per month. The Rock was only beginning to become a true movie star back then even.

Social media’s influence in the life of the average person has also skyrocketed since 2010, going from what at first seemed like it might be a fad to making sites like Facebook and Twitter into constant stops for just about everyone. Streaming video has only continued to overtake physical media in the last decade as well, to the point where DVD and Blu-Ray sales are in severe decline, outside of collector-focused labels.

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As 2020 begins, let’s take a look back at the notable horror films set to turn 10 years old this year. They’re far from being old enough to drink, but they’re at the very least about to graduate from elementary school.

  • Tucker and Dale vs. Evil – January 22 (World Premiere at Sundance, Limited Release in 2011)
  • Frozen – February 5
  • The Wolfman – February 12
  • The Crazies – February 26
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street – April 30
  • Piranha 3D – August 20
  • The Last Exorcism – August 27
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife – September 10
  • The Ward – September 13 (World Premiere at TIFF, Wide Release in 2011)
  • Insidious – September 14 (World Premiere at TIFF, Wide Release in 2011)
  • Devil – September 17
  • Hatchet 2 – October 1
  • Let Me In – October 1
  • Stake Land – October 1
  • I Spit on Your Grave – October 8
  • My Soul to Take – October 8
  • Paranormal Activity 2 – October 22
  • Saw 3D: The Final Chapter – October 29

As is readily apparent from the list above, there was a wide variety of horror output in 2010. Horror/comedy Tucker and Dale vs. Evil allowed the rednecks to be the good guys for a change, while Frozen (not to be confused with the Disney movie) saw friends attempt to survive after being stuck up on a chair lift in freezing weather. The Wolfman starring Benicio del Toro attempted to revive a Universal classic, while The Crazies proved to be a viable remake of the George A. Romero original. A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s remake turned out disappointingly unimpressive, while Piranha 3D provided a hilarious mix of laughs, nudity, and gory deaths.

The Last Exorcism put a found footage twist on demonic possession, while Resident Evil: Afterlife continued the video game-based series. The Ward served as an underwhelming swan song for John Carpenter’s directorial career, while Insidious kicked off one of Blumhouse’s biggest franchises. The M. Night Shymalan-produced Devil had some interesting ideas but mostly poor execution, while Hatchet 2 continued director Adam Green’s modern slasher franchise with even more insanely brutal kills.

Let Me In turned out to be a surprisingly good remake of Let the Right One In, and Stake Land also helped 2010 be a decent year for vampire movies. I Spit on Your Grave remade one of the most infamous rape/revenge movies ever, while My Soul to Take ended up being one of director Wes Craven’s lesser works. Paranormal Activity 2 continued racking up huge profits on low budgets, and finally, Saw delivered what turned out be a not-so-final chapter. 2010 was an eventful year for horror, and we’ll see where 2020 ends up taking the genre.

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2020-01-05 03:01:31

Michael Kennedy

American Horror Story Season 1’s Connection To Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Both American Horror Story and Buffy the Vampire Slayer are iconic, cult classic television series with a horror bend that have been scaring and entertaining audiences for decades; the two long-running series share more than thematic common ground.

Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story debuted in 2011 with its first season, known as Murder House. The show has since gone on to have eight more seasons, and will have its tenth in 2020. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which was a television spin-off of Joss Whedon’s 1992 film of the same name, premiered in 1997 and ran through 2003, accumulating seven seasons in total. The series starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, David Boreanaz, and Nicholas Brendon. Rumors of a reboot have been circulating, with some cast members sharing their support in reinvigorating Whedon’s original vision for a modern audience.

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Murphy’s series has developed a cult following as well, though his series utilizes an anthology style to keep a fresh take from season to season, which has assisted with the show’s overall longevity. The first season, Murder House, is regarded as one of the most iconic and popular series, and part of that has to do with the house itself, which is where the connection between these two popular shows lies.

In Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 4, episode 4, “Fear, Itself”, Buffy, Willow, Xander, and Oz are planning to attend a fraternity’s Halloween party at a stately mansion. What they don’t realize until later is that, due to the influence of a ancient fear demon named Gachnar, the plastic decorations and other manufactured frights are becoming real and dangerous. The fraternity brothers, members of Alpha Delta at UC Sunnydale, accidentally conjured Gachnar by painting his mark on the floor of one of their rooms as part of the Halloween festivities; Oz (Seth Green) accidentally activates the seal by spilling a drop of blood on it. The house where all this takes place ended up being the “Murder House” in American Horror Story’s first season 12 years later.

The “Murder House” in American Horror Story is cursed, where all who perish in the house must remain there in some sort of purgatory. Because of this, there are numerous characters of varying levels of danger that have become permanent residents over the span of years, dating back to the original owners, the Montgomery family, who built the house in 1922. The Montgomery family’s personal tragedy led to the dark origins of the house, after the murder of their infant son and Charles and Nora’s murder/suicide led them to be the first ghostly residents of the manor.

The real house is known as the Rosenheim Mansion, and is located in Country Club Park, Los Angeles. It was built in 1908 by architect Alfred Rosenheim as his own residence. The mansion is gigantic, stretching over 10,000 square feet and three stories; it has six bedrooms and five bathrooms. It is on nearly an acre of land, and has a former chapel on the property, which has been transformed into a recording studio. Some features of the home include Tiffany stained and leaded glass, Italian brickwork, and Peruvian mahogany paneling. The Rosenheim manor is currently privately owned as of 2015, when it sold for $3.2 million, but is forever a part of American Horror Story‘s legacy.

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2020-01-03 03:01:09

Jack Wilhelmi