Then the secret of the hoodies is revealed – they’re mutants who sense fear, are taking over the world, and their housing project needs to be blown up. This dumb reveal, and the way the characters who stress compassion for the young and poor are brutally murderized, turns the film into a facepalm. But those scenes of blackouts and people staring through your window are still scary. S 5. It (1990) It doesn’t matter how cheesy the rest of the movie is. It really doesn’t. All you need is the introduction to the monster. Watch the first forty-five seconds of this clip and it won’t make a difference how many fake spiders they wave around in the finale. You’re still (shamefacedly) scared. And you’ll never go to the circus again. 4. Tremors (1990) I’m not saying it scares you all the time. I’m just willing to bet that, after watching this movie, you spent a little time looking over the plan of your house and wondering if you could hop from one piece of furniture to the next without the graboids getting you. Ha!
and director Alfonso Cuaron won big because they did things differently. By Kevin P. Sullivan (@KPSull) There’s certainly something refreshing about watching one of the best films of the year break box-office records. That’s what happened this past weekend with ” Gravity , ” Alfonso Cuaron’s astonishingly good space epic, which recorded the biggest October debut of all time with $55.6 million domestically. Whenever a film like “Gravity” breaks through and hits with both critics and audiences, it’s worth taking a step back to see what we can learn from it. There’s never been a movie quite like “Gravity,” so as studios poke and prod the box office success of Cuaron’s masterpiece, these are the lessons they should be taking away. Trust The Talent The average moviegoer isn’t going to be able to tell you who Alfonso Cuaron is or that he made arguable the best “Harry Potter” movie and one of the best movies period from the previous decade, “Children of Men.” For studio execs, it’s their job to know that sort of thing and use that information to make business decisions. While investing in Cuaron was by no means as simple as good business sense he hasn’t made a commercial hit outside of “Potter” it was a move by Warner Bros. to trust that quality filmmaking can perform just like something with brand recognition, and in the case of “Gravity,” be more memorable for it. It Doesn’t Take $250 Million Part of the trade-off of funding a movie based on an original concept from an acclaimed director with largely untested box-office drawing power is that the budget doesn’t balloon as high as it does for something like “The Lone Ranger.” “Gravity” cost $100 million to make, and the money was spent in the right places. Cuaron cast two of today’s biggest stars and essentially everything else went into state-of-the-art technology. And all the effects were essential to the story and innovative enough to make audiences feel like hadn’t seen anything like it before. It Doesn’t Take Two And A Half Hours Here is probably the easiest lesson for other studio films to learn from. A movie can seem even more impressive if it tells a compelling story within the span of 90 minutes.