Horror anthologies are like going trick or treating for Halloween: you never know what you’re going to get. Sometimes you’re handed something salty and sweet and oh so tasty other times you get an apple. But it’s that sense of the unknown that keeps us coming back for more. To celebrate Halloween, check out these ten terrifying horror anthologies from the last fifty years of movies.
In director Todd Haynes' film WONDERSTRUCK, the story of a young boy in the Midwest is told simultaneously with a tale about a young girl in New York from fifty years ago as they both seek the same mysterious connection. When people think time travel, they tend to picture some intrepid adventurer strapping themselves into a fantastical machine. But sometimes Hollywood is more subtle about people who seem to be able to pierce the fourth dimension.
In the bio-pic MARSHALL, Chadwick Boseman plays future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in his early days as a take-no-prisoners attorney for the NAACP. It's taken Hollywood a while, but in the last few years they've finally started producing bio-pics worthy of these African Americans who broke ground in politics, civil rights, sports, and the arts.
In BLADE RUNNER 2049, Harrison Ford returns to the role of ex-cop Rick Deckard, pressed into service to hunt down "replicants" who have broken free of their programming. One of the biggest movie stars of all time, Ford managed to juggle a number of iconic roles in massively popular franchises, almost all at the same time. Recently he's been returning to these roles, giving a whole new generation a chance to learn what kids of the 1970s and 1980s know: there's no one else quite like Harrison Ford.
In AMERICAN MADE, Tom Cruise uses his mega-watt smile to play Barry Seal, a real life pilot who worked for the CIA and as a smuggler for a drug cartel. Hollywood loves stories of Americans whose boundless ambition led them to a meteoric rise, if only to fall just as hard...most of the time.
The superspy organization known as Kingsman are back in KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE, teaming up with some American allies to combat yet another global threat. Ever since James Bond became a global phenomenon, other cinematic secret agents like the Kingsmen have come along to try and out-do 007, with some hitting the target!
In Darren Aronofksy's MOTHER!, Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem play a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home. While families are the bedrock of society, the unique relationships that can form within them have often been used as the subject for Hollywood horror. Here are some particularly creepy examples of families whose reunions you don't want to attend.
Movie legend Jerry Lewis rocketed to fame as half of the comedy team Martin and Lewis, and followed that with a massively successful second career as director, producer, and star of his own films, where he helped develop new filmmaking techniques that are still used today. A seemingly tireless performer, he was one of the last true living legends from the Golden Age of Hollywood. There never was--and never will be--anyone else like Jerry Lewis.
Stephen King's IT, one of the renowned author's most popular novels, arrives on the big screen in big, blood red clown shoes on September 8. Ever since CARRIE in 1976, Hollywood has turned over and over again to the pages of King's work for inspiration, resulting in some of the most memorable horror (and not so horror-ible) movies of all time.
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