It seems that not only has writer Stephen King dominated the horror literature world, but he's managed to get most of his stories adapted into feature length films. His stories have been reimagined for the screen by some of Hollywood's best talents like Brian de Palma with Carrie, Stanley Kubrick with The Shining, and Rob Reiner with Stand By Me and Misery. This of course shows how powerful King's works have been in mainstream media in comparison with other horror novelists.
It's difficult to classify what is more terrifying about the Goosebumps film: the movie itself, or the fact that book series its based off of is considered classic. Starting in the early 1990's, the Goosebumps series of books were marketed toward children that were curious about the horror genre but didn't have the reading level (or parental consent) to pick up a Stephen King novel. They told stories of whacky horrors for typically young characters to encounter and overcome.
Starting a film with a Backstreet Boys song means there has to be a pay off in the end, and thankfully, This is the End pays up in gold. An ensemble piece that no one knew that they needed, the writing and directing stylings of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are on point here. The humor is subtle just as much as it is thrown in every viewers face; a lovely parallel to the buddy comedy heart of the story that's set in a world completely falling apart.
The grandfather to the slasher film. The greatest suspence film from the first century of Hollywood. Hitchcock manages to out-Hitchcock himself. When referencing the 1960 film Psycho these are typically the labels that are attached to the seminal work. Uncovering an unexplored corner of the film is nearly impossible at this point as it is one of the most covered films in the film studies academia. Historical context does open up new doors to understanding why this film, abover many others, has been given such a prostigious focus.
Let the Halloween episodes roll in! What better show to kick off the spooky holiday season than Scream Queens and its take on the modern "All Hallows Eve" sensibilities. The episode, this week titled "Haunted House", kicked itself off with the not so fantastical event of Chanel-o-Ween; clearly a take on the YouTube generation and their never ending desire to subscribe and thrive through view counts.
The Leprechaun series is one of the more interesting horror franchises in existence. The intriguing aspect is not from a catalogue of exceptional films, quite in fact more than half are subpar and a chore to sit through, however their level of note comes from how many were made before the right formula began to work. It wasn't until the fifth straight to video entry, Leprechaun in the Hood, that bringing a semi-slasher leprechaun character into the real world actually worked.
If the first two episodes of Scream Queens during the premiere didn’t clearly define the tone of the series for viewers, then this weeks “Chainsaw” episode will leave no doubts. The holy trio of Chanel’s running Kappa House are still reeling from the death of Chanel #2 (Ariana Grande); reeling meaning either they don’t care or worried that their bloody hands will be revealed. Of course, most of the girls aren’t suspicious other than Grace (Skylar Samuels) and Zayday (Keke Palmer) who find the second Chanel’s Instagram postings to be a little sketchy.
The melding of horror and comedy is always a tricky situation. Typically it falls farther onto one side of the coin where the horror takes over in all its bloody glory, or the horrific elements go too far and become slapstick comedy. However, there are the stand outs that work such as Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead II. Ryan Murphy, creator of Glee and American Horror Story, has worked in both realms of the comedy and horror genres.
Easily the most notorious film in the franchise, Leprechaun in the Hood is a later entry in the series that jumps the shark so far that they're not even on the same radar. Leprechaun 4: In Space followed the same grasping for straws style of Jason X and Hellraiser: Bloodline by jettisoning the green tinted killer into space and delivering nothing but quirky smirks to the audience. Apparently the only logical step after space was conquered was for the Lep to head back down to earth and right into the hood.