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8 Small Budget Movies That Had Mainstream Success

7 Small Budget Movies That Had Mainstream Success

Hollywood’s formula for making big bucks in the business is to pump lots of money into the flick from the start (look at Marvel’s superhero flicks). While it works quite often, there’s always those great small budget films that we love that make it past the gatekeepers and go on to be huge moneymaking hits even without the financial backing of a small country’s GDP.

From comedies to horrors, here are eight small budget stories that hit the theaters and turned into multimillion successes.

Napoleon Dynamite

Also known as the indie film with the most quotable script of all time, Napoleon Dynamite popped into the public consciousness and never really made it out. Starting with a budget of $400,000 and making $46 million worldwide, Pedro, the liger and chapped lips jumped from the screen and into our lives. So did Jon Heder in his first big role. This strange and hilarious flick may never win big movie accolades, but it’s humor hit the right chords with the audience and it will forever go down in movie history.

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Juno

The tale of an unmarried pregnant girl in high school was one of the biggest hut is all time. Proving to be a breakout role for stellar actress Ellen Page and containing equally stellar performances by Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner, Allison Janney and J.K. Simmons, this movie made a big splash with critics. Starting with a $7.5 million budget and hitting $231 million at the box office, the film was clever, sarcastic and had an interesting perspective for a story that definitely isn’t a new one Yet that’s part of the beauty of it!

Mad Max

Very few movies garnered as much buzz as Mel Gibson’s Mad Max as the dystopian movie blew anticipated earnings out of the water when it was first made. Starting with $300,000 and amassing over $99 million, the lead actor’s portrayal and the great direction put the film in the record books as the largest profit to cost production for 20 years. It wasn’t until the Blair Witch Project came along that the king was dislodged from its pedestal. Its success led to many different incarnations and a beloved modern reboot in 2015.

Little Miss Sunshine

When Abigail Breslin’s charming character is aiming to get into a beauty pageant, the entire family chips in. Audiences couldn’t get enough of it. From the quirky soundtrack to the cross-country road trip storyline, it’s a funny film with a great set of actors who really get the authenticity of the story. It ultimately made $100 million worldwide when it only took $8 million to make. In Sunshine’s case, the secret to success was a bespectacled girl, a VW bus and plenty of family love.

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Slumdog Millionaire

The breakout winner of 2008 was Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle’s story of a teen growing up in the slums of India who lands himself in the hot seat of a version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” After getting accused of cheating on the game show, our lead goes down memory lane to show how life and circumstance has led him to know the correct answer for every question the game brings him. Creative, festive and containing an excellent soundtrack, this tale of triumph and love was made for $15 million and brought in $377 million, meaning they might want to rename the film Slumdog Multi-Millionaire. It’s currently streaming on American Netflix for viewers to get a second chance to watch this amazing film.

Halloween

Scary movies have it good when it comes to return on investment. Halloween isn’t the last (or only) inexpensive horror flick to find success, but it was one of the first. From a mere $325,000, the box office sales went above and beyond $45 million and cemented Mike Meyers in the public consciousness for years still to come. Jumpstarting a genre and simultaneously scaring us to death, this flick is one great example that great storytelling doesn’t have to include all the fancy price tags.

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding

When Tom Hanks’ wife Rita Wilson saw a hilariously funny Greek play by Nia Vardalos and conscripted her husband into making a movie version, a new round of romantic comedy success hit the decade. From word of mouth and email blasts, the tiny play turned small movie was made for $5 million and led to over $368 million in sales worldwide. For a girl (Vardalos) who hung up on Tom Hanks on first call because she didn’t believe it was really him, the film’s clever characterization and ready jokes made it a crowd favorite.

The Blair Witch Project

How do you turn $60,000 into 248.6 million? Easy. Give three college kids cameras, throw them in the woods for the weekend, and proceed to scare the crap outta them. Then create viral marketing by uploading a fake website detailing the strange and mysterious disappearance of said college kids and BAM. Not only have you made a pile of money, but also a pop culture phenomenon, and popularized a genre of found footage horror that’s still going strong  17 years later.

Such is the legacy of the Blair Witch Project. The film became more than an indie darling, it rewrote the book on how studios  can make and market horror movies to a new internet generation. So popular was the Blair Witch Project that it spawned a sequel and a trilogy of video games along with a recently announced reboot/sequel, simply titled, Blair Witch due to release in 2016. Not bad for $60 grand.

Great films don’t always have to come with big budgets. If the digital age has shown us one thing, it’s that what the audience sometimes loves what it doesn’t know it wants. Have any films on your radar that cost next to nothing but made big profits? Have you seen any of the films listed above?

Share in the comments below!

Christmas Gift Ideas For Movie Lovers

Christmas Gift Ideas For Movie Lovers

The holidays are almost here and that means one thing.

Christmas shopping. And the dreaded images of long lines, angry customers, gridlocked parking lots,  and the promise of door buster deals replaced with the reality of depleted shelves. A true holiday headache.

To make matters worse, you have a movie fan on your gift list with no idea what to give them. With everything streaming on the internet now, the old days of simply giving a DVD or Blu-Ray are long gone.

So what do you do? One can only give and receive so many Starbucks and itunes gifts cards after all.

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You take your gift giving to the next level is what you do, with these great Christmas gift ideas for movie lovers of all kinds. Guaranteed to stand out from the socks and sweaters and bring a smile to that special someone’s face.

And with the ease of online point and click shopping, these Christmas gift ideas for movie lovers are sure to bring holiday joy to your valuable time as well.

Gifts for the Star Wars Fan

 

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Figure Set

Best For: Kids and kids at heart

If you collect Star Wars then chances are you are bound to have some action figures laying around the house somewhere. This 6 pack has the main characters from the new Force Awakens movie along with an awesome looking Flame Trooper for an extra bonus. (The secret of Star Wars figure collecting is that you can never have enough storm troopers). Besides being a toy that can actually be played with on Christmas morning, this is package is a total bargain as each figure would normally be sold for $8.00 separately by themselves.

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X-Wing Miniatures Game

Best For: Gamers who spend too much time in front of the TV.

The Star Wars Miniatures Game came out only a few years ago and has quickly grown and increased in popularity to become among players of all ages. With the game you can recreate the action packed space battles from the Star Wars movies right on your kitchen table.

Players pick a side, X-wings or TIE fighters and strategically fly their intricately detailed models around a game board rolling dice to fire lasers and dodge incoming hits.

The X-Wing miniatures game is so cool for so many reasons. First of all, the ships look like toys onto themselves and are built in impress. The detail and paint jobs on each is impressive. Most impressive. What’s really cool is that there are a slew of of other ships you can buy to grow your game beyond the starter set and allow each player to further customize their fleet. From the Millennium Falcon to Darth Vader’s TIE fighter. The base started kit was recently updated with ships from The Force Awakens and I’m sure more new craft will follow once the new film is released.

And the best part about the X-Wing Miniatures Game is that it’s something that can actually be played with right after opening.

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Remote Controlled Sphero BB-8

Best For: Tech lovers big and small

Sure to be one of the hottest toys this holiday season, the Sphero remote controlled BB-8 is a little techno wonder every kid is sure to flip out over. And for good reason as this is the closest most of us will ever get to owning an actual Star Wars droid.

The miniature BB-8 is unlike any other remote controlled toy like it. It uses an app on your phone as remote to drive the little guy around, however he’s fully capable of rolling around autonomously on his own. He listens to voice commands and can also project holographic images through the altered reality screen of your cell phone!

And if nothing else, the little guy is just so darn cute it’s hard to imagine any child wouldn’t instantly fall in love with him.

Gifts for Classical Movie Fans

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Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection Blu-Ray

Best For: Hardcore movie aficionados

For serious cinema fans, there are few directors in the same upper echelon as the master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock. His movies have inspired generations of filmmakers and kept millions of fans on the edges of their seats for years, and now 15 of his best films have been digitally remastered and collected together on Blu-Ray.

All of Hitchcock’s classic’s are represented here like Psycho, The Birds, North by Northwest, Rear Window, Marnie and Rope. However my personal favorite would have to be Vertigo, a deeply personal tale of how far a desperate man would go to recreate the lost love of his life. Already a beautiful film to watch, I can’t imagine how crisp and colorful Vertigo would look, remastered in Blu-Ray high definition.

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Biographical Books of Hollywood Legends

Best For: Avid readers and fans of Hollywood’s Golden Age

Sure everybody’s seen their movies, but how well do people know the lives and stories of the stars of the silver screen? There’s countless books that have been written through the years about all of Hollywood’s biggest stars that prove life is often stranger than fiction. Because of that, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find the right book about the right actor to make the perfect present.

Some famous actors that are guaranteed to make for good reading would 40’s bombshell Ava Gardner, her ex husband Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, John Wayne or Cary Grant. Their lives read like movies onto themselves and who doesn’t love curling up to read a good book?

audrey hepburn barbie dollAudrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany’s Barbie Doll

Best For: 60’s film fans, Barbie doll collectors, those who appreciate timeless style

Audrey Hepburn has to be one of the most beautiful actresses of all time, and one of the greatest movie stars of her generation.

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She’s been in so many classic films that it’s hard to pick a favorite. But her most iconic role’s has to be Holly Goligthly in the romantic comedy classic, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. And now you can share Audrey’s classic look in this glamorous looking official Barbie doll based on the film’s opening scene, complete with pearl necklace’s and cup of coffee.

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Miracle on 34th Street Christmas Village Theater

There is no more classic Christmas movie than Miracle on 34th Street which makes it the perfect movie to give holiday gifts for.

People love this movie because it captures the true spirit of Christmas like few movies have. People also love Christmas villages. So why not tap into both of these wells of good feelings with this intricately detailed miniature theater that would make a great centerpiece of any Christmas village?

 

Gifts For Comedy Movie Fans

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Sex Panther Cologne

Best For: Guys who want to be the life of the party

“60% of the time, it works every time.”

For fans of Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy Anchorman films there can be no greater gift than a bottle of your very own Sex Panther cologne spray. Made with bits of real panther, this pungent odor is sure to sway the ladies closer to any guy brave enough to musk up with the manliest cologne ever made.

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Sadly, the cologne doesn’t come with the iconic panther bottle made famous by the movie, but the box does make the sound of a panther growling when opened which is good enough to bring a smile to the guy lucky enough to receive this stocking stuffer on Christmas morning or at the office party.

(not made with bits of real panther)

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The Room DVD

Best For: Rocky Horror Picture Fans. Lovers of movies so bad they are so good. 

It’s hard to explain The Room to people who haven’t seen it. To say it is quite possible the worst movie ever made is an understatement that doesn’t do this justice to this masterpiece of a train wreck. It is a movie that can’t be seen. It must be experienced.

the room castWritten, directed, produced and starring the unintelligible, Tommy Wiseau, the scary man on the cover, The Room has become an underground cult favorite among movie goers and Hollywood stars for it’s horribly written dialogue and acting. The film focuses on a middle aged banker named Tommy days before he is set to wed his future wife. However betrayal after betrayal from his friends threaten to ruin his engagement and drive Tommy into deep spiral of depression he cannot escape from until it’s too late.

But there’s more to The Room than betrayal and a ruined wedding. There’s also a drug deal gone bad, breast cancer, football and plenty of spoons.

The film is so good in a bad way that rabid fans still turn out to watch midnight screenings to laugh at the ridiculous lines and throw plastic spoons at the screen, years after it’s release.

If you want to go for the complete package, one of the film’s main actors, Greg Sestero recently wrote a book entitled, The Distaster Artist, which details the ordeal the cast went through in surviving the shoot and enduring the eccentric demands of Tommy Wiseau. (Wiseau shot the film simultaneously on 35mm and hi def cameras because he didn’t understand the difference and would take upwards of 30 takes to say the simplest of lines). The book is as hilarious as the movie and is currently being produced into a major film in itself.

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The Big Lebowski Replica Bowling Shirt

Best For: Bowlers and wannbe Dude’s.

The dude abides.

dudex-largeAnd now your loved one can show off their lackadaisical attitude towards life with their very own bowling jersey inspired by the cult favorite film, The Big Lebowski. Made of 100% cotton, this bowling shirt is identical to the one worn by Jeff Bridges, complete with embroidered Art name tag and “Medina Sod” sponsorship on the back. As a bonus, you can make it even more authentic by spilling a little white russian cocktail on it before you wrap it up.

Gifts For Disney Fans

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Nightmare Before Christmas Sally Ragdoll Perfume

Best For: Those hard to shop for tweeners. A slam dunk for Goth kids.

Kids and teens love Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. But is it a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie? And since when did Nightmare Before Christmas become a Disney property?

It doesn’t matter as there are few things that can would be cooler to receive on Christmas morning than a bottle of Sally Ragdoll perfume. Made with hints of jasmine, black currant, strawberry, sandalwood and almond it’s a scent they’re sure to love and treasure.

Hopefully, Sally left the frog’s breath out of the perfume when she mixed it up. :)

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UP Adventure Book

Best For: Newlyweds and young couples.

If you want to find the perfect gift for any young love birds on your list, you can’t do any better than this handmade adventure book taken straight the beloved Pixar animated film, Up.

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The perfect scrapbook or wedding album, this unique book will bring a smile to everyone’s face once opened. Who wouldn’t love having their very own adventure book to store life’s special memories in just like Carl and Ellie did in Up.

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Mickey Mouse Glove Wireless Mouse

Best For: College Students and those not afraid to let their Disney flag fly.

How cool is this? A Mickey Mouse….mouse. Whoever though of this is a pure genius.

Wireless mice always look so generic and cheap looking. Everybody I see at my local coffee works around on their ultra high end laptops personalized with stickers and cases to make them stand out. But wireless mice get no love and are always treated as after thoughts.

Well not anymore with this unique mouse that carries more personality with it than any trendy sticker ever could. People will do a double take and smile when they see this being used for sure and ask where they can get one of their own. Problem is, they don’t know anybody as great as you at gift giving and so will have to do without.

 

Gifts For Comic Book Movie Fans

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Funko POP! Collectible Figures

Best For: Collectors of all kinds. Cubicle and shelf decorators.

These collectible Funko POP! bobble heads are everywhere these days. And for good reason. They’re original, cute, well made and due to aggressive licensing you can be guaranteed to find a figurine on pretty much ANY film or TV property you can think of. Star Wars. Game of Thrones. Ghostbusters. Disney. The Hunger Games. Sesame Street. The Silence of the Lambs.

Like I said, everything.

Which is great when it comes to comic book films as pretty much every character from every movie you can think of has been given the Funko POP! treatment. You could assemble and gift wrap up the whole team of Avengers or give a little tiny Batman and Superman to fight each other in anticipation of their upcoming movie.

The hardest part is choosing and finding which figures you want to get.

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Hot Toys Dark Knight Joker Collectible Figure

Best For: Serious comic books fans who seem to have everything. They won’t have this.

If you really want to take your gift giving to the next level, and really show somebody how much you care, then this insanely detailed Heath Ledger Joker toy is the way to go. Known for being the Lamborghini or Ducatti of the toy world, Hong Kong based Hot Toys produces the most luxurious toys you’ve ever seen. (They must considering this Joker goes for over $600.00! Like I said, this is the action figure equivalent of a Lambo.)

jokerThis Joker is the real deal. 12 inches tall with real cloth clothing, two interchangeable heads, 35 points of articulation and multiple sets of interchangeable hands.  This Joker even comes with movie accurate accessories right down to the metal desk Batman slams his head on in the film!

And look at the detail in that sculpting! It’s almost haunting how realistic Hot toys was able to get Ledger’s facial expressions molded into plastic. It’s hard to tell if this is a toy or a still of the Dark Knight.

Even better is that Hot Toys makes figures for all the major comic films coming out there days, so if Batman isn’t your thing they have tons of Marvel, DC, and other film property toys for purchase. All with the insane level of detail you can only get from buying a 400.00 toy. Er…. statue. Er…. collectible. Er…. screw it. These toys are downright awesome!

 

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Comic Book T-Shirts

Best For: Fashionable comic book fans

No doubt about it, geek is in these days. Thanks to all the blockbuster super hero movies getting made these days, being a comic book fan is something hip to brag about. What better way to show that off than with a t-shirt of your favorite superhero?

Like the Funko POP! figures, there are superhero themed T-shirts of all kinds out there for fans of every type. A popular style these days is to go with a hero logo on a solid colored background or a vintage image with a distressed look to appear old and worn.

Gifts For Fantasy Movie Fans

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Lord of The Rings Sting Letter Opener

Best For: Business owners and legal reps with flair

Finding the perfect gift for fans pf the Lord of the Rings movies is rather easy when you think about it. You could buy them a set of the films, though they would already own them if they were a fan. You could buy them a set of the books but they assuredly have that already too. I guess you could buy them their own replica copy of the one true ring but that’s a little too obvious.

And they probably bought that for themselves a long time ago.

Which means you have to look outside the obvious. And what better present could there be than a mini replica Sting sword which is pretty cool on it’s own, but ones that doubles as a letter opener! I don’t know how many letters would get opened with this thing (who sends mail anymore really) but this mini Sting makes for a great decorative piece for any desk and will be sure to protect it’s owner from any unwelcome goblin attacks or raids.

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Harry Potter Book:  Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them

Best For: Muggles and wizards

Get ready for another round of Harry Potter mania as the newest movie in the series, Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them is due to hit theaters next year. Until that time comes Harry Potter fans will have to make due by watching the recently released teaser trailer, or reading the book upon which the film is based.

If it’s been awhile since your loved ones have been into Harry Potter they may not have even known a new book had come out, yet alone made into a movie. What better way to get reacquainted with the Potterverse than by having the holidays to settle in with a new book to enjoy?

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Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings Legos

Best For: Kids and dads

This list wouldn’t be any good if I didn’t mention Legos at least once it.

When I was a kid Legos were still awesome (everything is awesome when Legos are around after all) but they were generic. If me and my brothers wanted to use them to play some of our favorite shows and movies we had to do our best to use our imagination.

But now, Legos come ready made for every type of property imaginable. Kids these days don’t even have to use their imagination when they play with their imagination. It’s not fair.

You gotta hand it to Lego though, they’ve really doubled down on expanding the types of sets they have in stores these days. And the great thing is, besides Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings playsets they have also branched out into Star Wars, superheros, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and even video games like Minecraft. There’s literally a lego set for everybody these days which makes for easy Christmas present shopping.

10 Throwback Scary Movies To Put You In A Halloween Mood

10 Best Throwback Scary Movies for Halloween

Halloween is only a few weeks away and the looming date of that holiday has set me thinking about pictures that can get one in the proper spirit for the occasion. When you mention the word Halloween invariably horror movies come to mind. Now, there is no doubt that films like Nightmare on Elm Street, Paranormal Activity, I Know What You Did Last Summer and of course John Capenter’s classic that shares the holiday’s name have “Halloween” written all over them. But, there are other movies from years past that I think can be considered to be appropriate fare. So, what follows are my picks for the best scary movies to watch before and on Halloween.

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1. Misery

Though it’s set in Colorado in the dead of Winter, this movie  is well- suited for Halloween. The story of famed romance novel writer Paul Sheldon, (James Caan) being trapped in the home of Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates)- his psychotic number one fan- has all the makings of a great film to see on all hallows eve. In my humble opinion, the most exciting and worthy aspect is that the way Bates portrays Wilkes is so chilling it will send shivers down your spine and demonstrates that her fear inducing chops were well in place long before (God help you, if you cross her and she starts calling you a “dirty bird,” or if you try to escape from her home your legs will get a good “hobbling.”) American Horror story. Moreover, it’s Filled with constant suspense and humor along with fabulous direction by Rob Reiner, riveting performances and great writing. Finally, being adapted from a novel by the master of horror, Stephen King, certainly doesn’t diminish it. Therefore, you can’t’ get any better than Misery when looking for something to put you in a Halloween mood.

20 Best Netflix Horror Movies

20 Best Netflix Horror Movies

Why spend hours scrolling through Netflix’s endless selection of horror movies? There’s a ton. Some of them are decent. Many of them are crap. A few are true gems.

Save yourself some time and instead check out the films on this list. There’s films for every horror movie fan and you can be guaranteed these films are among the best Netflix horror movies available.

How many have you seen?

20. Oculus (2013)

Best for: Fans of “mainstream” horror movies who missed it’s theatrical release.

oculus movie posterPoor, Tim and Kaylie. The siblings had a rather rough childhood growing up. Trapped in a new house while growing up, their parents chained them to bedroom walls, starved them of food, and attempted to beat and murder them on multiple occasions. Typical horror movie stuff really, that all is to blamed on a possessed mirror their father picked up as an office decoration. Also typical horror movie fare.

Their torture only ends when their psycho mom is killed by dear old crazy dad before their eyes. When dad comes for them next, Tim guns him down in a hail of bullets. As the police arrive to arrest Tim for murder  the siblings agree to reunite one day and destroy the mirror they are convinced possessed their parents and drove them insane.

11 years later Tim is a free man, convinced after years of psychiatric care the demonic mirror is just a fabrication of his psyche to explain the awful events surrounding his youth. Kaylie, however has worked to get a job at a local auction house and has possession of the very mirror she still blames for killing her parents. In order to keep their promise Tim and Kaylie take the mirror back to their parents house rigged with security cameras and a heavy anchor raised above the mirror on a “kill switch” to destroy it when the time arises. But not before the mirror’s supernatural powers can be documented and their family name redeemed.

It all seems like a good plan on the surface, but the evil mirror isn’t willing to go down without a fight and soon enough Tim and Katie begin experiencing hallucinations and possessions just as their parents did 11 years ago. Let’s just say history has a way of repeating and the mirror won’t stop racking up a body count until the every end.

Oculus is chalk full of good old fashioned creepy unnerving scares instead of the blood, guts, and cheap shocks that are the norm for horror films these days. The film is slick and looks good from start to finish, smart, and of course, scary as hell. If you missed it in the theaters then Netflix has given you a second chance at redemption. Just like Tim and Kaylie in the movie.

Stay away from any mirrors.

19. The Awakening (2011)

Best for: A cold rainy date night on the couch, wrapped under a warm blanket with a hot cup of tea.

the-awakening-poster02Fans of ghost stories and mysteries should definitely check out The Awakening as it’s a good cross between both. Set in the English countryside shortly after World War I, the film is as beautiful to watch as it is scary.

The Awakening revolves around a woman named Florence who is a published author and expert on supernatural hoaxes. Florence is asked to investigate a troubled boys boarding school for orphans where the death of a recent student has been blamed a supernatural spirit. As an orphan herself Florence feels compelled to investigate and makes the trip. A thorough investigation reveals the deceased boy was often the victim of hazing by school bullies and was last seen by a teacher who forced him to stand outside in an attempt to toughen him up only. Unfortunately it was at that point the ghost made itself known to the boy who became utterly frightened and died of a fatal asthma attack on the spot. Case closed.

But while trying to leave Florence faints into a pond after seeing a hand rise out from the water. She is rescued and kept at the school by a handsome teacher named Robert who is afraid for her sanity. With the school closed for break only Florence, Robert, the housekeeper Maud, the groundskeeper and little Tom, a lonely Indian boy, are left. However Florence soon finds herself seeing things that cannot be explained. One rape and murder later Florence’s past crosses paths with the ghost and her life will never be the same again.

Thick in atmosphere and visually detailed, The Awakening is a haunting ghost story that will keep you thinking until the twist ending turns the entire movie on it’s side.

10 Exciting Fall Movies 2015

10 Exciting Fall Movies 2015

With Halloween around the corner, the Major League Baseball playoffs about to start, and Columbus Day fast approaching, I think that it is safe to say that Fall is in more than full swing. As a result of this fact, I have come to start thinking about all of the films I would like to see during this time of year. This period for me is always interesting as it seems that most major studios and even some independent companies will save what they contend to be some of their best material for this period. Although, it may not be as exciting as in December when the Golden Globe nominations are announced and thus the general public gets to see what the studios consider to be their gems, it still is worthy of more than some notice. Furthermore, some Oscar contenders can emerge now and have in the past. The Insider, American Beauty, and Lost In Translation are three examples that come to mind from previous years. So, I present you with the 10 Fall movies I can’t wait to see.

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1. The Martian

As a long time fan of Matt Damon and one who enjoys the occasional Sci-Fi story I’m looking forward to this one. Damon plays Mark Watney an astronaut who is presumed dead and then left behind on a future manned mission to Mars. Watney must learn how to survive on a foreign planet with no way to get home until help arrives.

The concept in itself is very intriguing and quite universal as what is more basic than the need to survive and what some people will undergo to do so.

This idea can only be augmented by what I’m sure at the very least, will be more than adequate direction from Ridley Scott and I’m almost certain of good performances from the likes of Jessica Chastain and Jeff Daniels. Both of whom, I’ve yet to see deliver a sub par performance. More than your average space opera, this movie could have the same far reaching message and excitement as Gravity from 2013. Therefore, I’m not surprised it’s already topped the box office in recent days.


Finally, on a brief personal note being an admirer of his, I would like to see Matt Damon give a great performance (I can’t think of a film where he hasn’t.) and do so in an excellent commercially successful movie. In my opinion, the last great performance of his that I saw was in Contagion and the last big hit I remember him having was the brilliant, Bourne Ultimatum. So, I’m rooting for this one and can’t wait to get my tickets.

Ten Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

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Ten Scariest Horror Movies of All Time

I hate horror movies.

It goes without saying around my house that horror movies are among my least favorite types of films. Truth be told, I’d rather watch a musical or historical period piece than a horror movie most days. The reason is simple. Most “horror” films tend to be anything but. Cliched? Of course. Silly? In abundance. Gruesome? I guess. Scary? No.

Take a look at these recent Hollywood horror films and tell me if you notice a pattern. Insidious Chapter 3, Poltergeist, The Lazarus Effect, and Before I Wake. They are all rated PG-13.

#Horrormoviefail.

How I ask, can you claim to be a true horror movie when you openly admit you’re film is targeted toward the middle school crowd? Are you a horror film or the Hunger Games?

But for some true horror movie win make sure to check out all the films on the list that follows. These films are, without a doubt, the scariest movies of all time. The scary movies that always make you feel uneasy after watching and stay with you while you sleep. The ones guys will want to watch on a first date. The films that still remember a good scare comes from the physiological instead of gratuitous gore.

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Oh, and they’re all rated R. ….. Well kinda. You’ll see.

Top Ten Samurai Films

 Top Ten Samurai Films

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Of all the archetypes in cinema the Samurai stands shoulder to shoulder with greats such as the Cowboy, the Gladiator and the Soldier. With a rigid code of honor and conduct it’s easy to see the appeal the Samurai has with the masses. While the history of the Samurai film does date back to the silent film era, it was Akira Kurosawa who brought the genre as much notoriety as the Western or a swashbuckling Pirate film. Themes of duty, revenge, honor, a changing in times and so much more run deep in the films of the Samurai. What really makes the Samurai stand apart from all those other archetypes is, for the Samurai warrior, an honorable death is the ultimate end goal. To die with honor in the service of one’s master is the top of the mountain for these warriors. I present to you now my top ten list of what I believe are the best Samurai films ever made. Let’s take a look:

Ten Best Movie Trailers

 

The Ten Best Movie Trailers Of All Time

What’s one of the best parts of going to see any movie?

Getting there in time to watch the trailer’s of course.

Basically extended commercials, movies can live and die by the quality of their trailer. Sometimes the trailer shows too much of a film and spoils any surprises that may be waiting in store. (Terminator: Genisys I’m looking at you) or show hardly anything at all and leave the audience with confusing expectations like the original Matrix trailer did.

Making a great trailer is an art form onto itself. One in which you only have two minutes to get your cinematic hooks into the viewer and convince them that the movie being advertises is worth seeing. Quick cuts, fiery explosions, witty one liners, and passionate kisses are the paints in which a trailer editor works. It’s amazing what kind of mini movies these guys and gals can make given the time constraints forced upon them when you sit back and really think about it.

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But sometimes, just sometimes, a trailer comes around that’s so memorable they can stand on their own as great onto themselves. Even if the actual movie turns out to be a clunker or box office bomb, at least the trailer ended up being better than the movie.

What follows are the ten best trailers ever made. Ones worthy enough to leave the house early to make it to the theater ahead of time.