I look at one of my favourite director's latest efforts but does the film hit the mark or miss it by a country mile??
Here's an amateur Horror short film I made way back in 2011 on my Canon Mini Dv Camcorder. I got my mate Matty P to make himself up as a bloodied zombie ala Dawn of the Dead and we shot this in one day.
Count Dracula, Lestat de Lioncourt, Edward Cullen, Bill Compton.
Hollywood takes a lot of inspiration from everywhere and anywhere when it comes to scary monsters. Sometimes it's inspired by different cultures and expands on them or dips into pagan themes. With that in mind, I dipped into my own heritage to take a look at the top five monsters I would love to see on the American big screen. All of these monsters stem from memory as a child (because telling your 6-year-old son about stuff like this roaming around is solid parenting), and the ones on this list are the ones that stuck with me the most.
Every society, culture, or even theology has some figure that is used to help quell the wild side of individuals. It would be fair to argue that monsters are a culturally varying enforcer. How many of us remember at some point our parents told us if we didn’t behave or do what was expected that something or someone was going to get us? The boogeyman was used to make kids stay in bed at night. Dracula and werewolves were used by different cultures to tell young people not to go out after dark. Nessie was a tool to keep the population from swimming in the Loc. Even the most well known enforcer figure used today, the Devil, is used to intimidate the general population to be “good.” Is it possible that as a society we need the monsters to help encourage social morals?
Picture this: A world filled with dead and dying things. People, plants, everything. But I am not dead nor will I ever be. I often wonder what it would be like to be one of them — to taste human flesh, to sink my teeth into someone's trembling body. If I were to become one of these... What are we calling them, zombies? If I were to become one of these "zombies" I'd be forced to walk within the law that nothing really matters and nothing ever did. I'd be reduced to eating my own friends and family. I don't want to live like that, you know? Well, because that's not really living, I'd be dead. The fact of the matter is I'm not going to die. People count on me everyday to provide and protect. They watch my every move to ensure that their lives aren't in danger. With a whole group of people watching out for me like that, it is impossible for someone like me to die.
Classic horror literature and its many inspirations, rip-offs, and retelling's, came from very real sources and sometimes have a way of being a sort of social commentary. Characters like Dracula, Frankenstein, the zombie, and The Wolfman, though they're way beyond what's naturally possible, have a way of being perfect characterizations of humanity at its worst, or its most tragic. This is why in more ways than one, the horror genre, much like comedy, can tell certain truths we'd rather avoid about ourselves and the world around us. Monsters like vampires, werewolves, and science experiments gone wrong bound inside books, movies, or shows. They live and walk among us.
I once had an old toy...I called him Mr. Giggles. He arrived in a small box on our porch. He was a small brown ball of fur, with only a wide smile of bright white teeth. When I hugged him, he would giggle happily, and it made me feel safe. I took to sleeping with the toy, for comfort...but he was a little scary at night. One night I woke my mom up to tell her he was scaring me. "What is it sweetie?" she said.