The Golden Globe’s caused a stir in the film industry as a new trailer for the famous Insidious franchise was launched. It was a pretty dull week besides these two announcements. Nothing to see her, get festive and enjoy the recommendations.
Horror Buffs: Jack Frost (1997) – Not an overly great film, but one of the most noteworthy Christmas horror with one of the most infamous festive villains. worth a watch.
Beginners: A Cure For Wellness (2017) – A seemingly unique horror movie, this jacked up version of Shutter Island made for an interesting watch. Despite it’s lengthy feel, the twist, turns and and intensity it brings in crucial scenes makes it worth the watch.
Casual Fans: mother! (2017) –Darren Ofonsoky’s vintage cinematic appeal wrung true in this psychological thriller. Despite the trailers outdoing it’s actual worth, the film was one of the highlights of a mixed year of horror.
Jordan Peele’s successful big screen horror debut didn’t go unnoticed this year by those behind the Golden Globe nomination sand awards. Yet Get Out, this potential horror of the year calibre film which broke grounds with it’s racial themes has been nominated for a few awards, as a comedy.
Now, to be nominated is an award in itself, but is there something underlying within this nomination that is offensive and/or demonstrative. Jordan Peele as well didn’t receive a nomination for screenplay or director, which I find appalling.
Is this yet another istitiuonal racism or classism display. Has Peele’s past performances and film/TV history given way to him being pigeonholed.
Yet, there was one sound nomination, and that was lead actor Daniel Kaluuya being nominated for best performance in a motion picture, FOR A COMEDY OR MUSICAl.
It’s name is The Lipstick Face Demon and it is synonymous with the Insidious franchise that burst onto the scene in 2010.
The highly anticipated newest addition to the franchise, The Last Key, release date is growing closer (January 5, 2018), and with a recent TV spot and now officially launched trailer, the demon which we thought was banished has returned to fuel our thrist for the newest film.
As we continue to count down the last month of the year, lists of greatest films of the year and continual announcements about 2018 horror will be the main ingredients for this blog. It is a quiet time on the horror net outside of trailer releases, so without further ado, here is this weeks recommendations.
Horror Buffs: The Blackcoat’s Daughter ( 2017) – A somewhat forgotten release this year, The Blackcoat’s Daughter only gained traction once people realised that it was a much better film then those previous released earlier in the year. It’s internet growth was tumultuous once people tuned their heads in to how good this film is. The blockbuster ending makes this movie, but what keeps the flame burning from start to finish is the amazing performance by underrated horror star, Emma Roberts.
Beginners: Black Christmas (1974) – The only reputable Christmas movie to have reached any form of recognition as a genuine classic horror film. One of the very first slashers, this Christmas movie has similar pretences to Prom Night and Halloween. A must see to tick off all the ground-breaking slashers of the 70’sand 80’s.
Casual Fans: Gerald’s Game (2017) – Just one of the many scintillating Stephen King inspired horror movies of 2017, and personally we think the best. Although not entirely just one for the casual fan, as it is very integral to horror going forward and horror literature, this psychological horror is so disturbing yet so intriguing you are in to minds to look away in horror or keep watching. The film is directed so well and the screenplay makes this practically real time horror very fun to watch with someone.
2017 was a crowded house of horror. There was plenty of big hitters that had been hyped and talked about for it seems like at least 2 years prior, whilst a collective of indie and unknown unique horror movies impacted the current landscape of horror going forward. Despite this being the popular consensus amongst the audience, and also us here at All Things Horror, it’s been understood that this year has been a milestone year for horror. Yet upon reflection the year to us seemed lacklustre. Yes there was plenty of bright spots and films worth our time, but those who tried to diversify the genre did so but without any viewing significance. The remakes, especially IT, were fun rides that are worth a re-watch, but when nit-picking and pulling apart the film for it’s actual worth and talent, it’s just another CGI blockbuster. The one true movie that wrung home and deceived all the odds and really claimed it’s place in horror’s history was Get Out, which is most definitely our film of the year.
It has been brought to light recently, that much like ten years earlier with Stanley Kubrick’s adaption of his novel The Shining, Misery wasn’t exactly a film that King wanted to create/happy with the result.
Misery director Rob Reiner stated that “Here he was, a writer of horror books, books with supernatural elements to it, and he also wanted to express himself as a writer.”
Reiner goes on to say that ‘it was personal’ and the book wasn’t meant to be glorified on the big screen. He said what made the film go forth was that King trusted him due to earlier work together and that if anyone was going to avenge Kubrick’s mistakes he trusted Reiner.
The news is interesting, being unleashed in a year were King has immortalized himself in the trans-universe of horror.
Quentin Tarantino has been quiet in between his announcement surrounding the Weinstein case. This also relates to his prolonged absence from the horror scene that he once inspired.
Yet, fear not fans of this mastermind, as his Charles Manson masterpiece, despite being within it’s infancy is begging to circulate. Margot Robbie is the hopeful to play Sharron Tate, the same person Tarantino is hoping to instrument for the anniversary release date of the film, a mere years on from the slayings. Other big names such as Leo Di Caprio and Tom Cruise have been linked to the film but with little to no details all are just rumours. What we do know is that with the announcement of the release date (August 19th, 2019) in the wake of Charles Manson’s passing it is only fitting that the aforementioned date has significance.