college

For no particular reason, here's the knife from Final Exam

Even those of us a few years removed from our college days no doubt remember the stress of finals week. Those late nights spent staring bleary-eyed into a textbook on a subject far removed from our majors yet essential, from a bureaucratic perspective, to our futures just the same. Tensions were high during those dying days of the semester, and it’s there that Final Exam resides, a slasher more concerned with academics and social circles than actual slashing. Other films, from all genres, have played in this space, but few have done so with such a stunning lack of, well, anything.

The Roommate... it's like Single White Female minus anything interesting.

Leighton Meester is SCARY in The Roommate

While maybe not as well covered as other thriller sub-genre's, the female-psycho has been something of a staple for the last several decades. Older titles like "Fatal Attraction," "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle," and "The Crush" paved the way for recent updates like "Obsessed" or even "Orphan." The formula is usually pretty simple: a woman, typically an attractive and otherwise unthreatening woman, slowly reveals herself to be batshit insane.

For better or worse, horror is probably the most gimmick-friendly genre. From William Castle blurring the line between cinemas and funhouses to Ruggero Deodato pulling a publicity stunt that ended with him facing homicide charges all the way up to today’s digital 3D and First Person POV movies, it’s sometimes hard to tell what came first, the gimmick or the movie.

The slasher classic "Pieces" has the crew in stitches...