It’s that magic time of year when spooks and spirits abound. And what better way to celebrate the season than watching a few scary movies with friends and family — or alone in the dark. Mwahahaha!
Evil laughter aside, horror films have a storied history, starting in the silent era with celebrities like Lon Chaney and Max Schreck up before Present strikes like Get Out. Audiences can’t get enough scary cinema. And a frequent theme running throughout the genre?
Consider it: high tech and horror go together like treats and tricks. History’s terror catalog is full of countless mad scientists, killer robots, and innovative technologies that include unintended — not to mention terrifying — impacts.
Fair warning: this isn’t a listing of family-friendly flicks. A number of them are down-and-out, shock-and-awe, blood-and-gore horror films so use discretion if you are screening about young ghosts and goblins, ok?
Our initial class features movies that revolve around one scientist or scientific goal. These pictures definitively prove why clinical trials are a very good idea.
From the sequel to Whale’s own 1931 classic, Frankenstein, a fresh mad scientist, Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger), shows up to last Dr. Frankenstein’s work, who wants nothing to do with his disastrous experiments.
What Happens is the amalgam of creepy imagery, spiritual symbolism, and psychological matches, as you understand, regardless of his brutality, The Monster is a deeply sympathetic character. Pretorius eventually does create a partner for The Monster — The Bride of Frankenstein (Elsa Lanchester) — and you guessed it: it does not end well.
The continuous outpouring of atomic energy in the U.S. Air Force test centre causes among the neighboring town’s retired scientists, R. E. Walgate (Kynaston Reeves), to covertly reroute some of their ability to his own lab, where he is secretly conducting telekinesis experiments.
Using these experiments, Walgate ends up accidentally producing a race of invisible”thought” creatures that attack the townspeople and suck their brains out so as to multiply. These creatures are completely invisible for much of the film until they finally appear as slimy brains that slither around via their attached spinal cords. Suspenseful with a remarkably high”ick” factor, this tech movie is a wonderful watch.
Professor Edward Jessup (William Hurt) is a unnatural psychologist who experiments using hallucinogens in a sensory deprivation tank. By doing this repeatedly, he starts tapping into a previously undiscovered part of your mind.
His wife, Emily Jessup (Blair Brown), desperately attempts to calm him down from his infatuation with this alternate reality, however, Edward insists he’s going to get the next major breakthrough in the field of evolutionary science. The results of his obsession are extremely unexpected and truly horrifying.
Complete with disturbing hallucinogenic sequences along with also a mind-altering musical score, this film is 1 heck of a ride. During his experiments on both animals and people, he uses especially substantial doses that result in the subjects behaving unnaturally violent.
Honestly, this has some of the most unique — and completely disgusting — makeup effects in movie history. It’s gross, irreverent, and humorous.
Dr. Edward Pretorius (Ted Sorel) — yep, yet another Pretorius — and his assistant, Dr. Crawford Tillinghast (Jeffrey Combs), create a device called the Resonator, which emits a frequency that develops the brain’s pineal gland permitting those inside scope to observe a reality beyond ordinary human perception.
Pretorius becomes obsessed with the machine’s energy and crosses over into a parallel dimension, leaving his dead body behind. Tillinghast and a brand new scientist, Dr. Katherine McMichaels (Barbara Crampton), conduct additional study on the Resonator to detect exactly what occurred. What Happens is a set of gruesome sequences and haunting visuals that shout 1986.
This cult classic certainly has some Stranger Things vibes — at least in which offspring-with-mind-numbing-superpowers content is concerned. In cases like this, a literary drug causes pregnant test subjects to keep children with altered neurological functioning — specifically, with telepathic and telekinetic ability.
These individuals, called Scanners, are now an underground station of curiosities, locked in an unconventional good versus evil tug-of-war between those who are learning to control their skills and those wanted to be used as weapons in constructing a new world order.