Godzilla has been the most recognizable moviemonster since bursting on the scene in the 50’s: a hulking, mutated dinosaur with an insatiable appetite for destruction. While its M.O. has been fairly consistent over the years, the monster has changed in a few subtle, but significant, ways. For one, Godzilla hasn’t always been a villain: at points he’s been the defender of the planet, fending off other giant monsters such as Mothra and MechaGodzilla. With a new installment slated for premiere this month, now’s a useful time to take stock of what’s become of this fearsome character.
Noticeably absent from this list: Jamie Lee Curtis. The reason: In her roles as a horror starlet, she never emphasized her hotness. This was something she did in her roles outside the horror genre.
Also noticeably absent from the list: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jessica Biel and Jessica Alba. They frequently make lists like this one. But in my opinion, the three actresses really aren't fans of the "splatter" genre and just made a brief stepping stone appearances in edgy (or in the case of Alba, PG-13) horror films before moving onto other things. All 10 of these women are hotter anyway.
We also wanted to focus more on scream queens of the past 40 years or so. Not every hottie could make the list. With thousands of amazingly beautiful women showing up in horror films over the past half century, it's very, very tough to come up with a list of the Top 10. But I did it.
Many people have differing ideas about what constitutes a classic horror story. Some say that there must be bizarre, abnormal violence to force the reader or viewer into a supreme sense of mortality. Others insist that only believable, everyday violence qualifies so that unnerving feeling of realistic menace can lurk behind every corner while producing an imposing sense of vulnerability.
One of the basic principles of horror is to take something that everyone is familiar with, and to exploit any worries about that idea, ideal, or action. There is a strong psychological reason behind the presence of sex in horror films.
As YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu continue to raise the bar for online entertainment focusing on quality web shows, the horror genre seems to have tagged along for the ride. AMC featured" Everything Dies", their web version of their wildly popular TV series The Walking Dead during Season 2. Fearnet has continued to grow their fan base offering various horror web series on their website.
There have been some great horror characters over the years that have captured the public imagination. Many horror films and particularly horror series have relied upon a well developed villain character in order to draw in audiences and keep them coming back for more. This trend was most noticeably developed within the slasher genre where the horror heavyweights of the eighties battled each other for fans. In recent years there has been a distinct lack of inspiring new slasher villains and in a climate of remakes and sequels the memorable slashers of yesteryear continue to be the biggest box office draws however there have been a couple of notable new kids on the block.
Movie clichés are somewhat inevitable especially in an industry where ideas are endlessly recycled in the hope of raking in more cash. Perhaps the greatest offender is the horror genre. Most clichés can be traced back to an original film which featured an excellent scene that later film makers felt compelled to copy, for example we have Psycho to thank for endless shower scene murders. Let´s take a closer look at some classic horror movie clichés.
Fans of the genre could easily argue that The Exorcist, released in 1973, remains the most influential horror film of all time. In spite of the recent successes of ghost tales like Paranormal Activity and slasher flicks like Scream, this classic tale of pre-teen possession still stands out as a different breed of horror film - and was even nominated for a Best Picture Oscar when it was released.
A lot of people are not fans of horror movies. Violence, squeamish material, possessed people, zombies, ghosts and suspenseful moments turn them off. I am not one of these people. After taking a class in college on horror movies, I began to love them.
If you are looking to get into horror movies it is tough to sift through all the bad ones. Here are some scary movies that are worth seeing.