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The Most Disturbing Horror Movies

paranormal-activity-140106-520Why do people watch horror movies? There are many answers to that question, but I go for the obvious – I enjoy being scared. Whether it’s a jump scare that makes my heart skip a beat or a creepy concept that makes me wonder if something’s lurking in the dark late at night, that fear gives me a welcome jolt. Even as someone who’ll watch anything and everything in the genre, however, there’s always the concern of coming across a disturbingly bad movie. And that doesn’t necessarily have to mean disturbingly bad likeHalloween II or The Roommate, but rather films that are so off-putting or have concepts that are so alarming that not only is it impossible to enjoy, but it makes you unhappy.

Admittedly you can’t generalize when writing about what makes a person scared, so here’s a breakdown of the disturbingly good and disturbingly bad from a personal perspective.

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The Best Worst Movies of 2012

BestWorstMoviesZero Dark Thirty, Les Misérables, Lincoln and more may be soaking up the awards season spotlight, but there are a bunch of other films that hit theaters this year that deserve some recognition not because they’re fantastic cinematic achievements, but because they’re so bad, they’re actually good.

Best worst movies come in all sorts of forms – those that benefit from being part of a franchise, the ones that manage to pull off a cliché, some that stir up excitement for all the wrong reasons and more. All of these films have a cloud hanging over their heads for one reason or another, but that doesn’t stop them from conjuring up a ray of light bright enough to make them surprisingly enjoyable, disturbingly memorable, oddly admirable or all of the above.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Promos of the Week

Per usual, we receive an insane amount of hype around the reveal of the final Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 poster only to get a design that we’ve seen time and time again. Sure, the franchise has made the big bucks by delivering more and more of the same, but there’s a trio of movie promotions out this week that win big by getting bold, creative and pleasantly surprising.

The Best Stuff

1. Frankenweenie Pet PostersYou probably know that Frankenweenie is about a kid who brings his dog back to life with a science experiment, but Victor has another hobby: making films. And while that passion has flown under the radar during the movie’s marketing campaign, in the full feature, it’s remarkably charming and brilliantly woven into the narrative.

2. The Lone Ranger PosterMy interest in The Lone Ranger since the film was announced? Zero. My interest in The Lone Ranger since the reveal of this poster? Not much higher than that, but this minimalistic approach gets points for being both a visual success and a nice surprise, far more so than the first trailer.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Promos of the Week

The seasonal costume stores are open, lawns are decorated and the candy corn is out. Halloween is right around the corner and that means more scary movies! Paranormal Activity 4 takes a huge step up in the promotions department with its brand-new trailer — and Sinister continues to deliver horrifyingly mesmerizing advertisements — but three other holiday-appropriate promos landed on top.

The Best Stuff

1. The American Scream PosterTalk about a prime piece of artwork for a horror lover. Forget the fact that the new poster for the documentary The American Scream is appropriately packed with every character you’d expect to see at a Halloween haunted house, but it’s also a work of art, one you could hang on your wall and come back to admire time and time again, with tons of details to enjoy. (More: Read our mini review and listen to an interview with the filmmakers from Fantastic Fest.)

2. Stoker Trailer: Nicole Kidman’s involvement almost scared us off, but the first trailer for Park Chan-wook’s Stoker is just too fascinating and enigmatic to pass up. That opening line is just so vicious and then the rest of the piece follows suit. It’s like a far darker and more twisted version of The Addams Family, something that looks to have horrifying and truly disturbing results.

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Review: Frankenweenie

I swear, the older I get, the more of a baby I become. “Frankenweenie” clocks in at 87 minutes; I cried for 70.

Victor (Charlie Tahan) lives in the quaint town of New Holland with his parents (Catherine O’Hara and Martin Short) and his best buddy, his dog Sparky. Victor may have to leave Sparky in the backyard while he’s off at school, but otherwise, they’re inseparable. Sadly, that means Victor is right by Sparky’s side when something terrible happens and no, I can’t even bear to write it.

However, after an inspiring science lesson from Mr. Rzykruski (Martin Landau) about lightning, Victor gets an idea. He builds a contraption in his attic, hoists Sparky up into a lightning storm and zap! Sparky’s alive! Victor and Sparky are happily back together again, but, shortly after, word gets around and reincarnated animals run amok.

Clearly Sparky bites it within the first few minutes of the movie, and while I was pretty busy wiping tears away for the rest of the film, I did manage to catch a stellar dose of incredible animation, charming characters, a heartwarming (and breaking) story and a pitch perfect score.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Promos of the Week

What’s better than a little vicious gore and some animated innocence for your best movie promos of the week? Certainly not the dull quartet, the cut-and-paste Miley Cyrus and the blurry carnage that make up the worst.


The Best Stuff

1.Wreck-It Ralph Trailer: As if the basics of Wreck-It Ralph aren’t charming enough, theatrical trailer number two suggests this isn’t just a movie rocking an appealing core concept; it’s a well thought-out world that’s just oozing with nuance, heart and nostalgia. Cue FUN’s “Some Nights” at the most opportune time, and you can add chills to that list, too.

2. Frankenweenie Clip: Forget content and performances — stop-motion animation makes any material magical. But, even better, based on this first clip from Frankenweenie, the material in Tim Burton’s latest looks to match the wildly palpable visuals. Mr. Rzykruski certainly sells the tough teacher act, but his method isn’t just ranting and raving, it’s ranting and raving in a manner that bears a smart and eerie degree of truth.

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Comic-Con 2012: Our Most Anticipated Events

The first rule of San Diego Comic-Con is that there’s absolutely no way to get to everything. The second rule of San Diego Comic-Con (or SDCC) is … try to get to everything. And we here at Movies.com will attempt to do just that, or at the very least bring back a taste of the big events everyone will be talking about come this time next week.

What are some of those events, and what should you expect from our coverage? Click through to find out what we’re looking forward to most as the country’s biggest geek-friendly convention prepares to infiltrate our nerdy hearts later this week.

Thursday 12:45 – 1:45 in Hall H

The non-Twihards might resent this, but what bigger way to open San Diego Comic-Con 2012 than with a panel for the final Twilight movie? The very first film to grace comic-con’s legendary Hall H will be the final installment of The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn – Part 2. This will (probably) be the last time Team Edward and Team Jacob supporters will get the chance to camp outside the San Diego Convention Center for a Twilight movie, so expect the crowd to be bigger than ever. Once the crowd files in and the panel actually begins, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz and newcomer Mackenzie Foywill all be on hand, answering questions and previewing footage.

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