On some level, we know that “Saw” is happening on a dilapidated soundstage instead of in a dilapidated bathroom, but we pretend not to so that it stays a scary movie instead of devolving into a meditation on how unkind the years have been to Cary Elwes. But sometimes seeing where these horror movies were filmed is so jarring that it makes it impossible to think of them the same way. Read more at Cracked…
Let’s be real: horror movie boyfriends are kind of dumb.
From wanting to have sex in the woods, to their leaving the basement door unlocked, to not keeping bullets in their gun, it’s almost as if these chuckleheads don’t realize they’re in a horror movie! I mean, come on, guys. Since, in any horror flick, it’s usually the sweet, unsuspecting girlfriend who first gets killed, we thought we’d give these boneheads some tips. God knows they need them.
After the jump, here’s eight tips for horror movie boyfriends (so your girlfriend won’t get killed by zombies): Keep reading »
Say you’re an offbeat couple who wants to make sure your engagement photos have a unique twist. You could wear funny hats, or you could document, in graphic detail, getting brutally murdered by Jason from “Friday the 13th.” This Toronto couple went with the latter. Their engagement photos begin innocently enough, with the couple frolicking in various nature settings, but wait, what does that sign say? Camp Crystal Lake? And is that a masked man with a machete grabbing the groom-to-be?! Uh-oh. See the entire set of photos over at Geekologie. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t end well, although there is a great shot of the engagement ring completely drenched in blood. I just really hope they took some less murder-y photos to send to grandma.
I’ve written before about how much I appreciate people who go balls out on Halloween, and I even put together a slideshow of scary Halloween decoration ideas that included a doll in a blood-filled bathtub, but even so, something about these “decorative” fake dead bodies a man set up in his Oklahoma driveway kinda rubs me the wrong way. Maybe it’s because they are SO realistic, or because there’s no supernatural element to it (like zombies, ghosts, or demons), or that the police have been called to the scene by concerned neighbors. “Just trying to scare people,” says Johnnie Mullins, the mastermind behind the bloody decor, “that’s what I like to do.” The scene is definitely scary (hence the 911 calls), but the fear comes from a very realistic portrayal of violence and death. It’s also not in the context of a Halloween party or some other situation where you might expect the host to try to freak out their guests — anyone walking by will see these bodies. What do y’all think about this? Are these fake corpses brilliant or in bad taste? Sound off in the comments! [News 9]
Halloween is not a holiday known for love, but stay with us for a sec. The canon of horror movies is rife with potentially dateable and definitely single men, who could all just use some love, or at least a nice dinner out. If online dating and the daily drudge of searching for available and attractive men that won’t kill you in your sleep is getting you down, then change the game! All men are horror shows, anyway, right? Why not take that to heart and include these dudes in your list? Let’s take a look at these seven horror movie villains, and see just how dateable they really are.
We’ve survived the ”Sharknado” and the “Birdemic” – but are we prepared for the newest killer animal on the block? Check out “Squirrels,” a horror movie about — you guessed it — killer squirrels. It’s currently in pre-production and still in the fundraising phase, but director Timur Bekmambetov is hoping we’ll bite. Bekmambetov has directed actually well-known movies like “Wanted” and “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter,” and explains the plot thusly:
“When a young man’s estranged father is killed under suspicious circumstances, he returns home for the first time in years to get to the bottom of the mystery. Hoping to uncover some logical explanation, he instead finds his mom’s sleazy new boyfriend, a natural gas company buying up the town, an angry female sheriff who happens to be his ex-girlfriend, and an army of flesh-eating squirrels hellbent on destroying everything in their path due to an erosion of their food chain as a result of environmental destruction by the gas company.”
So it’s got an environmental message, too? We’re sold. [Digital Spy]
I never much liked horror movies until I took a class in college called Gender and Sexuality in Horror Films (I was a Women’s Studies major, so it didn’t seem that weird at the time). We started with “Psycho” and “Peeping Tom” and worked our way up through the “Scream” franchise. Now I loooooove horror movies and I’m constantly trying to convince my supremely patient boyfriend to watch them with me. I think they’re super fascinating and often get at the core of what’s scary, weird and taboo in our culture. And camping-in-the-woods-with-a-crazy-killer-and/or-demon-spirit — with entries like “Sleepaway Camp,” “Friday the 13th,” “Cabin Fever” and “Evil Dead” — is one of the best sub-genres.
For fellow horror fans, the Great Horror Campout offers a real-life scary movie adventure. Set in the Los Angeles State Historic Park, the campout invites horror fiends to spend 12 hours in the woods fending off creepy crawlies and evil spirits. Visitors can opt for a scare within the “safe zone” or crank up the horror by participating in the “Hell Hunt,” which is basically a terrifying scavenger hunt. As the camp’s founders explain: Keep reading »
According to prominent horror critics, the things that scare us as a culture usually have a lot to do with whatever we repress and suppress. Horror is about the thin boundary between the outside and the inside being broken — both literally, as in the piercing of skin, and metaphorically, as in the destruction of innocence or psychological disillusionment.
Horror is also a very individual thing, and what scares some of us has no impact on others. For me, it’s tight, small, cramped spaces — there’s probably some psychoanalytic Freudian reason for that, but I’m afraid to look too deep. But for others, it’s aliens, or disease outbreak, or serial killers, or kittens (I don’t judge). What scares us does in some ways define us.
After the jump, seven anxiety-producing movies that terrify and scare the bejesus out of The Frisky staff. And share the movie that makes your heartbeat race in the comments!