Before I start talking about what I wanted to do since Halloween, I'd like to take a moment to speak about the tragic events that took place in Paris a few days ago. We cannot act as if nothing wrong happened. On the 13th of November 2015, terrorists hit the Bataclan, Rue de Charonne and Rue Bichat, killing 129 people. 352 other people were gravely injured. What happened is a true act of barbarism. I talk about France but so many innocent people were murdered by terrorists around the world.
I am shocked, horrified and disgusted. I cannot understand, I'll never be able to understand, why there's so much hate and anger in this world, how can people actually do that. And there is nothing to understand. I'd just like to remind everyone that we have to stay united and, above all, not do any amalgam. Terrorism has no religion and hates everything that we hold dear : freedom, equality, happiness...
What amazed me despite these dark times is the solidarity that came up. We all tried to do something in our own way to help... And all these countries supporting another one in distress... That is truly beautiful and shows us that we cannot despair. Even in the most desesperate times, there is hope. We will remain strong, we'll stand up for our rights, together. Solidarity and culture will be our strength. It will not be easy and it will take some time but in the end, our values will always triumph. Stay united, stay strong.
Thank you for reading.
Now, Iet's do it.
Two weeks ago, I said I would write something related to Halloween (yep, I'm very late) and today I'm finally doing the thing ! So let's now talk about a thing that I love in a creepy way, I guess... Horror movies. Well, my favorite ones. I'm not going to do a ranking because i'm too lazy to classify them. What I'm going to do is write a brief summary of said film and then explain why I like it. Now the thing is, I haven't watched every horror movie existing, I just thought it was important to clarify that. These are my favorites for now but perhaps I'll add some others on my list later.
Let's get started with the most recent horror movie that I've seen : Paranormal Actvity. As you probably know, this isn't just ONE movie. There are exactly 5 movies and two "special" ones : Tokyo Night and The Marked Ones. I've watched and enjoyed all of them (I've watched the fifth one, titled The Ghost Dimension almost one mounth ago). I'm not going to talk about each one but about the first one, directed by Oran Peli in 2009, which launched the franchise. You don't have to see it to watch the second one or the third one, but they're all sort of linked so it's better to understand all the references.
This is the story of Katie and her boyfriend Micah, a young couple moving in their new house in San Diego, in California. Katie is convinced that she's been haunting by a ghost since her childhood. Micah doesn't believe her and stays skeptical. However, he decides to set up cameras around the house to record and capture any evidence of supernatural phenomenons. When they discover that these cameras have been recording strange noises and different objects moving during several nights, Katie wants to talk to a mediul who tells her that these disruptions aren't caused by a ghost, but by a demon.
Trailer here : https://youtu.be/7TC9bKyDB5Y
What I really like about the saga in general is how they decided to film it. Indeed, this is filmed in the style of "found footage". The viewer sees what happens thanks to the cameras set up by the couple or Micah's camera, which is very original. I think this is a very good movie because it doesn't show you anything material. It deels with your deepest fears instead of showing you some monsters or creatures. In my opinion, that's what's truly scary and how you recognize a good horror movie. It's not when you jump off your chair or your sofa because you were surprised by something, but when late at night you can't sleep and you're starting to wonder "and if all this was real ?" I didn't really find this movie scary, I'd say it's very thrilling, but this is bascially that thought that made me like all the over movies that I'm going to talk about.
Which leads me to the second film, The Exorcist.
You must know this classic, which has opened the door to most of the scariest movies we know these days. And what a brilliant movie !
Directed by William Friedkin in 1973, it speaks about Regan MacNeil, a goung girl possessed by the Devil. In front of the frightening signs that her daughter shows, her mother Chris MacNeil begs Fr. Karras to help her. And the trailer says it all : "The one hope, the ONLY hope : the exorcist".
Trailer : https://youtu.be/YDGw1MTEe9k
Now that's defintely a movie that deals with your deepest fears and superstitions. At first, when you watch it, I wouldn't say you find it scary but shocking. Cause it's a very poweful film, that's for sure. Well, possessed Regan's face is pretty creepy, yeah but... Nevertheless, good luck to sleep afterwards ! It doesn't really matter if you believe in a religion or not, you'll probably find yourself hoping it never happens to you or to anyone close to you, believe me. Anyway, if you want to watch a REAL and a GOOD horror movie, you need to watch it. Seriously. This is unquestionably one of the best, if not THE best.
Next, The Woman in Black, directed by James Watkins in 2012.
The story of Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer, raising his 7 years old son alone, depressed by the lost of his wife. He's sent to an isolated village to review the personal papers of the deceased Mrs Drablow, in her Manor House, and discovers the vengeful ghost terrorizing Gryphin Gifford's locals.
Trailer : https://youtu.be/7lReemWmO5o
I love it. I just love it. According to me, everything in this movie is perfect. The plot, the atmosphere, the music. A captivating story in a dark ambiance AND it's also pretty scary. Simply fantastic. I've seen the second one, Angel of Death, and I enjoyed it as well but not as much as the first one. And not only because Daniel Radcliffe played the main character. I don't know, I was just more captivated by the first one.
Here's the trailer of Angel of Death : https://youtu.be/eYk0slXSY6s
Fourth movie, The Conjuring, directed by James Wan in 2013.
The Perron family moves in an old farmhouse in Rhode Island. They are soon haunted by a ghost and call Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigators, so they can help them. The Warrens promise to do anything to stop the dark presence that threatens to destroy everyone.
Trailer : https://youtu.be/k10ETZ41q5o
This movie deals with suspense, ghosts and possession at the same time. And I loved it ! The fact that it is based on a true story is even more scarier. I bet you all know Anabelle, the creepy doll mentionned in the film and that has now its own movie. I disliked it. I know a lot of people loved it but I was SO desppointed. Nothing, except maybe the doll's face, was scary. Nothing. And that's too bad because that could have been a very interesting story. That's just my opinion. But anyway, that's not the point. The Conjuring was very good and I loved it.
Next one, The Grudge, directed by Takashi Shimizu, in 2004.
Karen Davis, an American nurse, moves to Tokyo with her boyfriend, who is studying there. Taking care of an American family living in the city, she enconters a supernatural spirit who seems to want revenge. As a series of mysterious deaths starts to resurface, Karen investigates the curse left behing the ghost's tragic story.
Trailer : https://youtu.be/bj88_yqlFMA
It's been a while since I've watched it so I don't really remember every detail but I know it carries the viewer along with the story. There is lot of action and suspense.
Poltergeist, directed by Tobe Hooper in 1982.
(I'm talking about the old movie. I haven't watched the recent one yet.)
A family is haunted by ghosts. They soon start to terrorize the family and kidnap the youngest daughter, Carol Anne. The forces being evil and mercilessly, they call a team of parapshychologists to investigate, so they can bring Carol Anne back.
Trailer : https://youtu.be/5ytjaMfoF2M
Another classic. A very good thriller, with a great plot, great special effects and a lot of suspense. Just amazing.
A Nightmare on Elm Street, directed by Wes Creven in 1984.
(Once again, I'm talking about the old version)
On Elm Street (I know, it's really surprising when you see the title), Nancy Thompson and her friends have all terrible and frightening dreams about a clawed killer named Freddy Krueger. When the children start to die one by one, Nancy understands that she has to find a way to stop Freddy or stay awake to survive. Looking for the identity of the mysterious killer and his connection with the kids of Elm Street, she plans to draw him in the real life.
Trailer : https://youtu.be/PqZCh3fOUPg
I absolutely love the idea of a danger being in your sleep. Because then... I assure you you'll have some trouble to sleep. It's thrilling and very original. If you haven't watched it and want to, remember, don't. fall. asleep.
Well.... I think I'm gonna stop for today. There are other horror movies that I love but this article is starting to be a bit long. Maybe I'll continue to talk about some other movies another day, I don't know yet but I basically juste love these ones.
The universe of horror movies is very vast and I personally don't like the "splatterpunk" style, with a lot of blood and violence, like Saw. I appreciate a film with suspense and which deals with your fears instead of making you throw up.
Anyway, thanks for reading and I'll see you in two weeks ! :)