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28 Nov 2016

HIGH FANTASY RULES - Labyrinth (1986)

 Film genres have formulas and rules, but how well do High Fantasy films follow their formula?



Labyrinth (1986) is a muppet-based children's high fantasy film with a storybook feel.


The following analysis may contain spoilers for

Labyrinth (1986)





25 Nov 2016

ZOMBIE FILM RULES - Analysis (Part 2)

Films have formulas and rules, but how well do films follow those formulas?  Are the Zombie Film Rules accurate?




The results for the second half of the rules for Zombie Films.


21 Nov 2016

HIGH FANTASY RULES - The Princess Bride (1987)

Film genres have formulas and rules, but how well do High Fantasy films follow their formula?




The Princess Bride (1987) is the .greatest movie ever made.  And a High Fantasy low-magic child-friendly film.


The following analysis may contain spoilers for

THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987)




18 Nov 2016

POLL - HORROR FILMS

Rules, tropes, cliches all films have them, what sub-genres should I test?



Help decide on future film sub-genres to be tested by doing the following poll (explanations for sub-genres appear after the poll.)



  • Animal Attack films - Films about an animal, group of animals or a giant animal attacking a group of people.  [Jaws]
  • Alien Attack films - Films about an alien, or small group of aliens attacking a group of people, usually on Earth.  Similar to Animal Attack films, but less organised than Alien Invasions.  [Alien]
  • Body Horror - Films mutilation or mutation of human bodies or the bodies of other creatures.  [The Fly]
  • Demonic Possession - Films about demons or other entities taking possession of humans or attempting to do so.  [The Exorcist]
  • Ghost films - Films about hauntings or other supernatural happenings.  [Poltergeist]
  • Gorno/Torture Porn - Films about someone capturing and torturing a variety of victims.  [Wolf Creek]
  • Gothic Horror - Films based on (actually or thematically) of older Gothic Romance horrors.  [Dracula]
  • J-Horror - Japanese horror films.  [Ringu]
  • Slasher films - Films where a group of people (mostly teenagers) are killed off one-by-one by an unstoppable killer.   20+ films have already been tested for this genre.  [Friday the 13th]
  • Zombie films - Films where a group of people try to survive the return of the dead.   10 films have already been tested for this genre.  [Friday the 13th]

There may be a lot of crossover between these sub-genres, many horror films are exploitation films, etc.  Films may be tested in multiple genres.

There are exploitation sub-genres not included here that appeared on previous polls.

  • Comedies & Musicals - includes:  Black Comedies which often have some crossover with horror.
  • Crime films - includes: Serial Killer films which have a lot of crossover.
  • Dramas, Historical Films & Epics - includes:  Addiction films (depending on how they're handled) and  Disaffected Youth films (aka Teensploitation).
  • Exploitation films - most subgenres will have horror elements, Splattter films is a specifically a horror sub-genre.

There are dramas, historical films & epics sub-genres not included here that will appear on later polls.
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy films - some films in these sub-genres will include horror.
  • Sex & Romance - includes:  Supernatural Romance which doesn't contain much horror but was born from the horror genre.
  • Suspence & Thrillers - Weak horror, but includes: Supernatural Thrillers which is a type of horrror.

Any sub-genres of dramas, historical films & epics you feel are missing and need to be added to the list?  Any films that need to be tested?  Please comment below.

~ DUG.

14 Nov 2016

HIGH FANTASY RULES - Fire and Ice (1983)

Film genres have formulas and rules, but how well do High Fantasy films follow their formula?



Fire and Ice (1983) is an animated sword & sorcery film, with moderate magic and not child-friendly.



The following analysis may contain spoilers for

FIRE AND ICE (1983)



11 Nov 2016

MULTI-GENRE FILM - Jaws (1975)

Films have formulas, cliches and rules, but can one film fit two sets of film rules?



Jaws (1975) is a blockbuster animal attack film which I used to test the limits of the Slasher Film Rules and the Disaster Film Rules.

7 Nov 2016

HIGH FANTASY RULES - Conan The Barbarian (1982)

Film genres have formulas and rules, but how well do High Fantasy films follow their formula?



Conan the Barbarian (1982) is a Sword & Sorcery film and as such was adult and mostly low music fantasy.


The following analysis may contain spoilers for

CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982)




1 Nov 2016

SLASHER FILM RULES - Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

Every genre has cliches, but how well do the Halloween films follow the Slasher film rules?



Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) is set a year after the previous film and Micheal is back for the usual high-jinks, this time with a mental connection to his niece, Jamie.

The following analysis may contain spoilers for

HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS (1989)