Sometimes a horror movie doesn't have to be great to be fun. In fact some of the worst horror movies, by accident, turn out to be nice comedies. Then there are those bad horror movies that are so bad they just can't redeem themselves. Sometimes, at the very least, when
Stephen King films and stories have been around for decades. The very first film to be made from his work was Carrie, a story that King's wife rescued from the waste bin and encouraged him to finish. It was directed by Brian De Palma and was brilliantly adapted and crafted.
When The Conjuring was released, it was not a only a great horror movie that turned into an instant classic, it was also a well-made film, period. The characters, story, direction, editing, and set design all came together. Following the successful Insidious and Saw franchises, it was probably the apex
When you grow up, you have dreams and ambitions that far exceed your ability at the time, but you know eventually you will get there. You practice, study, and improve at whatever skill you think will move you forward. There will be obstacles in your way, distractions from your ultimate
Luc Besson hasn't had a critically acclaimed film in several years. His biggest hits, Leon: The Professional and The Fifth Element, were in the nineties. I did like his writing for Taken, but not the sequels. It was only a matter of time before that right project fell into his
The studio A24 has made a name for itself by providing audiences with unique films that subvert their genre. The Witch, Swiss Army Man, and The Lobster are examples of a certain style of filmmaking this company encourages. These films lean heavily on character development, but are combined with a
The horror genre relies heavily on established concepts. Babysitter alone in the house, cabin in the woods, killer doll, slasher on the block, fatal nightmares, human sacrifice, and of course deadly wishes. I like to call this last concept the monkey's paw plot, based on an early 20th century short
Life doesn't always go according to plan. It doesn't come with instructions either. There are books that can guide you, but they are only for preparation and anticipation. They do not help you avert the unexpected. Even though we can do our best to lead good lives, there will be
Apocalypse settings are a fun template for any film. They can be because of anything. Zombies, aliens, viral infections, solar flares, mist, or time travel has gone wrong. What these type of stories offer the writer is a chance to take the world we know and give it a twisted reinterpretation.
TV adaptations into film have been more hit than miss. It's difficult to emulate the charm and fun of another show or movie because those projects were lightning in a bottle. The perfect combination of writing, casting, producing, and zeitgeist. We can't predict what will be a hit most of