Friday Night Fright – October 20th

That’s right, the series finally hit the turn of the century. Although many originals, and not just the movies , but the origins of them, the writers/producer/directors of those times were so significant, because without them there would be no horror genre. Yet, i digress, the 21st century brought with ti some of my favorites and not just that, a new and revolutionary take on horror that the 90’s and 80’s lacked a little in terms  of film development. Ideas may have been a little more bizarre and diverse, and with that not necessarily better than the original pioneers of the 60-80’s but the 2000’s had some great groundbreaking movies. So this weekend, take some time to indulge yourself in any of these suggestions as they won’t disappoint.

 

Horror Buffs: Triangle (2009) – A film that has been on my to watch list for months now, this critically acclaimed horror is  more a thriller, but behind the haze of what genre it falls into, what i do know is that anyone that reviews it has only good things to say about it. Disturbing, slow and captivating, this thriller is just great cinema from all accounts and will continue to make you beg for answers all the way through.

 

Beginners: Saw (2004) – The all-time splatter series. Saw is without a doubt the inaugural great splatter film in mainstream film and cinema. Despite it being gruesome and disturbingly inhumane at times in comparison to other contemporary horror, there is a story line and strong narrative driven home by James Wan and his coming out film. Saw is as important to horror as Texas Chainsaw is, and if you want to have a thorough understanding of the genre beyond films with iconic characters and delve deeper into the psyche of the mind then this is a must watch.

 

Casual Fans: Orphan (2009) – Just freaky. Not freaky as in ghosts and monsters keeping you catatonic from scene to scene, but eerie from the moment she enters the home. Orphan is a great story with some really disturbing and intense scenes that a times make you smirk in horror appreciation at how novel this film is. What makes it a great watch for the casual fan is, that it’s relatively short, easy to follow and full of twist and turns that keep you engaged, not to mention a great ending.

 

 

 

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The Ring VS The Grudge

These Japanese personified american remakes are some of the scariest remakes and horror movies in general since the turn of the century. I’d even go out on a limb and say these two movies have been some of the scariest of all time, with both entailing a pale ghost antagonists that has since petrified giddy teenagers. Why both are similar in origin, and both have their paranormal motifs that link them, these distinctly different movies are always blanketed together. Now i will pit them against each other to find out which is truly the better film. The three categories will be film success, scare factor and influence.

Film Success:

The Ring stands as one of the greatest american remakes of an international film in history. Ringu, is the Japanese original, and although at times the film was criticised for poor character development and moving away from the screenplay a little, Naomi Watts is fantastic, and the amount of scares and also overall level of fan favouritism it reached is phenomenal. The movie grossed a crazy $249 million off of a 48 million budget and with this it refutes my comments about being one of the greats, with it being one of the highest grossing remakes of all time. It also won a MTV Movie award with Samara (Daveigh Chase) for Best Villain.

Ju-On: The Grudge was remade into what we now as The Grudge. In 2004, 2 years after the success of The Ring, The Grudge similarly wowed audiences as it became one of the greatest american remakes. This one staring a popular main actress who carried out her role perfectly in Sarah Michelle Galler. The film grossed a massive $187 mill on only a 10 mill budget. Although mixed reviews it also won 2 awards and was nominated for a staggering 10, including a MTV Movie award.

Although the Grudge fell short in grossings, it was nominated for more awards and it did this in a much smaller budget in comparison to The Ring. It’s only fair to say that The Grudge has had a greater film success, not to mention it’s sequels are a hell of a lot better than than that of Gore Verbinski’s.

The Grudge > The Ring

 Scare Factor:

The Ring has Samara. Samara! The Origin of nightmares, the very spark that ignited the fear of creepy dark haired girls in movies. She is the mother of this horror niche and i know for a fact more than one of my friends had nightmares over this creepy girl. On top of this, a few decent jump scares through disfigured victims make this film on of the world’s all time freakiest and scariest movies, and this is backed up by a plethora of nominations in media’s top 10 scariest movie lists. The Ring is terrifying.

The Grudge’s hair raising atmosphere and eerily low budget cinematography also made for one of the scariest movies ever. With time running out and the curse of death chasing the main character, what could be more terrifying then being scared, isolated and lost in a foreign country as a Japanese ghost haunts you. Nothing you could word would give it’s scares justice, just go watch it.

Despite both being haunting and downright some of the most terrifying movies ever produced within America, Samara being who she is and how nightmarish she is in her aestheticism, The Ring as a whole and their main character would even scare The Grudge.

The Ring > The Grudge

Influence:

As mentioned above, Samara and The Ring were trailblazing when they debuted. Creepy girls, the innovation to create a remake out of the very renowned Japanese horror scene. What Gore Verbinski created is something that horror movie directors became famous for, think Romero and Hitchcock, what Verbinski did with The Ring places him in good company.

The Grudge had a minor influence in comparison. It helped mould a genre and continually backed up the work of The Ring,  proving that intentional remakes would live on. It further cemented the notion that haunting horror’s will always be a crowd favourite.

Unfortunately The Grudge doesn’t match up with The Ring here. It helped usher in and support what The Ring did, but without The Ring, would we even have had The Grudge, i think not.

The Ring > The Grudge

Verdict:

Although the first and second category, could have gone down as ties, the overwhelmingly better received film The Grudge, may be a greater film in a holistic sense, but it was nor scarier, nor as impressive and authentic as The Ring due to what The Ring stood for. Both though will forever be remembered as the origin of both Japanese and international remakes.

The Ring > The Grudge