Wednesday, October 28, 2009

"Hello... Is somebody there?"

Back in April at Love Train for the Tenebrous Empire, Empress Kate pointed out a fun little DVD that I had to pull out last night. Experiments in Terror 3 is a collection of short independent films, my favorite of which is "Terror" by Ben Rivers.

"Terror" is a compilation of clips from old slasher movies that is interesting in two regards. 1) you get to guess which movie a clip is from, and 2) you get to see how formulaic the genre is. I remember hearing Quentin Tarantino wanted to make Death Proof a slasher-type film, but said slasher movies are the most formulaic films, with the possible exception of Women in Prison films, and you cannot break from the formula. That may be true, but a good slasher movie is still good, and this compilation shows how these films progress and builds great tension in the viewer. If you can get you hands on this one, it is worth it for a fun/scary 20+ minutes.

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