Posted: August 11, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment | Tags: 1930s, Abiogenesis, Academy Award, Boris Karloff, Bride of Frankenstein, Frankenstein, Frankenstein (1931 film), Horror film, Movies, Photography, Sculpture, Victor Frankenstein, vintage
Boris Karloff Life-Size Sculpture by Mike Hill – often mistaken for a real photo of Boris Karloff behind the scenes of Frankenstein (1931)
Posted: October 20, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Global | Tags: Béthune, Clown, Coulrophobia, France, Friday, Horror film, Pas-de-Calais, United States
Contagious Coulrophobia Epidemic in Pas-de-Calais
Béthune, France (AFP) – The party is over for a fake clown who received a six-month suspended jail term Monday for threatening passers-by while in full circus garb, a disturbing trend terrifying towns in northern France.
“They take their inspiration from American horror movies.”
Whether brandishing a rubber chicken at a children’s party or starring as the evil protagonist in a horror film, clowns have long had both the ability to entertain and terrify.
“It is absolutely unacceptable that children are held hostage by such acts.”
This fear of clowns, dubbed coulrophobia, has swept small towns in Pas-de-Calais in northern France where police report a wave of complaints over people dressed up as the tricksters and threatening passers-by.
A 19-year-old young man was arrested on Friday after waving a stick resembling a long knife while chasing a group of teenagers, who had to seek refuge in a chip stand. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 27, 2013 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment | Tags: Anthony Hopkins, Arts, Film, Halloween, Horror, Horror film, Jonathan Demme, Lina Leandersson, Movies, Reviews, Silence of the Lambs, Sixth Sense, Studios
The IMDb Editors’ Top Horror films list
is based upon the overall importance, impact and popularity these scary movies have enjoyed for the past 20 years.
It’s a good list
. The Editors include this qualifier: “Note that “Top” does not mean “Best” and after some spine-tingling discussion, we came up with the following rankings
…” It’s fun to make lists like this. And useful when checking out Netflix for ideas for what to watch in October.
The Sixth Sense
, at #2, showed so much promise for director M. Night Shyamalan
, who never quite overcame the curse of that first success. Jonathan Demme
‘s wonderful The Silence of the Lambs
has the IMDB’s editors’ top spot, though I consider it more of a thriller, rather than a horror movie, it is an enduring classic in either category. It’s Jody Foster
‘s best film role, ever. Certainly her most iconic, indelible adult performance. Anthony Hopkins
created one of the top five most frightening homicidal characters in modern movie history. Not paralleled until Heath Ledger
, I think. The list includes other classics, such as Scream
, The Ring
, Ju-on: The Grudge
, American Psycho
, and more.
My personal favorite? Let the Right One In
. It’s a masterpiece. The most original story, and characters. More than just a horror movie, it’s a chilling work of art. Every frame, beautifully composed. Lina Leandersson
‘s performance is exquisite. Not the remake. If you’ve passed over it because of the subtitles, reconsider, it’s a gem.