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Screw Your Rules! 7 Subversive Horror Movies

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Let’s start this article out by presenting the definition of the word subversive. The dictionary defines subversive as “intending to overthrow, destroy, or undermine an established or existing system.”

With that out of the way, the point of this article is for us to highlight some of the horror flicks that basically took a giant middle finger to the normal rules and regulations of the horror genre and all of its cliches and tropes and forged their own path – for better or worse.

Sometimes these subversive films come across like straight comedies, other times they are more like punches to the gut. These are films that challenged the status quo.

So let’s get to it!

funnygamessmall.jpg Funny Games

Quite possibly the most subversive horror movie of all time, Michael Haneke’s dark horror-comedy Funny Games is a fucking trip and a half. If you haven’t seen the film, beware; it gets super strange once one of the characters picks up the remote control and… you know what, I’m not even going to spoil all of that for unsuspecting viewers. Add in the fact that the original Austrian film was remade shot-for-shot by Haneke in 2007 and this only makes the film even more subversive. If you haven’t seen the film, as a horror movie fan it is basically required viewing. Enjoy?

 


The Tall Man

Writer-director Pascal Laugier blasted into the horror scene with his brutal and challenging (and subversive?) horror film Martyrs. But in my eyes, his real treasure is his 2012 mystery-horror film The Tall Man starring Jessica Biel. The film isn’t anywhere near as brutal and bloody as Martyrs, but it is about three times as challenging. Be warned, The Tall Man is not a film for everyone (or mostly anyone) but for those who enjoy a film that plays out in the most unexpected ways, The Tall Man is a must-see ASAP.

 


Cabin in the WoodsThe Cabin in the Woods

If the definition of subversive is “to overthrow, destroy, or undermine an established or existing system” then Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s Cabin in the Woods could literally be the flagship of not just subversive horror, but the word subversive itself. With a plot revolving around a group of young potential victims going to war with the ritualistic office workers that seek to end their lives for the sake of the entire world, Cabin in the Woods all but destroyed every single horror movie cliche in the book. The fact that they did so with the use of basically every single horror villain of all time makes me get all warm and fuzzy every time I think back to my first trip to this cabin.

 


Scream

The most brilliant thing about Kevin Williamson’s debut screenplay for Scream (at the time known as Scary Movie) is that the film goes so far as to literally lay out all of the rules of a horror movie before it delightfully dismembers each and every rule with gory gusto. From its Hitchcock blonde switch at the beginning to the use of two final killers, Wes Craven’s Scream is about as mainstream as subversive horror gets, and that in itself is a major accomplishment with $100+ million scored at just the domestic box office alone. God Bless Wes Craven’s Scream.

 


Creep 2

Mark Duplass and director Patrick Brice’s Creep 2 tries with all its might at every turn to subvert expectations we as an audience had after viewing the first film. In this case, there could be a subcategory for Subversive Sequels ala Evil Dead 2 and The Devil’s Rejects that basically decided to destroy the very subgenre of their predecessors, but I’m going with Creep 2 today on this list as the flagship for subversive sequels. Like I said, the movie consciously uses your expectations against you time and time again, and that is what makes this movie so amazing.

 


Resolution

The writing-directing team of Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Moorhead’s Resolution starring Peter Cilella and Vinny Curran follows a man (Cilella) who ties up his best friend (Curran) in a remote cabin to get him sober. If that plot rundown makes you think you have any idea where the film is heading, then plain and simply you are wrong. Benson and Moorhead’s horror-thriller is much wilder and crazier than you could possibly imagine, and thus it is bound to be either your new favorite film or a Blu-ray you throw out the window of your speeding Prius with fury. Either way, Resolution is a subversive must-see.

 


The Exorcist

Back in the winter of 1973 director William Friedkin and novelist, screenwriter, producer William Peter Blatty declared war on the basic human value system with their take-no-prisoners horror film The Exorcist. The Acamedy Award-winning, box-office destroying masterpiece is for all intents and purposes a massacre of morals and good manners. The filmmakers’ total disregard for common decency is what has kept this film turning heads (waka, waka) for generations, and William Friedkin’s The Exorcist will continue to shock audiences until the end of time. Talk about subversive!

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And there you have it, those are seven subversive horror films that told the genre to go f*ck itself. What did you think of this list? Let us know below!

And if you dig subversive horror movies, make sure to check out Natasha Kermani’s Imitation Girl starring Lauren Ashley Carter, coming soon.

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The Cast of Westworld Explains Why the Show Is a Must-Watch for Horror Fans

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“Westworld” Season 2 kicks off on Sunday, April 22nd at 9 PM on HBO, and fans of the high-concept sci-fi thriller are chomping at the bit; it’s understandable since Season 1 wrapped way back in late 2016.

While I have a wide definition of the term “horror”, believing it’s more of a sensation than a genre, many Dread Central readers may be wondering if a show about robot cowboys is worth their time and attention.

While I’d recommend “Westworld” to anyone who loves stylized violence, gore, and suspense, we challenged members of the cast to sell the series to potentially reluctant horror fans. How would they respond, for example, to a friend who dismisses the show because they watch horror almost exclusively?

Here are the responses we got from Luke Hemsworth (who plays Head of Security Ashley Stubbs), Angela Sarafyan (who plays host Clementine Pennyfeather), and Clifton Collins, Jr. (who plays both Lawrence and El Lazo).

Dread Central: Complete this sentence: “If you love horror movies, you should watch ‘Westworld’ because…”

Luke Hemsworth: If you love horror movies, you should watch “Westworld” because it’s really gory. It’s pretty dark and it’s also pretty smart.

Angela Sarafyan: You should definitely watch “Westworld” because it makes you face death. It’s a show that questions your mortality. The show not only projects these feelings, but makes you think about the boundlessness of human destruction and how far we can take our reality. Meaning: Will technology eventually be our destruction?

Clifton Collins, Jr: If you love horror movies, you should watch “Westworld” because the same rushes you get from scares in a horror movie, those thrilling and suspenseful events happen in the show. Just from reading it I can tell Season 2 is really cranked-up compared to Season 1. You’re going to have those moments where your heart palpitates or skips a beat and a lot of “Oh my gosh!” moments. There are some serious white-knuckle moments this season. It’s the same thrill you get from watching a horror film!


Westworld isn’t your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park — which is looked after by robotic “hosts” — allows its visitors to live out their fantasies through artificial consciousness. No matter how illicit the fantasy may be, there are no consequences for the park’s guests, allowing for any wish to be indulged. “Westworld” — which is based on the 1973 Michael Crichton movie of the same name — features an all-star cast that includes Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins and Golden Globe winner Ed Harris.

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New Interactive Xenomorph Game Launches This Alien Day

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Alien Day is rapidly approaching on April 26th and today we have news that a new first-of-its-kind interactive survival game is on its way via 20th Century Fox.

The game invites players to experience the intensity and imminent threats of Alien individually, or up to three players in collaborative gameplay and is called Alien: Offworld Colony Simulator. It’s a turned-based survival game that simulates a Weyland-Yutani Space Colony in security lockdown.

Weyland-Yutani is inviting civilians to participate in an open Beta test of “The Offworld Colony Simulator” – an advanced system that simulates security breach scenarios in non-terrestrial colonies. Those that participate in the Open Beta will help teach the system’s AI to accurately simulate human behavior in the face of otherworldly dangers.

Utilizing the Amazon Alexa service, players need to collect items, solve puzzles and explore unmarked territories to successfully move through the colony, unlock sectors, and avoid capture in a Xenomorph-infested space colony.

If you can’t wait until Alien Day, get a head start with the Weyland-Yutani Career Placement Test – a multi-question aptitude test to determine if applicants have what it takes for a role at the interplanetary Weyland-Yutani organization. Complemented with a sweepstakes, the test launches for fans on April 23 at AlienUniverse.com.

The game launches exclusively on Amazon Alexa Devices & Alienuniverse.com one minute prior to Alien Day at 11:59 PM ET on April 25th.

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Jurassic World 2 Gets Yet Another Poster – and Funko Pop Figures!

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Jesus, please us, enough with these Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom poster, amirite? I’m just kidding (I’m not) but seriously today we have yet another poster for the upcoming sequel to Jurassic World… Plus new Funko figures!

The Funko Pop figures will hit this summer, coinciding with the film’s June 22 US release date and include Chris Pratt’s Owen, Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire, Blue the Velociraptor, Stygimoloch, Indoraptor, Owen with Blue (Target exclusive), and a 10″ super-sized Tyrannosaurus Rex (Target exclusive).

You can check out the new poster to the right and pics of the Funko line below and then make sure to let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible) from a script written by Trevorrow, and Derek Connolly. The film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, and Isabella Sermon, while BD Wong and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles from prior films. Look for it in theaters on June 22, 2018.

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