We’ve all heard the jokes about who is going to die in a horror movie. It might be a token character that isn’t too bright, the people drinking and doing drugs, the virgin always lives (as referenced in my latest review). And there have been rules stated in movies. The most famous of which, I think, would be in Scream.
In the movie Scream, Randy (a complete horror film addict) points out that there are, in fact, three rules to surviving a horror flick.
But, there are actually more rules than those. All those times that you are warning the person on screen NOT to do something…yeah, they are breaking rules.
For instance, coinciding with #3 above, is a very common-sensical but, all too often ignored rule…Don’t go investigate. This includes all noises, basements, cabins in the woods, creepy houses on the block, abandoned buildings, cars, campsites, trailers, power outages when there is no obvious cause (storm, down line, etc.), these kinds of things. These people in movies, and often in real life, hear something outside or in the house and they immediately grab a weapon and go searching for the noise like they are the S.W.A.T. member on point about to lead a raid on a known drug house holding kidnapped children to be sold. Why on earth are you investigating??? Are you that anxious to confront a madman??? Stay put and wait for the perpetrator to come to you…and then kill him. Duh.
Furthermore, if you do have a weapon…Don’t tell them! How often do they holler out “I have a gun!”? Go ahead, give the intruder time to prepare themselves for whatever you have in store for them. Very smart move. Like these killers have ANY concern over whether or not you are armed and if so, with what. As if the warning of the use of a firearm is going to deter Michael…or Jason…or Freddy…or Ghost Face from Scream...or even someone like Ed Gein or Leatherface. It’s just not logical. Any point where you can have the element of full surprise, take advantage man…take advantage.
Also, don’t ask “Who’s there?” IF someone is breaking in to kill you, I highly doubt they are going to announce it. Do these fools really think that Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees is going to holler back “Hey, don’t worry! It’s just me. I’ll be up to stab you in a minute! Just sit tight!” Right. Even in real life, the chances of an intruder announcing his presence and intentions are wickedly slim. The closest we come to an intruder/bad guy announcing their presence would be things like Freddy’s taunts or Jack Torrance warning his wife he’s going to bash her brains in. But still, even at THAT point, the threat has already presented itself and it’s just informing the victim of the method of their demise.
Next, if you are getting creepy phone calls telling you to check on the kids in the house or someone telling you that you are going to die, when you hang up on them (and you will), DO NOT answer when they call back! Don’t answer the phone the twentieth time they call and yell at them or ask them why they are doing this to do or what they want. They are doing what they want. Hello???? Your best bet is to avoid continuing conversation with the person (or thing) that wants to kill you. It’s not like you guys are going to be exchanging Christmas gifts at next year’s Secret Santa gift exchange.
Now, when you are being chased, and you will be because it happens it pretty much every horror movie, there are a few major things to know. First, don’t look back. This will only slow you down and make you lose focus, inevitably causing you to trip and fall (or run into a tree or something), making you easier prey. Second, when running for your life, NEVER go UP. This means UPstairs, UP on a roof, UP in an attic, anything above the main floor where you enter. If you go up and your killer is chasing you then you reduce your options to just two. The first being to jump from a now higher height than where you started from OR going back the way you came and having to confront the killer you are running from. Next, if you are with other people and you are ALL running for your lives, one of them is going to fall. It can’t be helped. There’s one in every group. Leave them behind. DO NOT let your emotions in such a stressful and dangerous situation override your logic and survival instinct. It won’t mean that you don’t care about them. You can send help once you get away. If you go back for them, you’ll both die. And finally, don’t scream and cry out while running away. This gives the killer a perfect idea of where you are. You might as well just yell out “Here I am! Come kill me!” I would think that “silence is golden” in a time like this.
On the flip side of that is never go downstairs as in to the basement or cellar, boiler room, dungeon, makeshift laboratory, etc. You face almost the same problem, just from a hole in the ground where no one can hear you scream. However, if there is a door to the outside from this DOWN destination, then it is okay to go this way. For example, this rule doesn’t apply when you are on, say, the third floor of your house and you are running to the first floor where the front door is. Obviously, that is okay. Which leads me to my next point…
Where do you go? OUT! Leave. If the killer is in your home, stalking you through the house, then leave the privacy (and perceived safety) of your home and get out into the public. Just running around the house from one room to another hiding in closets and under beds isn’t going to do you much good for very long if this killer is determined to get you...and if they broke in to kill you, they are probably pretty mission oriented. Besides, what in your body would possess you to stick around and wait to die? But, don’t go running into the woods or anything like that if you can at all avoid it, okay?
The classic hiding places in movies are also a bad idea. Closets, non-operational vehicles, abandoned businesses and buildings, barns, cellars, attics, bathrooms, under beds, etc. These are all less than brainiac ideas. Places like closets and such especially. It’s almost coffin-like. Plus, once again, it limits your options.
Now, knowing all of this STILL may not ensure your survival BUT, it will definitely give you the upper hand and probably leave you as one of the last few standing. The only sure way to completely avoid death in a horror movie (other than not being in one) is…wait for it…
READ THE SCRIPT!!!!
My Dad used to always joke and say, “Now, if they had just read the script they would have known that was coming.” Other than that, I suggest following the rules we have discussed here. If you decide to wing it…I wish you the best of luck. You probably won’t make it through the first reel but hey, someone has to be the first to die, right? So, on behalf of everyone that is your horror film, we would all like to say, “Thank you” for taking one for the team and being the first to die. We will remember you fondly…safely…and alive…and from afar.
So, while looking around, I found this list on IndieWire.
Their piece on it can be found here: http://www.indiewire.com/gallery/stephen-king-favorite-scary-movies/ .
But I decided to write them down and my goal is to watch all of the master of horror’s favorite movies. I think some will be hard to find BUT, I’m gonna give it a shot. I’ll let you know in the review post that it’s from this list. Oh, and by the way, I think it’s great some of his own stories are on his list. That’s awesome! But, notice that The Shining and IT are NOT on this list. Two of his biggest titles...I'm not sure how he feels about the original IT but I know that Kubrick's The Shining did NOT make him happy at all.
Now, a few of these I have already done reviews on (those titles are linked to the review posts). Others are movies I have already seen but, I will still put up reviews. There is only one movie on the list that I just don’t think I can force myself to watch again and that is The Blair Witch Project. I didn’t like it the first time and the “found-footage” way it was filmed gave me motion sickness. Plus, that chick’s snot is just something that is forever seared into my brain…and that is truly unfortunate. But, the rest, I will review as I can find and watch them. I hope King has good taste, as some of this list suggests.
Stephen King’s Favorite Horror Movies (in alphabetical order)
The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)
La Maschera Del Demonio (1960)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The Brood (1979)
Burnt Offerings (1976)
The Changeling (1980)
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
Crimson Peak (2015)
Curse of the Demon (1957)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Deep Blue Sea (1999)
Dementia 13 (1963)
The Descent (2005)
Enemy from Space (1957)
Event Horizon (1997)
The Evil Dead (1981)
The Exorcist (1973)
Final Destination (2003)
The Haunting (1963)
I Bury the Living (1958)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
It Came from Outer Space (1953)
Lady in a Cage (1964)
The Last House on the Left (2009)
Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971)
The Mist (2007)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Pet Sematary (1989)
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
The Quartermass Xperiment (1955)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
The Ruins (2008)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
Stir of Echoes (1999)
The Strangers (2008)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
The Thing from Another World (1951)
Wait Until Dark (1967)
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
The VVitch: A New England Folktale (2015)
X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes (1963)
Hope you enjoy and stay tuned!!!!
Oh wow!!!!! This movie looks AMAZING!!! I simply cannot wait for this to come out.
Laurie Strode is back. And she's pissed.
It's been decades since Michael Myers was captured and imprisoned. Four decades to be exact. As a teen, Laurie was terrified of Michael. Now, she wants her chance at revenge. For years she's prated for his escape, knowing he would come after her...knowing he would come home.
And finally, the time has come.
This trailer shows the snippets of what promises to be the ultimate showdown between Michael Myers and Laurie Strode. An incredible battle of wills, the hunter becoming the hunted.
Jamie Lee Curtis, the TRUE Scream Queen, is returns in her classic and iconic role as Laurie Strode, a sweet and innocent victim who is tired of being stalked and tormented, tired of being afraid and determined to reclaim her life.
HALLOWEEN October 19, 2018
Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Virginia Gardner, Nick Castle
Director: David Gordon Green
Written by: Jeff Fradley & Danny McBride & David Gordon Green
Based on Characters
Created by: John Carpenter and Debra Hill
Produced by: Malek Akkad, Jason Blum, Bill Block
Executive Producers: John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, Ryan Freimann
Universal Pictures will release Trancas International Films, Blumhouse Productions and Miramax’s Halloween on Friday, October 19, 2018.
Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
Master of horror John Carpenter executive produces and serves as creative consultant on this film, joining forces with cinema’s current leading producer of horror, Jason Blum (Get Out, Split, The Purge, Paranormal Activity). Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs.
Halloween is also produced by Malek Akkad, whose Trancas International Films has produced the Halloween series since its inception, and Bill Block (Elysium, District 9). In addition to Carpenter and Curtis, Green and McBride will executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner. Ryan Freimman also serves in that role.
Halloween will be distributed worldwide by Universal Pictures.