Mobile phones have changed the way people think, act and communicate. They’ve also been hell on the horror genre. Smartphones have rendered many classic horror movie tropes ridiculous, or even implausible. However, they’ve also provided opportunities to scare us in new and inventive ways. Let’s look at where modern horror has succeeded, and failed, to enter the digital age.
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Blumhouse Productions is everywhere right now. In addition to the successful The Purge series, which continues with a TV show this spring, the horror studio is breaking into Hollywood adaptations with the latest Halloween movie, and continuing M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable series with Glass. There’s a lot to talk about, and we’re going to dive into it all.
Both Get Out and The Shape of Water are great films about outsiders, made by people from non-white backgrounds. But Get Out is a lot less comforting, which is probably why it didn't win Best Picture yesterday.
Get Out is back in theatres thanks to its Academy Award nominations, but writer-director Jordan Peele is continuing to look toward the future. He recently discussed the possibility of a sequel.
Last year, dozens of lucky students got to take "The Sunken Place: Racism, Survival, and Black Horror Aesthetic", a UCLA course on black horror, inspired by Jordan Peele's hit movie Get Out. This month saw the debut of a web seminar on the same subject, offered by Prof Tananarive Due and her husband, author Steven Barnes.
If we told you last year that a movie about a mute woman having a torrid, romantic relationship with a modernised version of the Creature From the Black Lagoon was going to dominate at the Oscars in terms of nominations, you might have chuckled a little to yourself. 2017 was a simpler time. The 2018 Academy Award nominations are in and there's a lot for genre fans to be happy about.
As 2017 comes to an end, we start to look back at the year that was. In film, at least, the year was excellent. So excellent, in fact, that figuring out the top 10 scifi, superhero, and fantasy films was incredibly difficult. However, while there are at least 25-30 movies from 2017 deserve at least some recognition, ultimately, the cream rises to the top.
Like hundreds of thousands of other people around the world, Tananarive Due saw Get Out earlier this year. Blown away by the hit horror movie, the author and educator decided to design a semester-long special course about how horror and anti-black racism have intertwined in the cinema.
Living under racism as a black person makes one constantly ask themselves questions, chief amongst them, "What are non-black people seeing when they look at me?" and its corollary, "How much should I care about that crap, anyway?" Get Out dredges up the answers you already know in the goriest possible form.
The most effective horror movies offer a balanced mixture of gore, frights, and sly social commentary -- and Get Out, a hit with both critics and audiences, does this better than most. But as director Jordan Peele explains, the movie's crowd-pleasing ending wasn't always what he had in mind for his film's final act.