Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Six Movies That Went Ahead and Killed Their Leads Before the Third Act


Horror, like many genres, often tends to follow certain formulas.  Unlike most genres, however, these formulas dictate who will make it to the end credits alive.  As most slasher fans know, for example, drug use and fornication are often capital offenses, particularly for the ladies.  Even when we're not following slasher rules, however, it's usually pretty easy to figure out who's going to make it to the end of the movie.  But as we'll see below, sometimes a movie will throw the audience a curve ball and take out the presumptive lead well before the credits are due to appear.  

Warning:  Major Spoilers Follow!!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Book Report: Frankenstein




Introduction

When one imagines Frankenstein's monster, they likely think green, flat-topped, and played by Boris Karloff in a series of mono-syllabic grunts.  While the monster depicted in James Whale's 1931 film adaptation has become the standard, he's actually quite different from the articulate, long-haired monster from Mary Shelley's original 1818 novel.

With this in mind, I recently revisited Frankenstein, one of the true OG horror tales, and investigated its themes to find out how it's held our collective imaginations for nearly two centuries.  So if you're up for it, grab a shovel and let's see what we can dig up.