elm-streetThe 80s are most famous for bringing two new types of horror movies to the table. Slasher films and dark comedy horror films that mimic B movies from the 70s. Even though early slasher films like Halloween and Friday the 13th set the stage for the genre it was really the 1984 film A Nightmare on Elm Street that a film came out that combined all the elements that now are considered to be essential in a slasher film.

Every slasher has to have teens being hunted by a killer, promiscuous teens getting killed in punishment for not listening to their parents, and a villain that is a monster with iconic look. A Nightmare on Elm Street had all these elements plus low budget effects. One of the most notable cast members in A Nightmare on Elm Street is a very young Johnny Depp. A Nightmare on Elm Street was his first film.

The film went on to spawn a lot of sequels and even a crossover movie with Jason Voohees from the Friday the 13th series. Like most slasher films it focuses a lot on the serial killing villain. A Nightmare on Elm Steet’s resident villain is the horribly burned Freddy Krueger. He always wears a red and green striped sweater, a brown hat, and a leather glove with five razor sharp knives as the fingers. In the film fans find out that Freddy Krueger was a child molester…

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lost-boysVampires were popular long before Twilight. In the 80s the cult classic film The Lost Boys spawned cultural references that are still used today in TV and film. The film was not a smash hit, but it did draw a loyal following. Part of the appeal of the film was the cast, which featured 80s heartthrobs Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Cory Haim and Cory Feldman, and Jamie Gertz. Veteran character actors Edward Hermann and Dianne Weist also starred in the film. A sequel and a prequel to the film were eventually created but never made it to theaters. The direct to video films were really only of interest to the fans of the original film.

The film came out in the 1987 and today serves as a cultural snapshot of the late 80s. Everything from the hair and costumes to the visual look of the film screams 1980s. The campy quality of the film is one of the reasons why fans love the film. Even though the film has too many stars to qualify as a B movie it has a B movie feel to it. The soundtrack helps elevate the film’s cult status, featuring 80s mainstays INXS and Echo and the Bunnymen. Several of the more obscure songs on the soundtrack feature organ music and choral arrangements and became staples in Goth clubs throughout the late 80s and the 90s.

The story of The Lost Boys centers on Michael…

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childs-playThe 80s redefined the horror genre by giving fans more than just straight up horror films. Slasher films and darkly comedic horror films were introduced in the early 80s and throughout the 80s there was a slew of both types of movies made. Child’s Play, released in 1988, is one of the funniest horror films released in the 80s. The premise of the movie is that a murderer who is on the run from the cops is wounded in a shootout with the police. This shootout takes place in a warehouse where Good Guy dolls are being stored. The murdered casts a voodoo curse and is able to transfer his soul to a Good Guy doll as he is dying. The doll is shipped with the others to a store, where it is purchased as a present for a little boy. The little boy, Andy, realizes that the doll is alive and starts listening to what the possessed doll tells him to do. Chucky, the murderous doll, starts killing people in ways that ensure Andy will be blamed.

Through the course of his killing spree Chucky learns that he needs to possess the body of the first person who knew he was possessing the doll in order to survive as the doll is slowly destroyed. So he becomes obsessed with possessing Andy. There are several sequels to the original Child’s Play film and over the course of the films Chucky…

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-alien-isolationIf you ever wondered what it felt like to be hunted by a Xenomorph you will out in Alien: Isolation. This first person survival game is one of the most anticipated games of 2014 and will no doubt be one of the biggest games of the year. The first person survival genre is typically not as popular as first person shooter games but games like Alien: Isolation are making them much more popular. The game is all about surviving and not about fighting. Even though you do have access to some weapons in the game there are no guns and you are not hunting the Xenomorph. Instead you are the one being hunted.

Alien: Isolation is set in 2137, between the events of the Alien film and the Aliens film. In the game you are Amanda Ripley, going in search of information about what happened to your mother Ellen Ripley. After the black box from the Nostromo was discovered there were a lot of unanswered questions. You are sent to a huge space station that is about to be decommissioned and abandoned to gather any information that you can find. Your mother is in stasis on an escape craft and very little is known about what happened aboard the Nostromo before she caused it to self-destruct.

Setting the game in the gap between the films was a very smart choice. The game developers have created a little pocket in the…

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fridayWhen you think about the tone of 80s horror films it’s hard not to think of the film that influenced many of them – Friday the 13th. The original Friday the 13th film was released in 1980 and influenced more than a decade’s worth of horror films that came after it. In the late 70s the idea of the slasher film with graphic violence was just becoming popular. Late 70s films like Halloween and The Last House on the Left had broken new ground for horror films. Many of the most successful horror films prior to the 80s used suspense and the implication of violence to scare audiences rather than showing actual violence. Also, previous films used violence as part of a larger story. 80s horror films would go on to use violence as the main story, thanks in large part to films like Friday the 13th.

Friday the 13th was made on a shoestring budget, just over a half of a million dollars and when it was released it was panned by critics. Audiences weren’t quite sure of it either. But it would go on to be one of the most iconic horror films of all time. The story is merely a vehicle for the violence that is the main draw of the film. The story is that in the late 1950s two counselors were murdered at a summer camp and the camp was shut down. The son of…

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-twd-newOne of the criticisms that some critics and fans have had of The Walking Dead is that it doesn’t mirror the graphic novels written by Robert Kirkman.

Because Robert Kirkman is so heavily involved with the TV show some people assumed that the show would essentially retell the story as it happened in the comics. But the show is a totally separate entity from the graphic novels.

Or it has been, until now. As the show enters the second half of its fourth season the TV show and the graphic novels are starting to line up. In the mid-season premiere episode, “After”, some of the scenes were taken practically pane for panel from the graphic novels.

While some of the characters have not followed the story arcs in the books and are alive or dead when their counterparts in the novels are the opposite thing will change from here on out.

 

The writers and producers of the show have already warned audiences that one of the main cast members won’t survive the last half of Season 4. Speculation is already running rampant about who will be cut from the show. Predictions are that leader Rick, Carl, and resident badass Daryl Dixon are all safe but the showrunners have repeatedly said that no one is safe. The death that is coming is supposedly going to shock audiences even more than the death of fan favorite Hershel Greene. Speculation is…

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goosebumps-movieAnyone who grew up on the 90s or after will be thrilled to hear that the smash kids book series Goosebumps is finally being brought to the big screen. Jack Black was the first start announced to be attached to the project. Just recently the female child lead was announced. Odeya Rush will be joining the Sony Pictures film and playing Jack Black’s niece who will be getting into scary situations and facing monsters with her friends. Odeya has been in major films before like The Odd Life of Timothy Green and she has appeared in TV on Curb Your Enthusiasm. No word yet on a release date for the film but kids who grew up reading R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps young adult books will be excited to get the chance to take their own kids to see the new Goosebumps movie.

R.L. Stine’s books set records for readership. The Goosebumps series, which is a series of horror books for kids, sold more than 33 million copies. The only young adult series that has ever beaten Goosebumps record is the Harry Potter series. The books were written between 1992 and 1997 and were an integral part of the childhoods of millions of kids in the 90s. At first some parents were worried about giving their kids horror books, but the books encourage kids to deal with a lot of normal childhood fears. Author R.L. Stine felt that using familiar characters…

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the-birdsThe modern reboot of the classic Hitchcock horror film The Birds is finally happening. It’s been talked about for several years but no progress has been made on a new version of the film until recently when a director finally came on board.  Dutch director Diederik Van Rooijen has been tapped to direct a new interpretation of The Birds. Van Rooijen hasn’t directed an English language film before, or any film that has as much riding on it as this film. So only time will tell if he is up to the job. None of the main roles have been cast yet, so fans will have to wait and see what starts take on the roles originally made famous by Tippi Hedron, Jessica Lange, and Rod Taylor. It may be several more years until filming begins depending on how long it takes to cast the film, but hopefully the production will begin in the next year.

It’s not an easy task to tackle a remake of one of the most well-loved films in history. Hitchcock has many famous films that have made it to the ranks of cinema icons but The Birds might be his most critically acclaimed and popular film. It was the 48th film of his long career and it was the culmination of a lot of his work in the horror genre. The film is considered one of the top horror movies of all time.…

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sharknadoThe Syfy channel’s original programming is famous among fans for two things. One is the quality of their original series. The second is their B horror movies. The channel is known for creating top notch original series like Face Off, Ghosthunters, Helix, Stargate and many others. But it also has brought back the B horror movie by commissioning many B horror films that are beloved by the channel’s fans for their hokey premises and bad acting. Many of the films that the channel has created are worthy of being shown during an episode of MST3K but one of Syfy’s recent B horror films has topped them all and is now the most famously awful B horror movie in recent history. Sharknado started out as just another typical B movie on the channel that has made a real art form out of creating new B movies. But thanks to the power of social media and one of the worst plots in film history the film has gone on to achieve cult status. It was even shown in theatres for a one night only event to capitalize on the buzz generated by Twitter and social media.

 

Sharknado is a modern B horror movie classic that is written on the premise that a freak hurricane hits Los Angeles and creates waterspouts throughout the city. But it also deposits live man eating great white sharks in the waterspouts, creating man-eating sharknados that kill…

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