Category: Lists

UPDATED: The 100 Best Horror Movies of the 2000s

One of the questions we asked multiple subjects in our Horrortown interview series (which you can read here) is, “How would you respond to those people who say there are no good horror movies right now?” This question was inspired by our shared belief that “right now” is an exceptional moment to be a horror fan. More quality horror films are premiering at festivals, being made available On Demand, and opening in limited and wide-release than ever before. The 2000s have seen some of the best working filmmakers experimenting with the form, altering and enforcing the storytelling genre, opening...

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12 Directors Who Should Come Back to Horror

Horror has a notoriously welcoming community. It’s known for being the starting space for many independent filmmakers, giving them the freedom to explore the industry and have a great time doing it. Some of the most widely recognized voices in film today started there, and we think a few of them should get back into the game and amp up the scares. Check out our list below for 12 directors who once made a horror film (or a handful) and who should almost definitely make more. Adrian Lyne – Jacob’s Ladder Few directors capture the grit and grime of big...

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A Collection of Regional Cryptid Horror

The world is still a big and scary place. There’s much we haven’t answered or catalogued. And folklore is full of stories of culturally specific cryptids, legends and stories which can be mined for our viewing pleasure. Some stories have been told so long nobody remembers their origin, and new ones are popping up every decade. In a world that struggles to come up with new content, it makes sense that we’d turn to our oldest most fantastical unexplained stories to inspire our imaginations and give them a facelift. So to shake up a little extra creepy Halloween spirit,...

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Halloween Movies for Kids and Cowards: Part IV

Not everyone who faces horrific scenarios can be an Ellen Ripley or an R.J. MacReady. Most people are likely akin to the Loser’s Club of Stephen King’s It. Most people get scared, and rightly so. However, we here at Audiences Everywhere think it’d be healthy if you expanded your fear limit this Halloween, by checking out a few of these movies that, as the title suggests, we’ve selected just for you. Don’t worry, none of these are scary. They’re just a few Halloween-themed films that could at least be appreciated for their humor and/or artistic merit. Corpse Bride The...

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20 Great Horror Posters

Originally published October 26, 2016. The horror genre has some of the most striking and visually interesting posters in cinema. Here are 20 to appreciate (in order of release) whether they’re framed on your wall or just in your heart. Don’t forget to check out the other posters we’ve highlighted here! Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) There’s something really special about the style of horror/sci-fi thriller posters of the 1950s. Creature from the Black Lagoon is a classic favourite, but take your pick: they’re all charming and pulpy as hell. Black Sunday (1960) Starting off strong with, “Stare...

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Hispanic Directors You Should Be Watching

While we are all familiar with master filmmakers Pedro Almodovar, Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón, and Alejandro Jodorowsky, there are others that deserve your undivided attention, despite having less of a spotlight shone on them. The following are a combination of filmmakers that are breaking out in Hollywood, on the cusp of something special, or crafting an incredible career back home. Irrespective of where their careers are at the moment, they are all doing impeccable work that strengthens the Hispanic cinematic voice. Nacho Vigalondo (Spain) With 2017’s stellar outing Colossal, Nacho Vigalondo proved he is a filmmaker who rejects...

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22 Hispanic Horror Movies

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, and to crossover with Haelloween, we’re bringing you a list of 22 Hispanic Horror movies (and a couple thrillers) to keep your heart rate up and celebrate the quality genre cinema coming out all over the world. You’ll note a distinct absence of GDT here. Not because we don’t celebrate him here at AE, but because he tends to dominate a lot of these lists and we wanted to lift up some gems you may not have seen. Check it out, and let us know what your favourite Hispanic horror movies are! Penumbra (2011,...

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Ranking Stephen King’s Film Adaptations

After a month spent in celebration of the most prolific and celebrated horror author and his contributions to literature and cinema, how much more could we have to say? We’ve gone from hope to despair, teenage dreams to child abuse, nostalgia  to power, books that should be adapted and the problems with adapting them. But in truth, we’ve barely scratched the surface. There are a LOT of Stephen King films. And in our month long celebration of his 70th birthday, we thought it only fitting that we recap the full filmography. So today, we’re ranking all of the full...

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How to Reference The King: Five Great References to Stephen King in Popular Culture

Stephen King has written 56 novels and nearly 200 short stories. He has been adapted many, many times for the big and small screen and has become such a name in the horror genre that he will probably never be dethroned as the king of scary stories. He has become so ingrained in our culture that we see his influence pop up all the time in sitcoms, music videos, video games, music, literature, cookery (he has a mean cheesecake recipe), and animation. It would be impossible to list every reference to him in popular culture, so I’ve narrowed it down...

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10 Stephen King Novels That Deserve Modern Adaptations

If this year has showcased anything in terms of pop culture trends, it’s that we’re in the midst of a renaissance of sorts in terms of Stephen King adaptations. While not every adaptation this year has panned out in terms of critical or box office expectations, King’s name has certainly been on many tongues and minds this year as we saw a number of new star-studded adaptations of his work. With The Dark Tower, Mr. Mercedes released, and IT (so close!), Gerald’s Game, 1922, and television series Castle Rock and The Dark Tower still to come, it’s clear that...

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5 Less Discussed Hitchcock Films That Need to Be Discussed

Originally published August 13, 2016. If there’s a shorthand term in film journalism and conversation more useful than “Hitchcockian” I am yet to hear it. While terms like “Lynchian” are often misused, “Hitchcockian” is usually appropriate as a point of comparison because, well, whatever is being described, he probably did do it first. As far as I’m concerned there is no single director more influential to cinema, whose intellectual engagement with how an audience thinks and feels was more beneficial to the medium. Because of this, films like Psycho, Rear Window, The Birds and Vertigo have become essential viewing for the aspiring film buff, and rightly so. But Hitchcock didn’t...

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6 Times Alfred Hitchcock Influenced Modern Masters

Originally Published on August 13, 2014 There’s a meta-theatrical episode of the Comedy Central cartoon South Park wherein the characters labor under the frustration that the more-legendary cartoon The Simpsons has already made every joke available to make for a cartoon of crass adult themes.  As the boys of South Park pursue different comedic plot-lines, their neighbors quickly interject “Simpsons did it!” with increasing rapidness until the episode unravels into frustrated absurdity. When I watch that episode, I imagine it must be a relateable one for the modern filmmaker.  No matter how inventive the technique or fresh the storytelling...

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The Best Movies of the First Half of 2017

We’re six months into 2017, a year chock full of bad news and insufferable cultural breakdowns, but we’re still watching movies. Arguably, it could be said that we need good movies now more than ever. Luckily, so far, we’ve had them. It’s a bit too early to start making Oscar predictions, but we’ve certainly had our fair share of shining prestige flicks and high quality summer blockbusters. As a well-deserved celebration of our favorite sub-culture, we’re taking a break today to breathe and recollect on what has been, against all odds, a rather standout year for film. So join...

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