Horror 2000: The Greatest Decade of Horror

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One of the most significant decades of horror correlated with my stint as a high school dink. The decade was the 2000’s. And it is one of THE GREATEST DECADES OF HORROR OF ALL TIME.

Great horror stems from significant points in global and/or national history. For example, in the 50’s you had the rise of what I call “Atomic Horror” in which the theatergoer was showered with alien invasions, mega-monster, and science gone wrong horror flicks like Godzilla, Creature from The Black Lagoon, The Blog, The Mole People, etc.

Another prime example of anthropology through horror films would be the Vietnam War. The impact was so powerful it bled over to help create the horror of the ’80s. Our innocence in life was lost in the jungle.

It was through the folly of a war at home and abroad that created The Texas Chainsaw Massacre where the innocence of a road trip with buddies was taken away,  the innocence of a beach was damned forever by Jaws, or even purity of parenthood was blackened by likes of The Exorcist and The Omen. Eventually, the vibrant and violent 70’s turned us into lost children of the ’80s where Satanic Panic, ultra-violence led to the rise of the slasher.

That’s why I believe the anthropological connection to horror of the 2000s will go down as one of the greatest decades of horror of all time. And It was because of the tragedy of 9/11 that horror was resurrected.

The 90’s damned near killed the horror film. The decade was wrought with unfocused horror. It’s not a bad thing because we do have a ton of gems from the ’90s. But we had a wide net which reeled in movies like Blade, The Haunting, Scary Movie, It, Tremors, and Scream which sort of defined the state of horror at the time – bored.

The year 2000 started it looked like we would get yet another decade of bored horror with released like American Psycho ( great movie btw), Dracula 2000, Final Destination, and smattering of ghost flicks. The ’90s and the year 2000 created Scary Movie. That should help sum up how lost the horror ship was. That is until the entire world was changed in a single morning when four airplanes were hijacked by assholes who hated everybody but themselves.

In comes the year 2002 which the world gets horror movies like 28 Days Later, Resident Evil, and Dog Soldiers. Though these movies were not constructed because of the terrorist attack they, eerily enough, fit perfectly in the tragedy of what was to come. In 28 Days and Resident Evil, you had a world turned upside down, and in Dog Soldiers you had soldiers fighting a new and unknown enemy.

But it was the horror films in 2003 that truly gave way to the results of 9/11. Suddenly, ghosts, slapstick, and action-horror was overtaken by A House of 1,000 Corpses, High Tension ( 2003 reg release but 2005  US release), Wrong Turn, and the essential remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Once again, the horror genre had a true purpose. It was inspired. That inspiration created 2004’s Dawn of the Dead and Shaun of the Dead which single handily re-animated the zombie genre. We also experienced the dawn of a new franchise – Saw.  One of the most interesting realizations I found in my research was that every massive human event gave birth to a significant zombie film.

The world we lived in would continue to be ripped apart and our innocence would, once again, be stripped from us. In the middle of the decade, we would find ourselves forced to experience Torture Porn in the classic Hostel. We would also find ourselves at the mercy of movies like The Devils Rejects, The Descent, and Wolf Creek. Each of these movies added our fear of traveling, random acts of violence, and they made us aware that the world is filled with people that want to kill you for reasons you may never understand.

As the war of terror raged and terrorists continued to commit unthinkable acts, the year 2006 continued to remind us that all that you love can be taken away with the release of The Hills Have Eyes, Texas Chainsaw: The Begining, Them, Black Christmas, and Turistas. The decade would continue to rehash remakes and sequels that would add value to the state of horror.

My final year of High School was in 2007. It was at this time when I found myself working at a movie theater, chilling with my friends, and flexing my movie-making interests. It was also the year that we got The Mist, 28 Weeks Later, Death Proof/Planet Terror, The Orphanage, Trick R’ Treat, Vacancy, Hostel Part II, REC, and Rob Zombies Halloween.

The decade was almost over but the war continued, and violence across America raged. This would be shown to us in the 2008 releases of The Strangers; a film that owned the year. I can still remember watching the trailer as I checked ID’s at the entrance. I actually witnessed a girl run out of the theater in fear. No joke. Anyways, we did receive gems like The Ruins and Splinter but the year would also give way to the genesis of found-footage horror flicks such as Quarantine and Cloverfield.

When 2009 came to be I found myself in film school. But I also found myself completely lost. I took on this Bob Dylan like persona that ended up cutting a hollow hole inside me. That mixed with massive family drama wrecked me totally. It was around this time that the decade of great horror hit its peak with the release of Human Centipede. the trash bag release of Friday the 13th,  Anti-Christ, Zombieland, and the cheap thrills of Drag Me To Hell. All of these films tasted like microwaved hotdogs.

The world had finally become weary of all the real-life rot the decade had to offer. The United States introduced a new president, Swine Flu hit, and the world lost an icon of humanity – Michael Jackson. The horror of  9/11 seemed like a faded image from a polaroid camera.

The nature of horror greatness will always bring forth a dark time. But when The Oughts ended, I can’t help but notice it brought forward a slew of horror films that did not find proper accolades because the new decade, the 10’s, did not really have a pulse. Matter of fact, horror hasn’t had a resurrection since the 2000s. Sure, we had some gems but the entire horror genre was random, scattered, and simply lost.

I look back at the 2000s with all my nostalgic love. The decade gave me my life skills, my best friend, and memories that I will have forever. It was the defining decade of my life. It was also the defining decade of horror. If I could put the horror of 2000’s on a greatest hits bundle – this is what it would look like:

  • 2000 – American Psycho
  • 2001 – The Devils Backbone
  • 2002 – 28 Days Later
  • 2003 – House of 1,000 Corpses
  • 2004 – Shaun of the Dead
  • 2005 – Hostel & Wolf Creek
  • 2006 – The Hills Have Eyes
  • 2007 – Halloween
  • 2008 – The Strangers
  • 2009 – The Human Centipede

 

 

 

 

Marvel Projectors Action Figures!

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MProjectorsIn 1994 there were action figures that projected adventures from their chests and I just found out about it…


As an adult, did you ever come across something in the toy aisle you just knew you’d love when you were a child? I ask because in my internet wanderings, I discovered ToyBiz’s Marvel Comics Projectors action figure line circa 1994

2xQ3KN “I’m the best there is at what I do and what I do is shoot out pictures from my cartoon show using a giant bulb in my chest…” -Wolverine

Ultradope, right? But what really toasts my Pop-Tarts is that I was prime age for these. Yet for whatever reason, I missed them. Unfortunately I do not have a time machine to correct this…but I do have money and an eBay account…which is almost the same thing.

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What Happened To Torture Porn?

A God amongst men once said, “Before you judge me, try hard to love me.” So I ask you all to not judge me for wondering what the hell happened to torture porn?! It’s a legit question.

“So is asking a stranger if they’re a size 14.”

( Shut it, Bill! )

I came across Hostel on Netflix. Seeing the poster to Hostel really sends me back to a different time. I was seriously tripping hard on a radical wave of nostalgia for a good ten minuteses from my past trigger that feeling but when it does it is freaking awesome. And the reason why Hostel is a lost toy for me has to do with the time period…

The year was 2005. The world was still fresh for me. I was a sophomore in high school and everything was pretty freaking sweet. Why? Because I saw a fucking movie that changed how I saw horror. The Eli Roth masterpiece, Hostel dropped in the stupid cold of January.

My dad dropped me and Frank off at the movie theater. We went in with smiles and left looking like we saw our parents porno tape.

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For the entirety of the winter, I walked around the world contemplating life, art and the meaning of horror. It was awesome. My horror education took yet another massive step into higher learning. That feeling of something new. Something WTF really makes me miss good ol’ torture porn. And that isn’t a bad thing.

After Hostel, I found Wolf Creek ( a huge fav of mine), Wes Craven’s Last House on The Left, Italian horror gems like Deep Red, Torso, and Pieces, Peter Jackson’s Brain Dead, and eventually landed my way to films like Turistas, the entire Texas Chainsaw series, and eventually the Human Centipede series. Interestingly enough, Human Centipede II was the last time this torture porn genre shocked me. Suddenly, my roughly 6-year eduction into torture porn ended.

So I ask myself, upon a deep nostalgia trip, what the hell happened to torture porn? Have we become to damn sensitive as a culture? Or have we simply out WTF’d ourselves already?

 

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With the current stream of real-life shocks on the daily, I think torture porn, over the top, no-nonsense violence is needed to let off a little steam. Don’t get me wrong, we did get a few gems like The Green Inferno, but they are few and far between. I don’t want a cell phone horror flick. I want a true Hollywood release of something painful. Or do I want it? Am I just drowning in the nostalgia of Hostel? Was it a perfect example of one’s teenage experiences? I have no idea.

All I know is that I may just watch Hostel 1-2 and Wolf Creek while the world continues to be attacked by microbial assholes.

 

Sad Drac Out!

 

Us horror movie- Jordan Peele is NOT a master of horror.

Jordan Peele is NOT a master of horror.

But he sure as hell could be if the following happens:

  1. Us is another smash hit for the genre
  2. His 3rd horror film is a smash hit
  3. Has a successful genre show (Twilight Zone becomes a sensation)
  4. He makes a crap 4th film that becomes a cult classic

These are the 4 rules of becoming a horror icon. Don’t believe me? Just looks at the Crazy Uncle of horror John Carpenter’s holy trilogy: Halloween, The Fog and The Thing.

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“Somebody pay me!”

Still not convinced? Check out the cool Uncle of Horror – Wes Craven’s Holy Trilogy: The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes and A Nightmare on Elm Street. However, Mr. Craven’s entire career was filled with classics and cult classics. But it is his holy trilogy that skyrocketed him to success!

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“Don’t forget about me!”

And let us not forget the author turned legendary director Stephen King!

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Stephen King filming Maximum Overdrive while on Cocaine 

God. If Us turns into a bad horror flick we will all be sad. After all, Jordan Peele is a fucking guy that has shocked us all (especially white folk).

Here’s to hoping Jordan Peele becomes a horror icon!

 

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Sam and Colby = Creepy Youtube Gold!

When I’m bored I like to look around the Youtube machine for creepy videos. Strangely enough, finding original content is hard. Everything is creepypasta this and crappypasta that. So when I found out about these two cats named Sam and Colby I was fucking pumped because they literally have movie quality vids….Christ, did I really just write “vids?”

Below you’ll find their adventures into an abandoned insane asylum. From the editing to the dramatic music, these kids should be making fucking horror flicks. Until they do, I will forever be watching their Youtube channel. And so should you!

 

First Episode of 2019! Ep. 26: Shit We’ve Missed

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Chris and I are both busy buzz-droids but we finally dropped our first episode of 2019!

I felt rusty recording episode 26. But after listening to the final edit it was clear that we still are the greatest podcast in the apartment.

Stay tuned as we drop off more audio treats in your Halloween buckets! Oh, please write us a review on any or all of the ten million audio platforms we haunt.

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Shock Session: Live From The Dead

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Between the dark days of our regular episodes come Shock Sessions: Brief horror related topics individually produced and presented by our horrific hosts.

Tonight:

Chris and Eric broadcast live from Chicago’s Days of the Dead horror convention and wrap up its weekend offerings of horror culture. From Clive Barker to Coolio (?), we take in the ambiance and intrigue of this convention’s creepy contributions. So when the dead rise, It’s Alive! is there is broadcast from beyond the grave!

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Ep. 22: Toxic Tunage Vol. 2

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We rise from our graves and come bearing tracks to add to your Halloween playlist! It’s been over a year since we cracked open caskets of mutilated music for your ears to feast on. And we heard you’re hungry for more! Dare you listen do our fiendish finds? The night is young, fiends. Plug in. Tune out. Rest your pretty corpse to the dulcet tones of our eerie endeavor. But don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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The Twilight Zone Cafe

Hey all!,

We recorded a super sweet episode of Its Alive Horror Podcast in which we discuss our favorite episodes of the Twilight Zone!

This episode spawned because I was on a huge Twilight Zone binge. I must of watched about 2-3 seasons within a weekend. I couldn’t help but marvel at how relevant each episode was. I mean they almost ALL had connections to our modern culture and society. I knew we had to discuss it!

This episode did get a bit political but in a good way. It highlighted the obvious issues and connections that we, as a modern society, are facing. We will never apologize for that – sorry not sorry.

Fun fact – we came up with the intro the day of. We wanted to do a mini-radio drama that put us in the Twilight Zone. It worked flawlessly! The end monologue was something we wrote minutes after. We died laughing!

I hope you enjoy this fantastic episode! Please feel free to review on Itunes or wherever!

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In this special episode of It’s Alive!, Chris and Eric grab some coffee in the dimension of imagination. We sit down and discuss the impact Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone has had on television and modern culture. We also put on our intellectual caps and examine the themes in 2of the best written episodes and how they relate today. So find your middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, as the It’s Alive! Podcast delves deep into the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge.

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