Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter’: Thoughts thus far

Although many have probably binge-watched the whole series already, for those taking their time, much like us, 3 episodes in and we are already intrigued by what has been a fascinating take on true crime icon’s and similarly, some of the most dangerous men to have roamed the earth. The show with it’s lack of comic relief, bright (overplayed) cameos and very raw and harsh plot’s indicate that this show wants to be as brutally honest as possible. Many of us horror fans are true crime fans as well, as there are so many parallels between the fictional and the real villains that scare us.

So far so good is what we have to say about Mindhunter, and if we are this enthralled 3 episodes in then we can only imagine how good it will be. Yet the one question on our mind is, which is better? This new hit, or True detective S1??

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Friday Night Fright – October 13th

This month we will see two special Fright Nights! This week it’s a Friday the 13th special, whilst in two weeks we have halloween! So to keep it short and sweet and let the scares commence, don’t forget to check out this week’s addition to the ongoing series as this week we hit the 90’s. Sadly i won’t be really referencing them too much in my recommendations based on the fact that Friday the 13th is a sacred date in the horror-verse.

 

Horror Buffs: Ringu (1998) – Now i didn’t say it wouldn’t completely be unrelated to the 90’s. All horror buffs should have seen Jason and ‘mummy’ cause havoc on the 13th, so in relation to the series, this original of the same name to the 2000’s scare fest is worth a watch. Although the premise won’t shock you, the pure horror the Japanese induce into their films is immense. If you love the Americanized version, you’ll eat this up.

 

Beginners: Friday The 13th (1980) – If you haven’t seen the original Friday The 13th by now, this Friday is your best chance yet. The reason why the date rings a bell for many, although maybe not the best out of all Voorhees films, the originals a no brainer-first-ballot-horror hall of fame movie and influence.

 

Casual Fans: Friday The 13th (2009) – The remake, a teen fest and turn of the decade inspired remake of the original is one of the better remakes of iconic horror films from centuries past. I believe that with supernatural star Jared Padelecki playing a great role as Clay and some pretty awesome death scenes, this flat out murder fest starts heavy and will keep you entertained all the way through.

‘Gerald’s Game’ review

If you thought IT was terrifying, and if it led to you feeling vulnerable and uneasy then the newest Stephen King inspiration will do much the same, if not more. There have been many debates over how scary IT was, and now with it growing into meme culture, it only signifies that maybe it wasn’t really scary at all. At least none of this can be said for this film, as Gerald’s Game stood up to it’s alignment with Stephen King as a disturbing and psychologically bruising horror film that didn’t let me catch my breath until the credits began to roll.

Some BDSM to help fix a broken relationship gone horribly wrong is how it begins, but behind the outset there are layers of creepiness dug in damaged childhoods and a ominous soul that continually haunts the protagonist all the way through. Carla Gugino does a great job as lead character and victim Jessie Burlingame, whilst the makeup done for character Raymond Andrew Joubert was phenomenal. The cinematography and directing with it’s changes from first person POV back to normal audience viewing employed a great sense of despair and attachment to Jessie.Throughout the film you grip tight as each quick change from flashback to real time and between hallucinations keeps you glued to the screen.

It wasn’t packed with jump scares, with it more so the being the actual plot that made this film terrifying, which was refreshing in the horror scene today with it’s ample of haunting scares. This psychological thriller will stand the test of time and has been a gem among the mammoth releases that we have seen this year. It’s better than IT and sliding in just behind Get Out, i’d have to say it’s one of my favourites of the year.

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Friday Night Fright – October 6th

It’s that time of the week again! I have had so many positive responses for this segment and lord does it means a lot, so keep on checking in and I’ll keep up the good work for all you horror fans. Once again, this week will mainly relate to the series I’ve been working on, if you haven’t checked it out yet, then A) what have you been doing!?!? and B) click on the LIST tab in the right hand corner and checkout the decade by decade list I’ve recently been publishing. This week i looked at the 80’s which as I’ve mentioned countless times is the best era of horror cinema and also just a great time of cinema in general. Many of my favourites were released during this decade, Gremlins, The FogAn American Werewolf In London just to name a few. Here we go, below is this weeks horror movies that will keep you entertained!

 

Horror Buffs: Tenenbre (1982) – I am yet to see this famous hit, but what i do know about this film is that it is sublime and a full illustration of Argento’s creative mind. Great cinematography and a raw and authentic take on scare factors makes this psychological horror flick a must see to really appreciate how talented this Italian director is.

 

Beginners:  Gremlins (1984) – This fun and relatively cute monster movie is critically acclaimed as a horror. At times it may seem like a children’s movie and at others, a comedy horror, either way it features some really cool villains and a severely different type of horror movie, especially amongst the films being released in the 80’s. It is extremely important to be watched if you want to understand all the differences in horror cinema, and also understand where some of the other monster movies of today, such as  Leprechaun, for example gained their inspiration. Also, Gizmo will win your heart over, so there’s that!

 

Casual Fans: A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) – It’s hotly debated which Nightmare film is the best, we know it’s not the first or 5th or 6th, and this one is definitely mine. It’s one of the most fun, bizarre and creepy editions in the franchise and has a pretty cool narrative surrounding the children featured, which makes for a unique and also really entertaining slasher flick. It also features two of the greatest minds of the 80’s, Wes Craven and Chuck Russel.

Top 10 horror directors/producers/writers of the 80’s

The 80’s, the greatest cinematic era of horror to have ever existed. The slasher craze went nuts on the back end of the 70’s with both Jason and Freddy becoming the icons they are, not to mention Myers and Leatherface as well. It was an era where not only the slasher craze dominated but also some of the great horror movies that paved ways for generations to come such as Hellraiser, Childs Play, and The Fog. This was the genre’s finest decade and this list will illustrate this.
10. Joe Dante (Gremlins)

 
9. John Landis (An American Werewolf In London)

 
8. Chuck Russell (The Blob)

 
7. Stuart Gordon (From Beyond)

 
6. Stanley Kubrick ( The Shinning)

 
5. Tom Holland (Child’s Play)’

 

4. Wes Craven (Nightmare On Elm Street Franchise)

 

3. David Cronenberg (The Fly)

 

2. Dario Argento (Phenomena)
1. John Carpenter (The Fog)

Creep 2 trailer!!! Watch here

We announced here at All Things Horror a few weeks ago that Creep 2 was in the making. If you are unfamiliar with the first  film then go check it out. The incredibly unique and disturbing hand-held footage film was an indie sensation when it was released in 2014, and now just a few years later the sequel is set to take us on a similar journey.

Click here to watch the trailer!

Creep 2 is set to release on the 24th of October.

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Friday Night Fright – September 29th

You reckon i was busy last week,well think again, yet this time i kept myself as focused on the blog as possible. Especially with a week as busy and exciting as this. Creep 2 trailer, Jeepers Creepers news still pouring out, IT continuing it’s trail blazing debut, the horrorverse was in full swing.

I’ll be beyond drunk over the next few days due to the tigers being in the big dance, so if you arnt partial to football then here are some suggestions for this weekend. They will be based off of my series that i started this week.

Horror Buffs: Suspiria (1977) – Argento’s masterpiece with it’s vivid colours and game changing cinematography made this a standout hit of the 70’s. A must watch if you want to round out your knowledge with some older hits.

Beginners: Psycho (1960) – If you haven’t seen this Hitchcock masterpiece do you really deserve to embark on your horror journey!? Psycho, although not technically, was the beginning of the slasher genre in mainstream, or at least in indie films. It’s much better than it’s remakes and is without a doubt one of the greatest movies of the 60’s in totallity.

Casual Fans: Black Christmas (2006) – The 1970 original is good, but this updated teen friendlier version is appropriate for more ages and with it’s greater effects and much more modern context it makes for a classic teen scare fest for all viewers.