When you put a well-known television actress as a horror heroine with a bunch of other child star actors into one thriller movie you will end up with an amazing slasher movie. Scream is an intricate “who done it” film with any characters and creative kill scenes that make it impossible to tell who the kill is. It is the classic film who originated the famous “Do you like scary movies?” line and the well-known “Ghost Face” mask, and with that Scream is was off and running into the hearts of all horror movie fans.
This week’s movie is called The Others (2001) by Alejandro Amenábar. In this film, the audience oversees a desperate mother, Grace Stewart (Nicole Kidman) struggling with the living situation of being a mother whose has to deal a whole showcase of things. Some of these things include having a husband whose is not there, caring for her own children who are sensitive to sunlight, and living in a Victorian mansion where some people throughout the film have claimed that it is haunted. Grace at first doubts these haunted claims, but subsequent events began to occur which cause her to become very protective of her kids and at the same time crazy. All in all, this enigmatic and suspenseful movie ends with her and her children becoming ghost and that things that were haunting the house were of future being.
Spooky things exist to feed off people’s emotions. People normally view these spooky things using a set rules or scale to judge these type of monsters. This is how people are aware of the situations that they are in. In order to escape this situation, people must think about it to themselves. Due to these situations, people of our community watch horror movies in order to simulate the idea of spooky things for the future. In the articles of “Why Do We Crave Horror Movies” by Stephen King and “My Zombie, Myself: Why Modern Life Feels Rather Undead by Chuck Klosterman, both author argues have similar ideas to why the human being crave horror movies because of the emotions we get from them.
One of my relatively favored films that engrosses me every Halloween season is the 1980 horror film The Shining. This movie consists of drama, horror, mystery and suspense, produced and directed by the legendary Stanley Kubrick himself and novelist Stephen Edwin King. The Shining focused on the broad strokes of the original Stephen King story, while the visuals, atmosphere, tone, and sheer terror of the moments Stanley Kubrick caught on film were more than enough to scare most people to the bone. That's the lasting impression that was left. The twins, the hotel itself and the way it was shot, the isolation, the eerie transformation of Jack, the room 237, the blood pouring out of the elevator and flooding the hall, Jack wanting to sabotage his wife and son with an
In some of my favorite films, I like the use of horror because it makes the story interesting and mysterious by creating an intense feeling of fear, shock, or disgust. In
One of my relatively favored films that engrosses me every Halloween season is the 1980 horror film The Shining. This movie consists of drama, horror, mystery and suspense, produced and directed by the legendary Stanley Kubrick himself and novelist Stephen Edwin King. The Shining focused on the broad strokes of the original Stephen King story, while the visuals, atmosphere, tone, and sheer terror of the moments Stanley Kubrick caught on film were more than enough to scare most people to the bone. That's the lasting impression that was left. The twins, the hotel itself and the way it was shot, the isolation, the eerie transformation of Jack, the room 237, the blood pouring out of the elevator and flooding the hall, Jack wanting to sabotage
Another example of an original movie that still terrify us today is the Halloween series. In 1978, the first film of many was released. This slasher series focuses on a notorious character, Michael Myers. As many of you already know, Michael Myers is a terrifyingly huge male with a knife which highlights the aspect of his gory kills. In one of the movies, The Shape, the young Myers kills his older sister and later returns home to kill more teenagers.
Dracula, The Haunting of Hill House, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde all focus on people fighting against their primal sides, and it is this struggle that causes horror to rear its ugly head and work its way through the mind. Horror novels are chilling because they force the reader to look at the savagery that lurks within their own
Do you know how to define a horror story? Some people define it as a story with monsters, others define it as a scary story. In the story “What is the Horror Genre”, Sharon A. Russell decides the best way to define the horror genre is using the structure (suspense and setting), organization (parallel worlds, supernatural, and “ the fantastic”), the source of the horror, and one of two themes (good vs. evil or forbidden knowledge). Sharon A. Russell also explains three different ways suspense creates horror. Those three types are: suspense that is intensified by knowing it’s a horror story, the control of when and where we get our knowledge creates suspense, and our advanced knowledge creates suspense since we can anticipate future events.
As a child, I always wanted to scare other people by creating my own haunting fantasies. Now that I’ve matured, I face nastier creations compared to my juvenile stories. Although frightening, I develop a craving when watching horror. I face some of my fears that develop while watching horror, I redevelop my average self, and experience a different kind of fun. All it is is the dark side of our Human Condition.
The story of The Haunting of Hill House is a horror classic. The book and movie depict this terrifying story in vastly different ways. The movie uses cinematic techniques that a book can not portray: music, acting, and props. The book uses imagery, internal monologue, and suspense to peak fear in the readers. Movies are a different way of portraying a story, but movies aren’t always able to depict everything in the book. The movie depiction is able to elicit fear through cinematic techniques, and the novel uses fear in a different way than the movie which is more effective in frightening the reader.
The acting was pretty decent considering half of the film revolves around Daniel Radcliffe wandering around the haunted house. The lengthy sequences are fine examples of how to build a sense of tension amongst the audience by usage of special effects and CGI. Overall the film does fall off of its heels in few dull scenes but it’s still great to watch with a solid plot line. I thoroughly enjoyed this old-fashioned spooky ghost tale, though the acting could’ve been better by other actors besides Daniel
When a scary story is on the cusp of being believable, it is very frightening. When the reader is trying to fall asleep and trying to convince themselves that it is just a story that is supposed to create feelings of worry and fear, that is when it is horror. When the reader is repeating the phrase “It is not real. It is not going to happen” in order to calm themselves down, that is when it is horror. When we believe that the story could happen to us, it makes it all the more scary.