By amber BroYles
I miss the days when thrillers actually said something, tapped into some deep-seated social issue. I miss the days when social commentary could be subtle yet provocative, a la Dawn of the Dead or The Crazies. There's a real elevation in story when a filmmaker can sneak those ideas in. Having said that, I'd like to point your attention to a little(ish) film that came out this year, Don't Breathe. Not only does it employ wonderful filmmaking techniques but it also uses current social issues as a backdrop for a grindhouse-esque thriller.
By Amber Broyles
Horror films are a tricky thing. They teeter on the edge of thriller and terror. Some get muddled on either end of the spectrum while others gracefully embrace a bit of both. Either a film gets under your skin or it doesn’t. There’s no ifs ands or buts about it. Horror films do well to build tension and twist it into terror. Pacing is key. Plus, a great villain or monster never hurts.
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