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‘Psycho’: The First Great Psychological Thriller

I’m not a fan of scary movies. In fact, I can barely watch them. These are the horror movies that I have watched in my life. The Exorcist (once and only once), The ShiningHalloweenJeepers CreepersCujo, and Poltergeist. And that’s pretty much my limit.

Then there are psychological thrillers like The Silence of the Lambs and The Sixth Sense which can be just as frightening as horror movies but aren’t exactly horror films.

Psycho, made in 1960 by the genius filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, is a masterwork blending three elements; horror, mystery, and the thriller aspect. I watched it for only the second time in maybe five or six years yesterday and I forgot how truly terrifying this movie can be.

Norman Bates, played by Anthony Perkins, is as creepy as they come. Yeah, he seems harmless but after watching the movie the first time and knowing that he is the psychotic creep the entire time I found my second viewing to be far more frightening than my first.

Being someone who is very much a scaredy-cat I was jumping, screeching, and at times barely able to watch the film as I covered my eyes with my hands. This movie is the epitome of great writing, great directing, and great acting. The film would go on to be nominated for four Oscars. The only actor be nominated for an Oscar was Vera Miles who played Lila Crane, Marion Crane’s sister, but I honestly believe Anthony Perkins should’ve been nominated as well.

He did SUCH a remarkably creepy job as Norman Bates that it almost seems preposterous that he wouldn’t get nominated.

The movie is rated #40 on the top #250 movies on IMDb and deservedly so. It’s a perfect film from start to finish.

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‘Doctor Sleep’ Looks Scary but Is It Going To Be Good?

Stephen King is an iconic author for his disturbing, super-scary novels that have been transformed into some of the most iconic horror films of all time, one of them being The Shining.

Spoiler-alert, I’m a scaredy-cat. As a child, I was traumatized by The ExorcistChildren in the Corn, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and the film that this post is dedicated to; The Shining. As a little girl, whenever I would hear the twins talking I would close my eyes, cover my ears with all of my might, and try to escape seeing and hearing The Shining in my presence. Only a few years ago did I finally muster the nerve to watch the film all the way through–I only covered my eyes once which was an achievement–and when the movie was finished I was proud to say I finally finished the movie.

Yesterday the bestselling Stephen King-novel-turned-sequel-to-The Shining, Doctor Sleep, revealed its first teaser trailer. Before you see the trailer here is the film’s synopsis.

Years following the events of “The Shining”, a now-adult Dan Torrence meets a young girl with similar powers as his and tries to protect her from a cult known as The True Knot who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.

Sounds harmless enough but with Stephen King, nothing is ever that simple. Here’s the trailer. Continue reading ‘Doctor Sleep’ Looks Scary but Is It Going To Be Good?

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Promises Horror With This Latest TV Spot

If you weren’t excited about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom this tv spot might change your mind. Check it out.

Last night I was watching the first game in the NBA Finals and when this commercial came on I was totally riveted. This movie, by far, looks so much better than Jurassic World and I really enjoyed Jurassic World in the movies, specifically in IMAX. One of my favorite things about the Jurassic franchise is that horror aspect the films so easily concoct and this short clip of the movie was legitimately terrifying. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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Is ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Going To Be A Major Success or an Unfortunate Flop?

The first time I was ever introduced to the Jurassic franchise was in the Spring of 2013. They had brought Jurassic Park back to the movie theaters in IMAX and my Daddy took me and my sister to see it. I had never seen Jurassic Park before then. I only knew that it was a famous movie about dinosaurs so I had no clue the ride I was in for. I walked out of that movie theater positively horrified and exhilarated at how incredible that film was. The dinosaurs looked real despite the fact that it was a 90s’ film. The music, composed by John Williams, was incredible. And my overall experience was just, in a word, fantastic.

Since watching Jurassic Park I have become a legitimate fan of the franchise. I’ve seen The Lost World: Jurassic Park which I really enjoyed and I’ve seen Jurassic World and now, with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, a new installment for the franchise is close to roaring into theaters and I’m legitimately excited for it. But the question is, will Jurassic World be a fantastic movie or will it be a disappointment like its predecessor was? Well, that’s what I’m here to talk about and I hope you enjoy.

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‘Venom’ Gets A New Trailer

When I went to watch Black Panther I saw the Venom teaser for the first time and I was totally into it. I don’t know exactly anything about Venom except that he’s the scary version of Spider-Man (I think) so this movie interests me because maybe I’ll finally be able to understand what Venom is. Yesterday the official trailer for the film dropped and I’m experiencing a range of emotions for it. Check it out.

Okay, first of all, Venom is scary, let’s just get that out-of-the-way. I mean, look at all of those nasty looking teeth. *shudder* I definitely wouldn’t want to be the one in the grip of that monster-symbiote thingy. Secondly, I’m just kind of all over the place with this trailer. On one side I’m excited and then on the other I’m kind of disappointed.

The teaser was perfect and offered enough tantalizing imagery that got me legitimately excited for the film but this trailer has taken that excitement, balled it up, thrown it out of a window, and then retrieved it at the very end of the trailer when we finally got to see Venom in all of his Venomness. That’s upsetting because the teaser was so great and this trailer is just kind of…okay. Another thing that kind of bothered me about this trailer was Tom Hardy.

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Tom Hardy is an exceptional actor. In fact, he’s one of my favorite actors because of all of the diverse characters he has played and how well he has played them but this is the first role that I feel doesn’t fit him very well. I mean, I just can’t take him seriously. I think the problem is this movie isn’t good enough looking to have such an incredible actor attached to it.

I don’t know. I like the film for it’s scary alien stuff and I like that this trailer is still not really showing anything except the main villain in Riz Ahmed’s character and a quick glimpse of Venom in full form but there’s something about this movie that just is and isn’t sitting right with me. I’m sure I’ll see the full trailer when I go to watch Avengers: Infinity War this week and so that should fully determine my feelings on the trailer but as it stands this movie has not hit my excitement button.

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