I’ve recently been looking for shows to watch, now that horror genres are gaining more popularity on television. I watched a few seasons of American Horror Story, which was hit or miss depending on the season. Recently, I came across Bates Motel on Netflix. This series provides the background story to the famous slasher film Psycho from 1960. Norman Bates and his mother take over a shady motel in the country where abnormal occurrences are a part of daily life. I am ashamed to admit I have not yet seen the original movie, but I guess I’ll actually be watching them in chronological order this way!
Directed by Steven Spielberg, this seventies film gained an incredible amount of fame and recognition for its unique style of horror-adventure. Everyone has seen or heard of this movie by now, and most people can recognize the musical score associated with it.
I must say, I was expecting it not to live up to all the hype. It had a bit of a slow start, but once it picks up it really impresses. More bloody than I would’ve expected; I actually got chills during certain scenes.
For me, the actual “movie” starts about halfway through when the three main characters hop aboard an old fishing boat on a hunt for the monster. Each one represents a unique demographic. Brody is a police officer who moved to this small island in search of a peaceful environment for his family. Hooper comes from a wealthy family and received extensive schooling as an expert oceanographer. Quint leads them on the adventure as a shady fisherman with stories and monologues that will chill your bones.
The Exorcist (1973)
Adapted from a novel by William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist is not just a movie; its an experience full of shocking imagery, cringe-worthy scenes, and symbolic characterization. One of the main messages that I took away from the film was the contradictory battle between good and evil in which both sides seem to win and lose simultaneously.
Here is one of the papers I wrote regarding narrative style in The Exorcist. Avoid reading it before seeing the film unless you do not mind spoilers. Narrative Perversity in The Exorcist
Okay, so the premise to this movie might sound a little strange. A character from a children’s book shows up and terrorizes a single-mother her young son…
Samuel, the young boy, is socially awkward and has a hobby for fighting imaginary monsters, so his mom does not believe him at first. However, the “children’s book” takes a dark turn as a stranger seems to make updates to the endings each time they read it, and the “problem child” reveals himself as a bit of a heroic character.
“Don’t go chasing shadows”
The Woman in Black (2012)
Welcome back, fellow Radcliffe fans, to part two of reviewing our old wizard’s existence in the world of horror films. Today, I will be discussing “The Woman in Black” (2012) which is posted on IMDB with a 6.5 rating out of 10. Directed by James Watkins, this 135 minute movie received a rating of PG-13 for which I am actually shocked. There may not be much cursing or sexual content, but the jump-scares in this movie are INTENSE. Beware those of you who keep your volume cranked up while watching this film.
Daniel Radcliffe in horror films? Most of us will remember this young boy from the popular fantasy movies playing the role of innocent little Harry Potter. Lately, however, Radcliffe cannot be found engaging in adventures around Hogwarts. Instead, now he is the focus of evil spirits and malevolent forces haunting him. For the sake of nostalgia, I watched his new movies to see how he grew up after being a childhood star. And, I must say, it was about time for him to move on to new genres after playing young Harry Potter as a clearly full grown man in the latest sequels.