Nature and Horror Movies (Ocean-Based Horror Movies (, Sharknado…
Nature and Horror Movies
Ocean-Based Horror Movies
Sharknado (directed by Anthony Ferrante) is an American disaster horror film that is about a waterspout that lifts sharks out of the ocean and deposits them in throughout the city of Los Angeles. I chose to analyze this particular film because I found it rather comical how the director was able to combine both the aspect of tornadoes, the ocean, and animals, into a horror movie baseline.
Jaws (directed by Steven Spielberg) is a horror-thriller film that follows a giant man-eating great white shark that attacks innocent beachgoers on Amity Island. Throughout the film, police chief Martin Brody sets out to hunt the great white with the help of a marine biologist and a professional shark hunter. I chose to analyze this film because it is such a well known film and Director Steven Spielberg was able to nicely mix the nature of the ocean into a horror-thriller film.
The Shallows (directed by Jaume Collet-Serra) is a horror thriller about a surfer named Nancy Adams that gets stranded 200 yards away from shore. Throughout the film, Nancy is forced to use her quick wits and determination in order to survive the risky waters and dangerous animals that surround her. I chose to analyze this film because it is rather modern, compared to the previous movie, Jaws. It also shows that through time, the incorporation of the ocean is still able to provide a thrilling story line to a horror movie.
Evan Almighty (directed by Tom Shadyac) is an American disaster comedy film, that is deemed by some critics as a type of horror movie as well. The film follows Evan Baxter as strange events in his life begin to occur, indicating that Evan is in fact "the chosen one". Evan is tasked with the job of constructing an ark big enough for two of each species in order to avoid a huge flood that will wipe away the human and animal population. I chose to analyze this particular film because it incorporates many new aspects into the typical "horror movie storyline" such as aspects of comedy and other religious aspects; given that this film is a take on the well-known bible story, "Noah's Ark".
Hurricane and Tornado Based Horror Movies
The Day After Tomorrow (directed by Roland Emmerich) is a disaster horror film that follows the catastrophic climate effects that stimulates a series of extreme weather events which causes a global cooling that ultimately leads to a new ice age and threatens the existence of life on Earth as we know it. I chose to analyze this movie because I found it fascinating how Director Roland Emmerich was able to incorporate a specific type of natural disaster to the "ending of the world" and how he was able to inter-wind both concepts into a single horror movie story-line.
Twister (directed by Jan de Bont) is an American disaster horror film that follows a group of storm chasers, led particularly by Jo Thornton, as they research tornadoes during a severe outbreak in the state of Oklahoma. I chose to analyze this particular film because it introduces a new element of natural disasters into the horror movie theme.
Into the Storm (directed by Steven Quale) is a disaster horror film about numerous tornadoes that threaten the fictional town of Silverton, Oklahoma. I chose to analyze this particular film because it showed many similarities to one of the previously analyzed films, Twister, mainly because the main threat are deadly tornadoes and in both films the state of Oklahoma is at risk of impact.
Geostorm (directed by Dean Devlin) is a disaster horror film that follows a satellite designer who tries to save his family and himself from a storm of epic proportions. Jake Lawson, the satellite designer, attempts to divert the storm caused by malfunctioning climate-controlling satellites. I chose to analyze this movie because unlike the other two examples, this particular film has nothing to do with tornadoes but still uses a hurricane as a way to inter-wind nature and horror movies.
"End of the World" Based Horror Movies
2012 (directed by Roland Emmerich) is a science fiction horror movie that surrounds novelist Jackson Curtis as he tries to keep his family safe as the world around him is destroyed and nearing its end due to a series of extreme natural disasters. The movie itself is based off of Mayanism and the 2012 phenomenon of the ending of the world. I chose to analyze this movie, because when I first think of "End of the World" horror movies, this film in particular always stands out to me.
The World's End (directed by Edgar Wright) is a comic horror movie about a group of friends who discover an alien invasion while out participating in pub crawl in their hometown. As tensions between the humans and aliens rise, a worldwide electromagnetic pulse destroys all electrical power on Earth, sending all of humanity back to the Dark Ages and ultimately threatening the safety of Earth itself. I chose to analyze this movie because I found it fascinating how director Edgar Wright was able to incorporate an alien invasion into the near-ending of the world.
Doomsday Prophecy (directed by Jason Bourque) is a disaster horror film that follows Agent Garcia as he is sent to Bulgaria in order to investigate the overnight disappearance of the Black Sea. Agent Garcia recognizes this event from the Doomsday Prophecy book and throughout the film, he tries to prevent the gravitational influence of a dark planet approaching the Solar system that will destroy Earth if it comes too close. I chose to analyze this film because I enjoyed the way director Bourque incorporated the Solar system and space in order to create the plot of the ending of the world.
Animal Based Horror Movies
Orca: The Killer Whale (directed by Michael Anderson) is an American disaster horror film that surrounds a male orca whale that tracks down and gets revenge on boat captain Nolan, after Nolan unknowingly kills the whale's pregnant mate and their unborn calf. I chose to analyze this particular movie because it is a mix between an ocean-based horror movie and an animal-based horror movie; both elements of nature intermixed into the film.
The Swarm (directed by Irwin Allen) is a horror film about a Texas city invaded by deadly African killer bees. The film follows Dr. Bradford Cane on his determined mission to steer the bees away from his city of Houston, ultimately working in the end. I chose to analyze this film because of the particular animal used as this movie's antagonist. Using the killer bees as the villains in this film, opened by eyes to the endless ideas/possibilities horror movies could have in relation to nature.
King Kong (directed by Peter Jackson) is a horror film about an ambitious filmmaker named Carl Denham who convinces his cast and ship crew to travel alongside him to the notorious Skull Island. It is here where they encounter Kong, the legendary gorilla and take it back to New York City with them. In the city, Kong becomes irritated with the camera flash's and goes out of control, reeking havoc to the city of New York. I chose to analyze this movie because it used a more typical animal as the main character, unlike "The Swarm" which used an insect as the villain, this film incorporated a more "realistic" animal as the baseline of the horror movie.
Into the Grizzly Maze (directed by David Hackl) is an American action horror-thriller film surrounding two estranged brothers who reunited in their Alaskan childhood home. Throughout their two-day hike, they are stalked by an unwavering grizzly bear that threatens their lives and brings them closer together throughout the process. I chose to analyze this film because it simply shows another prime example of animals and nature being incorporated into horror movies.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (directed by Rupert Wyatt) is a sci-fi horror film that surrounds a chimpanzee named Caesar that is given a substance designed to help the brain repair itself. The substance ultimately gives Caesar advanced intelligence as seen when Caesar attempts to leads an ape uprising. I chose to analyze this movie because it shows how the director was able to incorporate both animals, (chimpanzees) and the concept of "The End of the World" into the story-line of this particular film.