Trick-or-treating, Jack-O’-Lanterns and scary movies. What better way to prepare yourself for Halloween than to binge watch the Top 5 horror films of all time, according to a Brock University expert on horror cinema.Barry Grant, Professor in the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film, is internationally known for his research on horror and science fiction films and has written or edited more than two dozen books on the topic.“Horror movies aim to rudely move us out of our complacency in daily life by way of negative emotions such as horror, fear, suspense, terror and disgust,” says Grant, who’s Planks of Reason: Essays on the Horror Film released in 1984 was the first scholarly anthology on horror and helped make the genre an acceptable field of academic inquiry. “Horror addresses fears that are universally taboo and respond to historically and culturally specific anxieties.”Grant’s research explains how these films offer a release of our own (and collective) fears by providing us with vicarious, but controlled thrills.Although admittedly challenging, Grant gives his Top 5 picks for horror films in chronological order:Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931)“The film that established horror as a viable genre in Hollywood during the classic studio era and made Universal the most important studio making horror movies. With its gorgeous Expressionist design, Frankenstein and those that followed, whether they featured the Frankenstein monster, Dracula, the Wolfman or the Mummy, looked very different from the glossy kinds of movies being turned out by MGM or Paramount or the tough movies produced by Warner Bros. The film also made a star of British actor Boris Karloff, whose sensitive portrayal of the creature compensated for the drastic departures from Mary Shelley’s source novel.” Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)“The foundation of contemporary horror, its shocks are perfectly timed by director Alfred Hitchcock, who claimed he played the audience like a piano. Psycho brought horror home to middle America from exotic foreign places like Transylvania. Tellingly, the film begins in sunny midafternoon in a mundane hotel. The shower scene is the most famous sequence in film history along with the Odessa Steps sequence in Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin (1925).”Night of the Living Dead (George Romero, 1968)“George Romero’s independent film, made in Pittsburgh, shocked audiences then and retains its power even today. Romero rewrote zombie folklore, making the undead unquenchable cannibals as well, and in the process creating a new monster mythology that resonated with contemporary audiences on several levels. One by one the film assaults the genre’s conventions and the expectations we once brought to the horror experience.”The Devils (Ken Russsell, 1971)“British enfant terrible Ken Russell was known for his flamboyant excesses and violations of British propriety. Some might well describe all his films as horrifying, although he only made two actual horror films: the campy Lair of the White Worm (1988), based on a Bram Stoker novel, and The Devils (1971), based on The Devils of Loudon by Aldous Huxley. In recounting the events that transpired during the Inquisition in 17th century Loudon, the devils of the film’s title are hardly supernatural and all too real. The hysteria, collusion and corruption detailed in the film are much more frightening than any levitating beds or rotating heads.”Dead Alive (A.K.A. Brain Dead) (Peter Jackson, 1992)“There is a distinct tradition of comedy in horror, which in its more recent graphic phase has been dubbed ‘splatstick,’ a combination of the two forms. It culminates in Peter Jackson’s gorefest of sight gags, which no less an authority than Sam Raimi, director of the cult classic The Evil Dead (1981), described as ‘the intolerance of splatstick.’”To learn more about the horror genre, read Grant’s essay on Screams on Screens: Paradigms on Horror. Grant is also doing a live YouTube interview at 12:45 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31 on the topic of De-Coding Horror.
Ohio State sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski controlls the puck during a 4-0 loss to Penn State on Dec. 2. Credit: Nick Hudak | For the LanternThe No. 6 Ohio State men’s hockey team (15-5-4, 8-5-1-0 Big Ten) split its weekend series against No. 13 Penn State (13-8-3, 6-5-3-2 Big Ten) in State College, Pennsylvania, dropping Friday’s game 5-2 , then rebounding with a 5-1 win the next day.Game OnePenn State sophomore goaltender Peyton Jones made 45 saves on 47 shots in a 5-2 win against Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ loss ended their season-high six-game win streak.Penn State struck early in the opening period when sophomore forward Denis Smirnov fired a shot past Ohio State redshirt junior goaltender Sean Romeo 5:18 in the first period to give the Nittany Lions a 1-0 lead.Later in the period, the Nittany Lions got loose on a two-on-one breakaway. Smirnov feathered a cross-crease pass to sophomore forward Nate Sucese, putting the Penn State up by two goals near the end of the first period. Ohio State mounted multiple fruitful offensive attacks in the second period.Early in the period, the Buckeyes capitalized on a power play. Buckeyes junior forward and captain Mason Jobst put in a rebound off a shot from sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski, making it a one-goal game.Penn State struck back with a power-play goal of its own, when freshman forward Evan Barratt found the back of the net at 7:46 of the second period.The back-and-forth play continued with another power-play goal for the Buckeyes. Jobst showed patience in the slot before sniping it into the top corner of the goal, over the glove of Jones. It was Jobst’s second goal on the power play.Ohio State had 22 shots in the second period, totaling 37 through the opening two periods. Penn State made a push in the third period that began began with the power play. Penn State junior forward Andrew Sturtz skated through the slot, dragged the puck through the Buckeye defense and beat Romeo with a quick shot through the five-hole to restore the two-goal lead.Barratt added an empty-net goal, his second goal and third point of the night, to ice the game for Penn State. Ohio State’s special teams were seemingly at the center of everything that happened Friday night. The Buckeyes went 2-for-4 on the power play, but went 1-for-3 on the penalty kill.Romeo made 31 saves in Ohio State’s loss. Game TwoThe Buckeyes enacted their revenge in the second game, snapping Penn State’s 11-game unbeaten streak in a 5-1 victory.Head coach Steve Rohlik made some drastic changes to the starting lineup before the game, starting freshman goalie Tommy Nappier and removing Jobst from the first line. It was Nappier’s third career start and Big Ten debut.Ohio State capitalized on a turnover early in the first period when junior forward Freddy Gerard found Laczynski on the backdoor for the sophomore’s 11th goal of the season on the backdoor to give the Buckeyes a one-goal lead. After a long shift in the Buckeye zone, Penn State sophomore forward Nikita Pavlychev found the puck through a crowd and beat Nappier between the legs to tie the game at one.Later in the period, a major penalty was called on Sturtz for kneeing Ohio State senior defenseman Janik Moser, giving the Buckeyes a five-minute power-play. Moser did not return to the game. Sophomore forward Ronnie Hein made a backhand pass from his knees to set up Gerard on the far post to score Ohio State’s second goal of the game. Shots favored Ohio State 14-11, which helped the Buckeyes stake out to a 2-1 lead heading to the second period.The Buckeyes started the second period right where they left off the first, with a power-play goal. Junior forward Dakota Joshua tipped in a shot from sophomore defenseman Gordi Meyer to give Ohio State its second power-play goal and a 3-1 lead. Shortly after, Penn State senior forward James Robinson had a breakaway chance as he burst out behind the Ohio State defense, was hooked and awarded a penalty shot. Nappier made the save on the Penn State captain to keep the two-goal lead entering the third period.The third period was all Buckeyes, who added two goals late in the period to seal the victory.Gerard and Laczynski both finished with three points in the win. Nappier was solid, making 30 saves on 31 shots, while Jones made 33 saves on 37 shots in the losing effort.The Buckeyes will have next week off before hosting arch-rival Michigan for a two-game weekend series, which begins at 7 p.m. Jan. 26. Both games will be held at the Schottenstein Center.