In case you haven’t heard, New Dawn Films just started a campaign to fund our next film, “An Angry Boy.” If horror is up your alley and you want to be a part of creating this awesome scary film, check out the campaign.
For the next few weeks, we’re doing special themed posts highlighting everything about horror and thriller films. From pre-prod, production, post and down to releasing and ROI, we’ll get to the nitty gritty of what and how to make these films.
To start, we’re stepping back in time, to the decade of grunge and blocky mobile phones – the 90s.
A lot of people have said the 90s was a low point for horror films, but don’t believe them. There are hidden, bloodcurdling gems hiding in plain sight. Here’s our pick of five, underrated horror films from the 1990s you should watch.
The Sixth Sense dominated late 90s horror by showing us an endearing little boy who sees ghosts. Unfortunately for Stir of Echoes, they had a similar plot to the popular film and the misfortune of getting released soon after Bruce Willis and company dominated the box office.
But looking back, Stir of Echoes deserves its own little niche for being an effective horror flick. Starring Kevin Bacon as Tom, he’s hypnotized by his sister-in-law into seeing ghosts – the same ability his son already has. Tom begins seeing the ghost of a missing teen girl and the story revolves there. The film is one of Bacon’s best and worth seeing for horror lovers everywhere.
Stir of Echoes was a box office success. It ranked Number 3 in its opening weekend and stayed at the top ten for three whole weeks.
In The Mouth of Madness (1994)
While many consider this a box office flop, In the Mouth of Madness is a great example of how a wacky and unique storyline can be translated into glorious film art. Mastermind John Carpenter may be a big name in Hollywood Horror, but not all of his terrifying films were a hit.
This doesn’t mean his mastermind wasn’t at work. In the Mouth of Madness stars Sam Neill as an insurance investigator looking for horror author, Sutter Cane. The problem is, Cane’s bizarre storyline and creations seem to be coming to life one by one, driving his readers insane and sucking Neil’s character into chaos. The movie may have its flaws but the story and bizarre tone, make this a film worth a watch.
Originating from a Clive Barker story, Candyman has become the stuff of legends for horror buffs everywhere. Not only does the story showcase the terror of urban legends to perfection, it’s also wonderfully and spine-tingly brought to life by a superb actor like Tony Todd.
Candyman revolves around a Sociology university student, played by Virginia Madsen, who is researching urban legends. She hears the legend of Candyman where saying his name five times in front of a mirror will bring death to the summoner. Candyman uses a hook jammed onto one of his bloody stumped right hand to hack his way into his victims. Once the chant is invoked, Candyman lets loose and gore and death follow. While all the gore is worth drooling over, underneath all that bloodshed a unique story that’s considered one of the film’s strength.
Candyman was a hit for the genre during the box office weekend. It hit over $25 million on its domestic release.
In the 90s, there was a brilliant wave of Japanese horror wave that followed after The Ring was released, one of them was a film called Pulse by Japanese director, Kyoshi Kurosawa. But before his foray into the U.S. Market, Kurosawa also directed another terrifying film called Cure.
As the film starts, you might think it’s just another thrilling police procedural but it soon becomes clear you’re in for one wild and messy psychological ride.
The film was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and later released internationally after it gave audiences in Japan a scare. The Cure currently has a 93% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Before Pan’s Labyrinth and Oscar-winning The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro first dazzled audiences with bizarre storytelling with his debut film, Cronos. The film gave us the Del Toro we’ve all come to love including monsters, insects, and using special effects as key to telling a great story.
Cronos tells the story of an alchemist who discovers the key to eternal life in the form of a unique Cronos device. Centuries later, it lands in the hands of antique dealer Jesu Gris. But the device has one unique effect, it desires the taste of blood. While Cronos may not be an all-out blood and gore film, it’s definitely a unique and horrific tale worth watching.
The film did well in the box office weekend considering it was released in North America in only two major theatres. Critics praised the film and said it should have received a wider theatre release.
The 90s may be over but these horror films will make you appreciate the decade that was.
Horror films have a huge place in film cinema. Whether it’s the box office or a limited screen release, this genre always comes with constant horror buffs ready to thrilled, scared and entertained when they step inside the theatre – or these days, watch at home through a streaming service.
If you fancy yourself a horror buff and would like to be part of making “An Angry Boy,” head over to our Campaign Page to find out more.
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