THE WALKING DEAD – Developed by Frank Darabont and based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead premiered in 2010. It’s 8th season will release this year. The TV series stars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes and has received both critical and ratings acclaim. A companion series entitled Fear the Walking Dead premiered in 2015. FTWD’s 3rd season will premiere this month.
The Passion of the Christ – This isn’t a horror film in the truest sense of the word. Yet, the crucifixion of Christ is a saga of the supernatural. To some it’s the gospel truth, while to others, it’s myth and superstition. Angels, the devil, death, the son of God and his resurrection are elements of this gory tale. When the movie was originally released, critics said the violence detracted from the message. I don’t think a story about the aftermath of a crucifixion could be portrayed any other way. In order to be reborn, you have to die first.
TOP HORROR MOVIE FRANCHISES
1. Alien – The Alien franchise, with a total of 6 films, is the highest-grossing horror movie franchise ever made. Featuring the battles of a ship commander versus an extraterrestrial lifeform referred to as the Xenomorph. Alien: Covenant is set to be released in 2017.
2. Saw – At 2nd place, Saw has a complicated story arc whereby a villain subjects his victims to horrifying puzzles. Saw: Legacy, the 8th in the series, is currently in production.
3. Jaws – Based on a shark attack, the natural horror series features 4 films. It’s 3rd on our list. Other than the original directed by Steven Spielberg, the remaining films were highly criticized. It was nominated for 4 Oscars and won 3, Spielberg was furious he wasn’t nominated for Best Director.
4. Paranormal Activity – The 4th in a series of 5 films were made for low production costs and used found footage format first employed by Blair Witch.
5. Friday the 13th – Jason Voorhees drowns at Camp Crystal Lake since the camp counselors were “too busy”. The best-selling film of the series (12 in total) is the crossover with A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy Vs. Jason.
6. A Nightmare on Elm Street – The quintessential monster Freddy Krueger, a killer haunting the dreams of children on an otherwise quiet street, spawned 9 in total. Coming in 6th, the most successful is coincidentally the same as Friday the 13th, Freddy Vs. Jason.
7. Scream – Credited with resurgence of the slasher horror flick, Scream successfully uses the conventions of the horror genre. It holds the number 7th spot/ 5 films. Hidden by the mask of Ghostface, murderers chase their victims. It drew negative attention for excessive gore from the film raters.
8. The Conjuring – This one comes in 8thwith 2 films in the series (or 3 if you count Annabelle … possibly 4 if you count The Nun). Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren help homeowners haunted by demon spirits rid the house of these unwanted guests.
9. Halloween – Horror icon Michael Myers murders his sister but escapes the hospital, killing the townsfolk of Haddonfield, Illinois. Halloween is at the number 9 spot with 10 films to date. A greatly anticipated version (still in early stages) is being developed by John Carpenter.
10. The Exorcist – Lavished with Academy Award acclaim (nominated for 10/ won 2), The Exorcist (number 10, 5 films) is based on a bestselling book about the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl, exorcised by two priests.
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MY BLOODY VALENTINE – A pickaxe wielding psycho, wearing miner’s garb and a mask, slaughters a group of teenage partiers in a darkened mine. Ten years later, one of the escapees inherits the mine from his deceased father. Returning to the hometown of his youth, he finds his ex-girlfriend has married the local sheriff. One of his classmates is murdered, he becomes a suspect because he was caught on tape in the hotel parking lot. My Bloody Valentine isn’t really a remake. It takes its inspiration from a 1981 film of the same name. The 2009 version works better in terms of subject matter, storyline and the plot twist ending. If you’re a fan of the gory slasher genre, this is one you’ll enjoy. While imperfect, it’s a good flick. So check it out!
HORROR 2017 – We’ll see if 2017 is a better year for horror movies. There’s an abundance of re-makes not worth mentioning unless they have something new to offer. Here’s my short list of (potentially good) films. And a similar link to last year’s post, interesting to note that four weren’t released last year.