Archive for February, 2017

Ten Women in Horror Films You Would Never Want to Meet.

February 19, 2017

Here is a list of ten amazing female characters who will light up the screen with evil. They are great examples of rich female characters who are as evil as any of their male counterparts. Some of them appear briefly, but their presence helped bring those films out of the ordinary.

1 – MARGARET WHITE from CARRIE (1976)

Carrie’s mother was a religious freak who would stop at nothing in order to keep sin away. Piper Laurie played her beautifully. Every scene in which she appears is a tour de force. The moment you see her, you know she will end up losing control.

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2 – MADEMOISELLE from MARTYRS (2008)

Madmoiselle played by veteran French actress Catherine Bégin shows up from nowhere, half way through the film, and simply steals the spotlight away from the protagonists. Her honest and heartfelt desire to understand what’s on the other side really makes us care about her – to a point we almost take her side. She alone delivers one of the most fascinating endings in horror film History.

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3 – ASAMI YAMAZAKI from AUDITION (1999)

The moment you see the beautiful and innocent Asami, played by Eihi Shiina, you will not believe the horrors she is capable of. The character plays like a girl who’s lost in the woods. But this girl is not for the faint of heart… and definitely not for dog lovers.

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4 – ANNIE WILKES from MISERY (1990)

Raise your hand if you knew Kathy Bates before MISERY. Nobody? Kathy Bates had a long career in television and roles in minor films. All until she played Stephen King’s über-psychotic nurse and book lover Annie Wilkes. The book itself is already fascinating, but Bates brings a vulnerability to the character that struck gold at the Oscars. And let’s face it: how many horror films ever win an Academy Award?

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5 – NOLA CARVETH from THE BROOD (1979)

David Cronenberg’s THE BROOD is not one of his most remembered films. However, his female characters are always rich with extreme contradictions and unconscious desires. Nola Carveth is the perfect example of a helpless victim who turns out to be something quite unexpected.

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6 – RHODA PENMARK from THE BAD SEED (1956)

Perhaps the most fascinating thing about Rhoda Penmark (brilliantly played by Patty McCormack) is not how evil she is, but how innocent she looks. On the outside, she is a gorgeous eight-years-old angel. On the inside she is a ruthless killer. A villain like this is practically invincible. Plus: there is no reason behind her evil. She was never abused nor neglected. She is just evil. Period. Here’s a film that could never be produced today. Give me back my shoes!

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7 – BABY JANE HUDSON from WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (1962)

Baby Jane Hudson (played by Bette Davis) is not your average horror villain. She is not a monster. She was simply a misguided soul who turned out to do horrible things out of feeling that are very human: fear, anger, envy, loneliness. We never know how crazy she really is, but the torments she imposes on her sister Blanche will tell you a lot.

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8 – MINNIE CASTEVET from ROSEMARY’S BABY (1968)

Ruth Gordon won an Academy Award playing this satanist talkative neighbor from Hell. The beauty of this character is that you don’t see her do anything wrong. However, as we’ll see along the film, behind that fragile old woman, there is an evil mastermind.

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9 – LA FEMME from À L’INTÉRIEUR (2007)

There are characters who are crazy; there are crazy characters; and then there is La Femme. Her desire for another woman’s baby is so absolute that you will never look at scissors the same way again. The French never disappoint when it comes to the extreme. This film has it in spades.

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10 – MRS. BAYLOCK from THE OMEN (1976)

She is a nanny from Hell, literally. Murderous and completely devoted to protecting Damien Thorn, who is… well… you know. Poor Lee Remick couldn’t stand a chance.

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These are some of the greatest female characters in horror films that we know. Leave us a comment and let us know who are the female characters in horror films that you love. We’ll surely take the opportunity to add a second list with more characters.

 

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We Are Offering an E-Book About Music Licensing for Films.

February 19, 2017

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Music. Films. Music and films. Music in films.

People who are starting their careers in film production often don’t realize how complex, difficult and expensive it can be to clear preexisting music for their films. It may be just a couple of seconds as the main character turns on the radio and a song is playing  or that scene where the protagonist enters a party (and there’s a music playing). Music is everywhere.

A simple audio montage of different sounds can cost a small fortune and take quite some time to clear. The example below, taken from the film CONTACT (1997), shows how beautiful and relevant it can be to your film. However, one cannot imagine the cost and the time it takes to clear it all.

But how do I get it? How much do I pay for it? When should I start dealing with it? Who do I ask for what? What alternatives are there? Can I skip paying? What is a music publisher? Is “free” really free?

We wrote MUSIC LICENSING FOR FILMS: WHAT A YOUNG PRODUCER SHOULD KNOW so we can help other filmmakers out there who may be wondering (or panicking) about the music they need/want for their films. In the book we explore the basic concepts of music rights (what licenses you need from whom), explain the complex relationships between artists, composers and labels, and then we go on a long Q&A where we answer lots of complex questions taken from real life. We even analyze the music credits of some great films like THE CONJURING 2 (2016), IT FOLLOWS (2014) and many other films all the way back to AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981). We discuss over three decades of music licensing in horror films: the strategies of music supervisors, some choices they made and how it’s all credited. You really should take a look.

This e-book is completely free. It was written by Paulo Leite, writer and producer of INNER GHOSTS, who is also a professor of film production in Lisbon’s Film School.

All you have to do is to go to the INNER GHOSTS landing page and register. You will receive the e-book is a no time.

We loved making this book and we’ll certainly write many more. 🙂


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