war and horror are related subjects, but in the world of cinema, works that show these two subjects together are strangely rare. Is. While combining war themes with horror elements is common in novels, comics, and graphic works, the genre has reached a point in cinema where it is mostly produced by independent, low-budget productions, and sometimes by the splitter sub-genre. Exaggerated scenes of bloodshed and bleed with special effects) are merged and, if not well constructed, are not taken seriously. It also features some of Hollywood's larger-scale features that combine the horror genre with more subtle aspects of other elements such as fantasy, action, and suspense. Better examples are, in many cases, good enough to highlight most of the horrors of war in unique ways that are both realistic, extraordinary, and terrifying.
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When a horror-war film is well made, it can strike a blow to the darkest parts of the human psyche, combining the fear of our enemies with the unlimited fear of our own imagination. Slowly The sub-examples each have their own unique way of combining these classic cinematic themes into something new, presenting to the audience all the horror and anxiety they expect from a horror film with a touch of tension, violence and paranoia of a war environment./p>
1. The Keep Tower
- Director: Michael Mann
- Cast: Scott Glenn, Ian McClellan, Albert Watson
- Product: 1984
- strong> Metacritic Score: 34 out of 100
- IMDb to Movie Score: 5.7 out of 10
horror movies Across The 1980s were popular, and there were movies with elements of war and horror, such as "Predator." But "Defense Tower" is distinguished by its attractive soundtrack and unique combination of World war II themes. When the Nazis liberate an ancient destructive force from a castle in Romania, a massacre ensues that has an unlikely solution: a partnership between a Jewish scholar and fleeing Nazi soldiers.
One of Michael Mann's first feature films (after his first film, Thief in 1981), is based on a novel by Francis Paul Wilson, a writer who explores the idea of antagonism as a complex subject involving collaboration. Traditional enemies against a more destructive and ultimate enemy capable of extreme violence. The story of the "defense tower" stems from the mythological Jewish archetype of Golem, a pottery character who rises to avenge past mistakes (usually mistakes made against the Jewish people).
He contented himself with the issue of revenge, because the desire for more power and freedom puts the soul in front of the researcher and his family, and threatens the lives of the neighboring villagers. This resemblance between the uncontrolled power of a supernatural force and the uncontrolled power of Nazism is an example of the thematic structures of the layers of horror-war films. Although the "defense tower" is not a major Hollywood product, it has retained its status as a symbol of the war and horror of the 1980s.
- Director: Julius Avery
- Cast: Young Adpo, White Russell, Pilo Speak
- Product: 2018
- Score Metacritic: 60 out of 100
- IMDb movie rating: 6.6 out of 10
Leap from 1983 to 2018 may represent a slight cultural shock in the world of cinema, but even after 35 years of "Defense Tower", films like "Arbab" still adhere to their predecessors. The Lord, directed by Australian filmmaker Julius O'Veill, is a good example of the CG-enhanced horror combo we mentioned in the previous episode, with HD close-up sound, stunning horror moments, and many potentially fatal mistakes drowning in the final path. Blood.
But despite the heavy action plot, the film stays true to its warlike and scary roots, keeps the light low, and delivers the stunning soundtrack composed by music producer Jr. Kurzel, a man Which is behind the ominous sounds of "Alien: Covenant". Much more than films like "Defense Tower", "The Lord" continues to create a tense and suspenseful atmosphere, both of which are vital elements in the horror genre, especially in horror-war works, where the constant danger of part of the scene as well as Is the plot.
"The Lord" is part of a subgenre of zombie-Nazi films recently Has become common. The film pursues its purpose with Nazi superhero zombies created by scientific and medical experiments, resembling the scary creatures of a mad scientist like the infamous Joseph Mengele (the famous physician of the Auschwitz camp). It follows the story of American soldiers trapped in the Central Laboratory where these monsters are made, and continue their world on two deadly fronts: confrontation with the Nazis as well as their creatures.
"The Lord" May It has a typical Hollywood action plot that pits the forces of evil against evil, but its scary elements are very memorable because of the horrific concept of the Nazi image wrapped in a super-evil zombie puzzle. In addition, the idea of the crazy Nazi scientists creating such an evil force is in some ways more terrifying than their creatures.
- Director: Leo Sherman
- Cast: Rousseff Sutherland, Charlie Creek, Karin Vanessa
- Product: 2017
- Metacritic Score: -
- IMDb to Movie Score: 5.4 out of 10
Ratio between World war I movies And World war II is extremely uneven, because World war II seems to be much more ingrained in the minds and consciousness of the West and more pervasive in popular culture. But films like "Trench 11," directed by Canadian writer and producer Leo Sherman, are rare examples of World war I horror films that bring dark and classic horror elements into the trenches of the first great international war of the twentieth century.
Although it uses insane or injured soldier corpses as zombie-like antagonists, like films such as The Lord, the monsters in Trench 11 are created by a biological weapon in the form of a parasitic worm that can penetrate the demon's brain. The thrilling moments of "Trench 11" take place in the underground tunnels, highlighting the horror effects and giving the film a claustrophobic atmosphere that can be expected from the front lines of the war. The trenches alone are scary enough, but going under them into tunnels full of infected dead soldiers is another experience.
In "Trench 11" we have both a scene archetype and a host of antagonists who Although they are not dead, they are similar in behavior and appearance to the zombies in other war films. Together, these elements provide a familiar pattern, but a unique sense of horror similar to a nightmare. The darkness under the trenches, combined with the misfortune of a few soldiers in the face of a host of insane enemies, creates a general feeling of fear, anxiety, and bewilderment, exactly what you would expect from a horror movie, and especially a horror war movie.>
4. R Point
- Director: Kung Soo Chang >
- Cast: Kam Woo Sang, Lee Sun Qiu, Sun Biand Ho
- Product: 2004
- Metacritic Score: -
- IMDb to Movie Score: 6.2 out of 10
Vietnam war It was a dark point in world history and a very complex conflict that bore many political and cultural similarities to the war before it, Korea. Thus, Vietnam, as a war and horror film, offers a dark and tense atmosphere that evokes a sense of dread and instability from the very beginning. "Dot R", directed by Korean filmmaker Kung Soo Chang, is an example of this beginning as a mission in the final year of the war.
R has a slower rhythm that alternates with tragic events. As the plan progresses, horror events become the focal point of the mission, and survival becomes the only goal. In terms of style, "R-spot" is very different from its action counterparts in Hollywood, but it still has many of the traditional features of a horror film that are instantly recognizable to Western audiences.
5. Brotherhood of the Wolf
- Director: Christopher Gunn strong>
- Cast: Samuel Le Bihan, Vincent Cassel, Emily Ducanne
- Product: 2001
- Metacritic Score: 57 out of 100
- IMDb to Movie Score: 7 out of 10
"Brother Wolf Directed by Christopher Gann, a rare example among war and horror films, it takes place during the French Revolution, a period of great turmoil, horrific violence and long-lasting social unrest. The attacks of the creatures depicted in the film are based on the legend of the cannibal animal called "Javaden", who is responsible for a series of horrible deaths that the legend claims to have been committed by this great wolf.
This legend alone It provides too much of a platform for a horror film, but it sets the stage for a bloody revolution and many "The secret societies that conspire against each other make 'Wolf Brotherhood' a very unique combination, especially when you consider the martial arts action and duel sequences that make the film visually exciting as well as scary."/p>
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In addition to the horror scenes, "Wolf Brotherhood" looks like a historical drama that creates A sense of mystery about the murders helps. One reason this contrast works so well is cinematographer Dan Lastsen's use of subtle focus shifts and highlight adjustments. "Brotherhood" is full of mountain fog, open and large castle environment and a wide expanse of desert. Between Lusten's dim scenes and the desire for artistic camera movements, "Brotherhood" has a beautiful beauty that corresponds to the horror of the monster's presence. The mysterious monster of "Brotherhood" is seldom what the audience expects, but like the monsters of classic horror movies, it's worth watching much earlier than its time.
- Director: Girmo del Toro >
- Cast: Ivana Bacrow, Sergi Lopez, Maribel Verdo
- Product: 2006
- Metacritic rating: 98 out of 100
- IMDb to movie rating: 8.2 out of 10
Extremely beautiful movie Guillermo del Toro "Penn Labyrinth" is one of the most prestigious fantasy horror films in the history of cinema. The film takes place during the Spanish Civil war under the fascist dictator Francisco Franco, and follows the story of ten-year-old Ophelia and her rich fantasy life in the house of her new stepfather, Captain Vidal of the Franco Army. What many people like about this film, along with its unparalleled use of the highest quality CGI images, is its intersection with horror, fantasy and war themes that are just as believable and extraordinary.
Narration "Penn Labyrinth" takes place in two dimensions simultaneously: one in a family in French-Spanish and the other in supernatural legends The legendary adventures of a young girl. Both are horrible, but both have the potential to appear better in the end. Unfortunately, those who have read history know that fascism has prevailed over freedom for years, but the film, in the form of dreams and imagination, offers the viewer a window of hope. We never know if the fantasy elements of "Penn Labyrinth" are real or formed in the protagonist's mind, but by the end of the story, it no longer matters. Penn Labyrinth does everything right, from the dark dramatic tone to the incredible combination of CGI magic. Everything on the screen, whether war violence, supernatural creatures, or a simple bedroom scene, seems to be part of our world, a way of expressing that fits into the magical Latin American realist style, and blends fantasy with reality. And it makes suspension and disbelief much easier.
In general, realism in horror makes watching movies more appealing, because horrors are more rooted in reality. "Penn Labyrinth" reflects reality in an extraordinary way, and the horror of both the real and imaginary worlds is equal. Captain Vidal is as monstrous as anything seen in Ophelia's fantasy adventures, and he has a lot to say about how symbolized these images are in horror-fantasy films. This film is a true example of the horror genre, and at the same time it shows how important a war scene can be for a story that passes through the perspective of our fears, both real and imaginary.
7. Jacob's Ladder
- Director: Adrian Lane
- Cast: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Pina, Danny Ilo
- Product: 1990
- strong> Metacritic Score: 62 out of 100
- IMDb to Movie Score: 7.4 out of 10
While The Jacob Ladder does not take place during the Vietnam War, its story focuses on events that took place during the war, and we see it through flashbacks that periodically exist throughout the story. In fact, the film's entire hypothesis includes flashbacks, nightmares, and fantasies that the characters fear are something beyond the symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Vietnam war veterans gather from the same cavalry unit to talk about their experiences, all of them terrified and experiencing hellish events that threaten their sanity, while the protagonist, Jacob Singer (played by Tim Robbins) , Decides to find out the truth about what affects him and his comrades. What follows are some of the scariest scenes in the history of cinema that evoke the clich "War of Hell" with great significance.
One of The most important feature of horror-war films is the importance of the environment as a background for the appearance of the next horror elements. A film like "Jacob's Ladder" shows this feature even without a war at the time of the film's story. With flashbacks and shocking memories repeated for characters such as Jacob, the subject of war is not only central to the story, but also part of the broader message of the long-term and often unnecessary consequences of international strife.
There are wars and horrors that are adapted to the veterans' enduring psychological experiences, and almost none of them match the dramatic originality seen in Jacob's Ladder.
8. Dead Birds
- Director: Alex Turner
- Cast: Harry Thomas, Isaiah Washington, Nikki Icax
- Product: 2004
- Metacritic Score: -
- IMDb to Movie Score: 5.6 out of 10
Western horror movies may be a bit They are more common than exclusively horror-war combinations, but Western horror films with a civil war atmosphere are particularly rare. There are a few, but none are as memorable as "Dead Birds." In horror films, especially in low-budget horror projects, the imagery, ie the filming, and the overall look and feel of the film is very important.
"Dead Birds" may be as valuable as some of the other films on this list. It does not produce, but it compensates with scary images, suspenseful moments, and an impressive camera, and in a remote place with an imaginary atmosphere, the actors of the group create remarkable chemistry by increasing tensions.
Since horror narratives The war begins with a violent or at least potentially violent atmosphere, with horror elements having the greatest impact when they act as the end of that violence and then move the story to a more extraordinary setting. This is exactly what "Dead Birds" does, and this is what makes the film a successful horror-war combination.
Every Western-style film brings a certain level of excitement to the film. The viewer creates, but the dazzling scary images tend to dispel such perceptions and draw the viewer in, especially when the actors are believable and the direction is complex enough to grab the audience's attention. These are significant achievements for any film, especially for a film with an estimated budget of less than $ 2 million.
9. Dead Snow
- Director: Tommy Virkola
- Cast: Charlotte Frogner, Out of Soundquist, Anne Dahl Thorpe
- Product: 2009
- Metacritic score: 61 out of 100
- IMDb to movie rating: 6.3 out of 10
Humor can be Found in war like any other setting, and the splitter genre uses it in ways that are both ridiculous and pessimistic, ridiculing violence, and exploiting the extreme fears of black comedy. If a dark comedy is to be portrayed, there are slightly darker themes than war. In the Norwegian film "Dead Snow", the fear of war and black humor are combined with a very hateful emphasis on massacre. "Dead Snow" lists this as an example of horror war ironies, the use of horror rules for entertainment, and secondary social interpretations. "Dead Snow" is an irony and It is postmodern insolence that combines obvious Nazi and zombie stereotypes with a vicious archetype that simply refers to killing. This intertwined enmity is more ridiculous than sinister, and the film's extremist approach almost in the second half turns into an imitation of its own genre, reducing the Nazi-zombie to a caricature of an antagonist who is hard to kill but a little harder to take seriously. "Dead Snow" does not happen during the war, but its monsters are clearly remnants of World war II. Even if they look more like a parody than a real wartime Nazi, it is difficult to separate even one Nazi figure from the National Socialist crimes, and that may be part of the zombie-Nazi fascination. Like a war environment, the war character type carries all the baggage of its history and ignores any need for a background to support the character, and if the viewers are far enough away (ie the movie audience in 2021), such a character really is. It can be funny and scary at the same time.
10. Frankenstein's Army
- Director: Richard Rauforst
- Cast: Carl Raden, Robert Guillem, Alexander Mercury
- Product: 2013
- Metacritic Score: 49 out of 100
- IMDb to Movie Score: 5.3 out of 10
A unique movie Man The Dutch-American-Czech "Frankenstein Army" may not be about the Frankenstein monster, but it implements the idea to its unnatural level: car bodies. "Frankenstein's Army," a horror-war hybrid film, is a depiction of any corpse-machine for war purposes, including saws, drills, firearms, and blades, all subtly created by a mad Nazi scientist with a keen interest in handicrafts. They are created by the effectiveness of the soldiers themselves.
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Imitating the films found, "Frankenstein's Army" is a single perspective It is very similar to a video game, but with different results. The assumption that a journalist is being sent from the Ministry of Advertising to pursue a Russian reconnaissance unit in Berlin is valid in itself, but the attempt to emulate the film into a work from 1940s cinema is a bit vague. The real fun of this movie is when you realize it's all about monsters. These are not your resurrection Nazis. They are a horrific fusion of death and destruction brought together for a specific reason: the butcher of their enemies.
Like many war horror movies, "Frankenstein's Army" begins with war and ends with horror. Yes, but the makeup part and its effects really went too far in designing the weird and varied zombie-automatic machines that are shown in the final part. As the last film on our list, "Frankenstein's Army" acts as a symbolic representation of war and horror hybrids, a mixed genre that gives us truth and horror in a cinematic package, and reminds us that no matter how horrible the monsters are , Like war, they are our self-made horror.
Source: taste of cinema