I know that Scream 3 is sort of a divisive entry in that franchise. A lot of you guys dig the “Scooby gang goes to Hollywood” angle, some not so much. I actually kind of liked the movie when I first saw it in 2000, but now I can’t really get through it. Something about Kevin Smith appearing in this film – and then spoofing the series a year later in Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back – links the two films so closely in my mind that remembering either one of them activates the same pain center.
Of course there’s a ton of other stuff wrong with it too. Aside from “he was making a movie called ‘Stab’. He was stabbed.” Incoming screenwriter Ehren Kruger didn’t fully understand the franchise. The screenwriter who did understand the franchise, Kevin Williamson, was too busy to take a pass at a draft. But now, speaking to ET about his upcoming show “The Following”, he’s revealed his original concept for Part 3. One that takes a page from April Fool’s Day.
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While I love all the permeations of horror to varying degrees (supernatural, hauntings, werewolves, zombies, J-horror etc…), slashers are probably my favorite sub-genre. While I can occasionally get myself in the headspace of being frightened by a poltergeist or work up enough suspension of disbelief to get on-edge during a zombie film, slashers require me to do a lot less mental projection in order to go along for the ride.
Why? Because I’m afraid of real people chasing me through the woods with knives. While it’s of course an extremely unlikely event, it’s still something of a possibility. I consider home-invasion films a branch of the slasher genre for this very reason. The reason I lock my door every night? I’m taking an active step (or empty gesture) against someone entering my home and dismantling me. It’s a far bigger concern to me than my residence being built on an ancient burial ground (though I’ll let you know if that changes the next time I move).
I also think I love slashers the most because of the nostalgia factor. They remind me of simpler times. The fact that they’re typically in rural settings holds them in stark contrast to my daily life in the city. Many of them are downright relaxing and comforting to watch in the moments when someone isn’t getting killed. Of course this is part of the point – something evil infiltrating something idyllic. It also doesn’t hurt that the 80′s were the heyday of the slasher film (obviously Scream aren’t Halloween rural or from the 80′s. But they exude a charming small town optimism that I like). I know many people who considered that era a dark time, but its cinematic depiction in these films is positively utopian compared to our current reality. Plus, there’s usually sex. That always helps.
To that end I ask, “what’s your favorite slasher film?” Mine changes daily, actually. I know that when I did my Friday The 13th Rankings I pegged Part 6 as my favorite entry in the franchise. Oddly enough I feel that Jason Lives doesn’t feel like much of a slasher to me tonally. So I’m going to keep it in the family, but go with Friday The 13th Part 2 as my favorite slasher under the criteria discussed above. Again, this changes all the time. Halloween is obviously a much, much MUCH better film, but I’m in a rural mood today.
What about you? Does your favorite slasher change day-to-day like mine does? Or is it consistently your favorite?
We have heard your cries! MANY of you felt that the The Ultimate Horror Challenge wasn’t comprehensive enough! So we included an additional 20 films that round it out a bit more. Many of these are from your suggestions! But this still isn’t a list of every horror movie ever made. And it still doesn’t contain every major work of every horror auteur (there’s still no John Carpenter’s They Live or Wes Craven’s The Last House On The Left).
The next update will be the Ultimate Horror Challenge: Final Edition – where we take your best new suggestions and use them to get up to 101 films that every horror fan should see! So in addition to your ranking, let us know which films should make the cut! Should newer fan favorites like Frozen or The Devil’s Rejects be included? Should we go back and pick up a few more old-school slashers? You’re shaping the Final 20! Discuss and vote and I’ll tally it up!
There are now 81 Films listed below the jump. Each film you’ve seen earns you 1 Point. Count out how many you’ve seen and let us know which category you fall into!
1-10 Points: Soccer Mom
11-20 Points: Mildly Adventurous
21-30 Points: Casual Fan
31-40 Points: Enthusiast
41-50 Points: Hardcore
51-60 Points: Unstable
61-70 Points: Need Meds
71-80 Points: Psychopath
81 Points: Special Circle Of Hell
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In April Fool’s Day, a bunch of college friends get together for weekend of upper-crust east-coast fun on a Massachusetts island compound that Muffy St. John (Deborah Foreman) is set to inherit. How upper crust and swank is it? On a clear day you can see the Kennedy compound. Of course they take the last ferry out on Friday, ensuring that they’ll be trapped throughout the weekend. And since this is ostensibly a slasher film, most of them are ostensibly killed throughout the weekend. But it’s actually one of the strangest mainstream slashers I’ve seen. Not that any one particular moment in the film is especially shocking or bold, but rather that the movie is so consistently left of center I wonder if something like it could even be made today.
Since today is March 31st, I figured it was as good a time as any to revisit Fred Walton’s somewhat iconic 1986 film. I hadn’t seen it in well over a decade (maybe two), so I was definitely primed to check it out again. Of course I remembered exactly how it ended, but I was curious to revisit the moments leading up to that with fresh eyes – and it’s amazing how all these years (and the horror films I’ve seen during them) have changed my perspective.
Beware – pretty much everything below the jump is a spoiler. If you haven’t seen the film, it’s available to rent on iTunes (the link says $9.99, but if you actually go to iTunes it’s $3.99). You should check it out and get back with me. READ MORE
A group of nine college students staying at a friend’s remote island mansion begin to fall victim to an unseen murderer over the April Fool’s day weekend.