A great movie to emphasize ‘fuck death!’ Originally a draft X-Files script, Final Destination was supposed to be an ‘anti-slasher’ movie. It’s an anti-something, all right. It gets crazy, it gets dumb. Let’s die-ve into Death’s Die-sign!
I Know What You Did Last Summer is ‘prime’ teen slasher horror. Our cast is quintessentially 90s. The villain cloaked in an improbable, vaguely menacing costume. The script has the depth of a puddle. It is not a good product. But it is entertainingly mock-able.
The Lodge has offerings that any horror fan can appreciate—creepy dolls, 80s home-videos, cults, clips from The Thing, etc. But it is a bleak jaunt to the cinema.
“Let me tell you something about these tattoos, okay? That is Wiccan, that is Icelandic, that is Jewish, that’s just gibberish. They are completely conflicting ideologies, and that does not make you a wicked witch, it makes you full of shit!”
‘Psycho’ captures a portrait of America at a particular point in time, but also speaks to universal themes in American fiction.
The Overlook could be a great horror monster that returns with familiar schtick and inventive ways to terrify you. That is not what ‘Doctor Sleep’ chooses to do.
Two men to tend a lighthouse. One is a haggard seadog, another is wet behind the ears. One may be a murderer when they arrive. One may be a murderer at the end.
‘The Stepfather’ had plenty of material to work off of for this character. He’s clearly based on a real person: John List, one of the most notorious family annihilators in history.
Unlike accidentally summoning Hell Raiser or dream battling Freddy Krueger, home invasion murders have been played out horrifically in real life throughout history.
All things considered, the movie makes superb compromises between “we want to grow a garden of nightmares but without killing any kids.”