Here at Generic HQ, we absolutely love independent film production. There’s just something special about waking up early, bleary eyed, fresh and full of ideas, ready for a whole day of exhausting filming.
So because we like doing it so much, we also love supporting others doing it (and doing a better job!)
A few weeks ago, an email arrived in the Generic Movie Blog email, and I found a gem of a short film had been linked to us by none other than Dan Allen – a fantastic 19 year old director.
I’ve stumbled upon Dan before when he asked me to review a short film of his called Husky. Unfortunately I never had the time, so this post can act as a small apology as well as a way of helping Generic readers to see a wider range of independent films.
Here at Generic HQ, we loooove the horror genre. We just love to be scared. Unfortunately horror is notoriously easy to screw up, and even easier to rip apart in reviews.
Very few horror films have really got it right, and usually these are the ones with substance. An impressive and fresh plot, convincing performances, and an eerie and original soundtrack. There’s not many of them around.
Cabin in the Woods was one. The Saw series was another.
But right now, we don’t want to know about your favourite horror movies – the ones you think are a triumph of cinematography and score. We’re interested in what you think is the most terrifyinghorror movie of all time. The one that’s disturbed you the most. The one you always think about when you’re in the house alone at night. Whether it’s actually a good film or not.
Everyone that knows me will know that I get scared pretty easily. I may not show it, but if something creeps me out, I’ll remember it for absolutely ages.
Thing is, I’ve always been quite a big fan of horror films. And this is because despite what you may think, it’s not the 18 rated horror films that have scared me most of my life. The thing that actually terrifies me, is the things that aren’t meant to be scary.
The Saw franchise? Fine. Insidious? No problem. The Grudge? Hmm, fine I give in – that did terrify me. But did anyone else ever read The Demon Headmasterby Gillian Cross? I’ll never forget how much that goddamn book scared me.
Other things include that Famous Five episode where they encounter the ghost train in the tunnel (Five Go Off To Camp), The Goosebumps series, and more than anything, that robotic squid in The Nautilus submarine in Disneyland Paris (shudder.) I still can’t look at that horrible thing.
So perhaps it’s being scared as a kid that makes you terrified of something as an adult. Perhaps as an adult, if you get scared you get over it quicker. I’ve got no idea about the psychology of fear.
But I think there’s something very universal that made us all afraid as children. And they’re some of the more menacing villains creating by none other than Disney.
All the staff at Generic Movie Blog UK would like to announce their new business – Generic Movie Prints.
Generic Movie Prints specializes in designing and printing unique and beautiful movie inspired gear. Currently we’re selling movie inspired mugs, but who knows where it could expand to next?!
The collection at the minute is small, featuring designs inspired by films such as: Home Alone, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Grey, and there’s many more soon to be added, including Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and Yes Man.
“A set is the most important part of a movie. Without a set a movie is merely a group of people standing and doing things i.e. acting!” – WikiHow
I stumbled upon that quote while perusing an article called “How to make a movie set.” I have a feeling the article was referring to school plays rather than full blown Hollywood movies, but nonetheless this claim interested me.
Very quickly you can see why this quote is complete and utter garbage. Take the Shakespeare plays in the Globe Theatre for example – okay, not strictly ‘movies,’ but the concept still stands. One big chunk of standalone set and a few props, and yet the plays were magnificent.
Or films such as ‘Carnage’ all set in one room. There are much more important things in a movie, the acting being the main one of course. But also the cinematography, soundtrack, lighting, script… each and every one of these aspects could be said to be THE most important, but of course it’s together they create a masterpiece.
It did get me thinking though, sometimes a set is definitely one of the most important things in a movie. Where would Tom Hanks be in Castaway with no island behind him? Or Batman if he just had to pretend Gotham was there?
So here’s my top 10 favourite film sets of all time, in no particular order. This could be for their beauty, simplicity, effectiveness, or just because I like them. Lets just get something straight – by ‘set’ I could mean the physical stage, the background CGI, the wonderful city it’s shot in, etc.
Big hair, big stars and even bigger budgets: on the surface it could be argued that the eighties didn’t contribute anything to the world of film that any other decade past or present hasn’t already given us or equalled. Yet for a decade that ended 24 years ago its films and its cultural impact are still talked about and felt today.
It’s a decade that had nearly every genre at the top of its game with new sub-genres taking over and making waves. It produced films that were consistent with the events of the time – films that allowed you to connect to current affairs (post-Vietnam War/Cold War) and cultural significances (music, fashion, being a stereotyped teenager in High School) or, particularly with the advent of the high concept blockbuster, they offered unfaltering escapism from life for a couple of hours to watch some muscle bound action man blow shit up and save the day. Continue reading A High Concept: Why the 80’s is the Best Decade in Film→