The Halloween 3 We’ve All Been Waiting For

When I first heard that Jamie Lee Curtis would be reprising her role as Laurie Strode in the new Halloween I immediately was ecstatic. I hadn’t been that excited about a Horror movie announcement since 1998’s Halloween H2O. Ok, maybe that is an exaggeration, but I was excited!

In case you haven’t read it yet here is the synopsis according to IMDB:

“Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.”

Laurie Strode Halloween (1978)
Laurie Strode Halloween (1978)

Exciting stuff! If we are to pick apart the synopsis alone, it is clear that one of them is going to die…for good. I know we have heard that before, but I think this will be the nail in the coffin for the Michael and Laurie storyline once and for all. I highly doubt that this will be the last we see of Michael Meyers, but I can confidently say that this will be the last time we see him on screen with Laurie Strode.

Hopes, Dreams and Fears For Halloween 2018

Laurie Strode Halloween H2O (1998)
Laurie Strode Halloween H2O (1998)

My hopes and dreams for this movie is that it will be the Halloween 3 we all have been waiting for and what Halloween H2O was supposed to be…the showdown between Michael Meyers and Laurie Strode. When you look at everyone who is returning, this project is looking mighty good. Not only do we have Jamie Lee Curtis, but the horror master himself Jon Carpenter is involved. I get chills just thinking about it!

But really, this needs to be what Halloween H2O sought out to accomplish…and needs to NOT be erased by a cheesy follow up. I applaud Jamie for hating what they wanted to do and made them kill her off (again). I mean, honestly, Halloween: Resurrection was a joke…we all know it. My fear is that history repeats itself, but I have faith that Jamie wouldn’t make that mistake again. Hopefully she read the fine print of the contract this time.

Laurie Strode Halloween (2018)
Laurie Strode Halloween (2018)

Do you think Halloween 2018 will be a dream come true for us fans? Are you as excited as I am?

One Simple Mistake Cost This Horror Classic Everything

“They’re coming to get you, Barbara, there’s one of them now!”

If you live on Earth and you haven’t spent your life under a rock, chances are high that you’ve heard of the movie Night of the Living Dead. The original movie, released in 1968, was ultra successful, although also extremely controversial for that time. Night of the Living Dead was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry as a film deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant,” however it was also greatly criticized. Variety labeled Night of the Living Dead an “unrelieved orgy of sadism” and questioned the “integrity and social responsibility of its Pittsburgh-based makers.” Now, being from Pittsburgh and knowing “Johnny” personally, reading statements like that makes me smile a little.

Anyway, here is what happened to this controversial classic that cost the filmmakers a fortune:

When the movie was in production it went by the working title Night of the Flesh Eaters, which also had the copyright information. Before the movie’s release, the name was changed to the infamous Night of the Living Dead; however the distribution company forgot ONE MAJOR DETAIL…they forgot to include the copyright information on the final release. I mean, I bet someone had to have lost their job…

You may ask yourself, “so what?” Just because the movie was missing the copyright doesn’t mean that it isn’t protected. Well, not in 1968. In 1968 this meant that the movie was now public domain and not protected by any copyrights. It wasn’t until almost an entire decade later that the Copyright Act of 1976 was put in place to protect instances exactly like this from happening. So now this famous movie was up for grabs! Anyone can start making unofficial sequels, selling VHSs, DVDs, merchandise… all without paying up. So, if you want to make a Night of the Living Dead sequel, go for it! Think about this, the “Romero Zombie” has influenced every zombie movie that has ever been made… or any zombie book, TV show, etc. And all of these stories can do so without having to pay… it’s INSANITY.

Speaking of sequels, here are the official sequels: Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead. Unofficial sequels include: The Return of the Living Dead, The Return of the Living Dead 2, Return of the Living Dead 3, Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis, Return of the Living Dead: Rave from the Grave, Zombi 2, Zombi 3 and Zombi 4.

Now that is where things get a little complicated. The Return series are by John Russo, who was the co-writer of Night of the Living Dead. Obviously he and Romero aren’t the best of friends now. When Dawn of the Dead was released, it was known internationally as Zombi. Zombi 2 is its unofficial sequel stemming from Italy by Lucio Fulci. Zombi 2, on its own, is actually a really awesome movie and comes highly recommended. I can’t speak for the 3rd or 4th parts, but Zombi 2 features a zombie vs. shark scene that is CLASSIC.

Sad story about the makers of Night of the Living Dead not being able to cash out on their instant classic, but at least the movie was made and gave us the wonderful world of zombies as we know them.

The Reason Why ‘The Walking Dead’ Was Able To Rip Off George Romero’s ‘Night Of The Living Dead’

Last summer I explored the one simple mistake that cost George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead everything and here is why this mistake makes John Carpenter’s recent comments unwarranted.

In case you missed John Carpenters’ shade that he has been throwing around, I’ll give it to you in a nutshell. Basically, he doesn’t like anything that is going on in the horror genre right now, especially The Walking Dead. On a recent podcast Carpenter said that “[The Walking Dead] was a movie that George Romero made back in ’68 [Night of the Living Dead] and they have milked…people have milked it and they’re STILL milking it. It’s unreal.”

OK, Carpenter. We get it that you are the horror master with movies like The Thing and Halloween under your belt, but you are missing one important detail. The Walking Dead is allowed to rip off Night of the Living Dead. Actually anyone is allowed to rip it off and let me explain why with an excerpt from the article of mine that I mentioned above:

“”When the movie was in production it went by the working title ‘Night of the Flesh Eaters,’ which also had the copyright information. Before the movie’s release, the name was changed to the infamous ‘Night of the Living Dead’; however the distribution company forgot ONE MAJOR DETAIL…they forgot to include the copyright information on the final release. I mean, I bet someone had to have lost their job…””

You May Ask Yourself, ‘So What’s The Big Deal About A Copyright Issue?’

Just because the movie was missing the copyright doesn’t mean that it isn’t protected, right? Well, not in 1968. In 1968, this meant that the movie was now public domain and not protected by any copyrights. It wasn’t until almost an entire decade later that the Copyright Act of 1976 was put in place to protect instances exactly like this from happening. So now this famous movie was up for grabs! Anyone can start making unofficial sequels, selling VHS’s, DVDs, merchandise — all without paying up. So, if you want to make a Night of the Living Dead sequel, go for it! Think about this, the “Romero Zombie” has influenced every zombie movie that has ever been made — or any zombie book, TV show, etc. And all of these stories can do so without having to pay.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a fan of The Walking Dead and pretty much all things zombie, so I say keep them coming! What do you think?

Why the 1980s Still Define Horror Movies Today (And Might Forever)

Since their inception, horror films have evolved so much. Scary movies date back to 1896 with The House of the Devil, which featured the first on-screen vampire. A little over half a century later, we saw the first toilet flush (and risqué shower scene!) recorded on film in 1960 with Psycho, the intro of the George A. Romero zombie in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead, and a surge of classics like Jaws, Halloween, The Exorcist and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in the ’70s.

With all of those amazing milestone releases, however, there is still only one decade that truly redefined the horror genre: the 1980s. Here are five reasons why the ’80s redefined the horror movie genre in ways that continue to reverberate today.

1. Modern Movies Are Still Trying To Live Up To ’80s Villains

Let’s be honest, there is nothing better than an awesome, menacing Big Bad. Every decade has contributed a few memorable villains to the genre, but the baddies from the ’80s are untouchable. To name just a few, we have Chucky, Jason, Freddy, Predator, Pumpkinhead, the Xenomorph Queen, Pinhead, Cujo, Beetlejuice, the Fly and Reverend Kane.

2. The Decade Used Practical Effects To The Max

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“I’m an insect who dreamt he was a man and loved it.”

In an era before CGI was the norm, creativity was harnessed by way of practical effects in the most awesome way possible. Remember Johnny Depp’s death scene in 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street? To achieve the blood geyser effect, they used a rotating room and pumped the the blood out of the bed downward with high pressure.

Another example? Fast forward a few years to 1986’s Aliens. It took 14–16 people to operate the Queen, including hydraulics and puppeteers. And somehow they pulled it off! The hard work that the artists put into these movies did not go unnoticed at the 1987 Academy Awards — and we all know how often the horror genre gets snubbed at the big awards ceremonies.

But here’s a list of the horror movies that won Oscars in the ’80s:

  • American Werewolf in London: Oscar for Best Achievement in Makeup
  • Aliens: Best visual effects and best sound editing
  • The Fly: Oscar for Best Achievement in Makeup
  • Beetlejuice: Best Achievement in Makeup. Click here to check out some of these scenes.

3. The ’80s Made Gore Mainstream

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The stuff Amber Heard’s dreams are made of.

Prior to the 1980s, most horror movies exhibited minimal, if any, blood and guts. A few examples include 1978’s Halloween, which didn’t feature a drop of blood, and 1960’s Psycho, which had only one scene with a splash of blood.

Eighties horror inched its way into pop culture by featuring teenagers being slaughtered by the dozen, and it brought the carnage along with it. In 1980’s The Shining, Stanley Kubrick used more than 3,000 gallons of fake blood in that elevator hallway scene alone! Check that scene out here.

4. The Rise Of The Scream Queen

"Get away from her, you bitch!"
“Get away from her, you bitch!”

We were already introduced to leading ladies of horror with Alien and Rosemary’s Baby. However, it wasn’t until the ’80s that women heroines really began to steal the show. We enjoyed a much more action-oriented Ellen in Aliens, badass Nancy in A Nightmare on Elm Street, champion Alice in Friday the 13th, the survivor Donna in Cujo, the fearless Veronica in The Fly — I could go on!

Moviegoers were so used to seeing the damsel in distress routine, but seeing the damsel save the day offered something refreshing. And isn’t it just so much more fun to see a girl kick ass? Or is that just me?

5. The ’80s Were Horror’s Baby Boom

Between 1980 and 1989 there were a whopping 539 horror movies made. You read that right, 539! That’s insane. Many of them you have probably never heard of, but if you’re interested in checking out the genre’s most iconic from the decade, here’s a list of 30 films to get you started:

1. The Shining — 1980

2. The Thing — 1982

3. A Nightmare on Elm Street — 1984

4. Friday the 13th — 1980

5. The Entity — 1982

6. Cujo — 1983

7. Aliens — 1986

8. Pet Sematary — 1989

9. Predator — 1987

10. The Fly — 1986

11. Day of the Dead — 1985

12. An American Werewolf in London — 1981

13. The Hitcher — 1986

14. The Dead Zone — 1983

15. Creepshow — 1982

16. Evil Dead 2 — 1987

17. Beetlejuice — 1988

18. Poltergeist — 1982

19. Hellraiser — 1987

20. Halloween 2 — 1981

21. The Fog — 1980

22. The Howling — 1981

23. Firestarter — 1984

24. Fright Night — 1985

25. The Lost Boys — 1987

26. Pumpkinhead — 1988

27. Child’s Play – 1988

28. The Evil Dead — 1981

29. My Bloody Valentine — 1981

30. Children of the Corn — 1984

For more of a modern take on Movie Pilot’s favorite horror picks, check out 17 Horror Movies Coming For You In 2017.

The 10 Best Holiday Horror Movie Kills

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house, not a creature was stirring, other than the serial killer in the house!

The holidays are a time for giving, relatives, and watching movies. Looking for some twisted holiday flick to watch with the family? Check out these kill scenes below for some inspiration. Here are the 10 best holiday horror movie kills, covering both Christmas and Thanksgiving:

1. ‘Gremlins’ – Death By Stair Lift

“Now I have another reason to hate Christmas.”

What I found so interesting about this poster is Michael’s mask. Almost entirely different, notice it has more human-like features, and they even gave him eyes (the American versions always have dark holes where the eyes should be). Also, take note about the blood. Gore might be a hallmark of the Halloween franchise, but not the original. There wasn’t even one drop of blood in the movie — so why add it in the poster?

Original Release Date: June 8th, 1984
Director: Joe Dante
Studio: Warner Bros., Amblin Entertainment
Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates

Gremlins is a classic horror movie filled with enough iconic and campy moments to make any best-of-holiday-horror list. With that said, though, there is one kill that is particularly funny and satisfying: Mrs. Deagle’s.

Throughout the entire movie we are subjected to this horrible woman, who does nothing but make the cute and lovable Billy Peltzer’s life more miserable. She’s easily much more menacing than any of the gremlins. But then the pain all pays off in one classic scene.

Mrs. Deagle hates Christmas carolers. (And when I say she hates them, she really, really hates them.) Upon hearing carolers outside of her door, she grabs a pitcher of freezing cold water, ready to soak all of the children. To her horror she opens the door to discover a group of nasty little green monsters singing to her and giggling in delight at her reaction. As she tries to escape upstairs in her stair lift, the machine is tampered with by a Gremlin and fires Mrs. Deagle up the stairs and out of the front window. Sorry, Mrs. Deagle! You won’t be missed.

2. ‘Santa’s Slay’ – The Exploding Heads

“I’m Santa Claus, not fuckin’ Dracula!”

Original Release Date: October 25th, 2005
Director: David Steiman
Studio: Media 8 Entertainment
Stars: Bill Goldberg, Douglas Smith, Emilie de Ravin

If you haven’t seen this one, then you are in for a treat! A silly, absurd treat, but a treat nonetheless. Santa’s Slay tells a story how Santa really isn’t as nice of a guy as you may think he is — in reality, he is nothing other than a demon that has lost a bet and had to be nice for 1,000 years. No big deal, right? Well that 1,000 year bet is over and Santa is ready to make up for lost time!

Witness some of his destruction as two children open some gifts on Christmas morning only to have their heads explode. Enjoy!

3. ‘Black Christmas’ – Couple Slain And Eaten

“Yeah, Merry Christmas, asshole.”

Original Release Date: December 25th, 2006
Director: Glen Morgan
Studio: Dimension Films
Stars: Michelle Trachtenberg, Katie Cassidy, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
This gory, over-the-top remake of the 1974 classic is full of holiday horror fun. And honestly, what is better than a holiday-themed horror movie that takes place in a sorority house? I can’t think of much!

In Black Christmas, an escaped mental patient decides that he wants to return home for the holidays, only to find that his home is now a sorority house. As you can imagine, he wasn’t very happy about this discovery…or was he? He slowly torments, tortures and kills the sorority sisters while they are trying to prepare for a party. Bummer! One of the best kills is when a couple not only gets murdered, but turned into Christmas dinner. Warning, graphic!

4. ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’ – Sled-Riding Decapitation

“Need a ride, Santa Claus?”

Original Release Date: November 9th, 1984
Director: Charles E. Sellier Jr.
Studio: TriStar Pictures
Stars: Lilyan Chauvin, Gilmer McCormick, Toni Nero

Silent Night, Deadly Night is your classic Christmas story: child sees parents murdered, grows up in an orphanage where he’s abused, and later turns into a crazed serial killer dressed as Santa Claus. Oh, did I mention what finally sets him over the edge is seeing two people have sex in the department store where he works as Santa?

One of the funnier kills in this movie is when two boys are sled riding through the woods, and one ends up decapitated somewhere on his way down the hill. The cheesiness of the whole scene is profound.

5. ‘Jack Frost’ – Death By Decorations

“…it ain’t fucking Frosty!”

Original Release Date: November 18th, 1997
Director: Michael Cooney
Studio: Frost Bite Films Ltd., Moonstone Entertainment
Stars: Scott MacDonald, Christopher Allport, Stephen Mendel

Jack Frost follows a simple story line: serial killer dies and comes back as a killer snowman. Pretty normal, right? Think Chucky, but a snowman instead of a doll. What says holiday fun more than being killed by Christmas decorations?

6. ‘Thankskilling’ – You Got Stuffed

“Gobble, Gobble, Motherfucker!”

Original Release Date: December 6th, 2008
Director: Jordan Downey
Studio: In Broad Daylight Films
Stars: Wanda Lust, Natasha Cordova, Lindsey Anderson

Thankskilling could quite possibly be one of the most absurd horror comedies that I have ever seen. I don’t know how much more insane you can get than a killer turkey with the mouth of Wade Wilson. When my friend and I got to the “you got stuffed” kill (click to watch — graphic content), we didn’t know if we should be offended, laugh, cry or all of the above. Our reaction was pretty much a combination of them all, plus an uneasy giggle with our hands over our mouth in shock. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

7. ‘Black Christmas’ – Agnes’s Death Scene

“The calls are coming from the house!”

Original Release Date: December 20th, 1974
Director: Bob Clark
Studio: Film Funding Ltd. of Canada, Vision IV
Stars: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder

You saw a gory scene from the remake above, but not much can compare to the classic, original Black Christmas. Out of horror’s most memorable scenes, there is nothing more creepy than watching and listening to the sheriff tell Barb that the “prank” calls that she was receiving are coming from inside of the house.

The remake and the classic follow the same storyline about a deranged killer knocking off sorority girls one by one. They share some of the same creepy scenes, but check out one of the classic kills below.

8. ‘Krampus’ – Jordan Gets Eaten

“Saint Nicholas is not coming this year.”

Original Release Date: December 4th, 2015
Director: Michael Dougherty
Studio: Legendary Entertainment, Universal Pictures
Stars: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner

Krampus is a perfect balance of comedy and holiday-themed horror. During the film we follow a family that is being tortured and murdered by the evil Krampus. Little do they know at first that this beast was accidentally summoned by their own son, who was having a really bad Christmas.

What makes Krampus work is that the family is hilarious and relatable. As I said last year after watching the movie for the first time, think Christmas Vacation meets Home Alone. You are introduced to the “normal” upper-middle class family that has out-of-towners over for the holiday. Well, the out-of-towners are the mom, Sarah’s (Toni Colette) sister, brother-in-law and four kids, who show up in a Hummer that literally shakes the neighborhood and have brought their alcoholic Aunt Dorothy along as a surprise.

Unfortunately things don’t always stay so lighthearted, and one of the children gets eaten by an evil jack-in-the-box. Not exactly the best way to go!

9. ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night 2’ – Death By Umbrella

“You are being very, very naughty!”

Original Release Date: April 10th, 1987
Director: Lee Harry
Studio: Silent Night Releasing Corporation
Stars: Eric Freeman, James Newman, Elizabeth Kaitan

The second entry in the series of revenge offers more sadistic Santa holiday fun. This movie is basically a flashback of the first movie but showing more of Billy’s (the killer from the first movie) brother Ricky. Oh, Ricky is also insane and is telling the story while sitting in a mental hospital.

I will say that this kill scene kind of took me by surprise the first time that I came across it. Who would think that an umbrella could be so dangerous?

10. ‘Thanksgiving’ Trailer – ALL Death Scenes

“White meat, dark meet, all will be carved.”

Original Release Date: April 6th, 2007
Director: Eli Roth
Studio: Dimension Films
Stars: Not listed

The trailer for Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving may not be for a real movie (yet), however it is full of so much fun Thanksgiving mayhem that I had to include it on the list. As you’ll see in the full trailer below, there seems to be a killer Pilgrim plaguing a small town. Oh, and there are some amazing kill scenes throughout.

The Real Reason Gamers Will Love And Hate The ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Movie

I had the chance to see an early screening of Assassin’s Creed last week and came out of it with very mixed emotions.

As a longtime fan of the original game, I remember how excited I felt every time I got to go into the Animus to take out the Templar when I began playing #AssassinsCreed back in 2007.

As news about the live-action film kept rolling in, I was hopeful this might be a video game adaptation that set a new standard, and the a-list cast as well as the awesome marketing campaign had me walking into the theater with high expectations.

Unfortunately, the same level excitement that makes the game so fun to play just isn’t realized in the movie.

The movie isn’t a total waste, however. There’s good and bad to be found here, but fans of the game are going to love and hate the Assassin’s Creed movie — specifically because it feels too much like the game.

But first, check out the stars talking about the video game and how they got involved here:

The Good

“We work in the dark to serve the light. We are assassins.”

Fortunately for the studio, the world of the video game visually transitioned well from the game to the big screen.

The Animus looks intimidating, yet awesome, and the Andalusian sets were gorgeous. The transition from present day to ancient Andalusia, and sometimes both at the same time, also worked well and was entertaining throughout the film.

The cast performances were terrific and the best part of the movie. Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Irons all really brought each of their characters to life with the parts they were given. (I wish they would’ve given Cotillard’s character Sofia a little more relevance, but she still rocked every scene she had.)

Fassbender definitely stole the show. He did a convincing job both as the troubled Cal and as the assassin Aguilar. (Take a look at the featurette below for some great moments from the film.)

The Bad

However, what’s great about the film also works against it.

The excellent translation of the game’s visual world to the movie screen and the strong performances of the cast only make the lack of character development and rushed story line more obvious.

Without giving too much away, there are several dramatic scenes where a main character gets killed, but to be honest I just didn’t care because the characters were poorly developed.

In video games we watch characters die all the time, then move on to the next scene and that’s exactly what happens in this film — a big death occurs and then we’re on to the next action sequence with the character’s death doing little to advance the plot or enrich the story.

Assassin’s Creed (Ubisoft Motion Pictures)

I feel like the film misses several opportunities to give the characters more substance. If they just would’ve focused on giving the main characters a little more background and personality then all of the death and destruction in the film would’ve been much more effective.

It’s obvious the filmmakers made a big effort to stay as true to the game as possible, which is great, but the same pacing doesn’t work for a movie. Instead of cramming the entire story into 115 minutes they should have stretched it out and made it two parts, taking more time to develop the characters and giving us reasons to care when they’re killed off.

The whole production felt very rushed. In fact, it’s felt so rushed that audience members who are unfamiliar with the game may have a hard time following the story.

It’s disappointing because there were enough characters and enough background story that this movie could have easily been broken up into two parts without feeling thin.

Assassin’s Creed is sadly a missed opportunity that looks great on the surface, but in the end doesn’t live up to its potential.

Why The ‘Resident Evil’ Movies Would Have Failed Without Milla Jovovich’s Alice

[Credit: Screen Gems]

Translating a video game into a movie is difficult. Too much like the game? No one enjoys it. Too much unlike the game? No one enjoys it either. (Just look at what happened with Assassin’s Creed.)

Regardless of the critics’ negative point of view, #ResidentEvil is the most successful video game franchise ever, raking in nearly $1 billion worldwide, and the films have been successful as well. So, what is the secret to their success?

That answer is easy: her name is Alice.

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Now, I completely understand that answer may throw some of you through a loop. Diehard fans of the game have been complaining about Alice since 2002 because she’s the main character in the movies but had no part in the games. But isn’t the fact that you don’t know her story inside and out the best part? Let’s take a moment to discuss.

Alice’s Story Allowed The Movies To Surprise Us

[Credit: Screen Gems]

She allowed the writers to keep all of the elements of the games that we loved — zombies, Umbrella, B.O.W.’s and the survival horror storyline that we all craved — but with a twist. Wouldn’t that all have been way less exciting if we’d known exactly what was lurking around the corner? Or if we knew the exact fate of the protagonist? (Sounds pretty boring to me, since I’ve already played the game 1,000 times.)

[Credit: Screen Gems]

Alice gave the creators the freedom that they needed to keep us crazed fans satisfied while keeping us on our toes.

Alice Evolved As A Character Over The Years

Every chapter in the franchise built upon Alice’s story further and further. However, the creative team always left us hungry for more. Over the past 15 years, we’ve had the pleasure of watching Alice go from a naked amnesiac — who’s terrified of zombies — to developing Jean Grey-like powers and nearly (because this all depends on The Final Chapter) taking down the entire Umbrella Corporation.

Not to mention we have seen her beat Wesker’s ass multiple times, and no one can complain about that.

[Credit: Screen Gems]

Alice Is A Badass, And It’s Totally Satisfying

[Credit: Screen Gems]

It is clear that Alice is a combination of everything that we loved about the female protagonists of the games. She’s cool and a little vulnerable, but if you back Alice into a corner, she will tear you apart. What can be better than that?

She’s cool and a little vulnerable, but if you back Alice into a corner, she will tear you apart.

It worked for Ellen Ripley in the Alien franchise, and it works in this one. Go ahead and say whatever you want about the Resident Evil movies, but deep down inside you know that you love seeing Alice kick major ass.

Milla Jovovich Embodied The Character (And The Spirit Of Resident Evil)

[Credit: Screen Gems]

Milla did more than just play a part in this franchise; she became the part. You can tell in every single scene, in every single chapter, that it meant something to her. I don’t know about you, but personally that means the world to someone who’s worshiped the games since childhood.

Would these movies have worked as well without her? Highly doubtful. It is obvious that Jovovich had influence over them (since she’s married to director Paul W. S. Anderson), but it went beyond that. Milla made sure that fans got what they wanted.

For example, fans were mad that Jill disappeared after Resident Evil: Apocalypse, and what happened? Jill showed back up, mirroring evil Jill from the games, but it didn’t stop there. We got a Jill and Alice battle! AND they threw in our favorite character from the first chapter, Rain. What?!

Make sure to get Resident Evil: The Final Chapter on Blu-Ray ASAP!

10 Phenomenal Foreign Movie Posters For American Horror Classics

The foreign versions of classic American horror films are so bizarre they’re amazing. If you’re a fan of movie poster art, especially horror films, you’re in for a real treat. When I first saw the Japanese Halloween poster I thought it was a piece of cool fan art, but as I inspected closer I realized that it’s the official poster. There were so many good posters it was hard to pick, but check out my top 10 foreign horror movie posters below.

10. Halloween (Japan)

‘Halloween’ [Credit: Compass International]

What I found so interesting about this poster is Michael’s mask. Almost entirely different, notice it has more human-like features, and they even gave him eyes (the American versions always have dark holes where the eyes should be). Also, take note about the blood. Gore might be a hallmark of the Halloween franchise, but not the original. There wasn’t even one drop of blood in the movie — so why add it in the poster?

9. Evil Dead 2 (Thailand)

‘Evil Dead II’ [Credit: Rosebud Releasing]

Ash is now fighting evil without a head — got it! This poster’s got it all: the damsel in distress, the headless hero and a few evil demons. What more could one want? The poster even encompasses the movie’s camp and sheer chaos. Although Ash doesn’t lose his head, the poster really does contain so many of the film’s iconic moments. For example: the demon locked in the basement, the chainsaw and the memorable skull from the American poster.

8. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Ghana)

‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ [Credit: Bryanston Pictures]

This one really threw me through a loop. First, I had to do some research into where this one came from since it’s in English (even though “massacre” is spelled wrong). I later found out it was Ghanaian and spent about 15 minutes trying to figure out what is going on.
Without any knowledge of the movie one would think it is about an insane doctor, not an insane family with a chainsaw-wielding leatherface. One also gets the point that it is going to be a brutal gore fest since the poster literally states “VERY VERY BRUTAL!” The characters depicted in the poster really resemble the monster in the 1920’s film The Golem.

7. A Nightmare On Elm Street 3 (France)

‘A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors’ [Credit: New Line Cinema]

This poster has all the things that nightmares are made of: Freddy clawing into a boy tied to the bed, a woman’s decapitated head and an eerie house in the background. This version of the poster does play off the American versions featuring Freddy clawing through the poster, and one of the main characters in peril. In this case we see Joey being tied up and pulled by organs.

Oh, and the direct translation of the tagline below Freddy 3 is “The Clutches of the Nightmare.”

6. Poltergeist (Turkey)

‘Poltergeist’ [Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)]

What is most interesting about this poster is we see three key elements of the movie making a scene of their own. We have Carol Anne in her iconic scene reaching out to the TV (and simultaneously reaching out over the cursed neighborhood). We also see Carol Anne stuck inside the TV. I don’t know about you but I never sat too close to the TV as a child after seeing this movie.

When I translated the sayings on the poster I got: “Our children are TV. Be a victim.” Underneath Poltergeist translates to “Bad Soul.”

5. Carrie (Spain)

‘Carrie’ [Credit: United Artists]

This poster represents so many recognizable moments from the movie in such an artistic way. At the bottom of the poster you can see Carrie’s house (or potentially the school) burning and being torn down. Above that we have Carrie’s classic stare as she uses her powers to seek revenge on those that bullied her. Surrounding her is the representation of her fury and the fire that engulfs the high school.

4. The Shining (Poland)

‘The Shining’ [Credit: Warner Bros.]

Now if this isn’t another work of art, I don’t know what is. At first glance you are automatically taken to one of the most famous scenes in the movie where Jack is breaking down the door with an axe while Wendy cowers against the wall in fear.

3. Dawn Of The Dead (Germany)

‘Dawn of the Dead’ [Credit: United Film Distribution Company]

Dawn of the Dead is often referred to as Zombie in other countries. In fact, since the franchise wasn’t copyrighted correctly there is even an Italian sequel to Dawn of the Dead called Zombie. Going back to the aesthetics of the poster, we don’t see anything super recognizable from the movie; however, you definitely get a feeling of dread. The clutching hands appear dead, threatening and zombie-like (go figure).

2. Alien (Japan)

‘Alien’ [Credit: Fox]

Most Alien posters (the original at least) only show the egg, leaving the alien as a surprise. Well, not in Japan! Here we are given the Big Bad alien front and center surrounded by space where, ironically, it meets its demise after Ripley blows it out of the air lock.

1. The Fly (Poland)

‘The Fly’ [Credit: Fox]

Last, but not least, we have this gem. Looks kind of like an ’80s video game doesn’t it? We all know that Brundle is rather grotesque in the movie when he vomits. However, this representation is the complete opposite of how he is depicted in the movie. Although he is supposed to be doing something vile, he is depicted as almost cute and non-threatening. In the movie he melts body parts with his acid vomit.