The Terror Never Stops

The horror movie has returned in the last decade. While part of the horror genre restrains itself to worn out paths and subjects, there has been a new wave of horror films in independent North and South American, European and Asian productions. Horror films were mainly about teenage angst in the 1980´s and 90´s, and growing increasingly self-referential all the while, as in the seminal “Scream”. The usual bunch of teenagers were playing hide and seek, opening boxes they had better left untouched, doing prank telephone calls they had better not placed. The Jokesters and sexual active teens always got it first and worst, the ones who knew the rules of the genre sometimes got away.

We are interested in a different kind of horror movie. We love movies that stretch and cross boundaries.  Especially films that cross the boundaries into the darker sides of the human soul. There has always been this type of film, whether it has been the feverish eroticism in F.W. Murnaus “Nosferatu” or the image of a ball rolling down an empty street, while Peter Lorre whistles his murderous musical theme in Fritz Langs “M”. Films that created genuine images of terror, angst,  anxiety. And they are still there.

Horror movies are political seismographs of the zeitgeist. The Vietnam war spawned an enormously influential new wave of Horror films in the 60´s and Seventies, many of which have been remade in the last decade. Horror movies have reacted to fascism, the cold war, the hippie movement, racism and the civil rights movement, Punk, AIDS, media criticism, the rise of gender and cultural studies, 9/11, Guantanamo and the financial and economic crisis in their time. They have often dealt with issues that had not yet entered the mainstream film circuit.

We have set up some rules for this series and the blog that we are presenting.

  • The films we show have to be great. Not just within the boundaries of the genre. They have to be great as movies, worthy to be watched without wasting your time over ironic trash.ADULT HORROR MOVIES are not ironic. They are scary.
  • ADULT HORROR MOVIES are not about teen angst. They are about grown up fears.
  • ADULT HORROR MOVIES stick in your mind. Some may be terrifying at first sight, but others may as well creep up on you and get you later on. They generate unforgettable images.
  • ADULT HORROR MOVIES can be fun, but they are not funny. Fear is a serious business.
  • ADULT HORROR MOVIES are shown in the original version. Horror is a physical genre, and the voice is a necessary part of the body of a film. English language films will be shown with German subtitles, all other language films, including German films, with English subtitles.
  • It is possible to watch ADULT HORROR MOVIES alone at home, but we do not advise it. We suggest you see them at our partner movie theatres with a friend. It´s better for you.

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