When Sony Pictures first dropped the news that it would be making a horror film based on the online legend of the Slender Man, fans of the original creepypasta story were excited. Others, however, saw the movie as a tasteless attempt to cash in on the Slender Man-related Wisconsin attempted murder detailed in last year’s HBO documentary, Beware the Slenderman. (The film is, in fact, banned in Wisconsin where the crimes took place.) Whichever camp you’re personally a part of, if you’re a fan of horror movies, the chances are pretty good that you’re at least... Read More
These days playing on Netflix is the chilling outside experience, The Ritual. Directed by David Bruckner written by Joe Barton, the film bases on four school companion's stumble into the forested areas following the passing of one of their classmates. Try not to be tricked by the entire outdoors in the forested areas situation. The Ritual does not endless supply of the typical repulsiveness tropes that kind groups of onlookers have seen on numerous occasions.
Alongside their outdoors equip, this team of folks brings along a considerable measure of psychological weight on their trip also. The Ritual is a balance of... Read More
The Horror! The Horror! It's everywhere this summer. Look at the fear on the face of gorgeous Catherine Zeta-Jones in The Haunting, a $75 million scarefest from Twister director Jan De Bont in which Zeta-Jones' lesbian designs on Lili Taylor pale next to the hideous designs that a haunted New England mansion has on both of them. Or check out The Deep Blue Sea, with Cliff-hanger director Renny Harlin pulling every trick an $80 million budget can buy to put Samuel L. Jackson, Thomas Jane and Saffron Burrows at the mercy of merciless, supersize sharks. Screenwriter David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, The Practice) seasons the gore with... Read More
Canadian Film Centre alumni John Ainslie is best known for the throwback horror comedy feature JACK BROOKS: MONSTER SLAYER. His screenplay was nominated for a Fangoria Chainsaw Award and the film won Best Midnight Film at the prestigious Sitges International Film Festival. Prior to writing, John worked as a Director of Photography and won the Borsos prize of Best Cinematographer at the Whistler Film Festival for his work on the feature SK8 LIFE. In 2016 John wrote and directed his first feature film – the award winning THE SUBLET. A psychological thriller Ain't it Cool News describes as "scares and shocks to a nerve... Read More
Linda Blair began modeling when she was five years old. By her teens she had started acting on television and movies, and before she was 14 she had already taken her most famous role: that of Regan, the demon-possessed child in the 1972 film The Exorcist (co-starring Max von Sydow). The film became a horror classic, and Linda Blair was Oscar-nominated as best supporting actress for the role. She also appeared four years later in the sequel, and starred in the campy cult favorite Roller Boogie in 1979. Since then Blair has appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, performed on Broadway (in Grease as Rizzo), and is a well-known... Read More
It’s fair to say horror movies are given something of an unfair press. Unlike romance, drama, and sci-fi, they’re frequently looked upon as the poor relation and subjected to vicious critical attacks. They’re sometimes accused of only wanting to provoke a reaction, as opposed to having any higher aspirations to create screen-worthy cinema or an enduring impact. But that's no more accurate than saying all romantic flicks or dramas are the same. Thankfully, thrillers and horror films finally seem to be getting some of the recognition they deserve. Thanks to a number of classics that have combined strong storylines with masterful... Read More
The Psychology of Making Horror Movies Scary Did you every show a favorite terrifying horror move to a friend only to have them not frightened at all? Maybe it happened the other way around? Horror movies as a genre are one of the most complicated in the business, and a huge portion of this comes down to their effect and reliance on human psychology. The key components of this are not just individual but are also social and cultural, and it is only when these factors hit all of our triggers that we are the most terrified. One of the first things we need to take into account when looking at horror movie psychology is how... Read More