Horror <3

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I have always been a huge fan of horror, from Saw to The Shining. But they really hit for me when the story is unique and compelling as well. I think this started with the cartoon Courage the Cowardly Dog. I used to watch that show and get so scared, but something about me wanted to watch more. While I was hiding under covers and scared to be in consumed by darkness, I was for some reason excited to feel that way and wanted to see what happened next, always. So of course as I grew older and discovered the wonderful world of horror movies and I fell in love. The was a point when I would watch insidious on Netflix on repeat so I couldn’t get scared anymore. To my surprise, it didn’t work. But back to my point, when a horror film is executed well it has my utmost respect. I think it’s a truly difficult thing to do, to both inspire people and make them feel like they can relate to some sort of emotion within the film but also scare them so bad they refuse to turn off the lights.

What I’m referring to is A24s horror indie genre like Hereditary, Midsommar, and Witch to the OG’s Rosemary’s Baby, Psycho, and The Shining. All these movies create compelling worlds that feel so real but also so fantastic. It’s a beautiful thing to me.

I know this is getting long so I’ll wrap it up but I’d like to suggest a couple before I leave. If you haven’t seen those give them a shot please ^

A filmmaker I have fallen in love with recently is Dario Argento.  An Italian filmmaker whose most popular work is from the 70s and 80s. He creates some very interesting colorful and creative spaces and manipulates sound in a truly unique way that gets me jumping every time. It may just be because the volume is turned up to high on my headphones, but I don’t think that’s it.

Deep Red (1975) is my favorite so far. But Suspiria (1977) is pretty interesting as well. The dialogue may seem off, Stalin told me that’s just the way it is because the films were so low budget (it’s not your computer).

I was told his style is part of a post-faciast Italian murder mystery genre called “Giallo”. The word also means yellow which refers to the color of the cheap paperback books that were apart of the same genre. I hope to explore more movies that are within this genre.

But in the end, I just wanted to say I’m in love with horror and I have a crush on Dario Argento.

Below are some stills from Suspiria. The featured image is from Deep Red.

 

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  • David Rubio
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    Never really been a fan of horror to be honest. As a kid, I would get scared of the Chuckie doll and the Ghostface Killer Mask from Scream. Looking at Scream again though, I can appreciate the film for what it is, a meta look into horror film genre. I would be lying if I said I didn’t get slight chills when I see horror movie characters, so I guess you can say these films did their jobs. I have to take a look into those two films. Maybe in the morning or afternoon when there is light. And maybe with a cousin or friend.

  • Hales
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    Horror is lifeblood to me. It is what keeps me going. I loved Suspiria specifically for the colors used. I have never been more afraid of dance academies.

  • Miranda
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    Horrors everything, I think A24 is killing it in the horror genre lately. If you didn’t get the chance to see Brightburn I’d splurge the $1.99 on amazon or something and check it out. the idea that they may be creating a horror “universe” if you will… it gets me giddy. I think that movie was just the beginning of an anti-hero world, maybe a franchise. Whatever. It’s an amazing concept to me for horror lovers.

  • KRH
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    Phil Mucci, someone I have not talked to in a long time, has been heavily influenced by the work of Dario Argento in his music videos and in a series of graphic novels featuring the character of Professor Dario Brava. https://www.professordariobava.com. My favorite music videos from Phil can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEwIGn5D5EQ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RCwgz4FiSA. Also, more pertinent to this post if on the video tab of the professordariobava.com/video website with his video Sorrow which is influenced by 1970’s Euro-Horror.

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