Sunday, April 10, 2011

Day 19 "the powers of hell" of the 30 day horror challenge

Demons (1985)
Once you starting talking about the powers of Hell or satanism, two films instantly come to mind. First off, The Exorcist, however we're saving that for another day, another time, another category. Then there is Angel Heart which had a vivid atmosphere, effective performances and one of the most talked about sex scenes not just in horror film history, but in film history period! Still, it's not my favorite. My favorite goes to a film that has the power to scare me 20+ years after initially seeing it. It's one of those films that gives me goosebumps and makes my hairs stand at end. So I give you.....  

Demons - A group of theater patrons find themselves trapped inside a new theater showcasing a horror film, but the evil from the film starts to leap off the screen turning the patrons into bloodthirsty demons who in turn kill off the remaining patrons. With Demons, the film is almost immediately scary as a character is seemingly chased around this labyrinth like setting. As the characters place themselves into the theater, there is an ever growing sense of fear, because you know something bad is going to happen and everyone is helpless to prevent it. As the patrons start to turn into Demons, that fear is amped up. Part of what makes Demons so effective is the film's use of tight, claustrophobic like settings. It brings a higher degree of urgency and immediacy to the situation the characters are placed in. It makes the situation all the more dire. That, along with stories that the characters talk about involving hell on earth involving demons and the prophecies of Nostradamus, tap into this inherent fear that you've always kinda had that's in the back of your mind that you don't think about unless it is brought up. Demons milks its theater setting & the use of tall tales & legends to create this vivid nightmare in which our characters are stuck in. Demons is one of those rare films in which the tension and terror of what is happening on screen is tangible. Demons is undoubtedly one of the scariest films ever made.

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 

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