Follow the track record of Capcom’s franchises and there will be a clear push for a return to form in recent years. With Resident Evil 6 upsetting critics and fans, the franchise had to make every attempt to create something worth the zombie enthusiast’s time. It seems that the lifeblood to the Megaman and Resident Evil company is to mill its backlog of original content, updating their forbearers to be reintroduced into the modern gaming world.
The diversity of narratives that genre films can offer allows them to craft typically far reaching storylines with a human, emotional core. Of course, creating a script that encompasses this that can be adapted to film has been attempted, but not often successfully. Director Jeff Nichols has exceled in this gray area, with his subtle apocalyptic story of Take Shelter. Whether tackling the complexities of impending danger or the criminal past of a man on the run with Mud, Nichols relies on the human narrative to drive his stories.
It's no rare occurrence when a successful horror film gets an unexpected sequel, however when the original film is based off of a novel, it seems almost impossible to carry on the story without the original creators involvement. Just two years after the release of the cult classic American Psycho hit theaters, a continuation of the Patrick Bateman story was manifested. If the idea of continuing a story that revolved around an unhinged psychopath seems as insane as the title character's ideals, then American Psycho 2: All American Girl will please in some regards.
BGH's own Sophie just finished her "Women in Horror" month, and to honor that, a review of another female lead film seemed fitting. The 2000 film American Psycho was adapted from the Bret Easton Ellis novel of the same name and brought to the screen by director Mary Harron.
Horror mash-ups are common staples of the genre. All the way back to the Universal backlot days, Frankenstein has not only had his day in the limelight, but he’s also met the likes of Dracula. Freddy Krueger has gone blade to blade with Jason Voorhees. Now, in 2016, the undead have gone brain to brain with Elizabeth Bennett. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is the latest adapted film from author Seth Graham-Smith who has had the film treatment done to his work in recent years with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
The simplest way to conform to the general horror market is with a story revolving around zombies. While the genre typically seeks to bend and morph with the changing times, the saturation of certain sub genres becomes inevitable.
Approaching the horror genre in the modern age can be a trivial task. Especially within the slasher genre, the tropes and formulas have long been established which creates a blockade for filmmakers. The "Final Girl" concept, as proposed by Carol J. Clover, is a byproduct of the repetitive nature of these fresh attempts. In the end, a slasher film comes down to who lives, who dies, and how the killer will come back for more.
The introduction of Hannibal Lecter through the medium of film surprisingly happened long before the cultural hit The Silence of the Lambs landed in theaters. A performance, made famous by Anthony Hopkins, that created a horror icon owes some groundwork to Michael Mann's Manhunter. The film is an adapted version of the Thomas Harris "Red Dragon" novel that begins the Hannibal Lecter saga. Despite being a strongly written character, the infamy of Lecter was not born within the film.
What’s fascinating about Play Misty for Me looking back on the history of stalker films, is that it was one of the first. Typically, Basic Instinct and Fatal Attraction are the two go-to films for this genre, mainly because they’re more in the cultural consciousness and amped up the insanity. However, this directorial debut for Clint Eastwood was an impressive depiction of his skills as a director of actors. While the film doesn’t do much visually to entice the viewer to stick out the run time, the chemistry between Eastwood and Walters is fantastic.