Directed by Wes Craven
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Before you could open that folder of images on your memory card, contact sheets were the only way to review a bunch of photographs you just took.
In Hollywood’s golden days, directors had on-set photographers capturing candid images for those iconic movie posters. Author Karina Longworth collected a ton of old contact sheets from some of Hollywood’s most legendary films.
31 Favorite Horror Movies
#17. Seven (1995)
Directed by David Fincher
- Wanting people to listen, you can’t just tap them on the shoulder anymore. You have to hit them with a sledgehammer, and then you’ll notice you’ve got their strict attention. - John Doe
- Apathy is the solution. I mean, it’s easier to lose yourself in drugs than it is to cope with life. It’s easier to steal what you want than it is to earn it. It’s easier to beat a child than it is to raise it. Hell, love costs: it takes effort and work. - William Somerset
- It’s more comfortable for you to label me as insane. - John Doe
- What’s in the box? - David Mills
- Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.” I agree with the second part. - William Somerset
- As preparation for his traumatic scene in the interrogation room, Leland Orser would breathe in and out very rapidly so that his body would be overly saturated with oxygen, giving him the ability to hyperventilate. He also did not sleep for a few days to achieve his character’s disoriented look.
- Denzel Washington turned down the part that went to Brad Pitt, telling Entertainment Weekly that the film was too “dark and evil.” Washington later regretted his decision upon seeing a screening.
- Gwyneth Paltrow was David Fincher’s first choice for the part of Brad Pitt’s wife, having impressed him with her work in Flesh and Bone (1993). Paltrow was initially not interested, so Fincher had to ask her then boyfriend - Brad Pitt - to get her to come in and meet with him.
- This was voted the eighth scariest film of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
- At exactly 7 minutes into the film, Mills gets a call that starts the seven murders. With exactly 7 minutes left of the film, Somerset says to a distraught Mills: “he will win,” regarding John Doe.
- John Doe isn’t seen killing anyone on screen.
I find it very comforting and very liberating to be able to be inspired by an entire body of work instead of being inspired by any little moment in any one of almost three-dozen books. That just sort of strikes a chord, filling in every little gap with my own experiences and thoughts and feelings — creating something that’s sort of indebted to a hero of mine, and then organically throwing in parts of me. Which is a lot more fun than saying “Listen Up Philip is Husbands & Wives meets We Won’t Grow Old Together.” That’s boring. You can watch both those movies in four hours, then watch Listen Up Philip and say, “Yeah, I guess I see it.” Or I could say, “It’s inspired by these twenty-five Philip Roth novels.” It’ll take you a year-and-a-half to read them all. At the end of it, then you’ll get it. That’s a little more interesting to me.
The Evil Dead directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, and Betsy Baker.
Fight Club turns 15 today.
The Shining (1980)