Film scholar Carol J. Clover coined the term “Final Girl” to describe the horror genre’s female protagonists like Nancy Thompson in “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” who—through a combination of pluck, luck and relentless common sense—keep their heads about them when everyone else is losing theirs… literally. They’re the last ones standing at the end of of the picture.
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Horror’s not the only movie genre that boasts horrific body counts (“Saving Private Ryan,” anyone?), but if you’re a fan of scary movies, then you know there’s good, fatal fun to be had in fright flicks. That’s why we’ve compiled our rankings of some of the deadliest movies we’ve ever seen — from “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2″ to “World War Z.”
The ’80s were a strange time–coupled with the nascent popularity of horror, horror comedy and special effects, ghost stories not only became stranger, but very popular. And, now, iconic even. Here is a list of eight of the most memorable movie ghosts from the ’80s, starting with the one that still lives on in our nightmares… Freedy Kreuger in “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” of course.
In the 1980s that the teen movie really took off. The leading purveyor of adolescent angst and embarrassment was John Hughes, who pretty much dominated the decade with a series of brilliant comedy dramas that explored every aspect of growing up. However, he wasn’t alone. Here are seven titles, from “The Breakfast Club” to “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (all featured in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die), that offer up a portrait of being young in Reagan’s America.
Horror heavyweight Wes Craven’s career spans from evil violence to laugh-out-loud send-ups, but these four critically acclaimed films, highlighted in 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, are all on our must-see list.
Possessed dolls, undead serial killers and pin-headed “Cenobites” make these often campy horror series as fun as they are scary. Grab some popcorn and a safety buddy and settle in for a thoroughly enjoyable (albeit petrifying) marathon of one of these franchise classics.