Author: Roman Harper

The Movies which terrified us this decade: Some best picks

As the cinema has evolved over time, so has the genre of horror. With strong writing and screenplays, horror movies have garnered praise and are no longer considered B-grade cinema. Let us some of the best picks of this decade so far.

It Follows:  The stalker is unknown in this film; this independent movie was widely acclaimed for its portrayal of a girl who feels stalked until she realises that her casual sexual encounter would cause so much trouble for her. See it for a chilling experience.

Let Me In: This American remake of “Let the right one in” does a perfect job of putting adolescent love and the danger of being with someone totally different from your species together in one plate. If you love movies which have a sense of eeriness and cold environments this is the right one.

We Are What We Are: A family of cannibals, which portrays a perfectly normal group of individuals to the world. The story does create ripples of terror when they see food in the forms of humans.

Unfriended: This 21st-century movie of slangs and wordplay does play with communication on social media as a way to form foes and friends. What happens when you cross that line on social media? Do check it out for its realistic approach.

Shutter Island: When you have people like Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio in a movie revolving around a mental asylum and people coming back from the dead, the thrill takes a thousand step leaps and the horror amplifies on its own.

The Conjuring: Ed & Warren Lorraine’s work on big screen is brought with a nicely written screenplay and brilliantly shot film. What follows is a series of films namely Annabelle & The conjuring 2 to add to your taste.

The Babadook: A children’s book monster comes alive in the most profound and intimidating manner which sweeps you across your senses, the movie is a classic genre film and will be seen as one of the greats in the coming years.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil: This comedy horror makes you laugh but doesn’t disappoint on the romance part either. The college kids might have judged the two laidback dudes wrongly but they aren’t aware of the slashers around. Apart from comedy, there is blood too.

Some of the other horror movies: The Cabin in the Woods, You’re Next, Crimson Peek, Green Room, Cloverfield Lane, Demon, The Witch, Under the Shadow, Paranormal Activity, Goodnight Mommy, Fright Night, The Shallows.

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How Get Out teaches us an important lesson?

When a person gets uncomfortable, he/she tries to come out of that state and if he/she fails, then fear creeps in. Horror movies work on this principle; Get Out gets you in that state but defines horror in a totally different manner. This is the first directorial venture of Jordan Peele. No doubt the humour in this Horror movie does wonder thanks to Jordan’s writing style.

The plot tends to open the relationship of an inter-racial couple and you expect racism to be served as a starter, name calling as the main course and throwing out to be the dessert for this film, but no you are in for a liberal treat here. The black guy is treated like a princess in a castle but little does he know there are witches behind those masks.

What doesn’t seem surprising to this inter-racial relationship is how comfortably the audience accepts them and places them in castles. Hoping their story to be a fairy tale, but as the story moves ahead you realise the white girl’s white parents have a twisted agenda. What works brilliantly is that the mask doesn’t fall too soon but when it does it puts an impression on you, a terrifying one of course.

Get Out plays with the belief system that is engraved in a lot of us. The people of different colour being prejudiced (people who lost a lot and are still facing a lot of issues), hence put them in a different box and serve them a liberal tomfoolery. The antagonist is the mindset which creates a difference the moment you see a person of different race /colour in front of you and creating horror out of that premise is a work of Genius.

The story unfolds into a nightmare when the protagonist (our black dude, Daniel Kaluuya) figures out something odd with the black people around his girl’s parents. The black friend they have seems a bit too unfriendly for some reason. The moment our guy discovers about hypnotism and brain transplants on black people he saw, he realizes his wannabe in-laws are monsters in human skin. He later realises that black people were the latest “fad” for this gruesome experiment and his girl is a co-conspirator for this ‘experiment’. He was the lab rat she was that abusive scientist in the relationship.

Jordan Peele knew the art of putting humour in tense situations but the way he played with humour in this horror plot makes him one of the most talented filmmakers to look out for in the coming time. Also, the white girl’s character, played by Allison Williams surprised me to the core. You may think about the white parents and their relatives going wild and doing all the macabre stuff but the moment you realise that this girl is a part of this Machiavellian conspiracy, then all you think of how our dude can run away from this mad family. And when finally he does, you sigh and reflect on the psyche of those rogue & barbaric characters of this film.

 

5 Movie Characters which gave me chills

Horror genre movies have finely layered characters. Even though there are victims and protagonist but the antagonist is the hero of the plot. We all have seen those characters which have the most inhuman traits and still attract our attention throughout the film. I chose 5 of these characters:

Kayako Saeki:  The Grudge series (Ju-on series) is as popular in the North American region as it is in Japanese. Kayako’s character has two versions, the US and the Japanese. I would stick to the Japanese because that is what makes this character more horrifying. Classified as a vengeful ghost (Onryō), she was killed by her husband in presence of her child, it was a hate crime. She had a lost childhood, neglected by parents and lack of a strong support system made her socially recluse. It was her love for another man, which caused her murder. She was paralysed, stabbed multiple times, and thrown in the attic, that’s why she appears to be moving in a crawling fashion, twisting her neck, covered in blood, and moaning in pain at times.

Damien Thorn:  The son of the devil makes sure that evil prevails in all forms and at all places. The Omen movie series has a sinister tale of the demon, the Antichrist which flourishes at the cost of killing the people around him. The 666 sign and the eyes which stare through a person’s soul makes him one of the most fearing and promising antagonist of a horror movie. Born to a Jackal, he was supported by the Satanists around him. He conspired to become powerful in order spread evil agendas and fear amongst the people of earth.

Jigsaw: John Cramer finds pleasure in pain; he derives utmost satisfaction by using people as pawns in a game/ puzzle. He tests there character by playing games which may or may not lead to death. He suffers from a terminal illness but he makes others suffer as much as him. His intention is not to kill but testing the victims on their will to survive. He wants to teach a lesson and he never fails.

Norman Bates: Alfred Hitchcock knew the art of thrilling and drawing his audiences into terror. He did so with his movie Pyscho, where he creates a monster through the character of Norman Bates. The creepiness in the incestuous thoughts and the creation of another identity makes it an engaging yet a scary piece of art. Norman is totally dependent on his mother and their relationship is not like any other mother-son duo. She controls him and makes him believe in a world which is full of monsters. Norman develops a personality so much like his mother’s but at the same time he has a dark side & it comes out the first time when he kills his mother and her lover. The dissociative Identity disorder makes him take his mother’s demeanour and that makes his character even more mysterious and dangerous.

Freddy Krueger: After being killed by a mob of angry parents, this child killer set himself free and became invincible with his haunting appearance. He started killing children in their dreams with his glove of razors. His mother was raped by a bunch of lunatics in an asylum. His childhood was a rough one; he grew up to be an abuser and killed children for pleasure. He is most powerful in dreams and can kill you while you are sleep, have a safe sleep!

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