“Scream” and “Creep”

A friend of mine asked me not too long ago, what would you do with your time/career if money were no object? It caught me by surprise and it’s one of those questions that’s fun, scary and unrealistic to answer all at the same time.

Without thinking about it too much, I said I would dedicate more time to this blog. It’s something I started as a hobby and to be a break from what I do in my working life. Now it’s a challenge to focus on it and my creativity as much as I would like. It’s a small thing I would like to do if I had the time and didn’t need to worry about anything else. Oh and you could find me volunteering at an animal shelter.

In the meantime, I woke up thinking about one of the drafts that’s been in the works for a while so I put on a pot of coffee and here I am.

“Do you like scary movies?”

screamOn Halloween, I decided to revisit “Scream” after my shift at the cinema and seeing that it would no longer be streaming on Netflix come Nov. 1.

I enjoyed watching it again and having not seen it for many years made a few of the twists seem fresh again.

It was a reminder of how the movie-in-a-movie format by Wes Craven holds up with the right amount of fright and camp and (for people who were in high school at the time the movie came out) references to 1990s culture.

I talked about watching it again with one of my coworkers and the next day he sent me a video about a young filmmaker who raised money in the late 1980s by going door-to-door in his neighborhood to make his own horror movie,  “There’s Nothing Out There”

Interviewed by London filmmaker and critic Charlie Lyne in “Copycat,” Rolfe Kanefsky tells how he brought his love of horror movies to the page by writing a script in five days and achieving success with his project at an independent film festival in New York. The film almost made it to Hollywood before there was a bust in the horror genre in 1990. Kanefsky continued to show it to producers including Jonathan Craven, Wes Craven’s son, and several years later “Scream” was released.

Lyne describes Kanefsky as diplomatic about what happened to his film and the similarities between it and “Scream,” but the video interview and clips of “There’s Nothing Out There,” you’ll see really take Wes Craven’s film down a notch, sadly.

If you haven’t seen “Scream,” or would like to revisit it like I did it’s worth the trip down memory lane but I also recommend watching Lyne’s interview with Kanefsky before you go there.

In other news, if you’re in the mood to watch something scary (and original) try “Creep.” It presents a unique take on the found-footage style and its fair share of  scares and unsettling moments.

creepPatrick Brice and Mark Duplass wrote and star in the film about a filmmaker who takes a job through a Craigslist ad helping a dying father make a video diary for his son. Duplass plays Josef, the father, and Brice is the filmmaker, Aaron. They are the only characters in the film and a lot of it is seen through Aaron’s camera lens as he films Josef’s story. The style presents a voyeuristic experience for the viewer and made the scares Aaron experiences all the more terrifying when you could only hear, but not see, his reactions.

So, if you’re staying home and watching movies today, as you should, these are some options. Rotten Tomatoes also put out a list of the best  horror films (just in time for Halloween – but almost a month late) to check out.

I am going to see “Brooklyn” today, and maybe “Truth” since it is likely on its way out of the theaters.

That is all, bye friends!

 

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