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Doctor Who’s Timeless Child Twist Creates A Villain Problem For Season 13

Doctor Who‘s Timeless Child reveal means future villains won’t be quite so threatening. The season 12 finale of Doctor Who changed the entire standing of the franchise with a series of huge revelations. Essentially, The Doctor fell from another universe into our own and was adopted by a scientist from the planet Gallifrey. The Doctor showed a natural ability to regenerate upon death, and the Time Lords coveted this power for themselves, finally managing to splice it into their own genetic makeup.

The regeneration gimmick in Doctor Who is a genius one that has allowed the series to survive for over 50 years, replacing the lead actor time and time again to reach brand new generations of fans. However, it does come with a major drawback – the threat of The Doctor being killed is greatly diminished. Usually in adventure, fantasy or science fiction, the stakes are high because the lead character is often at risk of imminent death, whether because of a perilous journey or a dastardly villain. Being able to regenerate has meant Doctor Who‘s leading man or lady rarely seems in serious danger, but this has historically been remedied by establishing a 12 regeneration limit. Consequently, The Doctor could die should all of their forms be spent.

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The Timeless Child has changed all of that. Since The Doctor isn’t from Gallifrey, she cannot be subject to the 12 regeneration ceiling the Time Lords themselves imposed. Given what is now known, The Doctor may have an infinite amount of regenerations, and the many previous lives glimpsed so far certainly indicates as much. Moving forward, the audience will be fully aware that not only can The Doctor regenerate, but she could do it ad nauseam, until the enemy gives up and goes home. Previously, with the limit in place, any threat to The Doctor at least carried some weight, similar to losing a life in a video game; at some point, it’s goodbye for good. But now, any villain or emergency that threatens The Doctor is laughable, since the hero can likely come back from any and all injuries.

This would be a major pitfall for future seasons of Doctor Who, but there are a few potential workarounds. Firstly, the Time Lords could’ve artificially imposed their own limit onto The Doctor, although this would need some explanation and clarification sooner rather than later. Secondly, David Tennant’s Doctor once tried to make regeneration out to be akin to a death, with each outgoing version of The Doctor feeling like they’re dying, rather than renewing, but this is a mere technicality, and isn’t necessarily a view shared by the audience. Finally, The Doctor has stated previously that if the regeneration process is halted for whatever reason, a Time Lord can still die midway through. This isn’t something Doctor Who has followed up on much, so it’s authenticity could be questioned, especially now The Doctor has been outed as a non-Time Lord. Alternatively, Time Lords have a number of different Kryptonites, such as the sap of a Judas Tree, which Doctor Who could make more use of.

One frequent method Doctor Who has used to navigate around the regeneration issue is to keep companions and innocent civilians in villains’ cross hairs, rather than The Doctor, taking advantage of their fragile mortality. While this can certainly be effective, The Doctor herself needs to come into peril now and again, and viewers might also expect the protagonist to constantly sacrifice herself in future adventures, now there’s seemingly no limit to her regenerations. No sense letting Rory die all the time when The Doctor can’t be killed. This is just another example of how game-changing the Timeless Child is. Although the storyline has the potential to open brand new doors for Doctor Who, there are a lot of lingering plot points that need addressing before the show moves forward with its next season.

More: Doctor Who’s Timeless Child Twist Resolves Two Major Tom Baker Plot Holes

Doctor Who continues with “Revolution of the Daleks” this holiday season on BBC and BBC America.


2020-03-09 05:03:15

Craig Elvy

Doctor Who Theory: Brendan Is The Timeless Child | Screen Rant

The latest episode of Doctor Who introduced a mysterious new character named Brendan, and he could be one of the Timeless Children. The greatest mystery of Doctor Who season 12 is the Timeless Child, a mysterious figure who apparently had a profound effect on Gallifreyan history. “They lied to us,” the Master told the Doctor in the second part of season 12’s premiere, “Spyfall, Pt. 2.” “Everything we were told was a lie. We are not who we think. You or I. The whole existence of our species – built on the lie of the Timeless Child.

The latest episode of Doctor Who, “Ascension of the Cybermen,” introduced a new character named Brendan. He was introduced in a story that seemed to be set in Ireland, a baby found by two adoring parents. At first Brendan seemed to be just an ordinary human being, until the moment he was shot off the edge of a cliff – and got up inexplicably unharmed. The final Brendan scene in the episode revealed Brendan’s friends and family are conducting mysterious experiments upon him.

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It’s possible Brendan is linked to the Lone Cyberman. And yet, his story has deliberately been left unfinished for the season finale, which bears the title “The Timeless Children.” The title alone reframes the narrative, suggesting there’s more than just one Timeless Child glimpsed by the Doctor in her mysterious visions. And it raises the possibility Brendan is really a Timeless Child.

At first glance, Brendan’s story appears to be set entirely in Ireland. But it’s worth noting no actual Earth locations are mentioned; there’s no reference to Dublin or Cork, to Waterford or Limerick. The assumption that this is Ireland may be a misdirect and a pretty amusing one at that. Countless humans have incorrectly believed Gallifrey was a place in Ireland. The mistake is an established part of Doctor Who lore, running all the way back to the Tom Baker era and repeated several times in the relaunched series as well. So it would be quite appropriate for this to actually be ancient Gallifrey, perhaps before the sun expanded and the world’s temperature increased, leading Gallifrey to become more arid.

The mysterious Brendan scenes reveal he appears to be immortal. In one key scene, Brendan pursues a thief to the coast and confronts him on the edge of a cliff. To Brendan’s horror, the thief pulls a gun, and soon Brendan is stood on the cliffside pleading for his life. His pleas are in vain, and he’s shot; the force of the impact blows Brendan off the side of the cliff. Astonishingly, though, he is completely unharmed, even though there’s a bullet-hole in his clothes confirming he should be dead. Functionally, it seems Brendan cannot be killed; he is immortal, or – to use a different word – “timeless.” What’s more, he was found as a child.

It’s true Brendan looks nothing like the Timeless Child seen in the Doctor’s visions, but that isn’t a problem. As noted, the title of the season 12 finale is “The Timeless Children,” confirming there could be any number of these mysterious beings. This theory would sit uncomfortably with the first prophecy of the Timeless Child, of course, uttered by the Remnants in Doctor Who season 11, episode 2. “We see… further back,” the Remnants whispered. “The Timeless Child … we see what’s hidden, even from yourself. The outcast, abandoned and unknown.” But the Remnants were digging deep into the Doctor’s race memory, so there’s no reason to assume they read everything correctly. Besides, the very title of the season 12 finale suggests the Remnant’s words are being discounted to a degree.

Related: Doctor Who: Ruth Origin, Timeline & Future Explained

The final scenes with Brendan are even stranger, showing him on the day he’s retiring from the police force. To his surprise, he’s confronted by his former boss and the chief of police, who don’t appear to have aged at all. They then subject Brendan to an unknown technological process they claim will erase his memories. There’s no reason to assume that’s the limit of their capabilities, however; it’s possible they’re also leeching his life energy.

Assuming “Ireland” is actually Gallifrey, this would fit with the Master’s words. Time Lords practically live forever, barring accidents, but it’s possible their functional immortality comes at a hidden cost: that they are draining the life energy from others. This would be the dark secret at the heart of Time Lord civilization, with the founding fathers of Gallifrey hiding these Timeless Children away and concealing the truth from the rest of their race. The Time Lords would then be able to advance technologically at a tremendous rate because each Gallifreyan would essentially have forever to learn and grow.

The idea has a rich history in literature and is inspired by the Biblical concept of the scapegoat, where one being suffers on behalf of others. Fyodor Dostoevsky developed this idea in The Brothers Karamazov, and in 1891 philosopher William James took it to its logical next step in The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life. There, he imagined a utopia where “millions [were] kept permanently happy on the one simple condition that a certain lost soul on the far-off edge of things should lead a life of lonely torture.” Famously, Ursula K. Le Guin further developed this into an actual sci-fi concept in The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas. She presented Omelas as a paradise with one hidden atrocity; the city’s constant state of serenity and splendor requires that a single unfortunate child be kept in perpetual filth, darkness, and misery. Residents are made aware of this when they come of age, and most choose to consign themselves to this horrific reality.

Doctor Who‘s showrunner, Chris Chibnall, is well-known for his love of science fiction, and it would be perfectly fitting for him to adapt an idea that has such an established history in sci-fi. By that reading, the Doctor and the Master are about to learn the horrific truth lying at the heart of Gallifrey: that Gallifrey is Omelas, and the Timeless Children have been the secret source of their countless regenerations. This truth would shake the Doctor to the core and raise fascinating questions about Doctor Who‘s future, given she would refuse to continue preying on the life energy of others.

More: Doctor Who Theory: Season 12’s Master Is From The Eleventh Doctor’s Era


2020-02-23 07:02:10

Thomas Bacon

Doctor Who Wraps Timeless Child & Lone Cyberman Arcs In Season Finale

Doctor Who will wrap up season 12 with a two-part episode, and showrunner Chris Chibnall says they’ll provide answers to the mysteries of the Lone Cyberman and the Timeless Child. Season 12 premiered earlier this year with Jodie Whittaker returning for her second season as the 13th incarnation of The Doctor. Whittaker was brought on at the start of season 11 (becoming the first woman to play The Doctor) after Peter Capaldi stepped away from the role. Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, and Mandip Gill are once again aboard the TARDIS as companions.

The finale might be answering some lingering mysteries, but this season of Doctor Who has already managed to pack in quite a few surprises. The show introduced yet another version of The Doctor, played by Jo Martin, creating many questions about where this alternate iteration of The Doctor fits in on the timeline. The series also brought back fan-favorite Captain Jack Harkness, played by John Barrowman, making his first appearance since season 4. Unfortunately, the return was a brief one, and Captain Harkness used his short time back to warn The Doctor’s companions about the Lone Cyberman.

Related: Doctor Who: All The Clues To The Ruth/New Doctor Twist

Showrunner Chris Chibnall confirmed to RadioTimes that the mystery of the Lone Cyberman would be explored in the two-part finale. The first episode of the finale, titled “Ascension of the Cybermen,” will take place at the end of the Great Cyber War as the surviving members of humanity face off against the last remainders of a fearsome group of Cybermen. Chibnall suggests that the episode would keep The Doctor and her companions on the run from persistent threats that may split up the TARDIS crew for good.

As far as the final episode, titled “The Timeless Children,” Chibnall had even less to divulge. Without giving away any details, he called the episode “epic and personal,” stating that fans should watch as soon as they can to avoid any spoilers. The Timeless Child was first mentioned back in season 11 and was brought back to light this season by classic Doctor Who villain The Master, who referred to “The Timeless Child” as his reason for destroying The Doctor’s homeworld of Gallifrey. Chibnall did confirm the season 12 finale would be an extra-long one, clocking in at 65 minutes.

It certainly seems like there’s going to be plenty of action to unpack in the last few episodes of this season. While we don’t have all the details, we do know that, regardless of what happens in the finale, Jodie Whittaker will be back again for a third season as The Doctor. Time will only tell whether the same can be said for The Doctor’s loyal companions. Doctor Who season 12 is currently airing on BBC One.

More: Doctor Who’s New Timeline Creates A Major TARDIS Plot Hole

Source: RadioTimes


2020-02-08 04:02:01

Michael McCleod

5 Things About Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer That Haven’t Aged Well (& 5 That Are Timeless)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a Christmas movie that has been around for over 50 years. Because of this, many generations have watched this movie while growing up, so it’s a film that’s nostalgic for many people. While lots of people who celebrate Christmas have a fond place in their hearts for this children’s holiday classic, it’s definitely a product of its time. There are many things in this movie that are kind of messed up and haven’t aged well at all, but there are also things about it that are timeless that make people keep watching.

Here are the five things from Rudolph that haven’t aged well 50 years later and five things about it that stand the test of time.

10 HAVEN’T AGED WELL: THAT THE ELVES HAVE TO CONFORM TO BEING ONE KIND OF PERSON

The entire idea of Santa having a legion of elves who do all of the hard work for him is rather messed up when you think about it, and the way the elves are treated in Rudolph is especially disturbing. These elves don’t seem like they are paid at all, and they are expected to all be toy makers. When Hermey wants to be a dentist, he is yelled at by the Head Elf and treated with disdain. It also seems like Santa is pretty dismissive and rude to the elves, and overall it’s awful they don’t have any control over their own lives.

9 TIMELESS: RUDOLPH IS THE HERO OF THE STORY

While many people have pointed out the bad behavior of the people in Rudolph’s life, at least Rudolph himself is the hero of the story. It’s definitely true that he wasn’t treated that well by the people who should have been looking out for him, but he’s still a good person anyway. He cares about his friends and about the toys on the Island of Misfit Toys, and it ends up being Rudolph’s differences and uniqueness that allows him to save Christmas.

8 HAVEN’T AGED WELL: HOW RUDOLPH IS TREATED BY HIS DAD

Given that this movie was released in 1964, it’s not surprising that the social norms are different than they are now. One thing that’s most disturbing in the movie is how Rudolph’s father, Donner, treats his son.

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He is judgmental and mean about Rudolph’s nose and clearly ashamed of the fact that his son isn’t just like everyone else. Many people have pointed out that this makes it seem like Rudolph is some sort of metaphor for being a child with a bigoted parent.

7 TIMELESS: THE ISLAND OF MISFIT TOYS

This movie is all about the fact that being different than what society says is the norm can lead to a lot of ostracism. The toys on this island are all less than normal, and they have no place. This is one bright spot in this movie that’s often surprisingly dark. The fact that they are given a safe place until they are able to find permanent homes is heartwarming, and seeing them finally get to leave the island and find love and happiness is a great moment in the film.

6 HAVEN’T AGED WELL: THE OLD-FASHIONED SEXISM

Another thing about Rudolph that is really hard to watch in this day and age is how much weird sexism there is. First of all, it appears that only male reindeer are allowed to pull the sleigh, which actually makes no sense given that in real-life only female reindeer have their antlers in the winter.

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Next, there’s the fact that Mrs. Donner doesn’t even have her own name and just put up with her husband being a jerk. And, lastly, there is a weird quote about how certain things are “man’s work.”

5 TIMELESS: THE NORTH POLE SETTING IS MAGICAL

The North Pole setting in this movie might seem normal now, but this is really where much of our conception of the mythical North Pole comes from. While the elves definitely deserve a better life, the fact that there are talking snowmen, magical woodland creatures, and Christmas trees that just naturally grow is rather exciting. It’s definitely a wonderful setting that is appealing to people of all ages.

4 HAVEN’T AGED WELL: EVERYONE ONLY STARTS BEING NICE TO RUDOLPH WHEN THEY LEARN HE’S USEFUL

While at least Rudolph’s parents do seem to care enough to look for him after he runs away, Santa and everyone else at the North Pole only values the fact that Rudolph is different once they realize he can save Christmas. It just sends a message that if you’re not like everyone else you need to be able to be useful to be worth something.

3 TIMELESS: THE SONGS ARE REALLY CATCHY

While the plot of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer might not be the tightest or most uplifting, the songs definitely make up for it. Burl Ives sings many Christmas classics on the soundtrack, and there are also some really catchy original songs such as “Island of Misfit Toys” anthem.

RELATED: The 10 Best Original Christmas Movie Songs, Ranked

The songs definitely make this movie more enjoyable to watch, and they will get stuck in your head.

2 HAVEN’T AGED WELL: THAT SANTA IS TRULY A JERK

Of all the uncomfortable things about this movie, the fact that Santa is the worst is one of the most awkward. He treats Rudolph horribly, and for some reason blames Donner for the fact his son has a shiny nose. He is rude to the elves when they make up a song for him, and he is also rude to his wife. It’s basically Mrs. Claus who has to baby him while he goes around treating everyone in his life coldly. He’s definitely one of the worst versions of Santa ever made.

1 TIMELESS: RUDOLPH AND HERMEY MAKE A GREAT TEAM

While the other people around them might not get or love them, these two “misfits” at least have each other. They are able to find friendship and acceptance together, and this definitely speaks to the importance of finding people who will accept you for who you are. While most of the other characters might be awful, these two at least are characters to root for.

NEXT: 10 Christmas Movies We Mainly Watch Out Of Tradition


2019-12-14 01:12:48

Amanda Steele

5 Exorcism Movie Tropes That Are Timeless (& 5 That Need To Be Exorcised)

The exorcism. Is there any scene that doesn’t ring truer of the horror genre than that? It’s pretty much universally terrifying, and thanks to 1973’s The Exorcist, it has become a Hollywood standard.

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As with all horror films, this genre is prone to some serious tropes that fill every release. Some of them are terrifying, well-done and produce exceptional results pretty much every time they appear. Some of them are overused, lackluster, and rarely work well. We’ve collected five of the best and five of the worst.

10 Timeless: It’s A Child Being Exorcised

Children are scary. Try and think of the absolute scariest film you can. There’s a child involved in some way, right? Whether it’s as a vulnerable main character who you can relate to through your own childhood fears, or it’s a creepy face at the end of a hallway.

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By centering exorcism films on a child, we automatically feel more sympathy and a whole lot more fear. They don’t know what’s happening to them, and when they get possessed and turn into a creepy, doll-like plaything for the devil, we’re straight behind the sofa.

9 Exorcised: It’s An Adult

Adults aren’t that scary. They know what a demon is, and they have an understanding of exorcisms to a certain degree. Basically, get over yourself, adult. Well, it isn’t quite that simple, I imagine being exorcised is pretty scary no matter your age, but it just doesn’t have the same effect when it’s not an innocent child at the receiving end of the devil’s games. Just take a look at The Devil Inside or The Conjuring. The central scenes don’t have the same impact on us as they do when its Regan or Nell having a demon pulled from within them.

8 Timeless: A Priest Comes To Help Out

In a lot of cases, priests make for pretty cool characters. Even in some pretty poor films like The Rite (2011), the priest (in this case, a very on-form Anthony Hopkins) is ominous in one of his stand out roles. Their confidence and power always provide an interesting edge, and their ability to run headfirst into the terrifying scene of the exorcisms they face is never really commended enough. Pretty much every exorcism film is forced to have a priest in it by default, but, luckily, it works. Obviously, not every time; if the film is bad, then the priest is pretty likely to be bad. But, in general, it’s a good trope.

7 Exorcised: The Priest Is The Devil As Well

One of the main reasons I mentioned The Rite above is because it does exactly this. By the end of the film (spoiler alert), Anthony Hopkins himself becomes possessed. The very man trying to save those who are possessed gets possessed himself. Who will help him?! It’s a nice twist, but it’s the sort of twist you can only do once, like ‘I am your father’ or ‘he was dead the whole time.’ Maybe it isn’t quite common enough to be classified as a trope, but, given its already been done a fair few times, maybe just avoid this one from now on, yeah?

6 Timeless: The Torturous Movements

Nothing is more convincing of true fear and pain than the torturous, anguished movements made by some of those we see having a demon exorcised out of them.

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We’ve seen it happen in The Last Exorcism and The Exorcism Of Emily Rose, in which the lead actresses both contort themselves in various grotesque ways, and it works wonders in creating a believable sense of possession. These scenes are completely natural and real, giving a disturbing edge to the performances. Having said this, it works best, perhaps, in The Exorcist, where the horrifying ‘spiderwalk’ scene (which wasn’t even in the original release) looks completely and utterly unnatural and totally demonic. Terrifying stuff.

5 Exorcised: The Bell, Book, and Candle

Pretty much every exorcism film we see has three classic items, a bell, a book, and a candle. When you’re absorbed in the tension and thrill of a horror film, these are perfectly fine and you can get over it.

If you consider it for too long, you might start to ask yourself why they’re there. Well, they shouldn’t be. These items are actually part of the ritual of ex-communication, which is where someone is suspended from receiving the services of their church. No supernatural elements involved here, just some weird passive-aggressive stuff.

4 Timeless: Chanting In Latin

The beauty of the Latin chant is that almost no one can understand what it means. By default, we avoid any of the cringe-inducing chants that use words we actually understand and *every single time without fail* makes us laugh instead of shiver.

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Latin is pretty creepy anyway, what with its association with the devil and the jagged, inherently scary words and phrases found in its lexicon. A sure-fire way to avoid a disappointing interaction with a demon- keep them talking in Latin. We don’t need to understand what they’re saying!

3 Exorcised: When The Demon Speaks Through Their Subject

The Exorcist did it perfectly. We didn’t need it to happen again, because it was never going to be as good. Some of the things Pazuzu has Regan say are horrific and remain horrifying to this day, but, when you watch it happen in any other horror film since, it just doesn’t have the same effect.

Seeing a child with a weird, distorted deep voice has been done so many times that rather than seeming scary, it seems totally expected. Like you’re supposed to sign some sort of form stating ‘I will make the subject of my exorcism speak in a deep demon voice’ when you start directing a horror film.

2 Timeless: Jump Scares

Say what you like about jump scares. Tacky. Easy. Boring. They’re still scary. Sure, sometimes they don’t work at all, and sometimes they’re overused, but the jump scare is still one of the finest tools in a horror director’s arsenal.

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Remember in The Exorcist III where the nurse gets sprung upon? Or in The Conjuring where the witch-like thing is on the wardrobe? While exorcism films shouldn’t be ruined by over pollinating themselves with jump scares that replace suspense, if you truly want to scare your audience, position them wisely and keep them coming.

1 Exorcised: Copying The Exorcist

Once The Exorcist was released in 1973 (and became the first Oscar-nominated horror film), there were bound to be a lot of copycat films lurking about. Just the 1970s led us to many, including The Antichrist (1974), Exorcismo (1974) and The Possessed (1977).

Even though the latter featured Harrison Ford, none of them could hold a candle to The Exorcist. Sure, take influence, but stop trying to rip it off, it won’t work! This fad turned the entire concept of The Exorcist and its storyline into a trope itself.

NEXT: 10 Creepy Horror Movies Inspired by True Stories


2019-12-14 01:12:16

Dan Peeke

5 Best Timeless Tropes In Horror Movies (& 5 That Need To Die)

Even though horror movies are unique and each have their own plot and characters, there are a lot of tropes that many horror movies share. These tropes are so common among so many horror movies because, over the past several decades, they’ve been what has been proven to scare us. These tropes are mixed together in horror movies to create the most terrifying and suspenseful experience that filmmakers can create… Usually.

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While most tropes are really scary and cool and can be used in unique ways, there are some that we’re just tired of. For every really awesome, well-used trope in a horror movie, there are at least a few that need to die faster than someone who goes to investigate a strange noise. They may have been scary the first few times we saw them, but it’s getting old.

10 Timeless: Found Footage Style

The found footage style of horror movies is truly terrifying. Although it became super famous with the release of The Blair Witch Project back in the late 1990s, it’s become a staple in the world of horror movies since then. It presents itself as amateur footage that one of the characters filmed.

Although this style of movie has been used in countless movies over the years, it’s one style of movie that we’re definitely not tired of yet. Movies like the Paranormal Activity franchise and Unfriended prove that filmmakers still know how to use this style of movie to terrify audiences.

9 Die: Running Up The Stairs

It’s time to kill off the “running up the stairs from the killer” scene from modern horror movies. Yes, it’s creepy. Yes, it gives the filmmakers a good reason to have the main character trip and fall and let the killer come closer to them without it seeming too contrived.

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But at this point, we’ve seen enough characters stupidly run upstairs to try to escape the killer after them that it just doesn’t build the same kind of suspense anymore. Creepy stairways into a dark basement are still terrifying, but there’s nothing lamer than watching our main character screaming as they run up the stairs to try to hide.

8 Timeless: Constant, Lurking Evil

There are a lot of different things that make horror movies scary. Having the killer pop out from behind a door out of nowhere when the main character thought they were safe is creepy, sure. But, there’s a trope that builds even better suspense than having the character think they had finally gotten away.

Movies like It Follows, The Ring, and The Babadook build suspense throughout the movie by never giving the illusion that the characters are safe. This feeling that there’s constantly some kind of evil force, lurking behind every door and around every corner makes it hard to relax while watching the movie and causes us to grow more and more nervous with every scene.

7 Die: The Boyfriend Is The Killer

It was cool and surprising when Billy Loomis turned out to be Ghostface, but few movies have successfully pulled off this plot twist since Scream. Having the entire movie build Billy up as Sidney’s caring boyfriend, only to have him reveal that he and Stu were behind Ghostface all along was a terrifying turn of events.

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Since then, there have been a lot of movies and TV shows that have tried to have similar reveals. Aside from Scream 4 twisting this trope with Jill’s attempt to frame her boyfriend and become the next Sidney Prescott, none of them have been particularly successful. Having a movie show off this cute, caring relationship between two characters only to have the boyfriend turn out to be evil is getting tired.

6 Timeless: Mirror Jumpscares

Although having mirror-based jump scares may be totally played out to some, we think this trope is one that is here to stay. Mirrors have been the source of a lot of superstition for a long time. From the idea that breaking a mirror brings bad luck, rituals like Bloody Mary, to the Victorian era tradition of using a mirror to see your future husband, mirrors have a long history of being used in creepy ways.

So, when movies like Oculus come out and the villain of the movie is a haunted mirror, we’re on board. Whether the movie is entirely based around a mysterious, possessed mirror or it’s simply a scene where someone appears in the mirror after the character shuts the medicine cabinet, this is one trope we’re into.

5 Die: Ancient, Elaborate Mythology (That’s Easy To Research)

Every horror movie has to have something scary about it. For some movies, it’s a serial killer on the loose that seems to be after the main character. For other movies, it’s a mysterious, ancient curse that wakes up at the beginning of the movie and the main character has to find out what it is and how to stop it before it’s too late.

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Although these ancient, creepy curses that get placed on the main character can be creepy, we can’t deny that this trope is a little played out. It’s so un-creative and unrealistic to see the main character use a search engine, type in exactly what’s happening to them, and find a website that details every single detail about this obscure, elaborate mythology.

4 Timeless: Creepy Kids

A lot of horror movie villains are adults and monsters, but there are also a ton of horror movies that focus on creepy kids. From The Shining to Pet Sematary and The Sixth Sense, kids in horror movies definitely know how to be scary.

Kids in horror movies can either be the spooky villain that’s after the main character or characters, or they can simply be one of the innocent characters that seems to know way too much about what’s going on. Either way, the creepy children that appear in horror movies are definitely a trope we hope sticks around.

3 Die: No Cell Service

In every horror movie, it seems like the main character’s cell phone service is out right when they need to call someone. We’ll be screaming at the TV for them to call the police and when they finally listen and pull out their phone… No service.

We get that this builds suspense and the fact that it makes the main character somewhat helpless against the evil that’s after them is terrifying, it’s just not believable anymore. Modern cell phones are pretty reliable, unless the movie takes place in the middle of nowhere, the idea that they’ll just coincidentally lose service when they need it is tough to believe.

2 Timeless: The Final Girl

The “Final Girl” is a horror movie trope that has existed since about the 1970s. It’s the main character in many horror movies that survives to the end of the film after all her friends, classmates, and family members have been taken out by the villain of the film.

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Notable examples of Final Girls in horror movies include Mari from The Last House on the Left, Sidney from Scream, and Tree from Happy Death Day. We love this trope because it’s always fun to see the main character come out on top and save herself from the killer… Even if they mysteriously get up and disappear, opening the film up for a sequel.

1 Die: Using Other Cultures For Creeps

This last trope that we’re tired of is one that can be pretty complicated. It can be used in a really successful way, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s one we want to see more of. Movies like Truth or Dare and The Grudge are undeniably eerie, this trope is still tired.

Using myths and legends from other cultures simply to scare the main characters is something that’s getting pretty old. Although we can’t deny that they’re definitely creepy and worth having a movie about them, why not set the movie in that country and cast people from there instead of simply using their stories for scares?

NEXT: 10 Most Terrifying Ghosts in Horror Movie History


2019-12-08 03:12:16

Lacey Womack

5 Movies of the ’90s That Are Timeless (& 5 That Aged Poorly)

The ’90s often trigger bouts of nostalgia, especially when it comes to movies and television. While some content from that decade holds up, others are best forgotten. The ’90s gave movie fans gritty action flicks with social commentary on capitalist culture and ridiculous comedies with slapstick humor that blurred the lines of grotesque and funny.

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From romantic to sadistic, movies of the ’90s sparked conversation in their time and continue to fuel the great debate of, “Are those films really as good as we remembered?” Here are five ’90s movies that are timeless and five that aged poorly.

10 TIMELESS: Jurassic Park (1993)

This franchise remained such a classic family adventure that director Colin Trevorrow saw fit to reboot its premise with Jurassic World. The original film follows paleontologists Alan Grant and Ellie Satler as they’re called upon by John Hammond, the creator of dinosaur clones.

Hammond’s grandkids join the fun as they explore the park and portray the wonder of seeing real live dinosaurs. But as Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm so wisely put it, “they were so busy wondering if they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” Naturally, mayhem ensues.

9 AGED POORLY: American Beauty (1999)

The ’90s were a simpler time when more people sympathized with a middle-aged man romantically pursuing his teenage daughter’s best friend. Lester and Carolyn Burnham fell out of love. So when their daughter Janie’s friend Angela comes into the picture with more experience than other teenage girls, the obvious course the film takes is making it a romantic tale of new love.

The creep factor never should’ve made this movie the hit it was back then, but Kevin Spacey’s current reputation makes it worse today.

8 TIMELESS: Thelma and Louise (1991)

Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis went down in history as feminist icons in this early ’90s hit movie. Two best friends decided to escape their crappy lives as a waitress with a bad boyfriend and the wife of an emotionally abusive man.

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But when a man at a roadhouse threatens to sexually assault her friend, Louise takes the law into her own hands and shoots the man, killing him. The two women go on the run from police and eventually end up dying together, driving off a cliff into the sunset.

7 AGED POORLY: Dances With Wolves (1990)

The Kevin Costner-led film centers on Lieutenant John Dunbar as he discovers the American West through the lens of an Indian tribe. Along the way he befriends a wolf he names Two-Socks.

The premise is that by seeing how the natives of the land live, Dunbar becomes sympathetic to their plight and becomes one of them. Except he doesn’t really, because he falls in love with a white woman raised by the tribe, which leads the only two white people in the tribe to become its saving grace.

6 TIMELESS: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Is it cheesy as all get out? Absolutely. Does it make any scientific sense? Probably not. Does the convoluted time travel plot negate its own story? Most likely. But these are all the elements that make T2 such a classic mainstay in the sci-fi genre.

The future John Connor sends back the Terminator model that was originally sent to murder his mom in the first movie to protect his child self from the new Terminator model that was sent to kill him. It’s an insane storyline, but delightfully so.

5 AGED POORLY: She’s All That (1999)

The prince of teen dramedies of the ’90s, Freddie Prinze Jr. starred alongside Rachel Leigh Cook in a movie that taught little girls everywhere that if they’re willing to change everything about themselves, then the school’s hottest guy will give them the light of day.

It was such played out trope that even the 2001 film Not Another Teen Movie parodied it with Chris Evans as the lead. The idea of a popular jock turning an “ugly” girl into prom queen for his amusement is insulting and misogynistic.

4 TIMELESS: Titanic (1997)

Star-crossed lovers Rose and Jack find one another aboard the Titanic, a ship fated to sink after crashing against an iceberg. Though everyone knew how the movie would end, it didn’t make the blow any less devastating.

Iconic moments like Jack painting Rose in the nude and Jack screaming, “I’m king of the world,” at the bow of the ship still get referenced to this day. The debate of whether or not Rose could have let Jack onto the stray door floating in the water is still controversial.

3 AGED POORLY: Chasing Amy (1997)

Everything about this movie is problematic, in retrospect. First, the two protagonists are introduced to a lesbian couple, Alyssa and Hooper, as a way to teach them about the LGBTQ community to make them feel better. Then, Holden (Ben Affleck) falls in love with Alyssa, who rejects him at first, but then changes her mind and begins a romantic relationship with him, cheating on her girlfriend.

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Later, after finding out she participated in a threesome in high school, he’s disgusted to find out he’s not the first man she’s been with.

2 TIMELESS: Independence Day (1996)

There’s a reason various networks still play this movie every Fourth of July. Who doesn’t love to see Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum team up to kick serious alien booty and save the world from annihilation? Not to mention that rousing speech given by Bill Pullman playing the President with such grace during a time of crisis.

Of course, Randy Quaid’s heroic sacrifice to defeat the aliens can’t go unnoticed. This film is filled with iconic moments and lines. The nostalgia factor was high enough to bring about a sequel.

1 AGED POORLY: Mortal Kombat (1995)

Even for the ’90s, this movie’s production quality was bad. But for today’s standards, it’s downright embarrassing. It’s a fun film to hate-watch and make fun of, but from a critical perspective, the graphics are garbage, the story is botched and the writing is awful.

Its one saving grace is Linden Ashby as Johnny Cage. This was an early foray into adapting a video game into a movie though. Perhaps this is one instance where the upcoming reboot can save the franchise and break its adaptation curse.

NEXT: 5 Sci-Fi Films From The 90s That Are Way Underrated (And 5 That Are Overrated)


2019-12-02 01:12:29

Meagan Cahuasqui

10 Timeless Teen Movies You Need To See At The Right Age

Nostalgia for our younger days is one of the easiest ways a movie can take hold of you and never let go. Even if you’re the same age as the characters when you first saw the movie! Coming-of-age, teen movies are masters of not just tugging on those heart strings but yanking on them. For most of us, the idealized view of what it’s like to grow up in the world, even when the stories are tragic and heartbreaking are far too important to our ever-growing psyches and movie knowledge to ever forget.

There are so many facets to growing up that crafting a truly great and memorable teen movie is harder than it looks. But the ones that breakthrough have been a part of plenty of moviegoers’ rite of passages for decades now. So, no matter the film or the era it was released in, there’s usually something for everyone in these 10 Timeless Teen Movies You Need To See At The Right Age.

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10 10 Things I Hate About You

It’s “When Robin Met The Joker” in the late nineties Movie, 10 Things I Hate About You. Adapted from Shakespeare’s Taming Of The Shrew, the movie starred Joseph-Gordon Levitt, Heath Ledger, and Julia Stiles before any of them became household names.

The movie only gained traction after they all achieved fame. Cameron wants Bianca, Bianca wants Joey, but isn’t allowed to date until her antisocial sister does. Kat however has no interest in dating, until she meets bad boy Patrick, who she is smitten by until she figures out that Cameron convinced him to date her; no wonder the movie asks, “how do I loathe thee?”

9 The Craft

In most teen social cliques, there’s usually an outcast or two. Some of those girls and guys might even partake in practicing Wicca. In The Craft, those girls are actually witches! Sarah’s the new girl at a private school but soon finds some friends – Bonnie, Rochelle, and Nancy.

All four of them come from some form of a broken home and all four of them practice witchcraft together. Besides the actual witch scenes, plenty of teens could empathize with how the girls are feeling both individually and as a group.

8 Mean Girls

In between being a Disney tween and a borderline Hollywood casualty, Lindsay Lohan was on the rise as an actress to watch. It was all thanks to portrayal as Cady Heron in Mean Girls.

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Cady’s been home schooled and on safari most of her life. She’s a little naive when joins the cliquey group at school called the Plastics. Imagine what went on behind closed doors of teenage girls and then multiply it by movie plot lines to find out how the effects of cliques on teen girls could be in the satire of the genre.

7 Empire Records

A lot of people remember their first “cool” job. Guaranteed it wasn’t as cool as working at Empire Records. A signing, a seance, and a rooftop concert all happen in just one day at the store. That, and a whole lot of teen drama.

The movie is one of the many that didn’t do very well at the box office, but word of mouth, a killer soundtrack, and video releases, not to mention early performances from Renée Zellweger and Liv Tyler helped make the movie the hit that it should’ve been in theaters.

6 Sandlot

The boys of summer are on full display here in the best baseball movie ever made – The Sandlot. The neighborhood boys are all on the cusp of becoming teenagers. New kid Smalls comes to town and is encouraged by his mom to head out and meet some friends.

They play all day and occasionally head to the fair at night or try to make it with Wendy Peffercorn. Smalls tries to fit in by bringing a ball to play with but has a panic attack when it’s smashed out of the park. His new friends all freak when they realize the ball was signed by the Great Bambino!

5 Clueless

Between shows like Saved By The Bell and Beverly Hills, 90210, everyone wanted to live in California and have fun in the sun and live the life of Valley Girl or Guy. Clueless didn’t just exasperate the idea, it exploded it.

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Beverly Hills debutant, Cher gets it in her head that she should give new grungy girl Tai a makeover so that she can be set up with Elton, even though she likes the stoner kid Travis. But Elton likes Cher, but Cher likes Christian, but he likes boys, no matter how good her intentions are, she nearly ruined several people’s lives in the classic comedy.

4 Superbad

Seth Rogen was getting tired of not seeing himself or his friends represented enough in film.  He and his friend, Evan Goldberg wrote a screenplay when they were 13 and Superbad is the result. Michael Cera and Jonah Hill play Seth and Evan.

The two best friends want to each try and snag a girl before they head off to college, Becca and Jules to be precise. But the movie really belongs to Christopher Mintz-Plasse as “McLovin.”

3 Juno

The dye was cast for Juno’s success nearly the instant the film was released. It had everything a Hollywood movie would want in an indie movie to adore.

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Directed by a second-generation director, written by screenwriter with almost too wild to be true backstory, and starring up-and-comer, Ellen Page in the titular role. Part love story, part commentary on teen pregnancy, all a tour-de-force performance from Page.

2 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

There might not be a soul on this planet that didn’t want to be Ferris Bueller at one point or another. In his epic Day Off, the guy uses all of his wits to have the ultimate day playing hooky.

He gets his girl and beat friend out of school for a day of fine dining, a Cubs game, and even partaking in a mid-day parade. The kid was right – “life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

1 The Breakfast Club

As if detention wasn’t bad enough, try going to detention on a Saturday. Members of various high school cliques are forced to deal with another under the watchful eye of strict assistant principal, Richard Vernon.

It’s the premier teen movie, as even the kids realize that they might never speak with each other after detention is over, but they’ve all learned a lot about one another and will be able to see each other in a new light.

NEXT: 10 Gory Teen Horror Movies From The 90s We All Forgot About


2019-11-06 03:11:38

Eric Rhodes

5 Reasons Desperate Housewives Has Aged Poorly (& 5 Reasons It’s Timeless)

Desperate Housewives first aired back in 2004 and went on to air for eight seasons until its series finale in 2012. Despite being off the air for a long time, the series is still immensely popular and finding new audiences all the time thanks to the age of digital streaming. The show focused on four housewives living on Wisteria Lane in a seemingly idyllic suburb.

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But everyone living on Wisteria had at least one dark secret or more to tell and everything began to come out after one housewife shot herself, shocking everyone and kickstarting the series’ plot. We’re taking a look back at some of the most timeless elements from the series and a few that didn’t age as well.

10 Timeless: A predominantly female main cast

Even though it has been over a decade since Desperate Housewives first aired on television, there is still not a huge amount of television series with primarily female main casts.

Desperate Housewives was revolutionary for that along with other huge shows like Sex and the City. Since then, things have begun to change and a lot of Desperate Housewives copycats litter the air or have come and gone over the last few years.

9 Aged Poorly: Gaby’s affair with John

When Gaby had an affair with the Solis’s house gardener, John, it wasn’t seen as a big deal at the time. But looking back on it, John was still technically a teenager. When their affair started, he was only 17-years-old. No matter which way you look at it, Gaby committed a crime and it’s uncomfortable to view now.

It was understandable why she wanted to cheat given how horrible of a husband Carlos was back then, but it definitely shouldn’t have been with someone as young as John. If that same storyline aired now, it would receive more backlash and be handled much differently most likely.

8 Timeless: Dark comedy

One of the reasons Desperate Housewives has stood the test of time is for its deft ability to effortlessly interweave dark circumstances with campiness and comedy. There was a lot of murder, drugs, blackmail, bribery, cheating, and manipulation going on down Wisteria Lane.

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Yet anyone who has watched the show would never consider it an intense drama along the lines of This Is Us. Desperate Housewives was always easily able to juggle different genres and tones. Marc Cherry, the series creator, has used a similar style in his other series like Devious Maids and Why Women Kill.

7 Aged Poorly: Life Imitating Art

One of the biggest celebrity scandals this year was the college admissions scandal, also known as “Operation Varsity Blues”. The scandal was not cordoned off to celebrities only and turned out to be a wide-scale ring of bribery between various adults and universities trying to scam kids into college. It did, however, take down at least two high-profile celebrities: Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.

Ironically, darkly so, Huffman’s Desperate Housewives character Lynette Scavo tried to bribe her kids’ way into an elite preschool in the show’s first season. Lynette even tried to donate the same amount of money as Huffman allegedly did in real life.

6 Timeless: Secrets in a small town

The common storytelling trope that a small town has tons of secrets is not a new thing, but Desperate Housewives certainly helped popularize the idea in comedy-dramas.

The idea that your traditional Americana suburb could have tons of bored housewives doing something seedy and nefarious took root after this show was created and helped launch Bravo’s flagship franchise, The Real Housewives. The first edition, Real Housewives of Orange County, was directly inspired by the ABC drama and has now become a mega-franchise for the network.

5 Aged Poorly: Gaby’s choice to have kids

In the early seasons of Desperate Housewives, Gaby was the only housewife who didn’t have children, and she was adamant about keeping it that way. Fast forward a few years later after the show introduced a time jump, and, suddenly, Gaby had kids. Not to mention, she was living a totally different lifestyle.

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It’s unfortunate the series thought that this was the right way to go because it implied that the only way a woman can be happy and fulfilled is if she has children. It would have been nice for them to allow Gaby to stick to her guns.

4 Timeless: The core housewives

The show might have wrapped up a long time ago, but a lot of people still remember the individual housewives by name. They have cemented their place in pop culture, particularly Bree Van de Kamp who may have been the most popular housewife out of all of them.

It’s funny to see them pop up in conversations all these years later, and to hear the occasional reference to the show in other series that are airing today. Plus, as we mentioned before, it’s very apparent how much this series influenced every drama series that came after it. If you rewatch it, you’ll certainly notice the way it has changed the drama television landscape.

3 Aged Poorly: Everything behind the scenes

Unfortunately, even though the series was extremely popular all over the world, not everything was great behind the scenes. The show is famous for the amount of discord that went on between the cast members and even the show creator, Marc Cherry. It has been rumored that Teri Hatcher did not get along with the other women on set for years.

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There are multiple stories about Hatcher being left out of cast gatherings, or drama breaking out at events like the infamous Vanity Fair photoshoot. Nicolette Sheridan sued show creator Marc Cherry for assault, and the two were embroiled in a legal battle for several years. Even more than that, after Felicity Huffman’s recent arrest, show star Ricardo Antonio Chavira tweeted a scathing comment about her short sentence implying even more issues on set.

2 Timeless: The shocks and twists

We’ve already discussed how the tone of the series and the unique plot have served as inspiration for many shows to come afterward, but another thing that has clearly inspired other series is the many shocks and twists.

The show was known for including over-the-top plotlines and pulling the rug out from audiences with last-minute twists. The series covered everything from shootings to murderous cover-ups to tornadoes and beyond. No stone was left unturned.

1 Aged Poorly: The Betty Applewhite storyline

One of the big criticisms of Desperate Housewives in the early years was its lack of diversity. There were virtually no characters of color on the show. The creators attempted to fix this by introducing Alfre Woodard to play a new housewife in the second season, Betty Applewhite.

The problem is, the storyline they wrote for Betty and her family was horrible and came across as racist. There have been several pieces written about the many issues with the storyline and its perpetuation of stereotypes. Needless to say, it has not aged well at all.

NEXT: 10 Most Underrated Romance Films Of The Last 20 Years


2019-11-06 01:11:29

Madison Lennon

5 Ways Batman Forever Has Aged Poorly (& 5 Ways It’s Timeless)

DC movies nowadays are considered as the gritty counterpart of the lighter Marvel offerings, but younger fans will be surprised to know that we used to get campy Batman movies back in the day, where Batman Forever was the third offering in this series.

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Due to the negative reception of Batman & Robin, the four-part franchise has been retroactively lambasted, but we feel that’s unfair on this movie which has some credible moments of its own. Of course, due to the progression of the superhero genre, a few elements of Batman Forever really haven’t aged well. Some of these were never good to begin with, which leads us to the 5 things that are poor about this film, and 5 that are timeless for various reasons.

10 Poor: Tommy Lee Jones Playing The Joker

No, we haven’t written that heading wrong, because Tommy Lee Jones really was playing the Joker rather than Two-Face. At the time of the film’s release, Mark Hamill’s fantastic Joker from the DCAU was only gathering steam and – today – that version is considered a masterpiece.

If you compare Hamill’s Joker to Tommy’s Two-Face, you’d think the latter was trying to replicate the former’s performance. Despite there being two personalities to Harvey Dent, Tommy played him off as being totally crazy instead. Now, anyone who watches Batman Forever would figure Tommy got confused over which villain he was supposed to be playing.

9 Timeless: Jim Carrey Chewing The Scenery

Even though one might argue that Jim was also acting like the Joker at points (and Jared Leto’s Joker certainly seems to copy him), there’s no doubt that his performance really grows on you. His hammy qualities made us laugh in films like Ace Ventura and he brought a hilarious mixture of those performances with the Riddler.

Given the style of direction Joel Schumacher went with, Carrey’s Riddler really was the best kind of villain that could’ve gone with the film. Watching him go crazy with his many puzzles and antics is good enough to hold us for 26 years before The Batman comes about to give us our next film version of the Riddler.

8 Poor: The Gimmicky Suits

Christopher Nolan’s Batman proved that less can be more with the Dark Knight’s armor, but that didn’t strike Joel Schumacher, whose Batman seemed too rigid to even move his neck. Along with that, we’ll point out the shapely figure of both Batman and Robin’s suits without going too much into specifics. 

Worst of all, it clearly looked like Bruce Wayne had to be bolted into the suit rather than it being form-fitting, and the Dark Knight Trilogy’s Batman and his maneuverability has made this version’s suit look way too gimmicky.

7 Timeless: The First Mainstream Robin

Sure, Robin was portrayed about 30 years earlier in the Batman movie in the 1960s, but that venture has always been seen more as a comedy act rather than a true superhero offering. For this reason, Chris O’Donnell’s version is considered as the first true live-action Robin we’ve seen in film.

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While he acts too much like a pretty boy, he does encapsulate the youth and enthusiasm that Robin is known for. The film also did a good job in showing that Batman did indeed require a sidekick by this point, and this version of Robin fits the bill perfectly.

6 Poor: One Dimensional Love Interest

The Batman tetralogy featured interchangeable love interests who appeared and disappeared with each film, of which Nicole Kidman’s Chase Meridian might be the blandest and most one dimensional.

Her whole characterization hinged upon her being (rather inappropriately at times) obsessed with Batman while also being in love with Bruce Wayne. Now that times have changed drastically and we’ve had female-led franchises become the norm, Chase seems like a throwaway damsel in distress who was inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. Not to mention it’s really quite uncomfortable to watch her be so openly attracted to Batman.

5 Timeless: The Classic Bruce Wayne

Playing Batman isn’t the same as playing Bruce Wayne, and few actors have been able to pull this off very well. Even Christian Bale, who was at the helm for the most famous Batman movies, can’t be considered as the apex Bruce Wayne.

Val Kilmer, though, was perfect in this role, even more than his role as Batman. He oozed the effortless charm that Bruce Wayne is supposed to carry, while also maintaining the kind of stature that makes Bruce a cut above everybody else in terms of sheer class. Kilmer had the suave, cool demeanor – with a penchant for wit – of Bruce nailed down and it’s still one of the best takes on the character.

4 Poor: Cheesy Comedy

Adding in comedy in superhero movies is something the Marvel Cinematic Universe is mainly known for today, but the earlier Batman films had a heavy reliance on dark humor, which eventually turned into cheesy humor by Batman Forever.

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Even scenes involving Batman looked like they were inspired by Roger Moore’s James Bond, where cheesy lines like Batman claiming he would “get drive-thru” along the way on his Batmobile were thrown in. Watching these scenes today would make anyone want to hit their palms into their face as hard as possible; it’s like a bunch of dad jokes were added into your superhero movie.

3 Timeless: The Final Shot

You can’t help but fanboy over the final shot of the two heroes running in tandem over to their next adventure, as this reminds us of the classic animated series and comic books that made the characters so iconic in the first place.

Even though the aforementioned cheesiness had been in place right before this scene, the ending does hype you up for what’s to follow (don’t hold your breath, though, because it was Batman & Robin) and that’s something every superhero movie should aim for. Today, replaying this scene reminds you how far we’ve come in the genre, and that it was moments like this that set the stage.

2 Poor: Gothic Soundtrack

The soundtrack was one of the highlights of the film, that is until it went overboard. You can’t go two seconds in scenes featuring Batman without the speakers blaring in your ears, to the point where it starts getting annoying. 

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There’s also the feeling that the soundtrack was used in such excess to drive home the fact that we were watching a Batman film, which seems like a lazy way to get the viewer interested. The action scenes, in particular, were ruined to an extent due to the gothic soundtrack jumping to life whenever Batman moved an inch.

1 Timeless: The Batmobile

Just look at that thing of beauty; it’s almost impossible not to pause and admire the Batmobile to this day. While the gothic soundtrack might not have aged well, this version of the Batmobile certainly is timeless because it captures the feel of this Batman universe. 

Watching the Batmobile flare up and rev into gear is a total treat that is one of the best parts of Batman Forever. Even the soundtrack doesn’t feel excessive when paired with Batmobile scenes, as the fine work behind bringing the Caped Crusader to the big screen pays off whenever the vehicle shows up during the movie.

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2019-10-25 03:10:00

Saim Cheeda