Wednesday, 14 October 2015

The Hutt's Little School of Movie Genres: Horror

Time for some scary stuff.


Halloween is soon upon us and I'm trying to figure out how to finish my Halloween costume in time for the party so I thought I'd give you all some inspiration for your seasonal Halloween Movie Nights of Horror.
(Not procrastinating at all here, no way, not me.)

Human beings have a thing for adrenaline rushes and the macabre, and that’s why we’ve liked this genre so much through the ages from far earlier than Mary Shelley’s horror novel Frankenstein to way beyond the latest Saw sequel (or other random horror sequel or remake or reboot).
Horror is designed to frighten us by playing on our primal fears and raise our pulses to an almost unhealthy speed. This genre often mixes in elements of fantasy and science fiction because the unknown is also almost always subsequently scary in the collected mind of human kind.

Werewolves, vampires, ghosts, serial killers, cannibals, zombies, aliens and other stuff of nightmares invading our everyday mundane space are common ingredients of this horrific soup. Sadly, it’s very rare to actually find a horror movie with both a good plot and good actors but of course, once in a while you’ll find that little gem. And spoil it rotten with your full attention.

Subgenres include slasher, psychological, gothic, splatter, natural and body among others.

Movies I’d recommend:

28 Days Later, Se7en, It, Psycho (1960), Nosferatu (1922), Three Extremes (2004), Poltergeist (1982), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Scream, Ringu – The Ring, The Thing (1982), Ginger Snaps, Trick r Treat, Saw, El Espinazo del Diablo, Carrie, Fright Night (2011), Sleepy Hollow, Shaun of the Dead.

Happy Halloween everyone!

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