Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Thursday, 28 September 2017
This is a great case study to explore for getting to grips with how producers and distributors set out to target a wide audience (sometimes it's very niche, but not in this case).
Consider elements that might appeal to an underage audience (young characters: U+G identification); the usual core teen-20-something (15-24 with likelihood of some younger is common); mature adults - old school King fans or of the original movie; both genders... Consider how the King brand, It as a franchise, clown iconography, teasing costume design (and the moody lighting was also part of this, denoting a serious tone) through social media ... great case study!
Kingsman: The Golden Circle spies an opportunity at the UK box office – and grabs It https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/sep/26/kingsman-the-golden-circle-uk-box-office-it-stephen-king-film?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Blogger
Dropping 53% in its third frame, the Stephen King adaptation It added another £2.85m at the weekend, taking the 17-day tally to £26.5m. That’s the highest ever gross for a horror film in the UK, unless you – perversely – count the supernatural Twilight franchise. It is the 11th-biggest hit of 2017 in the UK, behind Beauty and the Beast, Dunkirk, Despicable Me 3, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, La La Land, Fast & Furious 8, Sing, The Boss Baby and The Lego Batman Movie. It should overtake at least half of those titles by the end of its run. The film covers events in the first half of King’s book and a sequel, covering events occurring 27 years later, has been announced for September 2019.
Tuesday, 12 September 2017
Tuesday, 15 August 2017
The point in this article is well made and well illustrated in the embedded video - if you choose to watch it be aware it features 18-rated scenes of gore.
Peeping Tom and Psycho also need referencing in any slasher history, as does Last House on the Left and Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Friday, 4 August 2017
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Sunday, 7 May 2017
Monday, 20 March 2017
Monday, 6 March 2017
Saturday, 11 February 2017
Friday, 25 November 2016
Friday, 15 November 2013
When doing some tagging on archive posts I came across a mention of how prominent my students' work was on YouTube search results - so, a year or so on, I had another look, and sure enough, a 'slasher openings' on YouTube (Nov 15th 2013) produced the following top results:
|IGS student work came top of the pile in this search|
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
The Guardian has indeed run a top 10 horror in 2013 (their horror microsite is here), part of a wider genre-by-genre series, but this is a little bit different: the countdown by one of the all-time greats of film-making, Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull etc!). Plus ... like Spinal Tap, he turns it up to 11!
Great article, with trailers/clips helpfully built in; his selections are firmly of the old school...
Sunday, 14 April 2013
This is just a placeholder post for now, something I'll add to at a later date. There's no substitute for viewing (though reading the likes of Stephen Rebello's Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho , or any of the many journal/web articles devoted to this topic will certainly help) examples to boost your understanding of how filmmakers maintain verisimilitude in this central feature for slasher audiences.
Sometimes, though, there's an intentional degree of campness, even before Scream made postmodernism part of the slasher mix. The vid below (a daft vodcast ... with over 175k views) contains some examples, but its not hard to find many more on YouTube.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
http://horror.about.com/od/horrorfranchises/Horror_Movie_Franchises.htm - Good list, with each entry hyperlinked to further info
http://uk.ign.com/articles/2006/12/18/top-25-movie-franchises-of-all-time-7 - slasher franchises feature in the list
http://www.joblo.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-32794.html - a forum's list of best 10 slashers ever, in which franchise entries feature heavily
http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-horror-franchises-they-should-have-killed-for-real.php - A different approach: the 10 franchises that should have been scrapped!
http://turtlecanyon.wordpress.com/2012/10/31/the-slasher-movie-franchise-rankings/ - a simple listing of the entries in 3 key franchises (Scream, Hwn, Fri 13th)
http://lovingthehalloweenfranchise.tumblr.com/ - a blog dedicated to Halloween (there are many more out there)
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/genres/chart/?id=slasher.htm - the top 20 all-time slasher movies by box office features ... 20 franchise entries, which says a lot about how the genre functions
http://forum.dvdtalk.com/movie-talk/606071-favorite-slasher-film-franchises-why.html - a poll and discussion about the best slasher franchise
http://www.he-man.org/forums/boards/showthread.php?179117-Slasher-Movie-Poll! - interesting list of best slasher killer etc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMJr9vSfZQ4&feature=related - most remakes have been abysmal; here's a video comparison of the orig + remake NoESt
Monday, 19 November 2012
Sunday, 18 November 2012
Here's another cracking quote from this:
Now what you get is Michael Bay's lot, the destroyers of all creativity in cinema, the jack-booted bank managers who just come storming through in the pursuit of a quick buck going What was the whole thesis of [NoESt] ... Oh! He's got a big claw! ... It's just this horrible reducto absurdium. In this, there's none of the [original's] coherence, the backstory is completely messed up. ... Its nastier in all the wrong ways. Its boring and louder.He really doesn't hold back!