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.
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?
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/
While at the movies this past weekend I saw a trailer for The Cabin In the Woods, which stars Thor’s very own Chis Hemsworth. Directed by Drew Goddard and written by Goddard and Joss Whedon, the film chronicles the bloody misfortunes of a group of friends while vacationing in the remote wilderness (mistake one for those guys). Based on what I’ve seen so far, it looks like Whedon and Goddard have put a new and fresh spin on the “friends-being-terrorized-and-slaughtered-in-the-woods-by-psycho-killers-or-hillbillies” story line that has been one of the standard horror movies plots FOR AGES. Take a look at the trailer and judge for yourself. I know I’m excited.
Expected release date is April 13, 2012 (and yes that’s a Friday, but were you really surprised?)
You know those movies that are so gloriously bad that you can’t help but love them? ThanksKilling is one of those very movies. While many would classify ThanksKilling as a B horror film, I found that it has gone beyond B and into C territory. This low budget cinematic experience is filled with impossible scenarios, terrible acting and lots of fake blood. If anything, ThanksKilling is bad on purpose; which I have no qualms with. It’s outrageousness is what makes it a diamond in disguise. Rife with one liners and possible porn stars, ThanksKilling is by far a cult classic that deserves a sequel.
Favorite lines include:
“Nice tits bitch!”
“Gobble gobble motherf@cker!”
and last but not least
“You just got stuffed!”
Basically, if you’ve got an hour to kill and you’re in the mood for some gory movies, check out ThanksKilling. You won’t regret it.
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For those of you who don’t know yet, there will be a horror convention in Virginia Beach, VA in April. It looks pretty awesome and some of the guests include: Anthony Michael Hall, Norman Reedus (Boondock Saints anyone?), Jeremy London, and the kid who played Atreyu in The Neverending Story. For more information, click the link below.