Monthly Archive: October 2014

The Best Scary but Not Gory Films Perfect for Halloween

Each year more people like to celebrate Halloween by watching a horror movie each night leading up to October 31st. Hollywood was able to capitalize on that fact by releasing both Ouija and Annabelle at just the right time.

One thing that many people like about the more recent major horror films is that they are not gory. The scares are more psychological. Many people avoid horror movies because they want scares but don’t have any interest in watching gore or explicit scenes. We thought it would be helpful to compile a list of great horror films that are scary without being disgusting.

Insidious (2010)

This film about demons and ghosts is a very simple yet scary story. It is admirable how director James Wan was able to use the most basic tools to create such a fun, clever film. You may want to avoid the sequel, which some feel doesn’t measure up to the original at all.

The Shining (1980)

This is perhaps the greatest scary movie of all time. It will freak you out but there is very little actual violence or gore. The first time Christian Broda showed me this movie, those twins kept me from sleeping for a week.

The Conjuring (2013)

This film is considered to be something of a modern classic. It is a simple story of possession told expertly. There are a lot of likeable characters and fun moments in this one.

Psycho (1960)

Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece is a must-see for anyone alive. The scenes with Marion Crane driving and worrying are more intense than almost anything in modern cinema.

Bat-Director Looks for Redemption with Comic Series

If any Batfans are interested in what Joel Schumacher’s intended plans were for his much-maligned 1990s Batman movies may get a chance to find out. Rumor is the director could end up on the printed side of the fun should he get the go-ahead to produce a mini-series that would take a fresh look at his original plans for a Batfilm trilogy that was cut short after 1997’s Batman & Robin went belly up. It was only the second of his efforts behind the Batcamera.

If the project sees fruition, Schumacher will be collaborating on the series with Dustin Nguyen, the artist that’s worked on both Batman and Batgirl.

Schumacher’s original Batman movies are hardly regarded as great advancements in Batcinema. Despite working with the lights of Tommy Lee Jones, Uma Thurman, Jim Carrey and Arnold Schwarznegger, many audiences were extremely unhappy with the dramatic shift in tone the films took after Tim Burton’s first two groundbreaking movies which are still seen as definitive in the way Batman should be viewed cinematically. While some saw the lighter material in Schumacher’s first Batman movie as a welcome change, a majority thought he went a little too far in Batman & Robin, which was far more reminiscent of the Caped Crusader’s campier days and seemed a little too obsessed with innuendo and sexuality.

There has been argument the studio was far more responsible for Schumacher’s disappointments behind the Batcamera. This mean there could be an audience curious to see how the director originally intended to represent the Batfamily on the silver screen. Whether the comic exonerates or exacerbates Schumacher’s reputation as a Bataficionado remains to be seen.

Rumors, Rumors! Avengers in Spider Man films; ‘Sinister Six’ as Spidey’s Soft Reboot

Rumors about the fate of Spider-Man made rounds on the Internet recently, and fans ponder on the truth about these stories. Some are welcoming Spider-Man to a cross-over with the Avengers, while others suggested Sinister Six as Spider Man’s soft reboot. Venom, which was also rumoured to be a reboot of the franchise, will not go forward.

As reported in Badass Digest, there is an unconfirmed story that Sony has been exploring a few options. One of these options is to more closely tie the character’s connections to the Marvel Universe, particularly to the Avengers.

Another story from insiders at HollywoodReporter is that Sony and Tom Rothman are going to do a soft reboot of the franchise with the Sinister Six. The film giant will have a new actor playing the spider hero, who will team up with five others to stop super villains from posting total destruction. The plan to soft reboot Spider Man with Venom is now dead in the water, as far as Sony’s concerned.

Sinister Six is set to be released in 2016. If the confirmation comes that Spidey’s character is in it, it will be a new whole branding for the character from the previous Spider-Man films.

The stories may not be the only ones coming out, as this whole franchise interests a lot of people. So long as there are no confirmations only one thing is for sure—fans expect something big about it really soon.