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1990 to Now, A Perspective on Horror Films by the Decade: Part III of V

Part III of V in my horror perspective article for Sailor Twift. This one features flicks from 2000-2009.

The dog days of summer are here, so try and chill with some good flicks from the first decade of the new millennium!

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The 2000s

By: Eddie Caiazzo

Why didn’t the year 2000 have any movies named in this survey? Unfortunately, the Y2K hysteria was scarier than any horror movies released that year.

We’ll leap right over the first year in the decade straight into 2001, where some asbestos removal guys get to work on the Danvers State Mental Hospital in Massachusetts in Session 9. This psychological thriller features a pre-CSI: Miami David Caruso delivering one of the most epic “F*** You” lines in history.

Danvers has a dark past, so being closed 15 years is perfect timing for Caruso and a bunch of other guys to head in and start cleaning it out. What’s the worst that could happen?

With only one film named in the first two years of the decade, 2002 carried SIX films mentioned in this survey.

One survey respondent spoke from personal experience when naming Swimfan

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1990 to Now, A Perspective on Horror Films by the Decade: Part II of V

Here’s part two of my horror survey report for those that may have missed it. This is about the horror films featured in the 1990s!

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I don’t know why, but November was a popular month for horror in 1990. The three films named in this survey released that year resided in the month of November. Tim Curry as “Pennywise the Clown” would scare a generation of youngsters in the TV miniseries based on Stephen King’s 1986 best-selling novel IT. To make a TV-14 offering of a book as graphic and twisted as IT is a victory (in my opinion) for director and co-writer Tommy Lee Wallace.

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King would have another novel converted into a film for release, this time on the big screen, in Misery. James Caan showed us just how helpless he could be in his portrayal of author Paul Sheldon, while Kathy Bates delivered a chilling performance as an obsessed fan of his, Annie Wilkes. The role gained Bates an Academy Award for Best Actress. Misery stays with you long after…

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1990 to Now: A Perspective on Horror Films by the Decade, Part 1

Here’s how my Horror survey turned out! Thanks to all who participated!

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1There are so many reasons to be a fan of horror movies right now.  Hollywood has already to date released nine films on the big-screen that carry the official genre-filtering title when trying to purchase tickets online.  John Squires of Bloody Disgusting reported back on February 6 that five out of the top 10 highest-grossing films of 2017 at that point carried the horror label.  Currently, eight of the top 30 grossing films at the box office in the first quarter of the year are a certain brand of horror according to Box Office Mojo.

There had to be a reason so many horror films were being released in 2017, in a genre once poo-pooed by the Hollywood elite.  And there are still so many to come!

There is a thought I was not willing to share with my peers until I did a little research on my own…

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A Missed Opportunity to Make the Blair Witch Great Again

My first horror movie review for Sailor Twift!

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blair-witch-poster-sWith Freddy and Jason in Hell, Ghost Face waiting for the turn of the century to make rich Californians “Scream” again, Candyman banished to behind the mirror and Michael Myers without a head, the summer of 1999 would end the decade without a gory drop of blood being shed — thanks to The Blair Witch Project.

After an exceptional marketing campaign leaving the actors hidden until the movie’s release, and Entertainment Weekly calling it “One of the Creepiest films since The Exorcist,” the original Blair Witch would go on to gross more than $240 million dollars…on a $60,000 budget.  Its sequel, Book of Shadows, would receive the Hollywood treatment, a star-studded soundtrack and even Jeffrey Donovan; but wound up forgotten with a 13% on the Tomatometer.

After the success of the first film, a 90s pop culture icon that gave birth to the words “found-footage” in the mainstream…

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