Saturday, February 25, 2017



1.       Alien – The Alien franchise, with a total of 6 films, is the highest-grossing horror movie franchise ever made. Featuring the battles of a ship commander versus an extraterrestrial lifeform referred to as the Xenomorph. Alien: Covenant is set to be released in 2017.  
2.       Saw – At 2nd place, Saw has a complicated story arc whereby a villain subjects his victims to horrifying puzzles. Saw: Legacy, the 8th in the series, is currently in production.
3.       Jaws – Based on a shark attack, the natural horror series features 4 films. It’s 3rd on our list. Other than the original directed by Steven Spielberg, the remaining films were highly criticized. It was nominated for 4 Oscars and won 3, Spielberg was furious he wasn't nominated for Best Director. 
4.       Paranormal Activity – The 4th in a series of 5 films were made for low production costs and used found footage format first employed by Blair Witch.
5.       Friday the 13th - Jason Voorhees drowns at Camp Crystal Lake since the camp counselors were “too busy”. The best-selling film of the series (12 in total) is the crossover with A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy Vs. Jason.
6.       A Nightmare on Elm Street - The quintessential monster Freddy Krueger, a killer haunting the dreams of children on an otherwise quiet street, spawned 9 in total.  Coming in 6th, the most successful is coincidentally the same as Friday the 13th, Freddy Vs. Jason.
7.       Scream - Credited with resurgence of the slasher horror flick, Scream successfully uses the conventions of the horror genre. It holds the number 7th spot/ 5 films. Hidden by the mask of Ghostface, murderers chase their victims. It drew negative attention for excessive gore from the film raters.  
8.       The Conjuring - This one comes in 8th with 2 films in the series (or 3 if you count Annabelle … possibly 4 if you count The Nun).  Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren help homeowners haunted by demon spirits rid the house of these unwanted guests.
9.       Halloween - Horror icon Michael Myers murders his sister but escapes the hospital, killing the townsfolk of Haddonfield, Illinois. Halloween is at the number 9 spot with 10 films to date. A greatly anticipated version (still in early stages) is being developed by John Carpenter.

10.   The Exorcist - Lavished with Academy Award acclaim (nominated for 10/ won 2), The Exorcist (number 10, 5 films) is based on a bestselling book about the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl, exorcised by two priests. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017


EVOLUTION OF SOUND - The first recorded music technology was the phonograph which worked by rotating engraved wax cylinders. It ran on a hand crank system and didn’t need electricity, pulling faint music through a needle into the horn. The next generation was a hand cranked Victrola which played flat records that could be printed and mass produced. Broadcast radio and the Electrola were next, run on electrical power, each coming onto the market around the same time. Music volume was amplified. Vinyl records and transistors improved electric record players as did the LP (long playing) album format. The compact audio cassette tape could also store data in early microcomputers. It was wound between two miniature spools, held inside a protective plastic shell and once flipped, it played the other side. For the first time music was portable. Options included a boombox, Walkman and car audio systems played through a console to listen while driving. The digital compact disk (CD) succeeded the analog gramophone because it didn’t have background noise. And of course it was smaller. Then, the hard drive rendered other physical storage mediums obsolete. While the MP3 file loses some of the sound richness--of the vinyl record or CD audio--right now it’s the prevailing 21st century format. The iPod and iTunes gave consumers anywhere access on portable devices, a user friendly experience and the bonus of affordability. With the popularity of Netflix and YouTube, streaming media (Pandora, Prime, Spotify) now eliminates the need for physical media altogether. What will be the next step in the evolution of sound?

Monday, February 6, 2017

Sunday, February 5, 2017


MY BLOODY VALENTINE - A pickaxe wielding psycho, wearing miner’s garb and a mask, slaughters a group of teenage partiers in a darkened mine. Ten years later, one of the escapees inherits the mine from his deceased father. Returning to the hometown of his youth, he finds his ex-girlfriend has married the local sheriff. One of his classmates is murdered, he becomes a suspect because he was caught on tape in the hotel parking lot. My Bloody Valentine isn’t really a remake. It takes its inspiration from a 1981 film of the same name. The 2009 version works better in terms of subject matter, storyline and the plot twist ending. If you’re a fan of the gory slasher genre, this is one you’ll enjoy. While imperfect, it’s a good flick. So check it out!