Every generation seems to get the monster they deserve -- in film anyway.
If the phrase "Art imitates life" is true for cinema as well, it means that our film represents our culture and society at the time the film is made. It might then follow that horror films represent our nightmares or our worst fears.
The posters and lobby cards for these films are as imaginative and chilling as the films themselves. Highly sought after by collectors, in good condition these posters can fetch upwards of five-ten thousand dollars. And much more.
Nostalgia alert: we're bringing back popcorn balls.
When I was a young 'un, Halloween signified the beginning of the kid calendar. It was a fun, escapist holiday -- and a great break from the routine of a new school year. Mom would counsel my brother and I on our costumes, and help us select a variety of retired clothes that we could use to make our costumes. One year my brother went as a pirate and I went as a devil. Mom found a set of red long underwear for me and Dad built me a makeshift pitchfork. It was the best Halloween ever.
Faye Dunaway's portrayal of Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest has become a cult classic. Fresh City Life presents this weird, absurd biopic as our KnitFlix movie for October.
It was meant to be a faithful film rendition of Christina Crawford's book of the same title, but Mommie Dearest quickly became a midnight showing cult film. In fact, during its initial release, it developed a following as loyal as The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
I'm not a film academic, so I can't know with any certainty why Mommie Dearest moved into the realm of cult classic. But some of the reasons I love it might be contributing factors. In no particular order:
The international fascination with vampires has impacted TV programming as much as it has movie production. The most popular job for a TV vampire? Private Detective. Can you pick out the three TV shows listed that feature a vampire gumshoe?
Since Harry Potter, when we think of witches, they look more like Glenda the Good Witch than the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. Whether they have tricks up their sleeve, or are a treat to be around, these witches and wizards will enchant you.
Legend says that as long as there have been vampires, there have been vampire hunters. At least in the movies it is true. Buffy the Vampire Slayer may be the most popular of the vampire hunters, but many other films portray the dark side of vampires and those who fight them.