In the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, many people think it is just a cute kids movie filled with candy and fantastical Oompa Loompas. What many don’t know is there is a dark side to the film as well.
Phantasm, directed by Don Coscarelli, is a science fiction horror film from 1979 that revolves around two brothers and the mystery surrounding a figure known only as the Tall Man.
The character of Norman Bates was inspired by the infamous killer, Ed Gein. Many die-hard horror fans may recognize this name. It is the same man who inspired the creations of Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Buffalo Bill and Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs), and various other terrifying characters.
Dog Soldiers is a 2002 action horror film and Neil Marshall’s (The Descent 2005, Hellboy 2019) directorial debut. Set in the Scottish Highlands, a team of six soldiers led by Sergeant Wells (Sean Pertwee) and Private Cooper (Kevin McKidd) drop into the wilderness for a training exercise against a special forces team led by Captain Ryan (Liam Cunningham).
Charlotte (Allison Williams, Get Out) was once a cello prodigy studying at the Bachoff Academy of Music. Her music career came to an abrupt stop when she was forced to drop out of the academy to take care of her sick mother. Years later her mother has finally passed, and Charlotte has the freedom to choose her own path once more.
We thought the eighth movie of the Saw (2004) collection was the last we’d ever see of Jigsaw’s games. But this year we got to experience yet another gore filled story with a plot twist in Spiral (2021), a continuation into the Saw (2004) world.
Scott Derrickson, who directs, The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005), takes a common horror plot and refocuses the lens. While the story of possession remains like many others in its subgenre, this film shines a spotlight on the victim’s sacrifice.
During the opening scenes of John Carpenter’s 1982 horror classic The Thing, we follow a two man crew of Norwegians chasing a dog across the Antarctic tundra by way of helicopter. The Norwegians land near an American base camp, getting killed due to mental errors and a language barrier that prevents them from conveying the danger that will follow the Americans if the dog lives.
Despite the name, The Creeping Flesh (1973) is a British Horror film that focuses more on the meaty details. According to Professor Emmanuel Hildern, his trouble began once he came upon a giant skeleton during an expedition in Papua New Guinea, 1894. After transporting it back to his in-house laboratory, he discovered that it grew flesh where the skeleton had direct contact with water.