Body Horror Plots and their Paranoia

This subgenre focuses on bodies, whether it’s a human’s or any other creatures’ body. The state of degeneration or the brutality on the body may be a cause or effect. The body horror films were first christened in 1986; it was a byproduct of the sci-fi genre and body degeneration that resulted in ghastly scenes on the screen. Blobs of meat moving, humans turning into creatures, surgical mishaps, forced transformations, etc are some of the themes on which body horror movies have taken people into a scary pit.

My first body horror movie was seeing “Slither”, a worm-shaped meat creature slimes its way through your body converting you into a monster. The scenes where people are most vulnerable truly made the heart stop or sometimes I wanted to shout out to the characters to look out for the tiny little blob.

Body horror can’t be complete without sci-fi and the film “The Fly” does the perfect justice. Jeff Goldblum’s character turns into a big fly in front of his girlfriend and the skin keeps on getting messy & there is a share of romance but it does raise a question into your mind as you see a person turn into a creature, he doesn’t stop but keeps on experimenting adding to his misery.

 

The human mind is an extraordinary organ; we have done some amazing things since our civilisations were established. Scientists today often try to study the viability of a parallel universe, What if? It is always on the cards. One such body horror shows us the descent of a scientist from finding truths of the parallel universe to becoming a flesh eating being. “From Beyond” is one such movie. It made me quiver and I came to my senses after some time.

Gluttony and Lust are sins, but what if they cause changes to your body at extreme levels? I came across “Taxidermia”, a Hungarian movie. It has elements of performing taxidermy on one’s own body, eerie desires and gluttony. If you are up for such movies then do try it out.

John Carpenter’s “The Thing” is a classic case of body horror move with its graphic content and an enigmatic antagonist it was quite a path breaking concept. The faceless alien which plays the antagonist kills the people and assumes their identity. The movie is based on an abandoned lab at some cold, gloomy place this film does presents a perfect dose of horror to the audiences.

Wes Craven: father of Slasher Films

When people saw “The Last house on the Left” in 1972, they never would have thought that horror can be served with such violence and gore. There was criticism but it subsided with curiosity and there it started a new fan base for such films. Wes Craven was behind this beautifully horrific film which bent a lot of norms of presenting crimes in the purest form.

Craven started as a professor in humanities, he had masters in Philosophy and Writing from John Hopkins University. He had a hobby of making movies with his 16mm film camera, which later made him take up creative jobs in New York. He shifted to making Porn movies, he made hardcore movies in which he wrote, edited and directed scenes. It was in 1972 when he made his first feature film “The house on the left”, that’s what started his career in Horror films.

After his first feature, he experimented with some other movies in horror, but it was in 1984 Youth horror saw a new story which would become a cult for the coming generations. A Nightmare on the Elm Street had new perspectives on Slasher films, it was targeted at teens and it had an even more horrifying antagonist “Freddy Krueger”. Wes knew how to get into the minds of his audiences and he knew that the vulnerabilities of people can be best portrayed by these characters in his films.

He knew how to pop out ideas, be it an eye for fresh talent, creating genres, reading psyches of the perspective audiences and delivering a classic nightmare on the big screen. He created his own nightmare on the screen and it clicked well his fan following. His film style is something which needs to be highlighted here,  may be his studies in college made him study people in the most brutal and honest manner possible, that’s what made his characters so pure and antagonists so frightening on the screen. He played with dreams, reality, longing, desires, fantasies and asked questions to his audiences about their beliefs and he presented events in the scariest manner as much possible.

His work branched out to TV too, he was part of magazines too, and he wrote and produced mini-movies and feature films for his audiences. Some of his notable works include: The Hills Have Eyes (there remakes too, they were pretty cool), A Nightmare on Elm Street, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, Scream series, Inside Deep Throat, Scream (TV series), etc.

Surprisingly he made a romantic movie too named Music of the Heart, it had Meryl Streep, and she was nominated for an Academy award for the same. There was another romantic story with a twist of ghost in French ensemble production, Paris Je T’aime, it was critically acclaimed and Wes received recognition for adding a spirit (special spirit) in a romantic comedy.

With a lot of ghostly and creepy scenarios in his films, he painted quite a picture. He passed away in 2015 due to Brain cancer. He left a legacy of slasher films which will be used as a reference for young filmmakers to come.

Zombie Horror Movie Facts: Things You Never Knew

Horror movies deliver the scares to its audiences very well in a variety of ways possible. Body horror movies thank gorey effects, psychological horror thanks your own imagination, while zombie horror spends a lot of money of makeup and even special classes for teaching extras in zombie-ing. But even in their precautions, there are still slips that the audience would find in the movies, most probably in their second to nth times of watching the movies. Here, we’ll be listing some facts about zombie movies that you may or may not have spotted during the scaring. (From IMDB.com)

  • The first red haired zombie Segen shoots in World War Z can be seen being killed again as Segen and the WHO doctor flee, and then again as Gerry crosses the sky bridge.
  • World War Z was also Brad Pitt’s first zombie film, who also personally chose Marc Foster to direct the film.
  • Athletes were casted as the Infected in 28 Days Later. Danny Boyle felt that since athletes can do things others can’t, they would be interesting when translated into the movements of the Infected.
  • For the London scenes in 28 Days Later, police would close the roads at 4AM for one hour. After that hour, producers got several attractive young women (including Danny Boyle’s daughter) to ask the drivers to either wait or find another route. That got them to continue the filming.
  • 28 Weeks Later, sequel to 28 Days Later, had a wrong route in the film. The three survivors want to get from Regent’s Park to Wembley, but their chosen route clearly takes them by Parliament Square, Whitehall and Charing Cross, which is in the opposite direction. They should be driving through St. John’s Wood.
  • Readers Digest tried to warn people away from watching Night of the Living Dead in 1968, claiming that if they watch it, they will be inspired of cannibalism.
  • Susan Wloszczyna, a reporter for USA Today, appeared as one of the zombies in Land of the Dead. She was there interviewing her fellow zombies as well as the director. She spent nearly an hour and 45 minutes in the make-up chair.
  • Actress Jenna Fischer said on a TV talk show that she got the role of Shelby in Slither as a “birthday present” from her spouse, director James Gunn, after another actress dropped out of the movie. She have always wanted to play a zombie, and she screamed with joy once she heard the news.
  • The female police officer in Scouts Guide to a Zombie Apocalypse who flashes the scouts after getting her uniform caught in a fence was actually an adult film star named Missy Martinez.
  • Zombieland’s script, originally for a television pilot, was heavily revise to become a feature film.
  • Despite top billing as part of the cast in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Lena Heady does not appear in the flesh until the 34-minute mark in a 3-second flashback. Properly introduced only in the 58-minute mark, she only gets a total of 6 minutes’ worth of screen time in the entire film.