Horror movies have been around for almost one hundred years. The “modern” horror movie really started with “Nosferatu” in 1919. Nosferatu is a silent film about a lurking vampire that stalks his enemies. He has a misshapen head and razor sharp teeth. During the years following, the horror movie genre went from the creepy (Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy) to the brutal (Friday The 13th, Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and A Nightmare on Elm Street). Friday The 13th was known as the body count movie. So much so that Fangoria Magazine had a centerfold that featured each death from the first to that current movie in the series. Jason Vorhees, the killer in most of the movies (except his mother and the ambulance driver) in the Friday The 13th series, was a killing machine that felt no remorse. Each subsequent movie featured more brutal killings than the last. We are featuring some of the best killing scenes in the Friday The 13th movie series.
Today marks the release of writer-director Drew Goddard and co-writer Joss Whedon’s genre-skewering horror comedy “The Cabin in the Woods,” which, and I don’t think this will come as much of a surprise, is set primarily in a cabin in the woods. To celebrate its long-awaited public unveiling, I thought I’d take a look back at the “cabin in the woods” genre, or more specifically the ten most notable films to come out of this area of horror cinema. I should note that the films collected below are listed not in terms of quality but in chronological order of release, so as to see how the “cabin in the woods” genre has evolved over the years, if at all. [Read more…]