Thursday, April 7, 2011

Day 16 "favorite childhood themed horror film" of the 30 day horror challenge

Favorite childhood themed horror film? This is a tough sub-genre to pick a film for cause even though for a lot of horror fans, they discover their love of horror at a young age, there isn't a lot of horror films centered around child aged protagonist and exploring themes associated with childhood! These films have the potential to be something extra special, because the ideas associated with them resonate with viewers on a deeper level then the typical horror film and recall the nostalgia of being a child and that longing to have a look back at the past. Combine that with a horror film and you can't miss! The TV series Are You Afraid of the Dark? executed the above concept brilliantly. I also know a lot of people are going to pick the TV movie "It" based off the Stephen King novel. While I think It has a brilliant first half, it clearly loses steam when it gets to the adults. It is half of a great film and half of an OK film. However, for my pick I went with a film that I think best embodies the spirit of childhood and horror. So without further hesitation, I give you........

Something Wicked This Way Comes - There is always that moment as a kid where your innocence and naivety on how the world works is lost. In essence, you start to grow up. The film version of Something Wicked This Way Comes perfectly captures the above sentiment while fashioning it into a horror story. In addition to the story, the film's various locations, sets and costuming recalls the nostalgia of life in another time and another period which is what you want to feel when watching another film that is supposed to transport you into that mentality you had as a kid. On top of that, Something Wicked This Way Comes delivers on some wonderfully spooky set pieces, some horrifying situations that the characters are engaged in and best of all - Pam Grier as an evil witch who taps into your worst fears and makes them a reality! Something Wicked This Way Comes is the perfect balance of trip down memory lane, a statement on childhood & growing up and, of course, horror film.

So which film would you have picked? take part, the rules are below, or you can check out the Facebook fan page and interact with everyone else that's taking part by visiting:!/pages/30-Day-Horror-Challenge-by-Big-Daddy-Horror-Reviews/198282733537709?sk=info

Or feel free to start your own blog posts on your site! (You can start on day one or you can feel free to join me on day we are currently at). Or just feel free to leave us a little comment so we know which film made the cut for you! The rules are simple, just pick your favorite horror film for each day! However, you can't pick the same horror film more then once. So once you pick say The Exorcist for your favorite horror film involving the powers of Hell, you can't repick it again for any other day what so ever including favorite horror film. And for once, I am opening up the comments section so that, yes, you can comment each day along with me on your favorite picks! So let's get to it! This is the 30 Day Horror Film Challenge!

Day 01 - A horror film that no one would expect you to love, but you do
Day 02 - The horror film that you relate most to
Day 03 - Your favorite slasher
Day 04 - Your favorite werewolf film
Day 05 - Your favorite monster movie
Day 06 - Your favorite vampire movie
Day 07 - Your favorite supernatural horror film
Day 08 - Your favorite anthology
Day 09 - Your favorite exploitation / grind house type film
Day 10 - Your favorite psychological horror film
Day 11 - Your favorite science fiction horror film
Day 12 - Your favorite horror film involving the occult
Day 13 - Your favorite horror comedy
Day 14 - Your favorite zombie film
Day 15 - Your favorite horror film involving serial killers
Day 16 - Your favorite childhood themed horror film
Day 17 - Your favorite horror film remake
Day 18 - Your favorite foreign horror film (outside of your country of origin) Day 19 - Your favorite horror film involving the powers of Hell or Satanism
Day 20 - Your favorite horror film involving a killer animal
Day 21 - Your favorite medical horror film
Day 22 - Your favorite horror themed TV show
Day 23 - Your favorite made for TV horror film
Day 24 - Horror film in which you prefer the edited version over the director's cut
Day 25 - A horror film that you used to hate, but now like
Day 26 - Your favorite horror film to watch as a child
Day 27 - Your favorite guilty pleasure
Day 28 - Your favorite horror film that no one's ever heard of
Day 29 - Your least favorite horror film of all time
Day 30 - Your favorite horror film of all time

1 comment:

Kate said...

Great pick! I choose The Bad Seed, simply because I love the idea that a child could be a sociopath and still seem like the perfect child. I agree that the first half of It was brilliant, King has a knack for writing interesting child characters, but the movie version didn't do the adults justice.