Wow…this years list took longer than previous years – so many movies, so little time! I started this list with close to 60 titles before narrowing it down to the 18 films below. While I know the title is “Top 18 Horror Films…”, keep in mind that these are just my favorites so I’m sure that you’ll disagree with some of my choices (cue the Birdbox hate) as well as some of my intentional omissions (Halloween, Hereditary, Suspiria). That said, there are still a bunch of films that were highly recommended to me that I have not yet had the chance to watch: Unsane, Witch in the Window, Marrowbone and The Clovehitch Killer being among them.
I haven’t played Trivial Pursuit in years but it looks like I’ll be taking another crack at it soon enough as the folks at USAopoly have released a “Horror Movie Edition” which I managed to snag today. While not like the classic version of the game that I grew up with (there’s no game board or dozens of multi-colored pie pieces to either lose or step on like legos), the game still calls upon that part of your brain that stores (mostly) useless knowledge; this time in the form of horror films. read more
In January of this year, I wrote that Horror movies are secretly saving Hollywood’s major film studios. Ten months later it turns out that it’s no longer a secret! The New York Times just crunched the numbers and reports that 2017 is “the biggest year in horror history,” citing the runaway success of such hits as Get Out, It, and Split.
As of this Friday, the combined box office earnings of all of the horror films of 2017 sits at $733.5 million. With two months left to sell tickets, that number will undoubtedly climb even higher. The current figure is already $100 million higher than the previous box office champ: the horror movies of 2000. Then, the release of Scream 3, Scary Movie, and What Lies Beneath earned a combined $617.7 million at the multiplex. read more
As we celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the revolutionary horror-film franchise, “Scream,” we remember that, sadly, the iconic Wes Craven is no longer with us to usher in our new favorite movies. Entertainment Tonight recently interviewed Neve Campbell and Kevin Williamson to reflect on the franchise’s success. Naturally, the potential for another sequel was discussed.
In the interview, Williamson said “Wes and I, when we were starting Scream 4, we had plans for Scream 5 and 6….. Now without Wes, I feel like you have to sort of answer the questions of how and why, and I don’t know how to do it without Wes and I don’t know why to do it.” read more
Several years ago, a comics publishing company called “Radical Publishing” was putting out some absolutely fantastic comics that were easily considered storyboards for major-motion pictures. Some of those comics moved quickly into movies, like “Oblivion” starring Tom Cruise and “Hercules” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The horror comics were somehow not as quickly picked up. Books like “Driver for the Dead” and “Hotwire” were some of the best and most beautiful horror comics every made. Luckily, one of those remarkable books is on its way to film: “Abattoir” by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III, and IV). read more