‘Scream’ changes horror genre

May 2, 2018

By Gustavo Buenrostro Wes Craven’s “Scream” turned the horror/ slasher genre on its head and become a staple in horror. “Scream” is a film about a serial killer going off and killing unsuspecting teenagers. The premise is the same as any other horror film. The difference, however, is in the execution of the film. Most films before “Scream” would advertise a certain actor or actress for their films as the…

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Horror comedy explores social commentary

March 1, 2017

By Dorany Pineda  There is nothing standard about Jordan Peele’s brutally smart feature film debut “Get Out,” a comedy horror satire about the African American experience within a white suburban neighborhood. “Get Out” is a social commentary about white racism and the real-life anxieties of the black experience in this country, which, as the film reveals, can sometimes descend into nightmare. The film opens with a scene of a young…

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Classic horror film receives television adaptation

By Julie Santiago Fox’s new series “The Exorcist” isn’t a remake, but a smart adaptation of the classic 1973 horror film. Before horror fans get upset and think Hollywood is ruining a classic movie by not doing it any justice, they should give this new series a chance. In this story, the Georgetown exorcism (from the original 1973 film, “The Exorcist”) happened years ago and now takes place in present-time Chicago…

September 29, 2016
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Dark Horrors come alive in ‘The Witch’

By Dorany Pineda Robert Eggers succeeds in immersing the audience into the suspenseful, horror-driven world of “The Witch” in his debut feature film. Set on a farm in 1630’s New England, “The Witch” tells the story about a supernatural entity that causes a family to tear itself apart. When newborn Samuel disappears under the watch of the oldest daughter Thomasin, played by Anya Taylor Joy, despair and fear closes in on…

February 24, 2016
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‘Sinister’ frightens audience

By Sergio Berrueta “Sinister” combines popular horror film genres to create a frightful, yet very predictable film. It seems the movie industry gets a new found footage every year around this time, replacing the classic spook house thrillers of yesteryear. “Sinister” tells the story of down-and-out writer Ellison Oswalt, played by Ethan Hawke, who moves his entire family to a house where a murder and missing children’s case took place,…

October 20, 2012
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Horror movie offers interesting twist

  By Kien Ha “The Cabin in the Woods,” makes unexpected twists and offers a new perspective into the horror movie clichés. The film, which was directed by Joss Whedon, begins with two technicians (Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford) having a conversation at what appears to be an ordinary work facility. They discuss an unexplained operation that is underway, and head to make preparation. Meanwhile, packing for a road trip,…

April 18, 2012
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1920s ‘Nosferatu’ still impresses

By David Bilbao “Nosferatu” is a known classic in the movie business, living through 90 years as an original tale of horror and fright. “Nosferatu” first premiered March 5, 1922 in Berlin, Germany. Nosferatu lived on, telling its tale elsewhere in the world throughout the decades. In the same month of its premiere, Mohanda’s Ganhndi was being imprisoned six years for disobedience by British magistrates, Babe Ruth signed on for three…

April 18, 2012
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Silent House remake has hits, misses

By Kien Ha “Silent House” is an American psychological thriller and remake of the Uruguayan original film of the same name, “La Casa Muda.” Both films were shot to appear as one continuous take, and follows main character Sarah as she faces the horror that unfolds within her family vacation home. The film opens with Sarah (Elizabeth Olsen), hanging out by a lake alone. She returns to a house nearby…

March 16, 2012
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