Tuesday, 17 October 2017


Back from the dead: is the slasher movie set to make a killing? https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/oct/17/slasher-films-happy-death-day-halloween-scream?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Blogger

Thursday, 28 September 2017

AUDIENCE BOX OFFICE Stephen King remake 3rd biggest horror hit

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

BOX OFFICE It breaks genre record

Stephen King's It breaks highest-grossing horror record at the US box office https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/sep/11/it-breaks-horror-record-us-box-office-stephen-king-skarsgard-clown?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Blogger

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

1974 slasher should get genre credit not Halloween

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

Kindergarten horror Chucky and clowns dominating 2017 releases

Scary toddlers and super creeps – helicopter parenting and the rise of 'kindergarten horror' https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/aug/03/scary-toddlers-and-super-creeps-helicopter-parenting-and-the-rise-of-kindergarten-horror?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Blogger

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

CONVERGENCE UGC Slasher classics as comic books


Sunday, 7 May 2017

Blumhouse Rules of horror in 2017

Get political and have great scares: the new rules of horror movies https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/may/05/get-political-and-have-great-scares-the-new-rules-of-horror-movies?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Blogger

Monday, 20 March 2017

The scream queen directors

The female directors bringing new blood to horror films https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/mar/19/the-female-directors-bringing-new-blood-horror-films-babadook-raw-prevenge?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Blogger

Monday, 6 March 2017

Blumhouse $5m Indie picked up by Universal is 2017 hit

Logan is a box office mutant while Get Out stays in and Moonlight shines https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/mar/05/logan-get-out-us-box-office-moonlight?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Blogger

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Halloween rebooted again but Friday dropped

Scare tactics: can David Gordon Green bring the slasher flick back to life? https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2017/feb/10/david-gordon-green-halloween-slasher-film-flick?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Blogger