To celebrate the annual Fright-Fest Film Festival that happened in
London last month we've included a little fright for our readers too by
giving you a head start with the genre's buzzing horror theme which
collaborates surrounding thrillers too. Now although this month is all
about feeling the heat, this time it's not about the sun shining high
above the skies, but rather what happens when it goes down and your
worst nightmares begin taking toll - especially if the family is out of
town and you're home alone! When your mind suddenly plays tricks on you
and makes you wonder whether the doors in your home always creaked so
loud, or if it's an unknown force playing havoc? Did it occur that your
house may have become the perfect setting for a haunted house now that
you're alone? Does it make your heart pound to think you're alone; or,
on second thoughts maybe not, because to think you're not, may prove to
be a whole lot worse than you thought!
would you do if a serial killer just managed to escape your gaze - run?
Or would you stand there and contemplate whether you should say the
classic dialogue as they often do in our favorite scary movies - 'hello -
is anybody there?' - just in the very rare case our serial killer might
be there for a friendly chat. Such a scenario always ends up with the
victim realizing that running is probably the best option after all as
it is always famously revealed that the killer would much rather
continue with his killing spree. Now that you've started running, which
way would you choose? Now there's a query we see time and time again,
and when our helpless victim decides to run but chooses the wrong
direction, we're quick to shout out 'No! Not upstairs!' and when the
outcome turns nasty, we usually say 'we told you so' which is when our
nerves are finally at rest as the climax of someone's gruesome outcome
due to their foolishness is now over. But the real question remains that
where can you be safe in this genre? Who can protect you? Who do you
believe, and just what is going on in the mind of the killer? Until this
information is not revealed you are spell-bindingly compelled to
bravely endure the disturbing displays our killer so pleasurably takes
pride in carrying out, and in most cases we're surprised to such an
extent that we can hardly believe by whom and why the killings took
place. But nonetheless, we appreciate the fantastic plot-thickening and
unbelievably terrifyingly convincing acts so much that we're almost
petrified from the real star itself and we're obliged to believe that no
other celebrity can accomplish recreating the same character to the
astounding lengths as the original, but yet here we are, making a
strategic list of B-town celebs that may just be able to pull it off.
although this genre is probably one of the most outdone of them all it
remains popular till date, simply because everyone loves a fright every
now and then, right? But we'll say Bollywood is slightly weak at this
approach when compared to its overseas industry Hollywood, and to
kick-start the thrill we've made a list of Bollywood stars fitting the
description of the some of the most famous villains and psychos to play
the roles we absolutely love to hate, and if you haven't seen any of
them yet, you have a fine list below to remedy that solution and join in
on the fright-fest!
See which Bollywood star
is chosen to torment you with Freddy's one-liners that would deprive you
of your sleep in a heart beat in A Nightmare on Elm Street, and who fits the perfect description of handsome Christian Bale's experimental violence in American Psycho, down to discovering who our famous Norman Bates will be in Alfred Hitchcock's popular sixties Psycho!
have selected a rounded list which narrows down to ten spontaneously
disturbing movies in Hollywood. Although there are one far too many, we
have tried our level best to let you cringe your way down to number one
and finally break out into that sweat we promised you throughout this
month. This first part counts down #10 to #8 on our list with the next
part holding the next 3 Hollywood horror films.
Warning: Spoilers alert - read at your own risk!
10. Fatal Attraction (1987)
York lawyer Dan Callagher (Michael Douglas) has a passionate affair one
weekend with his colleague, Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) while his wife
and daughter are away. But when Forrest believes she is insanely in love
with him, he is soon convinced that his idea of a one night stand could
destroy his happily married life. This movie is truly based on a 'fatal
attraction' and just how dangerous a woman in love can be! When a guy
obsesses we think it's romantic, but when a woman obsesses - we'll say
it's a guy's worst nightmare come true. Anyone ever been accused of
being a 'bunny-boiler' simply because of a slight infatuation with
someone? Well, this is where the term originated from, when Forrest
tried to forcibly work her way to her man's heart by cooking him a
rabbit stew, but fortunately for her the local butcher fell short of a
few we're guessing, so she decided to make it rather fondly with
Callagher's daughter's pet rabbit instead!
So who fits the bill of the psychotic Alex Forrest in Bollywood? Our pick is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
. We've seen her rage in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
when she was on the brink of her mental stability - or so it seemed -
and even continued to nurture her love for Sameer (Salman Khan)
regardless of her marriage to Vanraj (Ajay Devgn). One could easily
believe she was standing upon the bridge of obsession but refused to
dive in when Vanraj's true love became her saviour towards the end.
According to us, Rai-Bachchan would be the perfect actress in B-town to
fit into Close's shoes, because we've seen her on the edge of darkness
before and having the opportunity to see her go to the extremes would
prove to be an enjoyable watch. While Douglas' role would make the
fright more exciting if portrayed by actor Shahrukh Khan, offering him a
fair switch from the villain he once attained grand fame from in his
movies such as Darr
, and for a change having the same favor he once showered upon his heroines Juhi Chawla and Madhuri Dixit returned unto himself.
Quote it: "Bring the dog, I love animals."; "I'm a great cook."
Tagline: Thou shalt be faithful as of 1987.
9. Skeleton Key (2005)
young hospice nurse, Caroline Ellis (Kate Hudson), becomes a caregiver
at an isolated plantation house in southern Louisiana due to the
persuasive talks of estate lawyer Luke Marshall (Peter Sarsgaard), who
convinces her to look after hostile Violet Devereaux's (Gena Rowland)
husband Benjamin Devereaux (John Hurt), a stroke victim awaiting his
death. However, the plot thickens when Ellis discovers dark information
about the servants of the former inhabitants who lived in the attic of
the house during the 1920's and their involvement as renowned
practitioners of Hoodoo, an Afro-Caribbean folk magic. As this mystery
unravels and turns non-believer Ellis into a firm believer of cult magic
in order to find Ben a cure, she has no idea what she's got herself
horrors are always a treat especially combined with old folklore magic
with dark forces, and so in this movie our chosen star cast from B-town
is, Priyanka Chopra
as Ellis who can easily portray the happy-go-lucky
dame without a care for the world of spells, potions and whatnot, but
who better to make a transformation into a believer and to cure Ben -
who we'd see as Irfan Khan - and gets herself involved with the magic
spells only to discover that making her 'believe' was the greatest part
of the plan. We've seen Chopra change avatars many times on screen but
this role would do wonders with her acting skills. She would seemingly
turn to estate lawyer Marshall, who we'd see as Saif Ali Khan
without effort let audiences believe they were starred opposite each
other. She would explain to him her suspicion of Violet's unaffectionate
behavior towards her husband, but soon realises his connection with
Violet Devereaux for who the desi version would justify beautifully as
Shabana Aazmi. Ellis would be brought back to her once captured by
Marshall and the truth would be revealed that the servants belonging to
the former inhabitants are in actual fact them. When they were caught
doing a powerful Hoodoo spell with the children of their owners, they
were set on fire alive - except that the spell had been done by then and
it was the actual children who were lynched and the souls of the
servants, Mama Cecile and Papa Justify, were retained in the bodies of
their previous owners' children growing up as Violet Devereaux and
Benjamin Devereux. Poor Ellis has the same fate and she finds herself
joining Ben's side and realises that he is actually the real Luke
Marshall, and now shares the same condition as him in Violet's previous
body as Ellis.
Quote it: "You
know the black one's never stay. Beggars can't be choosers. I think it
suits you beautifully. It's better than Violet or Grace, even. We'll get
used to it. We always do."
Tagline: Don't believe in magic and you're safe.
8. Orphan (2009)
(Vera Farmiga) and John Coleman (Peter Sarsgaard) are trying to resolve
their troubled marriage due to the loss of their unborn child, while
overcoming Kate's drinking problem which has been tamed for a year. The
couple decide to make further progress in their relationship by
resorting to adoption, and visit St Marina orphanage where they are
immediately impressed by an extremely intelligent 9-year old Russian
girl Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman) and introduce her to their children, Max,
who is a deaf-mute but takes a liking towards his new sister, and
Daniel, who dislikes her on the spot. Things take a turn for the worst
in Kate and John's marriage when Esther begins saying and doing things a
child of her age couldn't possibly be aware of, and Kate soon learns
Esther isn't as innocent as she claims. Husband John doesn't believe it
when Kate explains that Esther may be psychologically disturbed and
feels her children are exposed to danger around her, which results in
causing more damage to their vulnerable marriage. However, Kate does not
let matters lie and catapults herself into discovering the truth after
she believes Esther tried to murder her son Daniel when he is
hospitalised. She delves further into her belongings and finds a Bible
that came from the Saarne Institution in Estonia, which is a mental
hospital, who reveal to her that Esther can easily disguise herself as
an orphan due to hypopituitarism, a condition that reduces growth in
human developments. She learns that she is a 33-year old woman named
Leena Klammer, and has a grisly history of violent murders and bears
scars on her wrists and neck received from her continuous attempts to
escape her strait jacket, and longs for sexual relationships in father
So, a 33-year
old psychologically disturbed woman posing as a 9-year old orphan with
violent and manipulative traits in her character would have to be
for us. Her versatile roles in her acting career prove
this actress can pull just about anything off, but another obvious
reason to pick her would definitely be her petite figure and ability to
portray innocence across her face which could help her pass as a child
on-screen. Towards the end of the movie, when the doctor at Saarne
Institute reveals Esther's description, we see her removing her makeup,
false teeth and body wrappings that allowed her to play the role of a
child. This is how we finally see her for the mentally psyched person
that she really was, who had previously killed another family in Estonia
after the father refused her sexual advances made by her. Now this
particular scene is one that can easily be imagined with Ranaut in
character, with a flawless act and giving her yet another role to prove
her acting mettle. Fuhrman received critical acclaim for her role in
this movie for coming across as a calm and well composed sinister killer
and simply attending to every situation against her with a controlled
approach, and this is a quality Ranaut can share, as she may be one of
the few Bollywood actresses who can speak volumes with her eyes without
the use of speech.
Quote it: "I like it when it's just the two of us."; "You don't know how long I've waited for daddy just like you."
Tagline: Looks can be deceiving; always do your research.
That's it for the first menacing part of this
scary list! Do let us know if you agree and keep an eye out for the next
part coming soon!
Editor: Gunia M.
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