Tuesday, October 4, 2011


The following is a comprehensive overview of films in the horror genre. This is not a “TOP,” or “BEST OF” list, as those are complete bullshit and can only be measured in terms of personal preference. This is more like an overall introduction to the genre from A to Z. Horror 101 if you like. This list is intended to give the reader a broad scope and understanding of the many elements within the genre and how they work, or have been used in the past. There are many sub-genres contained therein including: supernatural, slasher, science fiction, thriller, suspense, classic, comedic, experimental, and cult.

An American Werewolf in London (1981) – John Landis

A contemporary re-telling of a classic tale, this film transcends both time and genres. Too funny to be a horror movie, and too gory to be a comedy, the film's unique blend of the two helped it find a loyal cult following. The film hits on many levels; it is both horrific and hilarious, entertaining and stimulating, romantic and insightful. The film is best known for it’s tremendous (and courageous) on-screen transformation scene in which the main character David (David Naughton) turns into a werewolf right before the audience’s eyes; a feat that garnered make-up artist Rick Baker the very first academy award for Best Make-up. There is no great mystery to this film, the title says it all, it’s about an American werewolf in London. The circumstances and David's personal journey of coping with his curse are what make the story compelling and worth watching. That and the sheer brutality when he wolfs out...


Check back tomorrow for the next installment of the Horror Alphabet.

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