Category Archives: Suspense

This Is How The House at the End of the Street Shocked Audiences

This Is How The House at the End of the Street Shocked Audiences

Making a major Hollywood film is difficult for many reasons. A key one is the simple fact that most Hollywood films must fit into established genres with which viewers are familiar. Obviously, there are benefits to genre conventions. They give filmmakers a basic roadmap for making a successful picture. That said, when viewers are already… Read More…

This Is Why the Strangers Sequel Had the Best Director for the Job

This Is Why the Strangers Sequel Had the Best Director for the Job

Horror films are very difficult to make. Like comedies, they rely on precise timing. In a comedy, a filmmaker must maintain tension and release it at the right moment in order to make viewers laugh. Horror is similar. The goal is simply to make viewers scream instead. Comedy movies also tend to succeed when the… Read More…

How A Perfect Getaway’s Marketing Thrilled Audiences: What You Need to Know

How A Perfect Getaway’s Marketing Thrilled Audiences: What You Need to Know

Marketing a film doesn’t simply involve letting the audience know what it’s about and when it’s released. Fans of film history know that studios and filmmakers have often devised clever marketing campaigns that provide audiences with entertaining and engaging content that operates as more than simple promotional material. The Internet has given rise to more… Read More…

This Is Why Season of the Witch Is a Perfect Fantasy Adventure

Season of the Witch, the 2011 action adventure film starring Nicolas Cage, is entertaining for many reasons. Its dark atmosphere is one of them. The film’s visuals evoke the time of the Black Plague (Europe in the 1300s) while also giving the filmmakers the opportunity to tell a story heavy with supernatural elements. The result… Read More…

Why Act of Valor Is So Realistic: What You Need to Know

Why Act of Valor Is So Realistic: What You Need to Know

Act of Valor is a unique action war film. That’s because it’s much more realistic than most other movies in the genre. The film came about when its directors, Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy, made a brief promotional video for the U.S. Navy’s Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen (SWCC), who are responsible for delivering Navy SEALs… Read More…

This Is How The Kingdom Balances Thrills and Realism

This Is How The Kingdom Balances Thrills and Realism

The Kingdom is a 2007 action thriller that manages to be entertaining while also tackling serious topics in a fairly realistic way. It’s easier to understand how the filmmakers behind the project achieved this perfect balance when you study certain key details from the production. When making a movie (even a fictional one) about the… Read More…

What You Need to Know about the Thrilling True Story behind Sanctum

What You Need to Know about the Thrilling True Story behind Sanctum

Adventure movies allow viewers to experience the thrills and terror of being caught in a fight for survival against great odds, without actually being in danger. This is the main reason why movies like Sanctum are so entertaining; they offer a glimpse of an exciting experience most people don’t ever get to have. Released in… Read More…

This Is Why Tokyo Drift Is an Amazing Action Movie

This Is Why Tokyo Drift Is an Amazing Action Movie

It’s not uncommon for action movies to feature sequences of death-defying stunts. However, while some films rely on skilled stunt work to give viewers a sense of having watched something authentic, far too many directors simply use clever editing to trick the viewer into believing an amazing action sequence. Unfortunately, these scenes aren’t as thrilling… Read More…

How a Horror Short Became Oculus – What You Need to Know

How a Horror Short Became Oculus – What You Need to Know

Oculus, released in 2013, is one of the most impressive and effective horror films of the last decade. However, the story behind its development is nearly as interesting as the movie itself. Like many major Hollywood movies, Oculus is based on a pre-existing work, but the source material for this film is unique. Essentially, Oculus… Read More…

This Is How Salt Changed the Action Genre

This Is How Salt Changed the Action Genre

In Hollywood, it’s no secret that many major  productions evolve before they actually reach the big screen. It’s not uncommon for the final shooting script to be dramatically different from the original script that was written. Often, those changes are significant, even if the average filmgoer doesn’t know about them. Salt, the 2010 action thriller… Read More…