Like Fantasy, Adventure, Drama and other film genres, the Horror field has produced a number of hits over the years, from the now-ancient Nosferatu first detailing vampires in film to the Saw series, a much more recent phenomenon. We're not going to talk about any of those other genres here though – this is a blog devoted to fear and the things which cause it, including good horror films. If you're looking for a good scare or planning a movie night in the near future, this list will provide a number of good movie choices, as well as a bit of information about each.
I already mentioned Nosferatu, so you really should have expected me to devote a spot on this list to that classic vampire movie. With the taut skin, long, claw-like fingers, the rat teeth and other inhuman features, the antagonist looks far different from the sparkly vampires of today – Nosferatu actually looks like some imaginary horror, more bat than man. It was a movie full of defining moments and the first film ever to relate to us humans the vampire’s aversion to holy water, blessed ash, the rising sun and more. Its status as a silent film may make some viewers shy away for more contemporary entertainment.
If I didn't mention the Scream series, I'd be failing the lot of you. It’s hard to nail down any single entry in the Scream series for this list, but I’d probably have to go with the first one. Not only are these movies frightening in their own right, and especially so if you like slasher flicks, they're also kind of funny since they cover clichés and common plot devices from other horror movies, as if they're making jokes. The fun and games stop when people start getting stabbed of course, and thankfully you don't need to wait too long for the tension to build up and the knife to come out.
Before I get started with this, I want to stress a few things. First, I’m not psychologist. All I know about how the mind works is what I know from paying attention to myself and the people around me.
Second, while I plan to outline how fear works as far as I understand it, I’m also willing to admit fear does not work the same for different people. You know that fight or flight response? Some people react to fear by fleeing, while others will rush towards the thing causing them to be afraid, looking to conquer it. Here’s how fear works, in my opinion.
It’s something I say often, but fear is a perfectly natural response to certain circumstances; people, places and things. Many cultures despise the cowardly, yet if you look to see who survives dangerous situations, violent people and frightening locations, it’s usually the one who doesn’t get off the boat.
Probably the best part about urban legends and why they are so scary is the fact they are usually rooted in reality. Now, I don’t believe the tales of the giant moth man from West Virginia back in the mid 1960s because that’s just too outlandish to believe – a giant man with wings and the head of a moth? Yeah, right. But there are other urban legends which are far more frightening because you just don’t know; they could be real. Here are some of the scariest urban legends I’ve found while searching the Internet, but the list is by no means exhaustive.
The Mothman isn’t the only cryptid to be featured in an urban legend either. Far more frightening, and with many more eye witness accounts, is the Beast of Bray Road, first seen in or near Elkhorn, Wisconsin back in the mid 1930s. What makes this beast so much scarier is the fact it, or something looking just like it, has been reported all over southern Wisconsin, as well as northern Illinois and even parts of Canada. If the thing does exist, it sure can get around. It is reported to be a massive, hirsute biped, possibly a wolf or bear or other mammal. This is not something to meet while walking down an abandoned country road.
I was watching It Follows with my friend. He is a horror movie fan just like me and never fails to watch them and he likes to do on the opening day itself. Horror is something that attracts attention always. Regardless of the changes in trends, box office collection and latest crazes, these films have a special market for the ability they have to scare people out of their wits. While horror films have withstood many ups and downs, recently I feel they have undergone quite a refreshing change. In the past three years alone, a few horror films have caught my attention, which I think are best lessons for all those who are aspiring to make a really scary horror movie.
Technique And space matters
Horror films rely heavily on manipulation of the formal elements like for instance, the stretching silence or pregnant tension disturbed by sudden and nicely timed jolts. This control of perspective that is done is editing is a run of the mill tactic used in horror movies, but still manages to grab attention. It Follows is certainly an exception to this trend to our delight. It has a simple premise where the specter, which pursues its target, is always in physical form. Composition and space is used to bring out the scary effect perfectly by David Robert Mitchell.
This involves using deep focus to bring out the suspense eerily in the background. He also uses long distance shots of figures, which the audience can see and not the characters, increasing the suspense factor. The technique is such that even off-screen space takes on a dangerous perspective from which the viewer expects something ghastly to emerge.
Take a chance on performance
Most often horror films don’t rely on the acting even though they are dependent on audience identification. The films usually feature prettily dressed people looking terrified. My friend who had just finished his nail technician course, click here for more info, even commented on how the actors would look all dressed up, with painted nails and even nail art, about which he had studied a lot on. And I was surprised at hearing that the job paid well. Back to horror films, Babadook is a good example of how performance can create a greater impact than just relying on the creepiness factor. Jennifer Kent had given Essie Davis who plays Amelia, an orderly in a nursing home tormented by a monster from a storybook, equal importance as she gave for the horror content. The movie is a classy one that makes you attracted not just to the horror but also on the performance of the artists.
And there is much more than just performance and scary factor to make a horror movie really impressive. While many may think that the idea of horror being exhausted as much as possible in all kinds of dimension there is not much to go in that direction films like The Witch show how you can create the spookiness just from the place or time you focus on. So you can either focus on a particular aspect or just include a bit of everything as in ‘Resolution’ to get the movie work for you and the audience.
My friend approached me with a strange request recently. He was embarrassed about his fear of darkness. He said that he hadn’t told about it to anyone else and has been sleeping with a light on always. And not just the beside lamp, but the big light too. He said that he feared that it he would not be able to get over it. I was surprised and I admit a bit puzzled too, as to why he chose me! Seeing my penchant for horror movies maybe he thought I would help him get over his fear. Personally, I couldn’t imagine myself in his place. Nevertheless, since he had confided in me, I decided to do some research on the subject. Here is what I found out
Darkness and fear
The fear of dark has been with us from ancient time, when fearing dark seemed the only way to protect yourself from the dangerous beasts that move about at night. The fear of darkness often starts during our childhood and when you believe that your sleeping environment is not secure it will continue and be hard to change, even if you change the sleeping place to a secure one.
Fear of fear
When you have the habit of hearing horror stories constantly, for instance you are being told only ghost stories during bed time, chances are your imagination may go into overdrive and you will start behaving like my friend- which is sleeping with your light on. It is your imaginations that conjure up the nonexistent scenarios. Though this is not a fear of a ghost or a specific prowler you get this sense of something horrible that is about to happen, which makes it more potent.
There are somethings that certainly help you get over the fear:
- The first step is to stop depending on the light. Sleeping with the lights on can also make you tired as it disturbs our deep sleep. The darker the sleeping space the more restful and fresh you will be when you wake up. Try to remove one source at a time and soon you’ll feel more comfortable and less agitated about the darkness
- Relaxation both during daytime and at night will help in the darkness looking less oppressive. Since your imagination is the culprit conjuring up the fear, you need to relax and think of restful thoughts. You can listen to music or play soothing music on the piano. The digital pianos of today come with great features, which help you to create the music you want.
- Fear of darkness is not just being afraid of light being absent. It is more about the fear of something being out there in the dark or perhaps hiding in the closet. You need to find what you are scared of specifically and try challenging such thoughts. The chances of what you are afraid of happening may not happen at all. And even if it happens, you can very well wake up and see to it. So it is better to sleep rather than imagining dire happenings.
Darkness while it was feared in the past helped humans to get a good and restful sleep and helped the body to recuperate. This is essential for living a healthy life and enjoying your daytime more. So chase away the fears and embrace darkness peacefully.
While we may be living peacefully on the planet, survival for man has definitely not been easy in the past and he has had to hunt and fight his way to earning the title of being the most dangerous species on the planet. As such, hunting of humans can be considered to be the most dangerous sports of all.
Here are some horrors movies, in which human hunting as a sport or for pleasure can be seen:
- The Most Dangerous Game
This movie is probably the first to have featured human hunting. Set in the early twentieth century, this movie portrays the bloodthirsty sport of big game hunting, something which was actually widely prevalent.
Based on an adaptation of a story written by Richard Connell in 1924, much of the central concept is preserved, although many details and characters are added to the movie.
- Battle Royale
Considering the similarities that this cult movie from Japan has with the storyline of the Hunger Games, it is indeed very difficult to believe the author of the popular fiction series, Suzanne Collins never ever heard of the movie.
A group of children are forced to fight and kill each other while trapped on an island. There are various weapons and equipment there like machetes, rifles, rope, rangefinders, guns, etc.
- Hard Target
This John Woo movie starring Jean Claude Van Damme is centered on the life of an eccentric and rich man, who hunts on homeless people in New Orleans for fun.
While the movie featured nothing too spectacular, it did mark the start of John Woo’s career in filmmaking in the US.
- The Woman Hunt
Featuring a sensational star cast, this movie is reminiscent of the industry of exploitation which would once exist. The movie features a rich man, who collects prostitutes and also preys on them. He hunts them using expensive weapons such as rifles, equipment (like rangefinders you can see at this place) and traps.
While the movie was unsuccessful in stamping its authority as a comment on society, it did a pretty decent job featuring a lot of hunting scenes.
- The Running Man
The famous book, The Running Man, written by Stephen King and Richard Bachman was also made into a satirical movie. Based on a dystopian society, the storylines involve hitmen and citizens pitted up against each other.
A horrible adaptation, fans of the book would have definitely been disappointed by this horror movie.
This thriller of a movie features a serial killer, who goes around on a spree of crimes by hunting humans. Depicting the cold blooded procedural approach that a psychopath would have, the movie is quite engaging and chilling.
The horror and thriller movie is based on a true life thriller and was inspired by The Most Dangerous Game.
You would have definitely watched or heard of the Hunger Games, but these movies prove to be far more gripping and bone chilling than that teenage flick. If you feel that you have what it takes, then you should try watching these horror movies on your own.
Halloween proves to be a fun festival for everyone. The festival involves everybody dressing up like spooky creatures and wishing everyone good luck. All across the world, the festival is celebrated with much enthusiasm and fervor.
Making a scary costume for Halloween is the most loved part of the festival and every year, people try to dress up differently and in as spooky a costume as possible.
Here are some of the best Halloween costumes that you can make quite easily on your own. All of these costumes have been seen in famous movies and everybody is sure to recognize them:
- Killer Doll Chucky
This is probably the easiest Halloween costume that you can make up and it proves to be pretty authentic looking as well. You will need a colorful shirt, preferably striped, denim overalls, red shoes and a medium length red wig. If you don’t have a striped shirt, you can easily make one with a serger. The wig can be rinsed and dried in dish soap in order to attain the desired straw type texture. With some stitch marks on the face that can be achieved using a dark pencil, the Killer Doll Chucky costume looks amazing and spooky as well.
- Prom Queen Carrie
This great looking costume requires just a long white dress and some fake blood. There are several tutorials on the web on how to make real looking fake blood. This blood can be splattered all across the dress, the arms and the face. Topping up the costume with a tiara and holding a bouquet, the Prom Queen Carrie costume can look pretty intimidating.
The costume for the madman from Texas Chainsaw Massacre can easily be made. All that one requires is a pair of jeans, a loose apron, a tie and a short sleeved shirt. Any generic mask with stitches being drawn over it completes the costume for the mad Leatherface.
Samara, the evil ghost child featured in the Ring was really spooky as so does her costume. This scary costume requires a stained and dirty plain white dress, tattered and ripped in parts. A long and wet wig, brushed white powder and smudged eye shadow alongside the dress makes up the costume for Samara.
One of the most feared villains of all time, Jigsaw was featured in the Saw movie and his costume can be made quite easily. It requires fattening of the face and the chins with the help of molding putty and using white make up to cover everything up. Red marks on the cheeks and exaggerated red lips are to be made, as also black rings around the two eyes. A white shirt, red bow tie and a black jacket are to be worn with the makeup to complete the Jigsaw Halloween costume.
Making Halloween costumes can prove to be quite a lot of fun and even more so, when the costumes are something familiar that everyone knows of. All you need is a sewing machine like this one here, some materials and a bit of imagination. Make sure to try out these very simple yet scary Halloween costumes. They will surely leave everybody spellbound.
In movies, almost anything can be used as a murder weapon, even unexpected sports equipment like baseballs or longboards. Here is a compilation of some horror movies in which wacky sports equipment are used as murder weapons:
- A baseball bat
One of the funniest and most successful zombie comedies, Zombieland features a baseball bat, amongst various other weapons that is used by the protagonists Bill Murray and Woody Harrelson.
Baseball bats have also been used as murder weapons in movies of other genres as well, notably in Inglorious Basterds and The Untouchables.
- A basketball
While the 1988 horror movie Deadly Friend proved to be a major disaster, it does contain one of the most ridiculous deaths that one will ever come to see. In the movie, the protagonist, Kristy Swanson uses a basketball to shatter her neighbor’s head into pieces.
One of the most innovative uses for a basketball, we do not recall it being used in such a manner ever.
- Longboard plus baseball bat
Considered to be one of the most ludicrous horror movies of all time, the 1981 movie Bloody Birthday features a couple of children killing the sheriff. They achieve this by luring him to step onto the longboard (like at http://longboardingnation.com/best-longboard-reviews/) unknowingly, on which he trips and narrowly avoids death. The kids then make use of the baseball bat to finish him off.
Baseball bats may have been featured a number of times as weapons, but skateboards certainly have not.
- A cricket bat
Cricket is known to be a gentleman’s sport, but in the successful horror movie, Shaun of the Dead, the protagonist’s favorite weapon of choice in order to ward off zombies proves to be a cricket bat.
This iconic horror comedy demonstrates yet again how useful a simple block of wood can prove to be.
- A football
In another one of the horror movies which disappeared into oblivion, Prom Night III: The Last Kiss has a football used for committing a murder. Based around the life of a high school football player, an evil spirit tosses a football at the captain of the football team. The football magically converts mid-air into a drill and ends the poor captain’s life.
This is not the only goofy death scene in this horror comedy, with a number of other funny kills being included.
- Ice skates
If you think that ice skates can be dangerous, then you must watch the 1983 horror flick, Curtains. This movie has a psychopathic killer, moving around on ice skates and killing people. The movie is based around six actresses who audition for a movie role at a remote mansion and are killed one by one.
An innovative plot for murder indeed, however, one is forced to think as to why the killer would go to such lengths. There are much easier ways of committing a murder.
If you have not watched any of these horror flicks, then you must definitely do so. While some of the movies mentioned in the list may not have been hit or successful in any sense, the ridiculous murder scenes have gone on to become cult favorites.
While the plots of horror movies may vary by quite an extent, there are a number of scenes in horror movies wherein an intense physical workout is being performed.
Here is a compilation of some of the movies in which great exercise scenes can be seen. While some of the movies are super hits, others are lesser heard of. Nevertheless, all of them share the common element of having great exercise scenes.
- Demons 2
In one of the subplots of the movie, a group of fitness enthusiasts meet with horrible demons in the middle of a workout. While the plot may seem to be a little far-fetched and bizarre, the scene is wonderful with the individuals really struggling to escape the demon attack.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 4
This classic horror movie features two of the most iconic workout scenes in movie history. In one of them, Brooke Theiss bench presses some weights while in the other, Andras Jones boxes away vigorously on a punching bag.
Prom queen Carrie was a great movie, featuring Betty Buckley who was out for revenge. The high school horror flick features a number of training scenes of the girls when they are out on the football grounds.
- Killer Workout
Probably not a movie worth watching at all, Killer Workout was received poorly by everyone. Nevertheless, the entire movie features a whole lot of scenes involving aerobics and workouts. The workouts prove to be quite hilarious, despite the plot being poor and thus, the movie has made a cult following.
- Happy Birthday to Me
In one of the early scenes of this Canadian horror flick, a hot girl can be seen to be working out on the bench press. As the girl struggles with the poorly positioned weights, she soon meets her demise.
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show
This iconic horror comedy musical features a number of different scenes of Rocky working out on his abs and showing off his physique. The movie also has a popular soundtrack with an entire song glorifying the male physique.
- American Psycho
Christian Bale showed some tremendous physique in the very popular and successful movie, American Psycho. The movie involves detailed workout scenes on power racks like these, showing bench presses and pull ups, lateral raises, dumbbell curls, bar dips, high intensity cardio training, hanging leg raises and abs wheel roll outs, among various others. For sure this horror flick contained some of the most intense workout scenes.
Achieving a body as shown in the movies is not easy. However, these movie scenes depict some great and essential workouts which need to be performed in order to attain a great physique or figure. Other than helping people stay fit, working out can also prove to be a lot of fun and it can also offer other benefits as well. If you are considering working out, make sure to try out some of these popular exercises featured in these movies, under the supervision of a professional workout trainer.