Xenomorph: The Birth of a Monster

The Xenomorph is perhaps the most terrifying creation in all of cinema.

There had been monsters before, and there would be monsters after, but does anything else really come close? Let us take a moment to consider. We have the iconic monsters of horror’s golden era. Frankenstein’s monster was at his most effective as a symbol of the misunderstood, and the scares were largely accidental, owing to the unfortunate brute’s giant frame and all round clumsiness. Nosferatu looked creepy enough, and F.W. Murnau’s expressionist vision was startling to say the least, but there is a romanticism to the character and an air of necessity to Count Orlok’s misdeeds.

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VHS Reboots: A Nightmare on Elm Street

There are some productions, however, that are destined to fail; movies where artistry is so peripheral that those involved barely have a chance to make their mark. I’m talking about modern studio remakes, those films which serve no other purpose than to slash expenditure by saving on promotion and advertising. There’s nothing financially safer than a studio rehash, and as a consequence nothing lazier…

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

In 1984 horror maestro Wes Craven unleashed one of the most terrifying characters to ever grace the horror lexicon.

Fred Krueger had all the right ingredients to keep you awake at night. A grotesquely deformed, razor-fingered child-killer, he was not the kind of merciful barbarian who would dispose of you with one brutal blow. This monster was gloriously sadistic, the big kid who had taken pulling legs off spiders to a whole new level.

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