Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Legend of the Psycho

Two years which are important in the world of horror fiction are the following:

1959 and 1960

Do they mean anything to you? What comes to your mind? Dalai Lama escapes to India? Salvatore Quasimodo won the Nobel Prize for literature? John F. Kennedy defeats Nixon? The death of Clark Gable?

I know, it has nothing to do with horror entertainment. Anyway, let me tell you what comes to my mind:

First, (1959) is the publication of the horror novel Psycho by Robert Bloch.

And last (1960), is the opening of the movie Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock.

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Each of them started a legendary franchise of horror. Psycho is one of the most recognizable titles in the world of horror entertainment. The “murder in the shower scene” became iconic and a memorable scene in the history of cinema. The antagonist, Norman Bates, became synonymous with the notion of “evil” not lurking in dark cellars or nightmare forests, but in your own “safe” neighborhood. The movie in particular spawned spin-offs like three sequels, the failed 1987 TV-pilot Bates Motel, and the 2012 television series with the same title. To mention a few.

Due to the numerous inconsistencies in the movie franchise, I was never too fond of the movie sequels, and therefore haven’t watched them enough times to give them justified reviews. The novels, on the other hand, has interested me greatly since I read them all (for those who doesn’t know, it’s a trilogy).

Therefore, in the next three posts I will analyze the three novels, and lastly give an overview of my thoughts of this novel series, with some comparison with the movies.

So, let’s dwell, together, in the brilliant mind of Robert Bloch,

and the disturbing mind of Norman Bates.

“But who are you to say a person should be put away? I think perhaps all of us go a little crazy at times.” – Norman Bates, Psycho, Robert Bloch

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The Remake in Spotlight: Elm Street

Maybe I should make it perfectly clear from the start:

I’m not too fond of remakes.

The reason is that I find many remakes totally misses the point about the original. That the writers or directors doesn’t realize what made the original good in the first place. That the writers takes any thoughtful moments or interesting points, flushes them down the toilet, and replaces them with special effects instead.

However, one particular remake that stuck in my mind was A Nightmare on Elm Street from 2010 (and originally created by Wes Craven). In a couple of aspects, I think it surpasses the original.

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It’s not without its flaws. The acting is mediocre at best. The effects are okay, but nothing mind-blowing. The script is nothing that special, but since when was any of the original films Shakespeare material? The movie in itself is not that big of a deal.

But there are a couple of things I think they improved. *Spoiler alert* Firstly, Freddy Krueger returned to its dark roots. Robert Englund is amazing in the original movies, but when the script writers decided to portray the character as a slapstick comedian, it lost any seriousness this kind of movie franchise deserves. Secondly, the fact that Freddy is a pedophile (as originally intended) rather than “just” a child killer does increases the hatred for the character, that I (quite frankly) also think that the character deserves. Thirdly, the dream world is more dark and gritty than a world where children can change into wizards and warlocks.

By now, the possibility of getting critical comments is extremely high.

But I’m welcoming it. I dare you! *moahaha*

An Apology

I am so sorry for the lack of posts.

The reason is both simple and complex and unforgiving: I have moved to a new apartment, a new lair, with all the commitments and busy work that goes along with it.

But you don’t have to worry. There will be continuation of The Remake in Spotlight. Also, there will soon be posts about my thoughts regarding the horror genre and its relation to “violence”, the topic of personal taste, and many, many more.

In the meantime,

Let the darkness bless you all