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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Images of MURDER

Horror is a very image-driven genre, centered as it is on eliciting primal emotional responses. And so, it's perfectly suited to the brand-new meme bouncin' around the blog-o-sphere, on which yours truly has been tagged. That's because it's an image-based meme, in which bloggers are urged to come up with a series of screen grabs, all focusing on a specific theme. The whole thing was kicked off a little while back over at the blog Checking on My Sausages, and I got pulled in after being tagged by my dear colleagues/readers Leopard13 of Lazy Thoughts from a Boomer and John Kenneth Muir of Reflections on Film/TV.

Seeing as this is a horror blog, don't be expecting this thing to resemble an Anne Geddes calendar. The theme I chose goes to the very root of what I believe makes horror horror--the fear of death. Or more specifically in horror's case, the fear of being killed. And so I've chosen a whole bunch of scenes of people being offed which I found particularly striking.

But before I get to that, I must get to this. As one of the conditions, I must now tag five other bloggers to continue the meme if they so choose. And so I select:

BJ-C at Day of the Woman
Andre Dumas at The Horror Digest
T.L. Bugg at The Lightning Bug's Lair
Stacie Ponder at Final Girl
C.L. Hadden at Fascination with Fear

And now, bring on the murder...

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Creature with the Atom Brain (1955)

A Nightmare on Elm Street Part III: The Dream Warriors (1987)

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

The House by the Cemetery (1981)

Frankenstein (1931)

Day of the Dead (1985)

Halloween (1978)

The Invisible Man (1933)

Grace (2009)

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974)

Nosferatu (1922)

Zombi 2 (1979)

Theater of Blood (1973)

The Shining (1980)

The Return of the Living Dead (1984)

Alien (1979)

That was some pretty heavy, grim stuff, wouldn't you say? Maybe we should cleanse the palate with this:


Awwwwwwwww. Much better.

16 comments:

Maweanne said...

Man, I wanted to do this!

John Kenneth Muir said...

B-Sol:

This is an amazing (and gruesome) gallery: the fear of death and the act of killing captured in pictures. Chilling, disturbing, and yet, in so many cases, oddly beautiful (especially in terms of lighting...)

Wow.

best,
John Kenneth Muir

Stephen said...

A very good selection and a happy ending too(!)

The first one is terrifying.

JennyB said...

Great post! I couldn't help myself but say "Awww" when I saw the picture of the baby.

B-Sol said...

Oh no! Haha didn't wanna put any more pressure on you, Maryanne lol OK, I'm officially declaring that one of my five tagged blogs needs to tag The Spooky Brew for the next round :-)

John, thanks for the high praise, and Stephen, thanks for getting the whole ball rolling on this thing.

Jenny, I'm glad that last picture had it's intended effect!

le0pard13 said...

B-Sol, one wonderfully and gruesomely done image meme! I think John and I knew you'd come up with an ingenious and twisted take on this gallery of cinema images. And I very much agree with Stephen regarding your first image. Thanks very much for this, my friend.

Angela H. said...

WOW!!! Reminds me of the song by Iron Maiden :)

Jess C. said...

Nicely done!

Katiebabs/ KB said...

I can always count on you to give us the best in gory deaths, murders and cute babies in bunny outfits.

Dawn said...

AHH!! That last image is horrifying!!! Those Anne Geddes babies give me the shivers.

Missy Y. said...

A truly amazing series of images. I am especially afraid of that one from Halloween. I've always thought Michael in that sheet was the scariest image from the movie. He just stands there all foreboding and shit.

I am also enamored with the inclusion of Grace.

And what better ending than Kane?

Nice choices.

kindertrauma said...

B-Sol,

Nice choice of theme and beautifully done! Of course, the very last image is the most disturbing of all!-Unk

Emily said...

I couldn't agree with kindertrauma more.

B-Sol said...

Thanks very much, guys.

Katie, you know you can always count on me!

Dawn, Unk, Emily--you guys just need to appreciate the cuteness of tiny babies dressed like plants and animals, that's all.

Thank you, Missy. I really loved that Halloween one, as well. I wanted to capture the perfect moment on P.J. Soles' face.

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