The launch was successful! Thank you to everyone who took the time to check it out. I understand that some people were very busy with Halloween duties, especially the parents. Don’t worry, “Out of Place” the 1st episode, is still showing, so head over to http://www.aseatonatrain.com and check it out. If you love “The Twilight Zone” then come take “A Seat on a Train!”
Hope you had a horribly, scary Halloween!
Wishing you a horrible, ghastly, ghostly, slimy, scary, disgusting, horrific, horrible, disturbing and just plain terrifying Halloween!!!! Also don’t forget to come see the 1st episode of “A Seat on a Train” which released today in honor of this killer holiday!!! Check it out at http://www.aseatonatrain.com If you love “The Twilight Zone” then come take “A Seat on a Train!”
Movie #11… The Bonus movie to watch on Halloween is… “Out of Place” 1st episode of “A Seat on a Train.”
I know… I have no shame… I used the bonus movie to promote my TV series “A Seat on a Train.” But seriously, it is a really good show with a great first episode called “Out of Place.” If you love “The Twilight Zone” then why not come take “A Seat on a Train.” Support your local artist and check it out at http://www.aseatonatrain.com
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed “10 Halloween Horror Movies For You And Your Teen.” I wish I could erase all these films from my memory and go through this list one by one! I think my head would explode from such a list of great entertainment! I couldn’t handle it all at once. Too intense. Hope your teen copes with it better.
Please, if you do try this list with your teen, I would love to hear some feedback. These are the cream of the crop films, that will scare the crap out of you but don’t cross that line content wise. To watch such a line up all at once and never seeing one, I am undeniably jealous. Seriously, If I was to find a time machine, I would go back in time and show myself this list as a kid, once again.
Movie #10 is…. Halloween!
Yes, I chose it! How can you not have a movie that was made specifically about Halloween, showing on Halloween? No way! You have to and that is why I chose this film!
Now, I really have to warn you about this one because it follows the basic, campy, slasher film rule. The rule is, teens who have sex will be punished! Every older slasher film follows this rule including films like “Friday the 13th,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Black Christmas” to name a few. So with this rule you are going to have some sex and nudity. But really, it’s minimal and it’s just boobies. I don’t know about you but I’ve been looking at boobies since I was a baby, so I really don’t see the big deal. Let’s grow up America! Uh oh… I smell a soap box..
(Soap Box- Really America? Boobs are bad? Has anyone ever gone to Europe, especially England or France? We really have to grow up in this department! It has gotten ridiculous! England has a boob of the week in their Daily paper for god’s sake! France is constantly using nude, sexy billboards to sell their products. They are just boobs! They serve a purpose and I don’t see why we are so puritanical about this subject! It is really ridiculous that a woman still has to fight to breast feed her baby in public! It’s a natural thing that almost every warm blooded animal in nature does! Now I understand, put a blankie over, to keep it private. There’s no reason people need to watch. Honestly, I would want a blankie just to keep the perverts from watching me. I would do it for myself, not for anyone else. I am obviously stating this because there are boobs in this film, but it’s just quick shots and is innocent, really. There is a little sexual content and some pot smoking, but other than that, the film is safe. Anyway, look at it like this, it’s like a lesson for your kid because every character who participates in these horrible activities dies a gruesome death. So your kid will be more scared to do these acts since he witnesses the consequences from this film! So, if anyone questions your parenting skills, throw that one at them! That will shut them up!)
The reasons I chose this film are…
Reason #1– The best Halloween film ever! This is a real treat! It’s not as scary as some other films you watched prior, but the campy, Halloween feeling makes up for it all. Actually, there was no script for this film. The Director, John Carpenter, wanted to make a film about Halloween, so they pieced together a bunch of elements that they found scary and made the movie. Well, this movie changed how we look at Halloween all together. It took us out of the whole MGM themed Halloween with Frankenstien and Dracula and catapulted us into a much scarier, realistic holiday. You started to see a lot more scarier costumes on the street, especially Mike Myers. There isn’t a person who has seen this film that hasn’t thought about Michael Myers at some point on Halloween. That brings me to my next reason…
Reason #2– Michael Myers. This is one of the most well known villains in horror history. Michael Myers was one of the first to start this huge movie franchise along with Freddie Kruger and Jason Vorhees. It’s hard to believe that a serial killer character, who was pieced together as they filmed, would become one of the most well known characters in Hollywood history. His whole image is a jump suit with a William Shatner mask, that they cut the eyes and mouth out of, painted white! That’s it! But his image is one of the scariest in horror movie history. Seeing Michael Myers on a dark street corner gives me the chills till this day. The emotionless mask symbolizes his lack of conscience and his taste for killing whatever crosses his path. Michael Myers is a true serial killer, who only wants to kill and destroy. He cannot be reasoned with and to top it off, he is near impossible to kill.
Reason #3– A great campy feeling. Didn’t I mention this is the best Halloween movie ever? It really is! A big part of this is the way John Carpenter sets the tone, right from the opening scene. The opening of this movie is fantastic. It starts with a black screen, then you hear this simple, creepy piano score and a single lit jack-o-lantern appears as we watch the opening credits. The music alone makes me want to hide under the couch!
Right from the opening, Carpenter hits you with halloween images, sounds and atmosphere. This film was shot so low budget, they had to shoot it in northern California, which really doesn’t have much of a fall season at all. But, Carpenter wanted the different colored leaves that symbolize fall in October and of course sets the tone for Halloween. So the crew got together and painted leaves all different fall colors and scattered them around each scene! This is the type of attention to detail that really makes this film memorable. Almost every horror film maker wants to do what John Carpenter accomplished with this film. It’s a real Cinderella man type situation. Even with a paper thin budget, Carpenter found a way to get his vision on screen. He reused the same painted leaves the whole shoot, so they didn’t waste anymore time and money creating them. Now that’s passion!
Reason #4– The music! Now, very rarely do I recommend a movie because of it’s score. But this film’s score is so iconic, it’s definitely a major reason to watch it. “Halloween’s” score is right up there with “Psycho,” “Star Wars” and “The Exorcist.” Right from the opening credits you know you are in for a scare because the music warns you. There are scenes where nothing happens but your heart jumps because the score comes in. This score is so powerful that they decided to open the film with just a jack-o-lantern, credits and this score. And let me tell you, every minute of it is fascinating as you watch the lit jack-o-lantern coming towards your screen.
Reason #5– The opening scene. The first scene, after the credits, is a scene that will stay in your mind forever. I don’t want to give it away, but it is phenomenal! It’s a little dated for today, but you have to remember, it set the tone for a lot of horror films we see today. Again, Carpenter mixes the music, visuals and mystery to catapult his viewers into the story. Once this movie starts, you are glued to the screen, especially if you watch it on Halloween.
So there it is folks, movie #10! This one isn’t as scary as a lot of the films out there but it is so fun and campy, you won’t even care. And most important of all it’s a classic.
“10 Halloween Horror Movies For You and Your Teen.” Follow this list from beginning to end! This is a great introduction into the horror genre for your teen! It will gradually introduce them to the genre, without scaring them away but also without boring the life out of them. It will also introduce them to a lot of different sub-genres and different classic stories we like to celebrate on Halloween. I know the content starts to get fishy towards the end but you really can’t enjoy this genre without some inappropriate material. Please, let me know what you think of this list? And most importantly of all, Have a horribly, scary Halloween!
Tune in tomorrow for movie #11, to watch on Halloween. A little bonus for your faith in my list.
And don’t forget to check out http://www.aseatonatrain If you love “The Twilight Zone” then why don’t you come take “A Seat on a Train.”
Movie # 9 is… Silence of the Lambs!
I just couldn’t resist! Sorry, but I have to recommend this film! This film is so good that it was the first horror film to win best picture! It also is one of the only three films in history to win all top five categories at the Oscars- Best picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best screenplay! The other two films that accomplished this feat are “It happened One Night” a Frank Capra film from the 30’s and yes, my favorite film of all time “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest!” Now, how could I resist putting this film on the list, when it compares to my favorite film of all time. This is a must see and is scary as… you know what’s coming… crap! (Love that I chose such a horrible signature line, goes with the holiday)
So here it comes… the warning. After you faced that horrible, gruesome werewolf in London, you now are coming face to face with a serial killer. This serial killer doesn’t wear masks and doesn’t do anything gimmicky like in the typical slasher films. No, this serial killer is methodical, blends in with the crowd and can easily be your next door neighbor or your psychiatrist… I get chills just saying it! This serial killer is smarter than the average person and knows how to manipulate his way into your mind! This is the grandaddy of all serial killers!
But I have to warn you, this film has some inappropriate content. There is nudity, but only short cuts of it. Some sexual content, but nothing showed. The language is pretty bad, including 2 mentions of the c… word. And it is violent, just as violent as the last film you watched. But this film is so phenomenal, you and your teen have to see it. To make you feel a little more comfortable, I watched it at the age of 16 and I’m still fine… I think…
The Reasons I picked this film are…
Reason #1– It won five friggin Oscars! Yeah, that’s how good this film is! It’s one of the best and the academy felt so strongly about it that it became the first Horror movie of all time to win Best Picture. Films like Jaws, Rosemarry’s Baby and The Exorcist were all up for best picture and didn’t get it. That’s how good this film is and let me tell you, it is as equally scary.
Reason #2– The Villains. Yes, I said villains… plural. Now this is no Batman movie or anything, but this film does have two awesome villains. They are so well developed that one of the villains is by far the best villain in movie history, played by Anthony Hopkins! The other villain is super scary also. But the one played by Anthony Hopkins is flawless! I love this villain so much that it goes down as the best villain of all time. Now, for me to pick this villain over my original favorite villain of all time, Darth Vader, says a lot. He has always been my favorite villain, since I was like 4, but when I saw this movie, Darth Vader took a back seat. Sorry “Star Wars.” Maybe I’m still pissed about episodes 1 thru 3!
Reason #3– The story. “Silence of the Lambs” is one of the best, complex stories I have ever seen on the screen! There is so much going on from beginning to end. There are tons of subplots and a lot of principle characters. Honestly, this screenplay must have looked like a mess at first. But they execute it perfectly. Every second of this film is interesting, unsettling and keeps you guessing right to the end! It builds gradually and the payoff at the end is nothing short of terrifying! When you are done with this film, you will hug your teen, thanking god for the life he has given you.
Reason #4– The twist! Yes, another twist! This one isn’t as story driven, but the way they set up the last scene is genius! You have no idea where this film is going! Everything is a mystery until this one point! The twist not only reveals a mind boggling shock, but it ties everything that has been happening all the way from the first scene. Trust me, you will be flabbergasted! Actually, I think you have to watch the film a few times before you really get the impact of this twist.
Reason #5– It uses a lot of true facts! One of the things that makes this film so phenomenal is the research. Both villains in this film were developed from known facts of serial killers from our history. The writer obviously did a ton of research and pieced together two very scary characters. You see traces of many real life serial killers like Ed Gein, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy and Gacy, to name a few. The writer not only developed two solid characters from this research but also put a lot of real life occurrences in the story. One of the main reasons this film is so scary is because how real it really is! These characters are so natural that you will be weary of all your friends and neighbors, knowing that any one of them could be a serial killer and you wouldn’t know it… well not until it is too late.
So grab some popcorn and snacks that don’t contain meat… trust me, you don’t want to be eating anything that contains meat during this film… Lock all your doors, turn off all the lights and get ready for the scare of your life! This film has some pretty extreme matter but after “An American Werewolf in London” I think your teen will be fine! But don’t be surprised if you catch yourself checking his/her room for a sewing kit. (you will get what I mean when you see this film!)
And don’t forget, there’s only two days till Halloween. So please check out my site http://www.aseatonatrain.com “Out of Place’ the 1st episode of “A Seat on a Train” is releasing Halloween 2013!!! If you love “The Twilight Zone” then why don’t you come take “A Seat on a Train!”
Movie #8… An American Werewolf in London!
O.k. So after the last film, you’re probably sick of seeing dead people. I know I was. But at least we are not dead, for now at least. With this next film, if you appear in the spirit world looking the way you left life, then you don’t want to run into any of this next creature’s victims!
I’m taking a huge risk content wise here. Let me warn you now, this film is extremely violent, quite gory, has a little sex in it and does show some brief nudity. But I feel it is so good that we should be able to look past these minor set backs. The nudity is brief, with quick shots of the man naked as he turns back from a wolf. And the sex scene is pretty mild and quick. All the scenes have a purpose and are not put in there just for the sake it.
But let me warn you, if you thought the werewolf in “Silver Bullet” was scary, then you better grab a gun fully loaded with bullets for this one! The reasons I picked this film are…
Reason #1– Best werewolf film ever! This is the cream of the crop here! It doesn’t get any scarier than this when it comes to werewolf films! This movie is fantastic from beginning to end! If this film doesn’t scare you then you should become a Navy Seal or something, because you are one tough cookie! This is the best werewolf film ever and I think it will keep that title till the end of time!
Reason #2– It’s good and campy! This film does it the best in my eyes! “American Werewolf in London” blends old town folklore with modern day horror and they do it perfectly! Right from the opening, you know you’re in for a treat, with the foggy atmosphere, spooky sounds in a dark mysterious, small town. The town people are so rustic and mysterious. It gets deep under your skin from the opening and never loses your attention from that point on. You will be exhausted by the time this film is finished.
Reason #3– You get to compare it to “Silver Bullet.” I myself, always love to compare films with the same subject matter. By no means is “Silver Bullet” an inferior film but it is fun to compare the two. You will find that they both stick to the same, old rules but “American Werewolf in London” goes a lot further. Not many subplots in this film because from beginning to end they focus on one thing and one thing only, the big, scary werewolf!
Reason #4– The special effects! Now, I’m not one that is huge on special effects. I feel films rely on the effects more than the story itself these days. Special effects should enhance your film, not be the sole content.
Well, it’s obvious to see that this film spent a lot of time on the story! Then they went ahead and hired someone who is awesome with special effects! When you see the werewolf change, it is nothing short of amazing! They really show you how it would look if a human contorted into a wolf, with sounds to boot! This reason alone should be enough for you to watch this film!
Reason #5– It’s directed by John Landis! Remember the Michael Jackson video “Thriller?” Well here’s the master who directed it. Talk about versatility as a director, this man can do it all. Let’s see… Do you know movies like “Animal House,” “The Blues Brother’s,” “The Three Amigos,” “Coming to America…?” Well, Landis directed them all!
Believe it or not, he really hasn’t done many horror films, which makes this accomplishment that much more impressive! This man turns everything he touches into Hollywood gold! He also directed “Twilight Zone- the movie,” which is a fantastic modern day adaptation of the original stories! A must see!
But “American Werewolf” is definitely his best horror film. You will feel his comedy background come through in this film. Not only is it scary as crap but it also has a great sense of humor, making fun of the towns people and the folklore. Just like “The Evil Dead” this film will have you cringing one moment and laughing the next. This also adds to the tension because you never know when you are going to see the werewolf next.
So, pull out that gun once again and fully load this bad boy because you are going on a very scary journey into the back villages of England. You survived the first werewolf but this one is much scarier and a lot stronger! There isn’t a twist in this film but you will find that it is no way short of being twisted!
Don’t forget to check out my tv series “A Seat on a Train” which releases on Halloween at http://www.aseatontrain.com
Movie #7…. The Sixth Sense!
“I see dead people….” So what? I’m a Horror Fan! I see dead people all the time and you don’t see me crying about it!
So, you have gone into hibernation and have made it back to earth safely. Boy, do I have a treat waiting for you back home. First, let me ask you this… What if your child woke up some day and suddenly has the ability to see dead people? What would you do…?
Me too! I would race to the phone and call my family psychiatrist. Well, that’s the situation we open up to in “The Sixth Sense,” A boy who sees dead people and a psychiatrist who is trying to figure out what is wrong with this kid’s head.
So we are moving from the depths of space… barely avoiding total annihilation from a scary, deadly alien… only to come back and explore the depths of a child’s warped brain… or is it really in his head?… The reasons I chose this film are…
Reason #1– Another PG-13 Rating! Yes, we are back to a PG-13 rated film, but once again, it’s scary like a R-rated film. I put this film right on the same level of “Poltergeist.” It’s just as scary, it has the same rating and it deals with the paranormal. “The Sixth Sense” is a great film that shocked the viewers when released in 1999. Good thing is, it has no sex or sexual content what so ever! But I warn you, there are some moments and images that will make you think twice about it’s rating.
Reason #2– The lead character is a child, played by Haley Joel Osment. This movie really plays with your fears and emotions when you realize it is a young boy of around 10 that is being haunted by these terrible images. As I stated with “Silver Bullet,” if you want to make an audience cringe and completely involved, put a helpless child in harms way! Right from the beginning, you are glued to the screen wondering what is going to happen next. Then when things start to escalate, your emotions and fears reach a new level because you care for this harmless kid so much. The fact that he is 10 and is afflicted with this tremendous, terrible gift, not even most adults could handle, makes your mind do circles. Your paternal instinct kicks in and this movie uses it to scare the crap out of you!
Reason #3– It keeps you guessing. “The Sixth Sense” doesn’t only scare the crap out of you but it keeps you guessing from beginning to end. The way director M. Night Shuamalan keeps you wondering, is amazing. Right from the start, you are subjected to a quick, tragic scene! Then from out of nowhere you are with the psychiatrist at the young boy’s house. You have no idea where you are going to be taken next, all the way to the end of the film.
“The Sixth Sense” brings you on a journey of horror and fear through a child’s eyes. The fact you are helpless and don’t know what is going on, makes you relate to the main character that much more! It is a really well set up horror film and is a must see! I’m not a big fan of this director but I do love “The Sixth Sense.”
Last Reason #4– Another Twist! Yeah, I said it… Another Twist and boy is it a doozy!!! I mean a real doozy! You will find out why they set this film up so mysteriously from beginning to end. This twist is so good that I would find it hard to believe you haven’t heard about it. It was definitely a spoiler I had to dodge every step of the way until I went to see the film. The twist in this film is the final touch that makes it a masterpiece. Without this twist, this movie is just another horror film. One of the best set up twists out there! They start setting it up before they even start telling the story. I will say no more or I will give it away.
O.K. So far we have been hunted by werewolves, aliens, vampires, gremlins and ghosts! We fought them courageously and won, for now. But our next villain won’t be so easy, for they don’t fight you one on one. Which leads us to our next question. How do you fight a villain that is silent, invisible and you’re not even sure exists? How do you protect a child from what he sees and just may be a figment of his imagination?
So, grab whatever superstitious talisman you can get your hands on because I have no weapon for this villain. Sit on the couch, turn off the lights, clutch your child and get ready for a mysterious journey into the world of the unknown. I guarantee you, the whole family will be seeing dead people by the time this film ends!
Don’t forget to catch the 1st episode of “A Seat on a Train” at http://www.aseatontrain.com!
Movie #6… Alien
Scared of Aliens…..? No….? Well you will be! Put away your reese’s pieces because these creatures don’t have a taste for candy and you certainly don’t want them camping out in your shed. Hell, you don’t even want these creatures close to your solar system… or galaxy, for that matter. To meet this villain, your teen is going to have to travel to a galaxy far, far away, but the terror will be right there, with you, in your living room. The reasons I picked this film are…
Reason #1– It compares to Poltergeist in content. Besides a few violent scenes and bad language, this film is fine. It’s scary as crap, but if your teen survived “Poltergeist” then they will be fine with “Alien.” They are both equally scary but Alien is a little bit more violent. Actually, if it wasn’t for one really violent, gruesome scene, that only lasts for a few seconds, I would give “Alien” a PG-13 rating. So if your teen is good up to now, they have graduated and deserve to test the true waters of horror. It’s time to give him/her a little more lead way. Good thing is, there is no nudity and very little sexual content.
Reason #2– Ridley Scott directed it! Now here is a director who doesn’t really specialize in horror, but when he puts a film out, you want to go see it. All of his films are original and he is constantly setting trends in Hollywood. Gladiator, Blade Runner, American Ganster, Black Hawk Down are some films you may know… just to name a few.
The great thing about Ridley Scott is you know you are going to see something new and original when you go to one of his films. “Alien” is a perfect example of Scott’s genius. It opened the gateway to many alien horror films to follow in the 80’s and is still copied/squealed to this day.
Reason #3– It is a totally, unpredictable, original horror/sci-fi film. Welcome your teen to the sic-fi/horror subgenre. It’s been around since Rod Serling created “The Twilight Zone,” but Ridley Scott pretty much reinvented the genre with the film “Alien.”
From the opening scene, you have no idea what is going on and what is going to happen next.Scott brings you into another world that you can’t really relate to but he keeps your interest by being completely mysterious. You become one of the crew members and just like them, you have no idea what is going to happen next. Let me tell you, this really builds the tension in this film. Scott keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering what is out there. But when he delivers, you will not be disappointed.
Reason #4– The villain is nothing short from terrifying! Just like “Jaws,” you hardly see the villain and boy does that add to the tension. When I saw this film, it terrified me! (Even the ride at Disney World scared the crap out of me!) “Alien” kept me guessing from the opening scene all the way to the end. And let me tell you, this is one of the most ruthless villains in film history! Not only do you not know who or what it is, but you and the crew come to find there is no reasoning with this villain at all! Hell, you can’t even communicate with it! It just wants to kill and destroy everything! You sure as hell can’t distract it because it’s an alien from another planet, so you don’t even know how it thinks. Besides the fact, even if you could communicate with it, you are dead within seconds of an encounter, so communication is not in your best interest. Let me tell you, this movie rocks when it comes to tension and fear! Scott sets the bar high and delivers! He keeps you guessing from the beginning to the end. And the payoff is huge!
The Last Reason #5– A strong female lead! Not only did the villain create a buzz about this film, but the hero did also. You want your teen to learn a new respect for women, then have them watch Sigourney Weaver in this film. She is perfectly cast and is one bad ass babe! She shows us that there is no women’s rights issues in the far future because she knows how to fight and she is fighting a creature that no sensible man would want to go up against! So when the action takes a break, you are still absorbed with the story because this female character is so interesting and mysterious herself.
So, fuel up your space ship and put on your gear because it’s going to be a bumpy ride! If you really want to mess with your teen, tell him/her “Alien” is a sequel to “ET.” They won’t trust you ever again, but how funny would that be? I know for sure, this Alien’s heart isn’t glowing at all! And if you want touch fingers with this creature, don’t expect to get them back!
So it’s time for another ride into the terrifying, mysterious world of horror. You may have to travel far for this one, but I guarantee you it will scare the crap out of you. Make sure you call a doctor immediately if your tummy starts to hurt. (you’ll understand what I mean when you see this film.)
And don’t forget to check out my new tv series which is releasing on Halloween at http://www.aseatonatrain.com.
Movie #5 is…… Scream!!!
So at this point you should have a garlic necklace, a gun loaded with a silver bullet, all your furniture nailed down and constantly checking your mechanical devices for little green creatures! Paranoid yet?
Well, it’s about to get worse because this next film introduces you to a villain that exists in our everyday life. It’s a villain that every person thinks about when walking down a dark alley at night. It’s a villain that created this whole sub genre but it didn’t happen in some small room with a typewriter. No, this villain is easy to find facts about, research and get this… most of it’s true!! The villain is the Serial Killer!
Now we are making that leap from safe content to the more violent content. I am trying to do this as gradually and as harmless as possible. But I can’t think of a better film to introduce the serial killer to your teen. These are the reasons I picked this film.
Reason #1– It’s somewhat teen friendly even though it’s rated R. Now “Scream” is rated R and by all means, it deserves this rating. It is extremely violent and has a few adult themes you may feel is inappropriate for your teen. But if you want to introduce them to horror films, then you are going to have to make some exceptions.
Now out of all the slasher films I think “Scream” is the best choice. Even though it is extremely violent, it has no nudity or sex scenes. If you rent “Friday the 13th,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street” or any other good slasher film, you are probably going to be faced with nudity and sex scenes. That’s why “Scream” got the pick. But let me warn you, they talk about sex and other inappropriate things, but at least you wont feel uncomfortable with watching nudity and sex scenes with your teen.
Reason #2– It was made for teens. This movie was definitely made for the younger crowd even though it’s so violent. Most of the characters are teenagers, what they talk about is teen stuff and the heroine is a teenager. There is no doubt in my mind that this film will grab your teen’s attention and keep it throughout! If he/she gets bored during this film, then there is something wrong with them. Get them a psychiatrist and hide the knife block, because your teen may be a serial killer in the making.
Reason #3– It’s a great intro to slasher films. Now, by no means do I think this is the best slasher film of all time. It’s not even in my top five but I do have a respect for it. Especially when it comes to explaining the slasher sub genre. Not only will this film keep your kid glued to the tv but it will also educate him on slasher films.
There is a great subplot going on throughout the whole film where two nerdy horror fanatics fight over slasher films. They dissect all the great killer films from the past and discuss the elements that all slasher films need to include to be considered a great slasher film. It is hard to explain but they also implement this into the plot and the whole film. It is genius. But let’s face it, you have a genius directing this film. Which leads me to Reason #4.
Reason #4– Wes Craven directed it! If you want an expert on good slasher films, then I think it goes without saying that Wes Craven makes the top of that list. If you are not familiar, he also directed the original “Nightmare on Elm Street,” the original “Last House on the Left” and the original “The Hills Have Eyes.” (You see what I mean about remakes! I have to state “the original” on almost every famous horror classic out there! It’s ridiculous!)
Anyway, these are all very famous slasher films that helped develop the horror films we watch today. This man is a master of horror. Believe it or not, but “Scream” is one of his more subtle films. Wow, that’s a scary thought.
The Last Reason #5– The mask! In all great Slasher films the villain has some sort of look, weapon or way of killing that separates him/her from the others. Scream does this amazingly and really creates a scary, memorable villain. His weapon is a huge kitchen knife that he jabs and lunges at his victims. His signature phone calls really sets up the tension before a murder is about to happen. And the most successful element that really separates this movie from others is the mask. This mask they chose is both chilling and memorable. When you spot the villain in the shadows, it is scary. This movie really plays with you and does it in a very original way. “Scream” is a really smart slasher film that puts the campiness in there on purpose. If they didn’t, it would’t be a campy slasher film. On top of that it comments on it’s campiness. It really is a well written, executed film. I should give it more props but I can’t turn my back on the classics that made “Scream” possible.
So, there we go, film #5. So lock all your doors. Check all your closets and crawl spaces because it is about to get really scary for you and your teen. This movie will not disappoint and will probably become a favorite for your teen.
So unplug the phones, hide any weapons where only you can find them and get ready to have the crap scared out of you. Definitely not the movie you want to watch before you go trick or treating!
Also, don’t forget to check out my television series “A Seat on a Train” which releases this Halloween 2013 at http://www.aseatonatrain.com. If you love “The Twilight Zone” then come take “A Seat on a Train.”