Tag Archives: Horror

Friday the 13th (1980)

John Carpenter’s Halloween spawned one of the most popular subgenres of the horror genre, the slasher film. The horror genre, as it always does, quickly churned out a number of knockoffs after the financial success of Halloween. The first major success after Halloween came only two years later, the now famous Friday the 13th. Yet as much as the horror genre recycles and reusues elements of successful films, Friday the 13th stands as a different kind of slasher film. Continue reading Friday the 13th (1980)

Marathon: Freddy vs. Jason

“You’re doing a marathon of what?”

That’s right, I’m doing a marathon the two most popular and well-known horror franchises of the ’80s. I know I’ve got a bit of a stigma as more of a cinemaphile, drooling over films that have either subtitles or lots of lingering shots. So what possessed me to watch so many trashy films? I’ve got a sickness and the sickness is called “I’m sick of watching so many great films.” Like most things, excess is bad. I can only watch so many fantastic and cinematic films before I get burned. Usually, I just take a weekend off of film, or watch some lighthearted comedies.  Continue reading Marathon: Freddy vs. Jason

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

It still baffles me that so many people love this film. No, no, put away your pitchforks and douse your torches, I like this one a lot. However, it seems mainstream movie going opinion is that films about psychotic killers are utter trash, the stuff of pulpy horror. Beyond the idea that such an opinion is utter nonsense, this film proves that mature films about killers can be cool, classy, and crazy all at the same time. It’s like Psycho, but for the ‘90s. Continue reading The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

King Kong (1933)

I knew going into this film that it simply couldn’t be that good of a film. It was something people just loved more for the movie history and the fact it was one of the first big movie special effects spectacles. It certainly couldn’t be that good given that it’s a film about a rampaging giant ape. That’s the stuff of b-movies. But perhaps I was a bit biased in since I saw the Peter Jackson remake when it came out and found the picture to be lackluster. In any case, I was completely wrong. King Kong is a fantastic picture. Continue reading King Kong (1933)

Peeping Tom (1960)

A month before Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho was released in theaters, a similar film was released in Europe. Both are overtly Freudian and about men killing off beautiful women in horrific ways. Both proved groundbreaking and shocking in their own way.  Yet while Psycho maintains some suspense over the nature of the killer, Peeping Tom has the killer front and center, presenting a compelling and conflicting examination of both his and our psychosis. Continue reading Peeping Tom (1960)