We just had to open our plotlines season with a film about taking on the monster.It’s such a classic plotline, made for a full on cinematic experience. It’s a director’s feast as this storyline begs for visual thrills and visceral big screen chills. Audiences are challenged to face their deepest fears from the comfort of seat 11 row J. These are often the kind of films that can put you off your popcorn, burn into the brain and keep you awake at night. Filmmakers have taken on all kinds of monsters, be they animal (Jaws(1975), Arachnophobia (1990), The Killer Bees (1974), The Birds (1963), or radioactively mutated ants in Them!(1954)), or from outer space (Alien (1979), War of the Worlds (1953)). Hell, of course, can be other people, with some notable human monsters in Halloween (1978), Se7en (1995). American Psycho (2006) or The Silence of the Lambs (1991). There are monsters of our own making in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) or The Fly (1986). Some monsters become so through acts of transformation. Cinema has a long flirtation with vampires from Dracula (1931) to the teen success of Twilight(2008) with its good looking monsters you can fall in love with. Don’t forget though, blood sucker fans, about some classic Zombie movies such as Night of the Living Dead(1968) and some notable werewolf flicks; An American Werewolf in London (1981) and Gingersnaps(2000). Monsters can hide inside your friends-The Thing (1982)-our choice to screen in January, crawl out of your TV screen The Ring (1998-avoid the remake) or be the Devil himself Omen (1976), The Exorcist (1973) and Rosemary’s Baby(1968).
Taking on the monster is a story we can’t leave alone. It’s been with us since we gathered round the fire and told the tale of the things that lurked in the dark and it continues to stalk our imaginations by the flicker of the projector beam on the silver screen.
Don’t look now. It’s behind you….