You’ve seen so many horror flicks, rolled your eyes at the countless jumpscares, and fled when the masked killer creeps around the corner every time.
Did you ever get the idea that you could do that, but even better?
I’m always on board for a good challenge, and I challenge you to do just that. Make a horror film that exceeds the rest. Let’s figure out how to get started.
As we’re stuck indoors, I felt it a good time to go back and examine some films I hadn’t watched in a while. One in particular caught my attention for a number of reasons. The protagonist becomes trapped indoors and begins coughing up blood, and there’s talk of sickness and poverty. No, it’s not a pandemic movie at all. It’s, in my opinion, one of the most underrated movies of the decade, Crimson Peak.
On February 19, horror cinema lost one of its strongest international voices. José Mojica Marins, the first Brazilian horror filmmaker, passed away at the age of 83, after a 20 day hospitalization from bronchopneumonia. His passing tragically concluded his run as his iconic character, Coffin Joe. Though he had a small following outside of his native country, Marins was responsible for creating one of the most entertaining icons of horror, long before the new generation of slashers. As a way to commemorate his work to the genre, I wanted to discuss Marin’s first entry into his series, 1964’s At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul.
There are some movies that subvert expectations, while others hit as hard as a sledgehammer and with just about the same amount of grace. Sitting firmly in the latter camp, The Platform (known as El hoyo in Spanish and directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia) is an entertaining, sci-fi-flavored take on horror, featuring strong cast performances. The ending, however, petered out, which can be attributed to the movie’s core themes failing to come to significant fruition.
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Leigh Whannell posted on his Twitter recently and revealed four photos of his initial brainstorming notes for his feature film, The Invisible Man. His process broke down key components of how he wanted to develop his characters as well as the plot of the film.
Let’s break down his process together and see what we can learn.
David F. Sandberg has made himself into a household name. Not everyone is obsessed with the film industry like me so whether you recognize his name or not, you'll definitely recognize some of his films.
Some movies continue to haunt us long after we’ve watched them, and for me, the one film that defines that experience is the mockumentary-style ghost story Lake Mungo. Written and directed by Joel Anderson, Lake Mungo is both a masterful study in building dread and the use of camera and filming choice as part of the narrative.