Series: Movies That Shaped Me

Movies that Shaped Me: Pan’s Labyrinth

“It’s a fairy tale,” you say, as you watch the trailer. And to an extent, you would be right. Pan’s Labyrinth is a fairy tale shaped by Guillermo del Toro’s hands, one that doesn’t shy away from the blood that inevitably spills before the story comes to a close. In 2007, it was a free pass for the day, a break from listening to a lecture on the perspectives found in “Rashomon” and “In a Grove.” My fellow Lit 13 classmates and I squeezed into a tiny room in the English Department and took our seats around a small...

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Movies That Shaped Me: Red Sonja

Red Sonja Directed by Richard Fleischer Written by Clive Exton & George MacDonald Fraser Starring: Brigitte Nielsen, Sandahl Bergman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Paul L. Smith, Ernie Reyes Jr. Dino De Laurentiis Company PG-13, 89 minutes 1985 Red Sonja (1985) is a horrible movie. The dialogue is cliche, the acting flat, and there are inexplicable plot holes. It has an 18% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Arnold Schwarzenegger who starred opposite Brigitte Nielsen’s Red Sonja has been noted as saying that he uses the movie as a disciplinary tool for his children:  “I tell them, if you get on my bad side,...

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Movies that Shaped Me: [Rec]

I was bullied by my grandmother into successfully watching my first horror movie. It was Scream, and when I got too scared and tried to leave, my Taiwanese grandma snapped at me, “SIT DOWN. It’s only a movie.” My cousins and grandma had always loved spooking me into crying with Hong Kong B horror, but this time, the lovely old lady would not let me back out. I stayed, and it changed my movie viewing forever. I still spook easily, and a good jump scare can still get me, but for the most part, I’ve realized that it’s only...

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Movies that Shaped Me: Labyrinth

Labyrinth Directed by Jim Henson Written by Dennis Lee, Jim Henson (story), Terry Jones (screenplay) Starring: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud PG, 101 minutes 1986 On June 27th, 1986, I had been seven years old for exactly nine days when my parents took me to see Labyrinth in the theater. It was a foregone conclusion that we would go. My mom was in love with David Bowie. (Something about his teeth. I know, weird, but that’s what she said. I mean, just his teeth? No way.) If for some reason you haven’t seen the movie, it focuses on Sarah—a lonely teenage girl whose father has...

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Movies That Shaped Me: Wrong Turn 5 Bloodlines

Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines Director: Declan O’Brien Produced by: Jeffery Beach, Phillip Roth Written by: Declan O’Brien Based on characters by: Alan McElroy Content Warning: Discussion of Violence, Rape, Murder, and mentions of Gore Spoiler Warning: Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines For my contribution to our series Movies that Shaped Me, my first thought was a movie that completely changed the way I viewed the horror genre from a harmless campy romp to a market that banks on the physical and emotional torture of women: Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines. Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines is the fifth installment of the cult popular...

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