Filmmaker IQ has published another one of their long-form video essays. This 30-minute Film School lesson teaches you the history of horror movies “from it’s roots deep in Gothic literature, through B-movie status and director’s proving grounds to ultimate respectability as an important filmmaking genre.”
The history of horror is a vast and perhaps foolhardy thing to tackle. No matter how hard you try, there are films and horror subgenres that will slide through the cracks.. But horror is somewhat unique among the film genres in that there is a recognizable pattern that happens again and again. A film will come along and terrify an audience capturing their imaginations and making bank- Filmmakers flock to the cash cow like vampires to blood which leads to sequels and imitators – sometimes better than the original. But eventually the sequels run out of steam and the subgenre created by the original smash hit fades into memory lurking in the corners of history waiting to be rediscovered and reborn- this process is commonly referred to as cycles. Although other genres behave similarly, the unique appeal of horror from its low budget requirements to broad multinational appeal, make horror especially susceptible to these boom and fade cycles. But as we look at how the genre changes over time, we must not think of the history of horror as being a rigid one way street. New films borrow from old films all the time, a constant remix of subgenres and new techniques to make something for the contemporary culture.
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There are a couple quick glimpses of a new Terminator in the Terminator Genisys super bowl spot, which just went online this morning. While most of the footage is culled from the first trailer, this spot promises “a new threat” before showing off a not-quite skeletal metal warrior with a familiar-looking skull face. Check out the spot below.
UPDATE: There’s also a new poster to go with the trailer — take a look after the jump.
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You can’t keep a good bear down and, this summer, a not-so-good bear is back for more. Seth MacFarlane‘s Ted 2 hits theaters June 26 with the writer/director reprising his performance capture role as the foul-mouth, partying teddy bear came to life alongside his best “Thunder Buddy” John, played by Mark Wahlberg. Now, the first Ted 2 trailer is here, finally giving fans an idea of just what happened after the first movie. Watch the Ted 2 trailer below. Read More »
We know now a lot about the Danny Boyle directed, Aaron Sorkin written movie, Steve Jobs. We know the cast, we know the structure, but we don’t know what that cast looks like as their real life counterparts. Primarily, Michael Fassbender as Jobs himself.
Universal Pictures has yet to release anything official, but some fans have been able to snap some – admittedly crappy – images of the cast on set. In them, you can not-so-clearly see Fassbender as the icon. See the Michael Fassbender Steve Jobs pics below. Read More »
Earlier today, you read about all the films that are going to have Super Bowl commercials. One of the semi-surprises on the list was Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland. Well, Disney has released a brief tease of the spot, basically one sixth of it, with one new shot. It’s not much, but it’s a little morsel before the bigger meal on Sunday. Watch the Tomorrowland Super Bowl tease below. Read More »
Lego has just announced their most massive, epic Marvel set ever. It’s the S.H.I.E.L.D Helicarrier, a 2,996 behemoth of a set featuring mini-figures of Nick Fury, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye and Maria Hill. The Helicarrier hits shelves in March and will retail for $349.99. Below, see a bunch of images and more info about the Lego Avengers Helicarrier. Read More »
One of last year’s pleasant surprises was Wes Ball‘s The Maze Runner, a cool sci-fi action film masked as a YA adaptation. I mean, yes, the books by James Dashner are technically “young adult” in that they are about a group of teens mysteriously trapped in the center of a giant maze. But much more than the rest of its YA companions, The Maze Runner caters to guys and girls with plenty of action, intrigue and suspense to go along with the hints of young love.
A sequel is already set for September of this year, which means it’s a perfect time for the Screen Junkies to give The Maze Runner their patented funny, smart, treatment. Watch the Maze Runner Honest Trailer below. Read More »
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