Friday the 13th Part 4: The Final Chapter



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Isolation is a key ingredient in most horror movies. Whether by physical geography or emotional separation, the less contact the character(s) have with the world as a whole, the quicker the anxiety creeps in. As technology becomes more universally prevalent, it becomes harder and harder for films to believably create and maintain that isolation. Older films have it even harder, as the lack of technology they had to work around can immediately show their age. But when it comes to getting your cast trapped, it doesn’t get a whole lot more isolated than the end of the world.

With the aid of a muscle car, some creative hardware store weaponry, and a hefty dose of retconning, Mike (James Le Gros, for now) and Reggie (still Reggie Bannister) go on the offensive against the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) in Phantasm 2.

Sequels very rarely eclipse the original film in any particular franchise. In the case of Gremlins- a staple held near and dear to many horror nerds' hearts- Joe Dante faced the dreaded double-edged sword. Should one embrace the darker aspects at the core of Gremlins or go-for-broke and skid into the silliness of it all? As history has it, Dante took the latter approach and created a sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, that keeps much of its satirical edge and turns the cartoon factor up to eleven. 

Child's Play 2

Great horror villains are distinguished by their ability to terrify in ways no other killer can (see: Freddy Krueger, Leatherface, Romero’s Zombies). Knife wielding slashers are a dime a dozen, but Chucky endures because, as a murderous doll, he can hide in plain sight, fit almost anywhere, and cast the suspicion of insanity on anyone who discovers the nature of his true self. It doesn’t hurt that, whether in placid repose or in killer mode, his face is indelibly gruesome (the Child’s Play franchise posters are some of the most iconic art in horror).

In a passing glance at the premise to Corin Hardy's debut film The Hallow  one can't help but conjure up memories of Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead- people in a secluded setting battling the supernatural. Hardy, who is on deck to direct the remake of The Crow clearly took heavy influence for his much talked about debut. The frames on display in the debut trailer for The Hallow have roots deep in Raimi's own debut, but with a more polished aesthetic and set on the Irish countryside. 

This is not a prank, April Fools has come and gone! After delay after delay (after delay) it looks like Eli Roth's cannibal film, The Green InfernoI, is finally coming to the big screen this fall. At this point, this movie has been talked about so much, I assume that half the people in the theaters will go just to see the movie that we have heard about for so long. Although, to clarify the film's delay reportedly had nothing to do with the content of the movie and was caused instead by a contract dispute between the companies involved.

This is the third installment of our head-to-head review between the A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th franchises. Check out what Sophie had to say about the corresponding Freddy pic here!

This is the third installment of our head-to-head review between the Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th franchises. Check out what Evan had to say about the corresponding Jason pic here

The July session for the bookclub is gearing up to start after the 4th; we're covering Within These Walls by Ania Ahlborn.

<--break->Within These Walls - Ania Ahlborn - 447 pages 

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