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The top 10 ways villains kill you in horror movies

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It’s Halloween time again, which means it’s time to dust off your collection of horror movies and get ready for a deluge of grubby-handed, greedy trick-or-treaters headed to your door. To help prep you for the holiday of fear, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular ways horror movie villains have killed off their poor, unsuspecting victims on screen. Sure, some are a bit more creative than others, but they all have the same terrifying end results. Let’s just say that seeing someone walk around with a machete or chainsaw typically means they’re a friend and not a foe in these types of situations. And, in some horror movies, you aren’t even safe from your television set or unborn baby!


10. Knife
The knife might not be the most original way for villains to off their victims in horror movies, but it certainly is a classic. Whether it’s Norman Bates or Ghost Face, there’s something definitive and terrifying about the knife’s appearances in films. “Psycho” brought the term “slasher genre” to a whole new level back in 1960, and 1978’s “Halloween” kicked off a whole new line of imitators when the knife became Michael Myers’ weapon of choice. Those films also became the inspiration for 1996’s “Scream,” which explains why the Ghost Face Killer has done some terrible things with the bladed weaponry.


9. Axe
It might not be as subtle as the knife, has certainly seen its fair share of screen time. There are few things more terrifying that someone trying to chop down the bathroom door with an axe while screaming, “Here’s Johnny!” Who exactly was “Johnny”? Maybe it was the name Jack Torrance gave to his axe after they became so close when they tried to kill Jack’s wife and son. It can be agreed that the 1980 film “The Shining” wouldn’t be quite the classic it is without that iconic scene. Unfortunately the recreation of that scene in 2006’s “Hatchet” didn’t work out as well for baddie Victor Crowley. Let’s just say there’s a good reason the deformed Louisiana native made an axe his murdering tool of choice in that flick.


8. Machete
There’s something about the machete that is intricately connected to the horror film franchise. Fans can largely thank Jason Voorhees for making the machete the staple of Halloween costumes depicting villains every year. The machete became the weapon of choice for the undead villain of the “Friday the 13th” franchise, though his hockey mask ended up becoming his iconic accessory. The machete also popped up in 2007’s “Hostel: Part II,” although its moment of glory got overshadowed by a scalp-tearing saw and some Italians with cannibalistic tendencies.


7. Chain Saw
Appropriately, the killers who have become best associated with the chain saw as a weapon are the cannibalistic family in 1974’s “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.” The chain saw isn’t a particularly subtle or sneaky weapon, but Leatherface certainly made good use of it when he came upon a group of teenagers who want to visit their old family homestead. I guess there’s a lesson there in not getting too in touch with your family’s heritage when that heritage is in the middle of nowhere in middle America. And while Patrick Bateman might be holding a butcher’s knife on the poster for 2000’s “American Psycho,” it’s really his violent murder of unsuspecting blonde model Jean with a chain saw that is his most iconic — and traumatizing — kill. But that could be as much because he is naked and covered in blood in the scene as it is because he manages to drop a chain saw on her from the top of a set of stairs and kill her with it.


6. Infection
There are few more effective means of mass destruction and chaos in horror movies than by spreading death through infection. Whether it be a flesh-eating virus like in 2002’s “Cabin Fever” or the zombie apocalypse in 1968’s “Night of the Living Dead” and 2002’s “28 Days Later” (or just about any other zombie movie ever made), infection is a pretty effective way of getting the job done. Of course, it’s rarely a calculated decision to infect the population and cause mass murders, but in some movies like 2006’s “V for Vendetta” the spread of infection actually is pre-planned. Take Joss Whedon’s 2005 flick “Serenity,” which revealed that a whole race of terrifying, murdering monsters were originally humans who were infected by a calming agent put into their air source by their own government. The possibilities are terrifying.


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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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