Sophie's introduction into the magic that is the horror genre was watching Halloween at a party in high school, and since then she's never looked back. She may be the wimpiest horror fan you have ever met, but she won't ever let that stop her!
In 1997, a series of bright and unexplained lights were spotted in the sky over Arizona and Mexico, leading to continued speculation about their origins. In 1999, an independent film called The Blair Witch Project became an overnight sensation, leading to continued speculation about the veracity of its account as well as the proliferation of the found footage subgenre.
For children, there is perhaps no better time of year than summer, and no more exciting day than the last day of school. As the immortal Alice Cooper so beautifully put it, “No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks.” What could possibly be better? It is precisely on this day that the protagonists of Among the Living find themselves wandering the French countryside with nothing to do but get into trouble.
If there is one message that tourists traveling in foreign lands can find again and again in the horror and thriller genres, it is not to trust anyone you meet abroad. You could be lured into a torture orgy (Hostel), sold into sexual slavery (Taken), or worse (Donkey Punch). Cate Shortland’s recent release Berlin Syndrome takes on this same theme, in a very brooding and slow fashion.
Our twenties are a tough time, almost across the board. Between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five, become adults, many of us leave home. This is a period characterized by change and discovery, of figuring out who we are and who we want to be. It is then, not surprising that a new film in George A. Romero’s Of the Dead series, made and released twenty years after the previous film, might show signs of growing pains.
Excluding the much more recent example of The Walking Dead and its spinoff, since the advent of the zombie genre, it is unusual for us to get to see how the survivors of a zombie outbreak deal with the progression of the apocalypse. We are typically dropped, often just as things are going to hell, in the middle of the outbreak and get to see just a snapshot of how people might react. Father of all zombie films as we know them, George Romero, sets a very different precedent with his Dead franchise.
As horror remakes go, are some are easily predicted. A new Friday the 13th? Makes sense. How about a return to Elm St? Sure. When a property is so well-established, it is to be expected, but when word began circulating about a forthcoming reimagining of Joel Schumacher’s Flatliners, I doubt there were many who could truly say they saw that coming.
At this point, it is unlikely that the name or even the plot of this movie will be unknown to our readers. Even outside of the horror community, the well-known American remake of this Japanese film became an incredibly ubiquitous piece of pop culture. The story of a VHS tape that leaves a string of bodies in its wake and the soggy girl who comes for its viewers has been parodied to the point that it has lost most of its punch. But the fact remains that Ringu was and is an important film both in Japan and everywhere.