Horror at the Oscars

Well it’s finally that time all movie buffs wait for every year; Oscar Sunday. And while many are fine tuning their predictions for the evening’s show, I’m wondering when a horror movie will take home the Best Picture trophy. Now, depending on how you view it, a horror movie has won an Academy Award already. In 1992, The Silence of the Lambs won best picture and Anthony Hopkins took home Best Actor as well for his role as Hannibal Lector in the film. While Hopkins’ portrayal of the deranged Lector is one of the most truly terrifying characters I have ever seen in my life, I have always thought of The Silence of the Lambs as more of a thriller rather than a full on horror film.

This year at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, no horror movies have been nominated for Best Picture or Best Screenplay. Perhaps this is because many horror movies appear to be lacking in depth, something that movies goers or the Academy look for when determining a film’s Oscar-worthiness. I know that when I watch a horror movie I’m not really looking for something that is emotionally moving, but rather something that is going to shock and scare me a little bit.

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Perhaps in the future horror directors and writers will start thinking about story lines that will hopefully garner them some Oscar buzz.

What horror movies do you think should have been nominated for Academy Awards?


The Watchlist — Grave Encounters

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Looking for something that makes fun of those tools over at Ghost Hunters? Well Grave Encounters is a movie you should check out. Written and directed by The Vicious Brothers (who are only 25 I might add) the film follows members of a ghost hunting reality show called, you guessed it, Grave Encounters.

While filming their pilot episode in an abandoned insane asylum, things take a turn for the worse and strange things begin to happen. It is soon discovered that the spirits of the former patients have come to wreak havoc on the crew members.

Overall, I was genuinely scared for parts of the film. I do think it takes a little longer than necessary to build up to the haunting parts but overall the story is pretty cool. By shooting the film from the perspective of the cameras that the team had set up around the building, the film was given an interesting twist on a very typical horror movie plot line. And, because most of the movie is shot with a sort of blurry night vision filter, the viewer rarely knows what’s coming next.

Verdict: I would definitely recommend this movie for horror fans and casual viewers alike.

Here’s the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8FBRATbJoA

Will Horror Continue to Take Over the Small Screen?

Since 2009, I have noticed a great uptick in movies and television shows that have horror/gore themes. I think I first really noticed this trend with the release of Zombieland. While finding zombies/supernatural creatures and violence in movies is no surprise, the amount coming to cable television is on the rise. For the past 5 years shows like Criminal Minds have brought the horrors of murdering psychopaths to television audiences nationwide. In recent years though, this trend has now brought us programs like AMC’s The Walking Dead and FX’s American Horror Story. What does this mean for horror buffs? A new medium of entertainment for their now unlimited favorite genre. Perhaps in the next few years we’ll find a few more programs like The Walking Dead and American Horror Story on our television screens. Or at least, their continuation by their respective networks.

For more on the excitement of the return of The Walking Dead, check out this link:http://newsroom.blogs.cnn.com/2011/10/16/picking-brains-on-the-set-of-the-walking-dead-season-2/

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