10 Great Horror Movies You Don’t Know Exist

Ever since film was invented, the entertainment industry has thrived. When it comes to movies, there are more than a few that get overlooked and are underrated simply based on a few factors, and there are others that don’t even get released outside of their own country. But even the hard-to-find ones are out there. Here’s a list of movies you may or may not know exist.

 

1. Road Games (1981)

Roadgames (1981)

Shot entirely on location in Australia back in 1981, this film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Stacy Keach. The film is about a truck driver (Keach) who picks up a hitchhiker (Curtis) as they go on the trail hunting down a murderer of women. Sounds heroic enough, right? Two humble Americans tracking down a serial killer in an attempt at saving the lives of women everywhere? Let’s go behind the scenes for this one.

With its tension toward Curtis and Keach, with them being, in Jamie’s words, “token Americans,” you can imagine the hostility between the two countries. So if you add the behind-the-scenes racism onto the screen with the intended plot, Americans hunting down an Australian killer; an Australian Dingo whose American name was changed to one that was anything but American; and finally the Aussie to American ratio, you end up with a pretty chilling cocktail.

 

2. The Stuff (1985)

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What’s the first thing you do when you see something bubbling up from the ground? Eat it, right? The oh-so-sweet taste, all-natural ingredients, and not to mention the zero calories in every pint-sized container. Well, have a taste of something called ‘The Stuff.’

While a human’s first instinct with anything dangerous is to “burn it!”, it doesn’t work with everything, but in this case of a parasitic alien that seeps up through the earth in a form as viscous as shaving cream, fire DOES work. Armed with the famous tagline, “Are you eating it… or is it eating you?”, “The Stuff” delivers the horror, the nightmares, and the sheer stomach-churning regurgitation. But as they always say: Enough is never enough.

 

3. The Boy Who Cried Bitch (1991)

You may be looking at this title and wondering what’s up with it. You’ll find in the film that the title is literally what it sounds like.

Dan Love (Harley Cross) is a 13-year-old boy who suffers from a severe psychosis. His behavior was so disturbing to his mother (Candice Young) that she couldn’t take anymore of it, and he ended up being institutionalized. You may be thinking how horrible it must be for his mother to do that, but keep reading.

Dan can’t handle his own mental instability. He deals with it by drinking, partying, and all this other stuff. But he suffers so badly that he handles bad situations in a positive way. Kooky, right? From outsmarting a sexual predator to making sure his mother doesn’t go to jail for murder in the original ending of the movie, you will find the sheer horror of it all from Dan’s point of view. That’s enough to add this to your movie collection.

 

4. Mikey (1992)

Every child wants to be loved. Michael Holt is no different. When it comes right down to it, 9-year-old Mikey was taken from his birth parents because he was abused. The viewer doesn’t know to which extent, but that’s part of the horror. He was adopted by the Kelvin family and then the Trenton family. So Mikey Kelvin-Trenton was hoping this was it. Such a good boy, a smart boy… a killer boy.

In the end, only one thing is certain: For Mikey or Joshua, or no matter what his name is, psychopathy and the desire to kill doesn’t go away. It can’t be cured. There’s no pill for that.

 

5. Leprechaun (1993)

Leprechaun (1993)

Next time you spot a rainbow and want that pot of gold at the end of it, remember this film. It may have spawned a franchise that turned from scary to interesting to a B-movie that ended up turning to a less than D-movie by the end, but the first film is what this is about.

Warwick Davis plays the lead role of an ancient leprechaun who’s forced to go along with this age-old bargain: If he gets caught, he gives up his gold. But this leprechaun won’t give it up without a fight to the death. And considering he’s kind of immortal… well, you know. When a new family, led by Jennifer Aniston in her acting debut, buys the O’Grady house where he’s locked up, blood is shed. Not just at home. With the biggest inside joke of the ‘90s, this movie is sure to earn the viewer’s appreciation.

The end of the film says it all: “F— you, Lucky Charms.”

The Death of the Macbook, John Wick Timelines, Firmware Updates and MORE!

Apple’s laptop line is changing and Charles is here for it.

This week on The No Film School Podcast, Editor-in-Chief George Edelman joins host Charles Haine talk about the Apple news, a Panasonic firmware update, what it looks like to edit John Wick 3, plus tech news and “ask No Film School.”

Check back next week for our next episode!

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Expert Publicists Explain How to Get Your Film Seen on a Budget

Everything you wanted to know about independent film publicity (and how to get it).

If you want people to see your movie, first they need to know it exists. You need attention. But how do you break through the noise to end up on an audience member’s radar? That’s where good publicity comes in.

Maybe you are a guest on someone’s favorite podcast, reviewed in Variety, or even The New York Times. Or, maybe it’s front page news in your hometown newspaper. When I was releasing my feature film, Different Flowers, I was so nervous about working with the press. I had a million questions. How do you get a good review? How do you know what to say in interviews? How do you even know which members of the press to contact?

Turns out there are experts with answers to all of these questions and more: publicists. Working with a skilled publicist can help you tell the story of your movie and get noticed. It takes years of experience, dedication, and learning from past mistakes to excel at getting exposure for a project, but lucky for you, we have compiled advice from the experts.

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Premiere Pro version 13.1.3

I’m not sure what is going on over at Adobe. They have released yet another update for Premiere Pro, version 13.1.3. The issues fixed in 13.1.3 include launching the application, scrubbing the timeline, and opening older projects. The fact that Adobe has to release an update to fix something as simple as launching the application … Continued

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How Not To F**k Up Your First Feature with Help From No Film School

I learned how to make a movie from the lessons I absorbed on set, what I read at Samuel French Bookstore (RIP), and… reading articles on No Film School.

Editors Note: Joseph Cross came to us and explained that he had learned a lot from No Film Schoo and he wanted to give back to the community by sharing what specific posts helped him in what stages on his feature SUMMER NIGHT. We were flattered and more than happy to run his post which serves as something of a ‘First Feature Primer’. We also have a 10 episode podcast series first feature that takes you through our own founder and CEO Ryan Koo’s journey as he developed his project Amateur. The first episode is How Do You Know Which Idea to Pursue? The First Feature: AMATEUR [Episode 1]

Before production

How do I not f**k this up?

I started with 15 Common Mistakes Amateur Filmmakers Make (& How to Fix Them).

Then I moved onto 8 Things Every New Filmmaker Should Learn Before Making Their First Film.

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Moment is Making an Anamorphic Lens for Drones

Moment is Making an Anamorphic Lens for Drones

Most feature films are shot with anamorphic lenses. That’s why, when we see this type of shot on YouTube, we call it “cinematic”. It’s going to be available for your drone soon. Get ready, it’s going to be incredible.

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Why Your Intel Computer Just Got Beaten

Why Your Intel Computer Just Got Beaten

For videographers and photographers, a good computer can mean the difference between struggling and success during post-processing. A combination of announcements means your Intel powered computer is no longer the best tool for the job.

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f/1.4 vs f/1.8: Can You Actually Tell the Difference?

Given how much more it costs to buy an f/1.4 prime compared to an f/1.8, beginners in particular often ask if the upgrade is worth it. Build quality and optical quality being equal, is the difference in light gathering capability and depth of field noticeable? Can you really tell?

Photographer and YouTuber Pierre Lambert decided to do a blind “taste test” so to speak and find out if his viewers could actually tell the difference between photos shot at multiple locations at both f/1.4 and f/1.8, with a few shots taken at f/2.8, f/4 and f/5.6 thrown in just for fun.

From wide shots to street photos to tighter compositions with plenty of bokeh to analyze, he captured a total of 7 locations. Here’s just one of those comparisons. Can you tell which is which?

Of course, this conversation is about more than depth of field. Most f/1.4 lenses are built for professional use, with better build quality and higher quality optics. Plus, the additional 2/3 of a stop of light makes more of a difference when you’re shooting something like astrophotography.

But for many use cases, and when the majority of the general public will see your images compressed through social media and/or on a smartphone screen, Pierre argues that the results are just too similar to justify the price difference. He suggests saving the money and re-investing it into improving your skills. Do you agree with him?

Let us know in the comments. And if you want to see more from Lambert, head over to his website, give him a follow on Instagram, or subscribe to his channel on YouTube.

Curiosity: The new Sony 35mm f/1.8 FE is actually very cheap to buy in Canada…Just $610!

If you think the new Sony 35mm f/1.8 FE is too expensive well dear US readers…just make a short holiday trip to Canada. There the lens sells for 799.99$ CAD only at Henrys. This is about $610 which makes you…

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Good Photography Decisions Start With Pre-Visualization

Good Photography Decisions Start With Pre-Visualization

One percent of great photographs are simple luck, being at the right place and time with a camera… the other 99% are the result of good decisions. One could even argue that a large number of the one percenters made the right decision to be in that place at that time and carry their camera. Good decisions start with pre-visualization.

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LMGI Awards to Honor Peter Weir and Michael J. Meehan

Initial honorees for the 6th Annual Location Managers Guild International Awards (LMGI) were announced by LMGI President Mike Fantasia. The LMGI Awards, which spotlights international features, television and commercials in which the creative use of filming locations set the tone, will take place on September 21st at the Eli and Edyth Broad Stage. Oscar-nominated director […]

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BenQ Unveils New 27-inch 2K Monitor with 99% AdobeRGB Coverage

After sharing a brief preview of their newest 27-inch, 2560 x 1440 resolution PhotoVue SW270C monitor at NAB 2019 earlier this year, BenQ has finally released the affordable photo editing monitor to the world.

The SW270C joins BenQ’s lineup of “PhotoVue Photographer Monitors” that are designed specifically for photo editing, and it kind-of sort-of replaces the very affordable and popular 27-inch SW2700PT that I’m typing this on right now.

While the $600 SW2700PT remains a part of the BenQ lineup and offers the same 2K resolution, 27-inch size and 99% AdobeRBG coverage, for an additional $200, the new SW270C brings along some newer technology and features you won’t find in its little brother.

The main new feature is something BenQ is calling Color Uniformity Technology, which promises “screen-wide precise color from corner to corner.” There’s also a redesigned Hotkey Puck, 97% DCI-P3 coverage, support for “native cadence” when watching or editing 24p and 25p content, and a USB-C port that allows you to draw 60W of power while simultaneously sharing audio and video information with the monitor—multiple cables be damned.

You also get two HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort, two USB 3.1 ports, and an SD card reader. Here’s a closer look at the monitor from all angles:

Given the popularity of the BenQ SW2700PT as a great, color-accurate entry-level monitor, chances are the $800 BenQ SW270C will sell very well. In fact, we’re surprised both monitors are still available—something that might change in the near future.

In the meantime, if you want to dive into all of the specs and find out if the SW270C is worth the extra $200 over the older SW2700PT, head over to the BenQ website. The monitor is currently exclusive to B&H Photo, but BenQ is planning to release it to its other retailers “by August 1st.”

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Now You Can Watch ‘(500) Days of Summer’ in Chronological Order [Video]

Have you ever wanted to watch “(500) Days of Summer” in order? Now’s your chance.

Marc Webb’s quintessential, meta romantic comedy is about to turn ten years old this August. Where does the time go?!

For those unfamiliar, the film follows Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a failed architect who meets Summer (Zooey Deschanel) at his humdrum office job. Despite her assertion that she doesn’t believe in relationships, Tom falls hard for Summer from day one.

But instead of watching their love story bloom, grow, and then (spoiler alert) eventually wither and die, in that order, we get a non-linear account that takes us through the highs and lows of their romance. Which is great, but just like any non-chronologic storyline, it makes you wonder how the drama plays chronologically.

Luckily, you don’t have to wonder. British editor Michal Zak has put together a recut showing the movie’s 500 days in chronological order. (Zak’s version just happens to be 500 seconds long, too.)

Watch the video below.

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Harvard researchers create mini polarization camera that shows how shrimp see the world

Researchers with Harvard University’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have published a study detailing the creation of a tiny camera that presents the world as it is seen by some insects and shrimp—polarized. Whereas humans are unable to see polarization, some tiny creatures are able to, an experience replicated by Harvard researchers with a small, portable camera.

Put simply, polarization is the direction in which light vibrates, the result being a shimmery rainbow appearance that, as the video above shows, reveals details about objects that can’t be seen with the human eye. An otherwise invisible defect in a piece of clear glass or plastic, for example, may be readily apparent when viewed with polarization.

A small number of cameras are currently available on the market that can see polarized light, but they come with multiple downsides, including high cost, bulkiness and typically the inclusion of moving parts. These cameras are used in select industries for specialized tasks, such as detecting the presence of material stress or small scratches and dents in a surface.

The Harvard team developed an alternative polarized camera that eliminates these issues; it is described as ‘about the size of a thumb,’ though adding a protective case and lens increases the total size to that of a ‘lunch box.’ The final product can view polarized light and was tested in various ways, including to detect defects in injection-molded plastics.

Though polarized cameras could be useful in a variety of industries and situations, the size and cost constraint limited how widely the technology could be deployed. That changes with the Harvard team’s innovation. Study co-author and SEAS postdoctoral fellow Paul Chevalier explained:

‘Polarization is a feature of light that is changed upon reflection off a surface. Based on that change, polarization can help us in the 3D reconstruction of an object, to estimate its depth, texture and shape, and to distinguish man-made objects from natural ones, even if they’re the same shape and color.’

The compact polarized light camera may one day be used in drones, self-driving cars and even commonly available consumer technology like smartphones.

A to Z of Photography: Inge Morath and Minolta

A to Z of Photography: Inge Morath and Minolta

With M we reach a significant milestone in the A to Z of Photography as this is the halfway mark. So far “Bronica and Burtynsky” and “Fujifilm” have been the most read with the “Family of Man” and “Image Stabilization and Into the Jaws of Death” languishing at the bottom of the popularity charts! Onwards then to Inge Morath and Minolta.

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Here’s Jimmy! The Most Iconic Scene from ‘The Shining’ Gets Deepfaked

Love Jim Carrey? Love “The Shining”? How about a terrifying mashup? We got you covered!

We saw him typing and screaming, now we get to see the truly disturbing murderous side of Jim Carrey (as Jack Nicholson’s Jack Torrence) in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining in yet another Deepfake from Ctrl Shift Face.

This time, the YouTuber has used deepfake technology to place the world’s greatest funnyman in one of the most iconic horror scenes in history.

Without further ado, here’s Jimmy!

We covered how cool deepfakes would be once the technology gets even better. Imagine being able to pair the actual Katherine Hepburn with Leo in The Aviator or just owning a famous actor’s likeness and sticking them in any role you want. Give me the Gregory Peck and George Clooney team up I deserve!

Still, maybe I’m a little like Frankenstein here. We saw what modern pacing can do to Star Wars, and while I really loved it, I hate the idea of messing with a classic. While I like the idea of adding things to the future, I can’t help but be worried about how this could mess with the past.

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Double Time Your Offloads with Sonnet’s New SF3 Series RED MINI-MAG Pro Card Reader

Would you like to cut your footage offload time in half?

Whether you’re shooting in 8K, at a higher frame rate, or just eager to get offloading done at the end of a long shoot day, faster is better.

A lightning fast professional media reader is key for RED camera users in particular.

Typical RED MINI-MAG card readers are single-slot, taking one MINI-MAG at a time. This, combined with USB speeds, can lead to relatively long offload times.

Sonnet announced a Professional Dual-Slot RED MINI-MAG® Thunderbolt™ 3 Card Reader that ingests footage from two RED MINI-MAGs at the same time at their maximum speeds, 1,060 MB/s. By nature of their being two ports, this cuts offload time in half.

It’s fast.

And it’s stackable.

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