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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Zombies! Goblins! Ghosts! Dinosaurs!



Last week, frenzy hit the United States after Paranormal Activity came out. Being the horror freak that I am (don't judge me!) I, of course, was curious to see how scary it actually was. Last Tuesday my mom and I went to see it. My verdict? It was a big disappointment. During the whole half of the movie, I was bored out of my skull. The whole camera-work made me dizzy, not to mention that nothing happened. You were only sitting there, anticipating - waiting - for something, anything, to happen. It only started to become (slightly) scary towards the end of the movie when the woman started to get out of bed at the middle of the night and stood staring at her fiance for 2 hours straight;or when she got dragged out of her bed. It was okay, I guess. Mostly, I remember being dizzy after the movie. I just didn't see why everyone was so freaked. It really wasn't that scary. It was... boring? So I'm not sure why everyone was scared out of their souls. Maybe it was the fact it was so realistic. Like, maybe, just maybe, these things can actually happen in real life. Some people actually think that it is real, some people think it's fake. I am one of those people. Do you realise how easy it is to make a movie seem like a documentary? Even I could make a documentary with Windows Movie Maker and editor. Now give that camera to a professional director - if you can make so many special effects with regular movies, think of what you can do to make a movie seem so realistic?

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One thing that I love to do is watch horror movies. There's a specific kind too: authentic Japanese/Korean horror movies. Not fake ones like The Grudge or The Ring. I'm not sure why. It's hard to explain. Is it because of the elements Japanese (or Asian) people can make with makeup and special effects? I don't know. All I know is that you should definetly watch The Tale of Two Sisters. When I was in China this Summer, I watched it with my (absolute favourite!) cousin Elena. We were both so freaked, we were too scared to get up at night for water. She's 20, by the way. Isn't it weird that we (humans) enjoy scary ourselves by watching horror movies and going into haunted houses, and yet, we are addicted to it? It shows how masochistic humans can be. (:

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This Halloween, me and some of my friends are going as zombie nerds. Emily is going to be a rave nerd, October is going to be a faerie nerd. I'm going to be a music nerd! Complete with huge DJ headphones (that I'm going to borrow from October.) I can't wait for Halloween night. It's a night of fun, candy, horror, and also a time for me to practice my mad photography skills!

Me and my friends have a tradition. We all go trick or treating together. Then we come back to my house (or one of theirs), trade candy, and watch as many horror movies as we can.

So comment: What are you going to going to be for Halloween and what are your Halloween traditions?

Spookily yours,

Candy

P.S. If you want to know some scary movies to rent, keep on reading! Otherwise, scroll past and leave a comment reply!


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Top Ten Horror Movies

10. The Orphanage (2007)An old-fashioned ghost story that earns its scares through a slow-burn pace and lots and lots of spooky atmosphere, The Orphanage is the sort of quiet ghost story I believed they stopped making after the 1970s. Well written, acted and directed, the success of this triple threat lies within making the trappings of the genre (creaking noises and creepy children, of course) scary again, but it’s the underlying sadness of the piece that sticks with you long after the film has finished.

9. The Innocents (1961)Don’t be put off by the fact that it’s almost fifty years old; Jack Clayton’s ambiguous ghost story still brings a chill. Loaded to the brim with uneasy moments (try to get the creepy children’s song out of your head), it’s Deborah Kerr’s unhinged performance that sells this one so well. We’re never really sure if the ghost are real, but that doesn’t make The Innocents any less of an effective horror film.

8. Stir of Echoes (1999)The greatest injustice here is that this was released only a few months after The Sixth Sense. For my money, this is a far superior experience in just about every way. Kevin Bacon was never better than here, as an everyman who reluctantly comes to believe in the supernatural, while writer/director David Koepp fashions a mystery that’s as frightening as it is compelling.

7. Poltergeist (1982)Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hooper took the haunted house premise, so prevalent in the 60s and 70s, and pulled it kicking and screaming into the 1980s, equipped with the best special effects possible for the time. The end result is a ghost movie that throws subtlety out of the window in favor of showing us everything. Somehow it worked. Chock full of iconic moments, the first exploits of the Freeling family was a genre classic as soon as it was released and still has the power to scare today. The cinematic equivalent of a horror funhouse, Poltergeist rocks.

6. The Woman in Black (1989)I caught this on TV sometime in the early 90s, not really expecting much from a ‘made for TV’ British horror film. Boy was I wrong. This one has everything you need for a great ghost story: a sleepy small town, a dark and secret history and one hell of a scary specter. The titular woman is used sparingly, which makes her presence all the more effective. This is a difficult one to track down, but it’s well worth the hunt.

5. The Legend of Hell House (1973)Like Stir of Echoes, The Legend of Hell House is also sourced from a Richard Matheson novel. Roddy McDowell is a blast to watch as the crazed survivor of a previous, failed, expedition to the haunted mansion, and you’ll never look at black cats the same way again. Alternating between creepy and fun, the movie goes a little too over-the-top in its climax for its own good, but everything else is perfectly executed. Thirty-six years after its release, this is still a great time.

4. Ghostbusters (1984)While the balance between scares and comedy is tipped WAY toward the latter, there was nothing like it when it debuted in the summer of 1984. I didn’t see it until VHS, but I can tell you that the library ghost scared the wits out of my five-year-old self! Loaded with some of the coolest looking ghosts in the genre’s history while sporting some of all-time funniest one-liners (“I have seen shit that would turn you white!”, “Yes, it’s true…this man has no dick.”) - everything about Ghostbusters gels perfectly. “It’s the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.”

3. The Others (2001)Good God, do I love this movie. Like most good ghost stories, it establishes one hell of a creepy atmosphere with its sprawling Gothic manor and fog-heavy surroundings. The clever story makes sure nothing is as we think it is, but even without the big “surprise”, this one brings the spooky. Seriously.

2. The Haunting (1963) Those of you who’ve only visited Hill House courtesy of Jan De Bont’s misguided remake need to go back and look at Robert Wise’s brilliantly textured haunted house flick from the 60s. Not only does it still crawl under your skin and stay there, but The Haunting relies on your own fears of the unknown to freak you out – much like the recent Paranormal Activity. There have been quite a few “old dark house” movies made over the years (with quite a few of them showing up on this list), but this one remains among the very best.

1. The Fog (1980)Antonio Bay, gold and a pirate named Blake. John Carpenter’s classic has enough atmosphere and dread for twenty movies. Adrienne Barbeau’s quick-witted DJ, Stevie Wayne, sells it with her terrified narration, and this film is host to a badass collection of pissed off ghosts. Add to the mix Tom Atkins, Hal Holbrook and Jamie Lee, and you’ve got a rock solid cast and the perfect rainy night movie to freak you out.

2 comments:

Lexi Williams said...

LOL! Ghostbusters is a horror film? Haha! That is FUNNYYYY!!!!!!!!

You at least get to watch scary movies, I'm stuck with the crappy stuff my parents think is "scary." You know, like Lost Boys. Good movie, but scary? No. I really don't get scared easily. I'll ask about some of the movies you have listed here. I just wish I could watch more R movies! (I really like horror, and when people die in movies -not for real-)

You know your last post about stereotypes? I think I'm a new one. My friends call me a "Preppy Emo." Cuz I wear mostly all black, but I act like a prep.
-Lexi

Stari said...

My friend is on a rave with Korean horror movies! But she loves Korean everything now 'cause of dbsk... I wanna watch some but can't -_-

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