New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures took a gamble, rolled the dice, and tossed out a horror movie mid-summer. Typically, the house wins on that bet, but not this summer.
James Wan’s The Conjuring (read our review) was a massive hit — and not just hit, but a hugely, successful, monstrous hit.
Wan, who has said he’s retired from horror (for now), is exiting on top. Beyond The Conjuring, Wan (and his writing partner Leigh Whannell) are responsible for both the Saw and Insidious franchises. Not too shabby.
But looking at The Conjuring‘s box office breakdown, you have to wonder/hope that Warners and New Line re-release the Amityville Horror-inspired haunter for the Halloween season. Why? Well, it’s only $3M from topping the 1999 The Blair Witch Project as the fourth highest grossing supernatural horror movie of all-time (domestically)! READ MORE
I didn’t have enough room in the headline for this article’s subtitle, which is And Remember When “They Were All The Same Person” Was A Twist? This whole thing has been buzzing around in my head since a recent argument regarding the ending to Haute Tension, which I found sort of ridiculous. It’s the standard “The Protagonist Is Insane And Actually The Killer” (aka “The Split Personality” twist). But I have to say it got me thinking that this trope actually doesn’t bug me as much as the other two, since it usually says more about the characters at hand.
Still, I’m not sure what happened to our brains over the past 14 years, but you can’t call something a twist if everyone knows it’s coming. I feel like horror needs to widen its bag of tricks beyond the “they were dead”, the “split personality” and “the protag is crazy” tropes which seem to be the only three ploys in regular use for filmmakers seeking to pull the rug out from under their audience.
The “dead” thing worked for The Sixth Sense, and it sort of worked two years later with The Others. It also worked in 1962′s Carnival Of Souls. But we’ve seen it employed at least twice more recently in Passengers and The Devil’s Ground. I’m not denigrating those films necessarily, but it should probably end there. Similarly the “split ” angle didn’t even quite work in Identity and it certainly didn’t work in The Ward. It was sort of used in Shutter Island as well, but it worked there because it was actually source of catharsis for its character.
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Happy Friday The 13th! As a special treat I have Doc Coyle’s, guitarist for God Forbid, Top 5 horror movies. It’s been a while since I posted a Top 5 and I’m super excited to share this one. There are some fantastic choices past the break which also include tour dates for their Trespass America Tour and their new video for Equilibrium. Also make sure to pick up their new album Equilibrium through HERE. Enjoy!