It’s the first annual Scottscope Halloween special! This week, we discuss horror films and scary movies! What horror movies scared you as a child? What’s the scariest horror film ever made? What is the scariest movie of all time? What qualifies a film as being truly scary? Are haunted house movies better than slasher films? Are monster movies the scariest? Is The Exorcist truly the scariest movie ever made, or is that reputation undeserved? Does a horror film have to focus on the supernatural in order to be truly scary, or should it be rooted in the reality?
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Despite tons of evidence to the contrary, Hollywood has always fancied itself as being way ahead of the curve. Such was certainly the case in October of 1987. The horror genre was showing signs of fatigue. With the exception of Freddy Kruger, teen audiences had grown tired of slasher films. Meanwhile, Vampire movies were enjoying a bit of resurgence. Earlier that year, The Lost Boys had become a surprise hit. Painter turned filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Eric Red would employ this trend in a deceptive yet ingenious manner, using it something of a Trojan horse. It was by such underhanded means that Near Dark was born.