The Apparition

10 The Apparition

Plot: A couple is haunted by a supernatural presence that is unleashed during a college experiment.  (via IMDB)

Cast: Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton, Julianna Guill, Rick Gomez, Anna Clark
Directed by Todd Lincoln

Written by Todd Lincoln

Rated PG-13 for terror/frightening images and some sensuality

Release Date: 24 August 2012

Runtime: 82 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!!!

Final Girls

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!

Detention

64 Detention

Plot: As a killer named Cinderhella stalks the student body at the high school in Grizzly Lake, a group of co-eds band together to survive while they’re all serving detention. (via IMDB)

Cast: Shanley Caswell, Josh Hutcherson, Spencer Locke, Percy Daggs III, Dane Cook

Directed by Joseph Kahn

Written by Joseph Kahn, Mark Palermo

Rated  R for bloody violence, crude and sexual content, nudity, language, some teen drinking and drug use

Release Date: April 13th 2012

Runtime: 93 min

Beneath the Darkness

05 Beneath the Darkness

Plot: After watching their best friend get murdered, a group of teens struggle to expose a local hero as the vicious killer and keep from becoming his next victims. (via IMDB)

Cast: Dennis Quaid, Aimee Teegarden, Tony Oller, Stephen Lunsford, Devon Werkheiser, Brett Cullen

Directed by Martin Guigui

Written by Bruce Wilkinson

Rated R for some violence and language

Release Date: January 4th 2012

Runtime: 96 min

Silent Night

06 Silent Night copy

Plot: The police force of a remote Midwestern town search for a killer Santa Claus who is picking off citizens on Christmas Eve. (via IMDB)

Cast: Jaime King, Malcolm McDowell, Brendan Fehr, Ellen Wong, Donal Logue, Cortney Palm, Courtney-Jane White

Directed by Bill Condon

Written by Melissa Rosenberg

Rated R for bloody violence, some sexuality/nudity, language and brief drug use

Release Date: November 30th 2012

Runtime: 94 min

Piranha 3DD

09 Piranha 3DD

Plot: After the events at Lake Victoria, the pre-historic school of blood-thirsty piranhas make their way into a newly opened waterpark.  (via IMDB)

Cast: Danielle Panabaker, Ving Rhames, Matt Bush, Katrina Bowden,  Jean-Luc Bilodeau, David Koechner, Chris Zylka

Directed by John Gulager

Written by Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan

Rated  R for sequences of strong bloody horror violence and gore, graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use

Release Date: June 1st 2012

Runtime: 83 min

Dark Shadows

39 Dark Shadows

Plot: An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. (via IMDB)

Cast: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley, Eva Green, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote, Chloë Grace Moretz

Directed by Tim Burton

Written by Seth Grahame-Smith

Rated  PG-13 for comic horror violence, sexual content, some drug use, language and smoking

Release Date: May 11th 2012

Runtime: 113 min