Ah, Christmas: the most wonderful time of the year. Full of joy, cheer and watching the same Yuletide movies over and over again. However, the festive season need not be a cacophony of monotony – here are 10 Christmas movies that might just knock you out of that joyful rut.
Eliciting horror in film is, in my opinion, one of the most difficult tasks a director can take on. Meticulous planning in camera, lighting and pacing and so much more go into leaving an impression on the audience. As a huge fan of horror, I recently gave The Shining a watch, one of the undisputed champions of the horror genre.
Although it lived up to its reputation as being scary as hell, I was left scratching my head by the end of it. I couldn’t pinpoint why I found it so scary. There weren’t any jump scares or tense music cues to reveal an ugly monster or any other conventional horror means of scariness. Continue reading
Horror is alive, and grotesque, in David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows. The movie is a nostalgic call back to 70s and 80s horror movies where no teenage couple is safe from the clutches of death. The haunting score and eerie atmosphere seamlessly move the horror and characters to their doom (a very John Carpenter vibe). But It Follows ups the ante by creating a monster that feels so much more personal and specific to its victim.
It Follows is director David Robert Mitchell’s breakout film who premiered it at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2014. It stars Maika Monroe as the cursed Jay Height and Lili Sepe as her sister Kelly Height. It also stars Keir Glichirst who also pays a leading role in the Netflix original Atypical (2017). Continue reading
Hereditary, the title of Ari Aster’s eagerly anticipated new film, has got horror fans sitting up and paying attention. Rumours of psychologically broken actors suffering from PTSD and promises of a film set to be this generation’s The Exorcist, Hereditary is already guaranteed to secure a place on the IMDB Top 100 list. Motherhood is as prevalent a theme in horror as death, sex and mental illness; indeed, the most monstrous incarnations manage to assimilate them all into one.
If you take a sweeping glance across the horror genre over the last decade, you’ll notice that mothers have had a pretty bad rap. Angry, over-bearing, sexually repressed, possessive; the devouring mothers depicted on-screen are Freudian nightmares. In the flesh, in spirit, male, metaphorical or metaphysical – the devouring mother archetype manifests in a wildly vast number of ways. Continue reading
Yes! Get in! Finally, the producers over at Platinum Dunes and Blumhouse realised that what fans of the Purge series were wanting was a look at how the night of legalised crime came to be. It’s all we’ve been asking for since 2013 after all.
After three films of decent quality in which the second, Purge: Anarchy is the highlight, The First Purge promises to shake up the formula by introducing a prequel into the horror franchise. But does it do enough to stop the series from feeling stale or are we looking at yet another paint-by-numbers horror flick? Continue reading