Written by: Lucas Thomas
Return of the Living Dead (1985)
This movie is very esmé, instead of coming up with something original they just ripped off “The Night of the Living Dead.” “Return of the Living Dead” is not a sequel to George Romero’s first two “Living Dead” movies it’s more like an homage. The film was a success and it spawned four sequels. The film is very cheesy and over the top and has great 80’s special effects, much better than the CGI you see today. Plot wise it’s the sort of thing you’d expect from a movie about zombies. There’s an epidemic at a medical supply warehouse that re-animates one of the corpses stored there so they try to cremate the corpse. But what they don’t know is the smoke goes out the chimney mixes with the rain and rains all over a cemetery. So now the employees, the mortician, and the teens are in the middle of an entire cemetery being resurrected with the living dead hungry for brains.
Wes craven’s Scream is one parts lasher film and one part tongue-in-cheek position paper on the teen horror movies of the late 1970s/early 1980s that plays as half-parody, half-tribute. It violates one of the oldest rules in movie history: It’s about characters who watch the movies. Sure people go to movies in movies all the time but those movies were about the “act” of going to see movies. “Scream” is about “knowledge” of the movies: The characters in “Scream” are in a horror film, and because they’ve seen so many horror films, they know the dos and don’ts of the genre. Story wise it is a very slasher horror film.
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Bride of Frankenstein is classic. There are not a lot of sequels that are better than the originals. However, Bride of Frankenstein is not only better than Frankenstein (1931), but one that completely out-does the original in terms of entertainment and suspense. This is a very amusing and eccentric horror-comedy film with some very memorable and iconic moments. Not to mention that it’s in black and white.
The Evil Dead II (1987)
Evil Dead 2 is one of those odd movies sequels that’s actually more memorable than the original. Unlike ‘The Return of the Living Dead,’ this film is a great example of successfully blending horror and comedy to great effect, this film is a comedy disguised as a disgustingly graphic horror movie. But if you look closely you’ll notice that the movie’s fairly sophisticated satire. People who don’t understand movies will say it’s in bad taste, but that’s because they don’t understand, so laugh at them for not getting it. This is a crazy movie and a must see for the Halloween season.