I don’t for a second think you guy think about horror as much as I do. As my girlfriend puts it when explaining my sleep habits “he doesn’t really sleep he justs shut off but he’s still awake”. This is true and the same can be said about my love for horror. It never shuts off. Look i’m a nerd of our beloved culture through and through but don’t expect me to rattle off a bunch of names, of a bunch of people, who did a bunch of movies, that a bunch of people don’t care about. That’s not my deal. I cover horror, MMA, college football, burlesque, and the NBA respectively so I don’t have anytime to immerse myself on an encyclopedia of horror knowledge just to know who was the key grip on the original Halloween movie (Dylan Shepard) because lets be honest this is 2013 you can look that information up anywhere. What I do possess is an undying love for this culture in all it’s disgustingly bad forms and I’m equipped to defend horror in the same way I can predict the outcome of this year’s Rose Bowl (Michigan over Oregon 35-28) because I can follow the trends! Let me explain.
Each year we usually see a trend in horror. Now don’t let that statement fool you because I don’t say any of these trends will be new, more on the lines that some will be more present than others. For the past few years zombies have been at the top of the trends in horror mostly due to shows like The Walking Dead having success along with games like Dead Island and Black Ops. Lets not forget before then we were all vomiting over the vampire resurgence that was less than stellar. Even before zombies were still peaking with films like Resident Evil, 28 Days Later etc. So the question i’m asked is what’s next? Many would argue that found footage is and while I can’t totally disagree with you I would say we are currently numbing ourselves through that trend. Thanks to the originators of like Blair Witch we have seen a slew of found footage some great (Cloverfield, The Bay) some ok (Paranormal Activity Franchise) and some that should have never seen the light of day (Grave Encounters 1/2 and anything like it). So if not zombies, not vampires and not ghosts then what’s the next trend you say? Look in the mirror, it’s people.
Let’s say for a minute we take away all the masked killers wielding machetes , glove knives and torture devices we humans will always be the scariest thing on this planet. Don’t agree with me ask anything smaller than us. This is true in movies as well. All you have to do is spend a day watching Lifetime Movie Network and you will see how horrible we can be as occupants of this here Earth. Also lets get past cannibalism, seriously we are passed it. What i’m really referring to is the impact of the household and what happens during times of distress Some of the scariest films have to do with home invasions and my friends hollywood does pay attention even when you don’t think they care about you at all. Remember the first time you saw The Strangers, or Funny Games or even both of their original versions? Seeing films like these make you say damn what would we do if that happen to us. More than likely you would be fucked as the killers in these movies never really seem to have any motive more just ready to cause some mayhem. This my friends is what I truly believe is the next trend in horror. Just like any prediction I make, I maybe wrong.
Outside of the ones mentioned lets not forget the swarm of other home invasion films across the globe. Last years Cherry Tree Lane was a devastating tale and this years The Purge looks to be no let down either. It’s genuine scare tactics folks. For as many times as you can recall what you would do during an zombie invasion you damn near lose your mind when someone is at the door. Now you may consider yourself a bad ass at home with all your guns, dogs, knives etc. Thats not gonna be enough if some madman eats your dogs, disabled you systems,and puts a saran wrap bag over your head before you even think about your piece. Its a danger we all deal with when we put ourselves and our loved ones to bed every night. It’s the reason your dad walked around at 2am scratching his belly making sure all the doors were locked. We live in a world where horror occurs every day and not just on the screen. We become numb to standard horror, shaky horror, and downright boring horror, so now look to ourselves. We are Jason, Freddy, Leatherface, and Norman Bates wrapped up in one clean instagram shot package but there is a dark side in all of us and my friends it is the duty of horror to exploit it at all costs.
So you don’t really know if you have seen a good home invasion movies? Well here is a top ten courtesy of the guys over at Complex with some of the best home invasion films.
Funny Games (2008)
-also the original version in 1997. Two clean cuts boys with nothing but time and mayhem on their side. One of my personal favorites made me take up golf!
Panic Room (2009)
-classic crime thriller home invasion which is usually the base. In this film Jodie Foster and daughter lock themselves away from robbers. Great intense film.
-pretty much where the idea from the The Strangers came from but better. A couple being harassed to death by some kids? What’s better than that.
-while not bringing anything new to the table plot wise the beauty in Kidnapped is it’s cinematography but similar to Panic Room more of crime drama robbery.
The Strangers (2008)
-probably the coolest thing about this movie was what was noted on Complex. That this film came out the same time as Sex and The City (same weekend). It was quite a scene to see folks leaving the theater in fear and rush pass the cosmo filled lines of debutants ready to see Sarah Jessica Parker and crew. I even recall one girl being so frightened she snatched the cosmo out of a girls hand killed it and said “thanks needed that!”
Wait Until Dark (1967)
-my only love affair with Audrey Hepburn comes from this film. Wait was the original home invasion film and all these films can trace their roots back to here. This maybe the only film on the list your grandparents have seen.
The House on The Edge of The Park (1980)
-sound familiar? Well it should it should this film made plenty of headlines as an even raunchier version of The Last House on The Left. This is a film I tell most grindhouse fans they have to see.
High Tension (2005)
-by far my favorite movie on the list. There is so much to love about High Tension. Its one of the few films that walk a fine line between home invasion and slasher. You cannot deny the opening sequence of events when the intruder arrives some of the best filmmaking ever.
Funny Games (1997)
-not only did it spark remake but it raised the bar on what was at the time a home invasion film. No true motives here just pure evil and we love it.
-another one of my top choices, Something bout the French and their home invasions. This one took it to another level as a woman is trying to steal another’s unborn child. it is also currently the header background on my twitter.
So hope this gets you amped up for The Purge in theaters June 7th look for a review around then. Thanks for hearing me out on this less than exciting month of horror and thanks for continuing reading.
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