Andy is a contributing writer, occasional interviewer, surrogate Schnaars, and co-host of the Sophisticult podcast. He might not be as funny as Joe, rich as Jon, strong as Casey, adorable as Mark, or surly as Eric, but damn does he give great hugs.
Like his cinema, Tobe Hooper’s voice was that kind of resonant, droll, molasses-like drawl that you never forget. I’ve only heard it in a handful of commentaries and interviews but that’s a voice that impresses with clarity. It’s this sort of tendency that inflects much of what BGH staff came to recall or find in revisiting Hooper’s work. His are the types of films you remember your first time seeing. Genre defining and boundary busting, his earlier work only grows in its revolutionary esteem.
Following the news on Sunday that horror maestro George A. Romero had passed a group of BGH staff felt compelled to share some thoughts and experiences with the filmmaker’s work. As expected we remember his iconoclastic and prescient approach to the genre while also contemplating how his films function like a scrapbook clocking our horror education.
The 1933 King Kong is many things. Like any piece of cultural history the film can be framed in various conversations privileging or critiquing its qualities. It’s a cinematic tour-de-force in special effects. It’s a myth-making vehicle that achieved a kind of cultural iconography equaled in cinema only by movie stars, Westerns, Star Wars, Samurai movies, the early 1930s run of Universal monster movies, etc.
James Cameron’s 1989 sci-fi thriller The Abyss took audiences to the steely blue depths of the Caribbean where the film’s plucky, devil-may-care bunch of oil riggers (in these movies aren’t they all?) square off sub-a-sub with a rogue SEAL team. Cameron’s film represents one of the final contemporaneous Cold War allegories in mainstream U.S. cinema. Though multiple edits and a ballooning budget kept the film from financial success it’s stark verisimilitude coupled with groundbreaking special effects endeared it to many critics.
Recently Ciara Wardlow wrote a piece over at Film School Rejects exploring the intersection of fandom and cinephilia. The author’s focus is mainly on convergence culture and franchise product development, considering the ongoing relationships between viewers and diegetic worlds.
Let me set the scene for you. A hirsute man-child strolls into his local multiplex to check out the latest installment in a franchise about werewolves and vampires. Sounds pretty great, huh? What’s that you ask? Yes, that’s right. He’s never seen any other Underworld movie other than what’s been on FX in the background. Won’t this diminish his enjoyment of the impending whirlwind of leather, fur, blood spurts, and runny egg style Shakespeare? Absolutely not.
Somewhere in the hills of Southern California Irma (Barbara Crampton) is acting as caretaker and psychologist to a meek shut in named Janine (Sarah Hagan). Irma puts Janine through hypnosis sessions, sensory tests, and yoga lessons. “It seems so easy now,” Irma says, “but that wasn't always so.” Having exhibited obedience and lucidity Janine is allowed to venture into the outside world unattended. On one of these trips she encounters Savannah (Sara Malakul Lane).
Every year the BGH crew selects their picks for best and worst horror films of that year. Stay tuned toward the end of the year for our infallible consensus for the best and worst of the year, compiled by our very own genre mega-scholar Jonathan Schnaars.
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