From gracing the screen at countless sleepovers to serving as ideal movie-night picks, a handful of classic teen comedies have proven a lasting power. But almost none of them arrived in the past decade.
Whereas It the creature assumes the form of whatever its prey fears most, ‘It’ the pop-culture phenomenon takes the form of whatever mass audiences and woke critics crave the most, manifesting most often as a mess.
The boilerplate horror film is one-dimensional, aided by oblivious characters and poor screenwriting, only partially saved by Quaid’s excellent acting.
The point of ‘Halloween’ is that there is no point. The Shape is simply and purely evil. You can’t counsel it, medicate it, heal it, or kill it.
Laurie Strode and her daughter are empowered in the face of a mass murderer, thanks to a personal stash of weapons.
An earlier entry in the slasher realm is actually a touchstone in the genre: ‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown.’ It’s the last time I felt a visceral combination of fright and thrill from a film.
Hollywood often turns real-life tragedies into films, but in this case the victim is still suffering the effects of the attack. Does anyone care?
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