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!
True, we haven’t actually seen Nicole Kidman’s face move in quite a few years. but perhaps that will help lend an air of regalness to her portrayal of Princess Grace Kelly. Kidman is starring as Grace in the new film “Grace of Monaco,” which chronicles Kelly’s life as a film actress, erstwhile monarch and muse. The film also stars Tim Roth, Parker Posey, and Milo Ventimiglia. We can’t wait. [FashionIndie]
We’ve been waiting for Melissa McCarthy’s next move post-”Bridesmaids,” and we are so happy she’s going to be in a new movie with Jason Bateman. In “Identity Thief,” Jason and Melissa go toe-to-toe over a stolen identity and mountains of debt. Very stoked for this!
Have you ever seen the movie “Taken”? It stars Liam Neeson as a tough dad whose daughter gets abducted and sold into sexual slavery by a dude she meets at the airport. I saw it on a plane which seemed highly inappropriate, considering the daughter runs into trouble at the airport, but whatever. This parody of “Taken” is actually exactly what it would be like if my dad starred in the movie, instead of super intense Liam Neeson. [Gorilla Mask]
Uh, look up! There’s a long-skinny (Ami’s term) coming your way! Run! Hide! Tetris, the game, is reaaaaaaaaaaaal! [Buzzfeed]
High fashion films have a track record of being consistently gorgeous. I’m not talking about, say, “The Devil Wears Prada” (though I will never not argue that it’s one of the best movies ever), but rather the type of high-brow videos that result from collaborations between fashion houses and illustrious directors. Take, for instance, Martin Scorsese’s short for men’s fragrance Bleu de Chanel, David Lynch’s campaign for Dior’s Lady Dior, or the Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de L’Homme ad created by “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky — as you can see, efforts of this ilk have seriously beautiful outcomes. Keep reading »