Silent House

73 The Silent House

Plot: Trapped inside her family’s lakeside retreat, a young woman finds she is unable to contact the outside world as events become increasingly ominous in and around the house. (via IMDB)

Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Julia Taylor Ross, Adam Barnett, Haley Murphy

Directed by Chris Kentis, Laura Lau

Written by Laura Lau

Rated R for disturbing violent content and terror

Release Date: March 9th 2012

Runtime: 86 min

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The Possession

27 The Possession

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Plot: A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl’s father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child. (via IMDB)

Cast: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Natasha Calis, Kyra Sedgwick, Jay Brazeau, Madison Davenport, Matisyahu, Grant Snow

Directed by Ole Bornedal

Written by Juliet Snowden, Stiles White

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving violence and disturbing sequences (re-rating on appeal)

Release Date: August 31st 2012

Runtime: 92 min

Killing Them Softly

80 Killing Them Softly

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Plot: Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. (via IMDB)

Cast: Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta

Directed by Andrew Dominik

Written by Andrew Dominik

Rated R for violence, sexual references, pervasive language, and some drug use

Release Date: November 30th 2012

Runtime: 97 min

Brave

81 Brave

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Plot: Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. (via IMDB)

Cast: Kelly McDonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd

Directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

Written by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

Rated  PG for some scary action and rude humor

Release Date: June 18th 2012

Runtime: 93 min

Slasher Films

JASON

Jason Voorhees

I know not everyone likes horror movies. Actually, some people downright hate them. Me? I love the genre. Get me anything with vampires, zombies, ghosts, demons, ghouls or your simple run-of-the-mill serial/spree killer and I’ll be one happy camper.

My favorite type of horror movie is the subgenre known as Slasher Film. What is that? Some of you might ask. Well, according to Wikipedia: “A slasher film is a subgenre of horror film, and at times thriller, typically involving a mysterious psychopathic killer stalking and killing a sequence of victims usually in a graphically violent manner, often with a cutting tool such as a knife or axe.

There was a time when they were really popular back in the 70s, and the 80s. And then again in the late 90s, after “Scream” hit the screens like a grenade launcher and gave birth to a new era of Slashers.

GhostFace

GhostFace

Those were the days, man.

Everything changes, I guess, and as time passed they became less popular. In the las decade, we had the “Slasher Remake Era”. But let’s save that subject for another post, shall we?

Nowadays you don’t really see any original mainstream slasher films. And that sucks. Slasher films are safest (and cheapest) way to get some adrenalin pumping into our systems. And it doesn’t even involve leaving the house!!!

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Why do I love Slasher Films so much? For a lot of reasons, actually, but here’s the main one. As I mentioned in another post, I’m a sucker for strong female characters.

Laurie Strode

Laurie Strode

Slashers, particularly, are all about female empowerment. In most genres, the female characters are relegated to the roles of romantic interest and the damsel in distress.

That is not the case here. If you reduce the slashers’ plot to its bare bones what we get is: a virginal, seemingly meek young woman is attacked by remarkable male, survives the attack and eventually bests him.

Sydney Prescott

Sydney Prescott

There’s no John McLane, Martin Riggs or Tony Stark sweeping in and saving the day in the slasher genre. Laurie Strode, Sydney Prescott, Alice Hardy, Nancy Thompson, Julie James, Dana Polk, they’re the ones doing the saving.

They’re all resourceful girls who manage to outlive their peers and eventually put an end to whatever threat was coming their way.

Dead or Alive?

The Horror genre isn’t dead.

“The Possession”, “Paranormal Activity 4” and “Woman in Black” all performed well in the box office in 2012, proving that horror still interests the general public.

And I don’t think the genre will ever die, like Western did. Because, in a nutshell, It’s a really cheap to make a horror flick, and there are a lot of people who DO like to get scared out of their wits.

Who Killed the Slasher Films?

There’s not a real answer really. I mostly blame producers and writers, in that order. The last few at Slashers all bombed, because, for the most part, they all sucked, so that didn’t help.

We need another “Scream”, or “Halloween”, or “Nightmare on Elm Street”. I honestly think that all we need is another great, smart, scary teens in peril (as my good friend EL described) flick to kick start a new era of slashers.

Anyways, that’s it for now. Sorry about the rant, folks.

FAT MAN OUT!

HAPPY 2013!!

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We made it, people.

It’s New Year’s Eve. The world didn’t end!!

Screw you, Mayans!

Not that I was really worried about it, of course.

I mean, humanity did survive the Bubonic plague, the Y2K and the boy band craze. So what’s a little Mayan prophecy, really?

Okay, alright, I admit it. I was actually worried.

Not that I really care about the world or anything, but “Man of Steel” is coming out in 2013.

I would have been pissed if the world had ended before I had a chance to watch the new Superman movie.

Anyways, the Top Flicks List Staff (and by staff I mean me) would like to wish you all an AWESOME 2013. Filled with hope, wealth,  success, love, joy and lots of movies, because that’s what’s really important, amirite?

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Around this time of the year, a lot of people start thinking about their New Year’s Resolutions. I’m no different. I have a list of my own. Here it is:

  1. Lose Weight. Nice try, mom.
  2. Write reviews to go along with my Scoreboards.
  3. Watch at least one hundred 2013 movies
  4. Find a wife. MOM! SERIOUSLY!
  5. To Finish at least one screenplay.

What about you, guys, do y’all have a New Year’s Resolutions List?

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The Rise and Fall of Johnny Lawrence – King of the Kobras

"I'm the king of the world!"

“I’m the king of the world!”

Patton Oswalt is one of the funniest comics out there.

I loved this bit and it made me laugh out loud. Of couse, I’m a HUUUGE fan of “The Karate Kid”, but still– so funny. And it actually makes sense. lol

I hope y’all enjoy.