This year, some very beloved and popular Hollywood super-productions complete 20 years of their debut. I can’t believe it. See, for example, the first film of the Spider man on the big screen, directed by Sam Raimi. Another example would be the first Resident Evilmade by Jovovich mile. Or even the first live-action of Scooby-Doo. All are pop films, still very popular with the general public. Apart from the surprise that everyone has already completed 20 years of release, another is to realize that they all remain inserted in popular culture, whether through reboots, remakes or new adaptations. Here, however, we are not going to talk about famous blockbusters, but about a specific type of movie that we love and we know you do too: horror movies! Check out below the most famous productions of the genre that are now entering adulthood – turning 20 in 2022.
Perhaps the most beloved horror production released 20 years ago, The call it is also one of the few remakes considered superior to its original. This is Japanese horror The ring, 1998 – which four years later gained a new look in Hollywood produced by Dreamworks Pictures. The film was also responsible for the star’s stardom. Naomi Watts, who plays a journalist who comes across a macabre and supernatural story, involving the deaths of teenagers and an urban legend about a VHS tape that, after being watched, kills its viewer within a week. And who will ever forget the ghost girl Samara?
The director M. Night Shyamalan emerged in the world of cinema with both feet in the door, delivering the seminal Or Sixth Sense (1999). After a stint in the cult Closed body (2000) without the same result, the filmmaker returned in charge of a feature more similar to the content of his first great success. In other words, a film more focused on horror, but without forgetting the human elements that so enriched his works. On here Shyamalan took a break Bruce Willis and escalva Mel Gibson for the role of a pastor, father of a family living on a farm, who loses his faith after the accident that took the life of his wife. The big Joaquin Phoenix plays an important role as the protagonist’s younger brother, helping him to raise his two young children. As little tragedy is nonsense, this family finds itself in the midst of a mystery of interplanetary proportions. Definitely one of the most harrowing movies ever. Shyamalanand also one of the most tense – even if the ending registers one of his well-known slips.
Hugely important to horror, this was the film that redefined the zombie subgenre for the 2000s – influential to this day in the way pop culture portrays the flesh-eating undead. Before that, the reference was the works of George Romerolike the absolute classic Night of the Living Deadand even his “parodies”, see The return of the Living Dead. But it was this little British independent film, which didn’t make as much noise on its debut but became an instant cult, that would kick-start the way the creatures would be portrayed going forward. That is, accelerated as if they had taken ecstasy, instead of slow as in the classics. In Dawn of the Deadpassing through Everybody almost deadup until The Walking Deadthe modern zombie craze owes a lot to this simple but very effective film that features a subject (Cillian Murphy) waking up in London to a reality filled with infected.
Based on an American urban legend, or according to many accounts, a true story that took place in West Virginia, in Point Pleasant, between 1966 and 1967. At the time, several residents of the place claimed to have glimpsed a humanoid creature, with red eyes, that emitted grunts and possessed bird feathers, being described as a hybrid between a man and a bird. The creature takes on even more supernatural airs in its portrayal in this film, produced by Lakeshore Entertainment and distributed by Sony Pictures. The film brings the star Richard Gere in the leading role, as a journalist who loses his wife in a car accident, and decides to go to the small town to investigate the creature’s apparitions. Interestingly, in keeping with the tradition of the “twin” films, in the same year The Dragonfly Mysterythriller that Kevin Costner made for Universal Pictures, owner of a very similar plot.
A $20 million Warner super-production, this horror was one of his big bets at the time – 20 years ago. with production of Joel Silver e Robert Zemeckisthrough the duo’s label, Dark Castle Entertainment (responsible for releases such as The Hill House, thirteen ghosts, In the Company of Fear e To House of Waxfor example), the idea was to have a kind of The illuminated (1980), entirely set instead of in a hotel, on a ship where very bad things happened. in the plot, Gabriel Byrne e Julianne Marguiles star as part of a group of modern pirates, who scour ships for their treasures. Upon encountering the luxury ship where a terrible tragedy occurred, they had to face their greatest demons.
Do you remember this shameless movie here? In the early days of the internet, there was no shortage of hack producers to enjoy such modernity, transforming the famous acronym of the worldwide network that transports anyone to another continent in the blink of an eye, into the title of their horror work. With distribution by the same Warner in the US, and Sony in the rest of the world, dot com fear copy The call but make it different. Instead of a cursed VHS tape, how about a cursed website – after all, tapes were already out of fashion and DVDs and the internet were all the rage at the time. And how about instead of a journalist trying to protect her little son, two detectives played by Stephen Dorff e Natascha McElhone. And if you thought Samara was missing, you’re wrong, because this film has its own version of a character giving a face to the haunting, with Jeannine, the German’s role. Gesine Cukrowski. Whoever says which of the two films remained in the minds of fans wins.
Which?! 20 years ago we had a copy of the beloved slasher franchise Halloween and I still haven’t put it on the list in the highest positions, how is that possible? Calm down, dear reader, don’t be surprised. What happens is that here we are talking about halloween resurrection, considered by many fans of the Michael Myers saga on the big screen as one of his worst examples, or perhaps “the worst”! The most heartbreaking thing about the movie is knowing that it continued the fun and successful Halloween H20, a grand-style celebration of the franchise, 20 years after the original. Everything seemed closed at the conclusion of H20, but it is clear that producers were not going to eliminate their golden goose altogether. In recent revelations, the muse Jamie Lee Curtis even stated that he already knew that H20 would have continued while filming it as it was under his contract. she wanted H20 were the end. Anyway, four years after H20 we learn that Michael wasn’t really dead, and it’s Laurie who dies (Curtis), when the psychopath finds her in a psychiatric hospital. From then on it’s just downhill for the film, which uses two elements that were new at the time: reality shows and the internet – to create a show set inside Michael’s house. Of course, the host of the house shows up to kick-start the party.
Horror rotten cult, this film was responsible for revealing to the world (especially the world of terror) the butcher Eli Roth. the patron of Quentin Tarantino made his feature debut with this film that uses the sub-genre of cabin horrors – consolidated with Evil Dead – and tries to subvert it by bringing in its history (written by Roth) not a serial killer, but a highly infectious disease and its consequences for a group of university students isolated in the forest. Although not exactly a slasher, you can be sure that Roth doesn’t spare the filth in liters and liters of blood. Apart from that, through a certain humor and nonsensical moments, the filmmaker leaves his mark by transforming this work, which is certainly not for all tastes, into an immediate cult.
Speaking of horror films that use a lot of humor in their narrative, here we have the biggest example of “terrir” on the list. He could, too, like taking a horror about giant spiders loose in a small American town seriously. As The Attack of the Cursed Worms, the filmmakers of this feature produced by Warner for a budget of US$30 million knew that they had to laugh with the film, so that the public would not laugh AT THE film. who stars is David Arquettethen out of fame from the trilogy Panic – horror films that also used a lot of humor. The plot, as you can imagine, shows spiders exposed to a chemical, growing to an enormous size. The surprise in the cast, however, at least today, is the presence of the muse Scarlett Johansson still very young in one of her first prominent roles in cinema. She plays the sheriff’s daughter who teaches an abusive suitor a beautiful lesson.
The eye that sees everything
For my last pick on the list, I bring a not-so-well-known movie. Or should I say, pretty unknown. The cool thing about cinema is that sometimes we find ourselves going to see a movie that is totally unusual, that doesn’t have a massive marketing campaign or that disappears so fast that when we see it again for some reason, we think: “Oh, that’s right, I saw this movie. at the movies”. A pride for every cinephile. And this was one of my most unusual sessions. Have you ever heard about this terror? The production is not that B, after all it is a release at Universal Pictures, one of the biggest studios in Hollywood. As halloween resurrection, this film takes a ride on the height of reality shows and their hidden cameras, to tell the story of a show where five young people will need to spend a year in a remote house in order to fight for the prize of US$1 million. During this time, bizarre situations are piling up, until they discover that the reality they live is not exactly the way they imagined. Ah yes, in the cast a certain Bradley Cooper in early career.