The Predator is looking REALLY ropey these days.
I love horror when it’s all about slow, creeping dread. Movies like Rosemary’s Baby or Session 9 will always win over the likes of Saw or Insidious for me. The Ritual’s first 45 minutes or so follows the lead of The Blair Witch Project as four British guys trek deep into the thick, dark forest of Norway. The atmosphere steadily builds, the pressure starts chipping away at the group dynamic and before you know it, even a set of footprints…
How to make a modern horror film:
1 - Start with the certificate: Under no circumstances should you consider an 18/R rating
2 - Assemble your cast: Make sure they fit the white, American, middle-class, 2.4 children archetype
3 - If you have given these cast members any positive traits, immediately remove these. The audience can NOT have any reason to bond with these people.
4 - Place your horror elements sporadically throughout the film, allow plenty of time for…
To make something so beautiful, so tender out of something so tragic and heartbreaking takes a real skill. Hirokazu Koreeda has perfected it.
Not since Elephant Man has a film had this much of an emotional effect on me, it actually made me feel quite sick in my stomach in the last half hour and in the last 15 minutes or so I realised I was holding my breath.
The young actors have left me gobsmacked at how flawlessly they…