Who is the most dangerous horror movie villain? The answer may surprise you!

In the world of horror we are given free reign to face our fears.  Whether its sharks, ghosts, dolls,  humans or aliens, you name it and and its out there haunting some unlucky victim.  But, who and what are the most dangerous?  Lets look at the stats below:

Statistically speaking, these are the most dangerous horror movie villains:

10. Ghostface
Body Count: 25
Movies: 4 

most dangerous horror movie villain

We were first introduced to Ghostface in Wes Craven’s 1996 masterpiece Scream, and we have been watching him slash his way through Sidney Prescott’s life ever since.  Ghostface is a mere human (or, humans) under that cloak, but he has proven that he can rack up a body count.  Ghostface has tortured teens through four movies and sliced through 25 people in the process.

9. Chucky
Body Count: 30
Movies: 6  

most dangerous horror movie villain

“Hi, I’m Chucky! Wanna play?”

He may be two foot tall and made of plastic, but don’t let that fool you.  Chucky is a voodoo master trapped in a doll and he will stop at nothing to get back into a human body.  Chucky has terrorize children in six movies while racking up a body count of 30.  Not too bad for a “Good Guy” doll!

8. Leatherface
Body Count: 31
Movies: 7

most dangerous horror movie villain

“AHHHHHHHHHHHH!”

Leatherface is a man of few words, but he sure has made a killing ground of the Texas backwoods.  Can we really blame him though?  Just take a look at the family that raised him, not exactly great role models!  Leatherface has chainsawed his way through 7 movies and left a pile of 31 bodies in his path.

7. Pinhead
Body count: 35
Movies: 11

most dangerous horror movie villain

“Your flesh is killing your spirit”

You can tell how dangerous Pinhead is just by looking at him.  He’s demonic, powerful and not to be messed with.  Honestly, he is a bit too scary for me and I have never been able to fully watch his movies.  Pinhead has stolen souls in 11 movies while leaving 35 empty corpses behind.  Whatever you do, don’t open that box!

6. Jigsaw
Body count: 40
Movies: 6

most dangerous horror movie villain

“Want to play a game?”

Technically Jigsaw has never killed anyone.  But lets be honest, all of those people would still be alive (and in one piece) if it wasn’t for his twisted games of torture and punishment.  He is one person that I would NEVER want to teach me a lesson.  Jigsaw has set traps through 6 movies and 40 people have failed his tests.

5. Freddy Krueger
Body Count: 42
Movies: 8

most dangerous horror movie villain

“I’m your boyfriend now, Nancy.”

Freddy Krueger may be witty, but he will give you one nasty nightmare!  Freddy has haunted our dreams since the 80’s, and I don’t see him giving up any time soon.  Mr. Krueger has given our teens their final nightmare in 8 movies and sunk his claws into 42 people.

4. Leprechaun
Body count: 45
Movies: 7

most dangerous horror movie villain

“I want my gold shilling. Tell me where it is or there will be another killing.

Leprechaun is another one that proves size truly doesn’t matter…and that us Irish have a bit of a temper!  All he wants is his gold back, but that didn’t stop him from killing 45 people through the course of 7 movies!   Why didn’t he just look at the end of the rainbow?

3. Michael Myers
Body count: 111
Movies: 10

most dangerous horror movie villain

*Insert Breathing Here 

Michael Myers has a thing for killing off his family members, and if you get in the way he will kill you too.  Oh, and he’s basically pure evil.  Michael Myers has sliced and diced his way through ten movies leaving behind pieces of 111 people.  Phew, our first villain to break triple digits, good job Mike!

2. Jason Voorhees
Body count: 170
Movies: 12

most dangerous horror movie villain

“Mommy! Don’t let me drown! Mommy!”

Some stupid kids let Jason drown in a lake, so his mother went homicidal and now he came back from the dead.  Oh, and he is wielding a mean machete and chopping up campers every chance he can get!  Jason has swung his machete through 12 movies and has chopped up over 170 campers!  Bad boy Jason, bad!

1. Carrie White
Body count: 440
Movies: 2

most dangerous horror movie villain

“You really think I’m going to burn in hell, Momma, just for going to my prom?

Poor Carrie.  All she wanted to was to please her mom, date a boy and go to the prom!  Is that too much to ask?  Apparently it was.  Her mom and the students of her high school forced Carrie to kill them all.  Carrie went mad and used her telekinesis to punish those who ruined her special night killing 440 people IN ONE EVENING (including her mother).  Lesson Learned: Don’t piss off Carrie White.

Is there a more dangerous horror movie villain than Carrie? 

Milla Jovovich’s Top 5 Most Bad Ass Moments as Alice in Resident Evil

Alice, Alice, Alice… So many bad ass moments to chose from! With the upcomingResident Evil 6: The Final Chapter I have been thinking about the franchise… a lot.

There hasn’t been any news recently and I have been ITCHING for some development, so I decided to do a ranking while I wait. Alice has so many awesome moments throughout the franchise, but I chose five (one from each movie actually) to rank. Check them out below and let me know what you think!

(Caution: SPOILERS if you haven’t seen all the movies!)

5. Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Alice in Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Alice in Resident Evil: Apocalypse

 

The moment when Alice scales a sky scraper to kill a sniper, then proceeds to run down the entire length of the building to take out three armed guards with only her fists and a two inch knife. Piece. Of. Cake! Armed guards? Monster bio-weapon that used to be your lover? Alice got it.

4. Resident Evil: Afterlife

Alice having fun in Resident Evil: Afterlife

Alice having fun in Resident Evil: Afterlife

 

The moment when the Alices (remember, there were three at this point) walked in to the room full of armed guards and took them all out with samurai swords, grenades and machine guns… all while wearing a black cat suit sporting a pony tail. BAD. ASS!

3. Resident Evil: Extinction

Alice blows up the world in Resident Evil:Extinctio

Alice blows up the world in Resident Evil:Extinction

 

The moment when we got to realize just how powerful Alice really is. After the group of survivors gets terrorized by thousands of zombie crows, enter Alice and BOOM! She releases her mind powers, controls fire and burns them all alive in a giant fire ball. I think my jaw dropped the first time I watched this!

2. Resident Evil

Alice hates her ex boyfriend

Alice hates her ex boyfriend

 

I know, in the first movie Alice was just a ninja with amnesia running around in a red dress. She DID have some of her most bad ass moments in the original movie though. One of my favorite parts of the whole franchise was when she finally caught up to her psycho “ex-boyfriend,” slams an axe into his head, whispers “I’m missing you already” and drops the ring he gave her next to his dead body. That is the exact moment I fell in love with Alice. Talk about vengeance!

1. Resident Evil: Retribution

BFFS for life

BFFS for life

 

Talk about a Resident Evil nerd’s DREAM COME TRUE. An Alice and evil-Jill battle? And Jill is even wearing her exact cleavage touting outfit from the game. I mean honestly, it doesn’t get much better than that. When I realized the two were about to come head to head, I literally almost fell over and died. Right after I didn’t die, I clapped.

Top Ten Most Unforgettable Scream Queens

If you are anything like me you have been watching the new series Scream Queens and loving every second of it. Who doesn’t love a damsel in distress? Or in this case, a house full of bitchy sorority damsels in distress. While watching I couldn’t help to wonder, what actually defines a scream queen? Is there a requirement that one must fill other than being female and being in a horror movie? Well, there actually is a definition! According to Wikipedia a Scream Queen is “an actress who has become associated with horror films, either through an appearance in a notable entry in the genre as a frequent victim or through constant appearances as the female protagonist.” As awesome as Emma Roberts is in her part in Scream Queens, I couldn’t help but think of who our most memorable queens are…

Here are the top ten most unforgettable Scream Queens:

10. Courtney Cox

Gale Weathers Scream Queen

“If I’m right about this, I could save a man’s life. Do you know what that would do for my book sales?”

I hereby crown Courtney Cox as “Under Rated Scream Queen.” She is definitely over shadowed by the star of the Scream franchise Nev Campbell, but that does not take away from her Queen status. Gale Weathers is easily one of the most fun and memorable characters in the Scream franchise.

Check out Courtney’s Scream Queen resume below:

  • Scream
  • Scream 2
  • Scream 3
  • Scream 4

9. Daria Nicolodi

Daria Nicolodi Scream Queen

“We must get rid of that bitch of an American girl. Vanish!”

 

I hereby crown Daria Nicolodi “Italian Scream Queen.” If you aren’t a fan of Italian horror movies you may not have heard of Daria, but she is one very qualified Scream Queen. Daria is the star of many movies by the Italian horror master Dario Argento. If you haven’t seen her in action, you absolutely must check out her movies. Not only are Argento’s horror movies amazing, but her performances are fantastic. Note: If you haven’t already, you really should check out Suspiria which she wrote with Dario Argento.

Check out Daria’s Scream Queen resume below:

  • Opera
  • Delirium
  • Phenomena
  • Tenebre
  • Inferno
  • Suspiria
  • The Mother of Tears
  • Deep Red

8. Linnea Quigley

Linnea Quigley Scream Queen

“Do you ever wonder about all the different ways of dying? You know, violently?

 

I hereby crown Lineea Quigley “Wild Child Scream Queen.” Now, if we are going just on numbers Linnea Quigley would easily take the cake. Between 1978 and 2009 she has appeared in 60 (yes, 60!) horror movies. Not all of these movies have made it to the big screen, however that number is impressive nonetheless. Since her list is so extensive, I’ll put a few in bold that you can’t miss.

Check out Linnea’s Scream Queen resume below:

  • 1. Fairy Tales (1978)
  • 2. Auditions (1978)
  • 3. Don’t Go Near the Park (1979)
  • 4. Graduation Day (1981)
  • 5. The Black Room (1983)
  • 6. Young Warriors (1983)
  • 7. Savage Streets (1984)
  • 8. Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
  • 9. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
  • 10. Creepozoids (1987)
  • 11. Treasure of the Moon Goddess (1987)
  • 12. Nightmare Sisters (1987)
  • 13. Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)
  • 14. Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988)
  • 15. Night of the Demons (1988)
  • 16. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
  • 17. Vice Academy (1988)
  • 18. Assault of the Party Nerds (1989)
  • 19. Dr. Alien (1989)
  • 20. Deadly Embrace (1989)
  • 21. Witchtrap (1989)
  • 22. Murder Weapon (1989)
  • 23. Sexbomb (1989)
  • 24. Robot Ninja (1989)
  • 25. Blood Nasty (1989)
  • 26. The Girl I Want (1990)
  • 27. Vice Academy 2 (1990)
  • 28. Linnea Quigley’s Horror Workout (1990)
  • 29. Virgin High (1991)
  • 30. The Guyver (1991)
  • 31. Innocent Blood (1992)
  • 32. Beach Babes from Beyond (1993)
  • 33. Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (1994)
  • 34. Assault of the Party Nerds 2: The Heavy Petting Detective (1995)
  • 35. Jack-O (1995)
  • 36. Fatal Frames (1996)
  • 37. Mari-Cookie and the Killer Tarantula (1998)
  • 38. Boogie Boy (1998)
  • 39. Death Mask (1998)
  • 40. Kolobos (1999)
  • 41. Play It to the Bone (1999)
  • 42. Blind Target (2000)
  • 43. Zombiegeddon (2003)
  • 44. Corpses Are Forever (2003)
  • 45. The Rockville Slayer (2004)
  • 46. Super Hero Central (2004)
  • 47. Hoodoo for Voodoo (2006)
  • 48. Each Time I Kill (2007)
  • 49. Spring Break Massacre (2008)
  • 50. Vampitheatre (2009)
  • 51. Strangers Online (2009)
  • 52. It Came from Trafalgar (2009)
  • 53. Night of the Demons (2009)
  • 54. Stripperland (2011)
  • 55. 1313: Cougar Cult (2012)
  • 56. Girls Gone Dead (2012)
  • 57. Disciples (2014)
  • 58. 3 Scream Queens (2014)
  • 59. Terror Toons 3 (2015)
  • 60. A Blood Story (2015)

Caution: This one is NSFW!

7. Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah Michelle Gellar Scream Queen

“You are guilty. Gonna have to pay the price.”

 

I hereby crown Sarah Michelle Gellar “Teenage Dream Scream Queen.” Sarah Michelle rocked the small screen as the totally awesome Buffy the Vampire Slayer for nearly eight years. That is reason enough to be dubbed a Scream Queen, but that isn’t the only piece of horror on her resume! She may look innocent, but she is pretty bad ass! Check out Sarah Michelle Gellar’s resume below:

  • 1. Posession
  • 2. The Return
  • 3. The Grudge 2
  • 4. The Grudge
  • 5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • 6. Scream 2
  • 7. I Know What You Did Last Summer

6. Heather Langenkamp

Heather Langenkamp Scream Queen

“Whatever you do… don’t fall asleep.”

 

I hereby crown Heather Langenkamp as “Dreamy Scream Queen.” We know her famously from the Nightmare on Elm Street movies, and not only is Heather ultra dreamy, she is one of the few people that is able to literally fist fight with Freddy Krueger. I mean, c’mon, not many people can say that.

Check out Heather’s Scream Queen resume below:

  • New Nightmare
  • Shocker
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street

5. Neve Campbell

Neve Campbell Scream Queen

“You sick fucks. You’ve seen one too many movies!”

 

I hereby crown Neve Campbell “Girl Next Door Scream Queen.” If you were a teen in the 90’s then you are already well aware that Nev Campbell was theultimate girl next door. Who doesn’t love to see our damsel in distress as she tries to figure out who is trying to kill her again and again. Neve has earned a permanent spot on the “best of” lists when it comes to Scream Queens, and it is well deserved.

Check out Neve’s Scream Queen resume below:

  • Scream 4
  • Scream 3
  • Scream 2
  • Scream
  • The Craft

4. Milla Jovovich

Milla Jovovich Sream Queen

“I’m missing you already.”

 

I hereby crown Milla Jovovich “Bad Ass Scream Queen.” Milla has racked up quite the number of horror movies over the past 15 years, and quite the body count. It seems like just when you are tired of the newest Resident Evil we get another one coming our way. Although, Milla doesn’t really play the damsel in distress very well. She’s more like the pissed off damsel that’s going to kill everything in her way.

Check out Milla’s Scream Queen resume below:

  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
  • Resident Evil: Retribution
  • Faces in the Crowd
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife
  • The Fourth Kind
  • A Perfect Getaway
  • Resident Evil: Extinction
  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse
  • Resident Evil

3. Sigourney Weaver

SIgourney Weaver Scream Queen

“we’ll blow it the fuck out into space! Is that acceptable to you?”

 

I hereby crown Sigourney Weaver “Outer Space Scream Queen.” Sigourney Weaver broke her way into the horror scene with not only one of the most famous horror/science fiction movies, but also in a a role that was gender redefining. Starting out as a damsel in distress, but ending up our franchise heroine.

Check out Sigourney’s Scream Queen resume below:

  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • Alien: Resurrection
  • Copycat
  • Ali3n
  • Ghostbusters II
  • Aliens
  • Ghostbusters
  • Alien

2. Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis Scream Queen
“There’s nothing to be scared of.”

 

I hereby crown Jamie Lee Curtis as “Ultimate Scream Queen.” For obvious reasons Jamie Lee Curtis is normally mentioned when talking about Scream Queens. She helped define the horror genre in multiple classics, then kept a genre alive 20 years later. Not to mention being a star in the new show Scream Queens.

Check out Jamie’s Scream Queen resume below:

  • Scream Queens
  • Halloween: Resurrection
  • Virus
  • Halloween H2O
  • Halloween II
  • Terror Train
  • Prom Night
  • The Fog
  • Halloween

1. Janet Leigh

Janet Leigh Scream Queen
Do you have any vacancies?”

 

I hereby crown Janet Leigh “The Mother of all Scream Queens.” Janet Leigh stars in the ground breaking horror film Psycho and goes down in history with one of the most famous death scenes ever shot. Honestly, who doesn’t peak out of the shower curtain just to make sure no one is standing there? I know I do! Not to mention she is the mother of Jamie Lee Curtis.

Check out Janet Leigh’s Scream Queen resume below:

  • Halloween H2O
  • The Twilight Zone
  • The Fog
  • Psycho

Honorable Mentions:

  • Fay Wray – King Kong
  • Adrienne King – Friday the 13th
  • Danielle Harris – Halloween 4, Hallween 5 & both remakes
  • Shelley Duvall – The Shining
  • Emma Roberts – Scream Queens, American Horror Story

Who is your favorite Scream Queen?

 

 

 

Top 5 Horrific Twist Endings We Never Saw Coming

Lately I’ve been thinking of horror movies with twist endings. There are SO many creative endings in horror out there, but there are five movies in particular that really took me by surprise.

Here are the top 5 horrific twist endings that we never saw coming

 

CAUTION: SPOILER ALERTS! (obviously)

5. The Others

The Others Horrific Twist Endings

This is all-round one of my favorite horror movies, but I was really taken by surprise by the ending. During the entire movie I had a feeling that there was something wrong, I just couldn’t pinpoint exactly where that feeling was coming from. When I realized that the mother and her children were in fact the ghosts, and that they were the ones haunting the owners of the house I was shocked! And then doubly shocked when I realized that the cause of their death was from her smothering the children with a pillow then shooting herself with a shotgun. BAM! Fantastic horror movie without a drop of blood.

4. Orphan

Orphan Horrific Twist Endings

I saw this movie months after it had been released. In fact, I think it was already on DVD and only still playing in one movie theater in NYC. Anyway, this one really horrified me. I thought the surprise ending that I heard shocked my friend was when the little girl started seducing the father. I thought, no they aren’t going to take it there…they can’t take it there. Then it’s revealed that Esther is not even a child, she is a murderous 33-year-old woman with a hormone disorder that has stunted her growth! Continuing her murderous rampage by killing the father and almost the entirety of her family, only to be finally taken down by Kate (the mother), left me with an uneasy, horrified feeling. This movie succeeded in what it sought out to do: it not only fooled me but I walked away feeling like I had been hit in the stomach.

3. Saw

Saw Horrific Twist Endings

Horror movies that rely on gore alone are not exactly my cup of tea. Gore doesn’t bother me, but it needs to have a purpose to impress me. The originalSaw not only had a purpose with its gore, it was original and had such a smart twisted ending that my jaw literally dropped. I was in “shock and awe” when I realized that the mastermind behind the trap was lying RIGHT next to him the entire time. It has been eleven years since this movie came out, and I can still remember the exact feeling of walking out of that movie. It was a sensation of “wow” that not a lot of movies can deliver effectively.

2. High Tension

High Tension Horrific Twist Endings

While I was watching this movie for the first time, I really liked the style of it. It was brutal, it was suspenseful…it was pointless. I didn’t really think it was going to be more than a brutal slasher film with a mediocre “revenge” ending. I knew she was going to turn the tables eventually, but I didn’t think she was going to flip the table upside down and throw it at us!! She’s the killer!? She’s crazy and she killed everyone, the murderer chasing her turning out to be a figment of her imagination?! Did not see that coming. In fact, this was one of those movies that I made my horror movie fan friends watch with me the next day because I wanted to see their reactions. Awesome!

1. The Mist

The Mist Horrific Twist Ending

I can’t recall an ending quite like this one. It really felt dreadful….and powerful. When I realized that he was about to shoot everyone then himself I didn’t know what to do. It was one of those movies where I walked out of the theater in silence, and didn’t really say anything about what just happened until my friend and I got in a cab. I really had absolutely no idea that the movie was going to go in that completely TWISTED direction.

Top 7 Movies Guaranteed To Get You Into The Halloween Spirit!

There isn’t much time between us and the best holiday ever…Halloween! And when it comes to movies that actually take place on Halloween there are few that get it right.

In true spirit of the upcoming holiday, here are the top 7 movies that are guaranteed to get you into the Halloween spirit!

7. Night of the Demons (1988)

Is there something in my teeth?

Is there something in my teeth?

Night of the Demons follows a group of teenagers that decide to throw a Halloween party in an abandoned funeral home. Now, little did they know, they picked an evil funeral home and they are about to release a band of demons that are real party crashers. Bummer!

6. House of 1,000 Corpses (2003)

Come one, come all!

Come one, come all!

 

Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses is about a small group that decides to go looking for urban legends around Texas (on Halloween night no less). Always a great idea! This adventurous group finds out one of the legends is more real than they ever could have imagined! The group ends up being prisoners to a sadistic family in this strange tale of horror.

5. May (2002)

Do you want to be friends?

Do you want to be friends?

 

May is one of my all time favorite movies. It’s a unique tale of an odd young woman that is desperately trying to make a friend. You really get to love this character as you see her, strangely enough, develop social skills as she slips into madness. It’s not until Halloween that she gets to finally, and quite literally, make a friend.

4. Halloween (1978)

Where's that damn blouse!

Where’s that damn blouse!

 

This true horror classic that shows us the beginnings of Michael Meyers is a must-see leading up to Halloween. Unlike the remake, not knowing the reason behind Michael’s madness and desire to kill his sister is what makes this movie all the more terrifying.

3. Halloween II (1981)

Ugh, Is it STILL Halloween?

Ugh, Is it STILL Halloween?

 

Halloween II picks up right where Halloween leaves off. Laurie wakes up in the hospital after a little fight with her brother, only to find out that it’s not over yet! It’s still Halloween night and, yes, he’s still after you. This underrated sequel is an entertaining and scary continuation of the original.

2. Halloween H2O (1998)

I thought you looked familiar...

I thought you looked familiar…

 

Halloween H2O picks up 20 years after the original movie with Michael once again coming after his sister…and this time her son, too. Out of all the Halloween movies out there, the Michael and Laurie story is the only true storyline in my mind. This movie brings that story line to a perfect ending. I mean, who doesn’t want to see Laurie finally fighting back and getting revenge? Side note: If you haven’t seen the Halloween movies, you can see this one directly after Halloween II. The others are not necessarily connected.

1. Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

Do you have any candy?

Do you have any candy?

 

Trick ‘r Treat is probably the perfect Halloween movie. It follows four interwoven stories that take place in the same town on Halloween night. I believe the tagline says it best: “If you don’t follow the rules tonight, you won’t live to see tomorrow.”

What movies do you watch to get into the Halloween spirit? 

5 Reasons Why Crimson Peak Will Be the Best Horror Movie of the Year

There are some potentially awesome horror movies that we can look forward to this year, however there is one that is destined to outshine them all: Crimson Peak. Written and Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Crimson Peak is about “an aspiring author (who) is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers.”

Now if that wasn’t enough for you, here are 5 reasons why Crimson Peak will be the best horror movie of the year.

Crimson Peak Cast

1. It’s not just a pure horror movie. As dark and terrifying as this movie looks it also has fantasy, mystery, romance and drama. So, if pure horror movies aren’t really your thing its safe to say that you can put Crimson Peak on your list and you will be glad that you did.

Crimson Peak Cast

2. The cast is phenomenal. The movie stars Jessica Chastain (The Martian, Interstellar, Zero Dark Thirty), Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim, Children of Men), Tom Hiddleston (Thor, The Avengers) and Mia Wasikowska (Amelia, Alice in Wonderland). Who doesn’t want to see those four fight over each other in a haunted house?

Crimson Peak Mia

3. We are in store for a visual treat. Sorry, not to sound like a major fanboy but if there is another thing Guillermo del Toro has proven it is that he can make a VERY pretty picture. Just one example to prove my point (out of, well, all of his gorgeous movies) is that Pan’s Labyrinth won an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Art Direction AND Best Achievement in Makeup. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see this get an Oscar nod in one of these categories. Guillermo del Toro has said that this is the best set he has ever worked on, with everything being made specifically for this movie.

Crimson Peak Visual Treat

4. The script is going to be fantastic and frightening. Jessica Chastain has said that co-star Tom Hiddleston “had found the script incredibly frightening when he first read it.” Its also worth a mention that Guillermo del Toro worked tirelessly on the script writing 12 versions of Crimson Peak before they started filming. That’s a lot of writing!

Crimson Peak House

5. The movie will be original. In a time where our theaters are flooded with remakes and sequels, its sadly a rarity that we get something original. On the surface it may look like just another haunted house movie, but I assure you it won’t be. Crimson Peak will absolutely have secrets hidden behind all those closed doors.

Crimson Peak Poster

Crimson Peak comes out October 16th. Check out the trailer and let me know what you think!

 

Wes Craven: 8 Fun Facts You Probably Never Knew About The Master of Horror

This week the film industry lost a legend. Of course, Wes Craven was known for scaring the socks off of all of us as kids (hell, even as adults) with movies like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Last House on the Left and Scream. But, there was a lot more to the master of horror than meets the eye. Here are 8 fun facts you probably never knew about Wes Craven. 

1. Before becoming a filmmaker, he worked as an English professor. 

2. He had a Master’s degrees in philosophy and writing from Johns Hopkins University

3. He left his job as a professor and started out a new filmmaking career in pornography. Wes made X-rated hard core films under false names, and did everything from directing to writing to editing

 4. He was raised in a strict Baptists household, and funny enough, barely saw any movies as a child.

5. He directed a drama starring Meryl Streep called Music of the Heart. Streep went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for the film. 

6. He was an avid birdwatcher.

7. He was going to Direct the 1987 Superman IV: A Quest for Peace, but left due to creative differences between him and Christopher Reeves.

8. He was the D.J. for his college campus radio station.
Did you know all that about Wes Craven?

One Simple Mistake Cost this Horror Classic Everything

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 being 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 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 VHS, DVD’s, 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…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 part, 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.

Top 5 Horrific Twist Openings We Never Saw Coming

Recently I wrote an article about 5 horrific twist ENDINGS that we never saw coming. As fun as a good twist ending is in a horror movie there are some awesomely twisted opening scenes out there as well. Here are my top 5 twist OPENINGS that we never saw coming…
 

5. Final Destination 2

The Final Destination franchise has its troubles, especially this one. But you have to admit that the opening scene in this movie is pretty bad ass, and you totally did not see all of that coming! I still to this day always change lanes when I see a truck with logs in front of me on the highway…

 

4. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Meyers
What did we learn from this opening sequence? Don’t get totally invested in any character in a Horror franchise. I did NOT expect that Jamie Loyd would be killed off in the beginning of this movie. I mean, we got to watch that sweet little girl survive the last two movies, just to be killed off in the first 15 minutes? And, she wasn’t just killed off. She was impaled right in front of our eyes in a terrifying blood-bath death scene. Sorry Jaime! I was rooting for you the whole time.


3. Halloween.
Yup, that makes two Halloween movies on this list. What can I say? They do it right! So the beginning of Halloween had two great qualities. The first one being the killer’s point of view. We see him slowly walk around the house, put on a mask, then go kill a shirtless teenage girl with a butcher knife….totally messed up and awesome. BUT then we are thrown a curve ball. The killer goes outside and we realize that he is no more than a little boy in a clown costume for Halloween! Twisted.

 

2. Scream.

The death of Casey (Drew Barrymore) was pretty shocking when this movie was released. Drew was showcased as one of the leading roles of this movie and not to mention that she was, and still is, the biggest star of the group. Wes Craven didn’t simply just throw us a curve ball by killing her off in the very beginning, he gutted her and hung her from a tree right in front of us. It was disgusting, terrifying…and awesome. The mom’s scream leading into the title is and will be one of my favorite movie scenes.

 

1. 28 Weeks Later.

As a whole this movie has its issues, but the opening sequence is almost perfect. The use of lighting, suspense, violence and shock…all in the first few minutes is perfectly choreographed. It upsets you and makes you want more all at the same time. When Don leaves his wife and the child behind, I was shocked and confused…but I also wanted more! I wanted to know the rest of the story because I had a real sinking feeling that wouldn’t be the last time Don encounters his wife.

What is your favorite twist opening?