Special Effects. And NOT So Special Effects

The other day I found myself watching a film I’d seen numerous times before but hadn’t had the pleasure of sitting through recently, that film was John Landis’ 1981 classic ‘An American Werewolf In London’. Firstly, I’ll say the movie is still as entertaining as ever and is one of the few examples of movie making that skilfully dances between the genres of horror and comedy, however it was the quality of the special effects work rather than of the standard of the film that inspired this piece.

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Decades later, David Kessler’s transformation from man to beast is still absolutely jaw-dropping. Continue reading

Review: Beasts of The Southern Wild (2012)

‘Beasts of The Southern Wild’ tells the story of a world wise 6 year old girl referred to affectionately by her Daddy as Hushpuppy. The unorthodox family unit live in a waterside shanty-esque community known as The Bathtub in a reimagined deep south state. They live their day to day lives off the land, farming what they can and catching fish from the surrounding waters. Their life is simple but exists under the encroaching threat of a geological catastrophe which will leave The Bathtub uninhabitable and force its residents to live within the city limits and under forced societal rules. beastsofthesouthernwild

The film itself is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Continue reading

Fear: A Look At What Makes A Horror Movie Work

Fear is the most basic human emotion that every single person reading this will have experienced at some point of their lives. When a filmmaker creates a horror movie they’re trying to tap into the primal fears that exist in all of us, coaxing us to experience those feelings in the safety of the cinema or our living room. Much like the creators of a theme park rollercoaster the director aims to manipulate his audience with every tool he has in his box for maximum effect and response.

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We’re all scared of different things. Continue reading

New posts incoming…..

Hello my dears! I’ve been working on a new post around the topic of horror movies. It’s taking a little longer than expected but it should be up over the weekend (not a euphemism). In the mean time please let me know your opinion on the poll that’s currently running. Feedback always welcome as ever.