horror

It wouldn’t be the end of summer without a stream of mid-budget B-movies that are barely discernible from each other; so we shouldn’t be surprised to find Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark at the megaplex this weekend. It stars Katie Holmes as an innocent pretty lady dragged into a haunted house, alongside a little girl with an unsettling connection to the Paranormal.

Having covered that, it might be tempting to write off Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark without seeing it. But doing that wouldn’t just be unfair to the film, it’d be just as unfair to you – this is a film that follows all the tropes of Horror, but never feels very stiff as a result.

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The Rite

by mr sparkle on January 28, 2011 · 0 comments

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It’s unlikely that there’s any single question bigger than whether or not there is a God. Uncountable amounts of philosphers and artists have pondered the question for as long as questions have been pondered, and we’re still no closer to definitive proof for either outcome. As such, a film could do much worse than center itself around a question of faith – something that The Rite, out today, does.

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Splice

by mr sparkle on June 4, 2010 · 0 comments

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Though there’s a veritable ocean of horror film being banished to Straight-to-Video-land (or not being picked up for distribution at all) that I can’t speak for, Horror films that get shown widely are almost always utter shite.  This is a genre where the highest profile material comes out of a production company from Michael Bay.  So it’s super-refreshing to see Warner Bros. pick up independently-produced Splice, a hybrid of horror and sci-fi that, while nothing masterful, is able to put forth an interesting story that is just as horrifying as any kill scene in the movie.

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texas chainsawOK, all you sickos. It’s the polar opposite–the kind of perfect counter-programming that would make any movie studio publicist salivate. “Friday the 13th” kicked the ass of every Oscar movie in sight this past weekend, slashing its way to just over $45 million. It’s closest Oscar-nominated picture was “Slumdog Millionaire,” which came in at number 9 and just over $7 million.

Inkkc.com‘s Charles Gooch has generously supplied us with a list of his Top 10 Instruments of Death in Slasher Movies to honor the occasion. If you have your own Top 10 list you’d like to contribute, email me your list or idea.

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halloween michael myersThe score to a horror movie can be the most essential thing sometimes. It sets the mood, the pace, everything. A great score can even make a bad horror movie seem semi-decent if the music is scary enough. Try putting these themes on a Halloween mix for trick-or-treaters this year if you want to keep all your candy. Next week, we’ll do another user-submitted Top 10 (email me your idea at info@scene-stealers.com if you got one!), but for now, enjoy my list of the Top 10 Scariest Movie Themes.

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