Scary lessons to be learned from the movie ‘World War Z’

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on January 1, 2014 by Patricia Santos Marcantonio

Not many movies give me the shivers, movies that turn my blood the temperature of an iceberg.
But I chilled with fright and anticipation of more horror with the movie “World War Z.” Those chills started five minutes into the film when Brad Pitt’s character Gerry Lane and his family were trapped in traffic and so began their entrapment in the beginning apocalypse.
To back up, I must say the book by Max Brooks is also frightening. Brooks did a fantastic job of describing the indescribable. A massive attack by zombies. Reading the book at night, I’d look at the windows to make sure nothing horrible would break through. That is another kind of horror, the imagined terror set free by words. With film, you have the visual and the audio and combined, they scared the socks off me.
So what made the film so frightening? To me, it was watching the people on screen face the inescapable. Hordes of zombies. No matter where they would run, it wouldn’t be far or fast enough.
There was no safe place.
The sequence in Israel — one of the film’s best — demonstrates that magnificently as the wave of zombies rides over the city walls like a horrific tsumani. The city is no longer safe.
Even when Gerry escapes on a plane, there is no escape.
But throughout, Gerry is never safe, as we as the audience feel the claustrophobia of the bad dream from which we can’t wake.
And that is what made the film so damn scary. That is the stuff of nightmare. Of good horror.

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Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 5, 2013 by Patricia Santos Marcantonio

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Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 24, 2013 by Patricia Santos Marcantonio

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Some horror stories reflect real evil

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 19, 2013 by Patricia Santos Marcantonio

On a recent trip to Colorado to see family, a few relatives claimed they had seen or knew someone who had actually spotted “La Llorona.”
Because they knew of my book, “The Weeping Woman,” which is inspired by the La Llorona tale, they shared their stories.
One relative said when she was younger she and a bunch of girlfriends were walking home one night when they spotted a woman dressed in black standing under a street light. The woman watched as they passed. When she turned back, the woman had disappeared.
My father told me of curses of witches (Brujas) had made on people.
And who hasn’t heard the story of the clicking toes nails?
I love listening to these stories. When I was a girl, they scared the hell out of me. Sure I was also frightened by those monsters in the movies on the late show. But La Llorona was terrifying because she had the aura of reality. These stories were more than culture. They were told by people who believed them.
During the Depression, the WPA created the Writers Project in which people collected cultural tales around the nation. Among those gathered were witch and ghost stories from Latinos in New Mexico. They are fascinating to read.
What I garnered from those tales, as well as the one I heard as a child, was that we are drawn to what scares us. I believe people tell and listen to these stories because they mirror real evil in the world that may strike even at good people. They are metaphors for the real wicked people out there who are ready to carry away children, and those whose souls have become black as the shadows because of their sins.
This is scary. This gives me nightmares.
But for me there was always hope. That is, there are always other people willing to fight the evil. In addition, there is also redemption for those willing to come out of shadows and into the light.

The passing of a legend

Posted in Uncategorized on June 27, 2013 by Patricia Santos Marcantonio

One of my favorite horror books of all time is “I Am Legend.” My brother gave me a copy of the book when I was a kid. I read it at night and it scared the crap out of me as one of the last men on Earth is outrunning monsters that used to be his neighbors.
So I felt great sorrow at the passing of Richard Matheson, who wrote “I Am Legend” and much more, including episodes of “The Twilight Zone,” among them the classic “Nightmare at 20,000 feet.” He also was a creative force for “Star Trek,” another of my favorites.
I admired his writing and imagination. He was a great storyteller and an inspiration.
He is legend.

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