25 Nov 2013


John Carpenter's 1978 film Halloween considered important in bringing the Slasher film to public attention and has the first appearance of many of the genres tropes.  It may have established some of the rules, but did it follow them?

18 Nov 2013

RANDOM RULES - 10 Rules to Doctor Who

Films aren't the only things with rules.  Television shows follow not only their genre rules.  But each show also has its own internal rules.

Here is my list of the new series of Doctor Who's internal rules...

11 Nov 2013


There list  of rules that you regularly see online:  Horror Film Rules or Slasher Film Rules.  They are rules about films in which a small group are killed off one-by-one and who (if anyone) will survive.  The apply to most Slasher films and a number of other non-Slasher Horror films (especially animal and alien attack films) and even Action and Disaster films.  I've chosen to call them Slasher film rules, but will look at other Horror and non-Horror films from time to time.

These are not intended as survival guide but rather as genre rules to explore.  If you're really just trying to survive a real-life slasher film situation, the following this footage will help you survive (ignore the spelling of "sequel"):

4 Nov 2013

RANDOM RULES - 10 Rules To Tell If A Character is a Supervillain.

See TEN RULES: How To Tell If A Character is a Super Villain part of SUPER VILLAIN ADVICE.

THE FILM RULES - Introduction

Different films and types of films come with rules.

These films create and define genre but they can also make them predictable.  Sometimes it is that predictability that the viewer wants, sometimes following the rules make the film more special when it breaks them.

This blog is designed to test some of the commonly known film rules to see if they are really used in film and conversely to see how closely a variety of films follow the rules of their genre.

A list will be created, through personal observation and viewer consensus (the web, mentions in popular culture, etc).  This list will be blogged.

Then films from the genre will be watched and how they follow the rules analysed.  Eventually, when 10 films have been done how the rules stand up will be looked at.

There will also be the occasional random rule list to keep things bubbling.

~ DUG.