Any horror aficionado has their favorite villains. Whether you connect to them on a personal level, love the level of gore they bring to the screen, or appreciate the ingenious ways they dispatch their victims, almost any horror fan has, at one point or another, gone to bat for who they think is the best at being bad.
Freddy vs. Jason, Carpenter Myers vs. Zombie Myers, we’ve all had those late night disputes among friends before. I’m just here to put it in writing, and offer a few new pairings to debate. Today, I propose we all engage in a little introspection while we take a look at two men who turn into monsters when they’re made to face the darkness in humanity. Would they disapprove of how you life your life?
John Doe (Se7en) Vs. Jigsaw (Saw)
Number of victims: 4 (although there were 7 deadly sins, ‘Sloth’ did not die, ‘Pride’ committed suicide, and ‘Envy’ was Doe himself, killed by Agent Mills. Yes, technically Mills was not wearing the contraption that caused Lust’s death, but as with the rest of the deaths, there was always the threat of death if his orders were not obeyed. Someone, one way or another, was going to die).
Motive: Extracting payment for sins
Signature: Each victim’s death is directly related to the deadly sin of which they’re guilty
Best quote: “We are not what was intended.”
Backstory: Not much is known about John Doe, other than the fact that he’s at least somewhat Biblically-minded, relatively intelligent, and was planning his murders for at least a year (Sloth was confined for that length of time).
Sexy factor: Meh. No one’s dressing up as John Doe for Halloween, I can tell you that.
Ingenuity: The clues John Doe left were much more inspired than the murders themselves.
Final thought: John Doe was so completely invested in his concept that he orchestrated his “masterpiece” with his own death in mind! If that’s not commitment, what is? However, in a city plagued by crime and violence, a mere handful of connected murders is hardly a blip on the radar.
Number of victims: 0 (Jigsaw gives everyone a chance to walk away alive, and has technically never actually killed anyone, although that probably wouldn’t get him far in court. The few inescapable traps were created by Amanda or Hoffman).
Motive: Testing unwilling participants’ will to live, and presenting a new appreciation for life to survivors through traps and torments built around each victims personal deficit.
Signature: Those who fell victim to Jigsaw’s games had a puzzle piece shaped piece of flesh removed, to symbolize they were missing survival instincts.
Best quote: “I want to play a game.”
Backstory: After his wife suffers a miscarriage, Jigsaw loses his happy thoughts and the couple divorces. After being diagnosed with cancer, Jigsaw (at this point only known as John Kramer) attempts suicide, and upon realizing he has survived his attempt, decides to spread an appreciation for life among those who most take it for granted in perhaps the most absolute twisted way possible.
Sexy factor: Perhaps recognizable most by his red and black robes, Jigsaw isn’t much of a remarkable figure. Billy the Puppet has more sizzle than Jigsaw himself.
Ingenuity: No one can argue that Jigsaw’s traps are some of the most physically and mentally damaging out there, and the level of creativity is definitely unmatched.
Final thought: Jigsaw had a noble, if not horrifying, goal, but ultimately died with his closest mentee, Amanda, abandoning his vision. As Amanda was Jigsaw’s shining star, so to speak, his example proving his methods worked, her admission of disbelief means Jigsaw’s work was essentially for nothing. We got some sickening scenes out of it, though, so who really cares?
Although Jigsaw is more well known, has more movies, and even had his own disciples, this isn’t a popularity contest. Jigsaw died a broken, sad man, whereas Doe’s death was the final touch he needed. If John Doe and Jigsaw faced off, it’s pretty clear that John Doe would walk away victorious. Mercy isn’t an option with him, as he proved when he killed Mills’ wife even as she begged for the life of her unborn child. Jigsaw, however, always leaves his victims in charge of their own fate. Doe is a man who willingly skinned his own fingers. He would stand a solid chance at beating Jigsaw’s game…if he chose to play.
Let me know who you’d like to see paired up next time, and of course, have a positively horrifying Halloween!
‘Children of the Corn’ Adaptation Headed to Theaters and Shudder
It’s been almost 40 years since Linda Hamilton and Peter Horton got into it with “He who walks behind the rows,” in Fritz Kiersch’s Children of the Corn, based on a story by Stephen King.
Today, Deadline reports that director Kurt Wimmer’s film will finally get a theatrical release on March 3, with a Shudder streaming release on March 21. But don’t get too excited, because this isn’t a remake or even a reboot. Wimmer has said this version has “almost nothing to do” with King’s original short story or the ’84 movie.
“We went back to the story and free-associated from there,” the director told Variety.
You may also notice the dateline for production is 2020. It was big news at the time that Wimmer was going to shoot his movie in Australia during the height of the COVID pandemic. Through safety protocols including social distancing, they managed to get through it.
Producer Lucas Foster said at the time, “You can theorize all you like about safety protocols, but until you get on set, you don’t really know. But I can now tell you it is impossible to keep a camera crew 1.5 meters apart.”
This updated take on King’s short story doesn’t appear to involve a married couple on a road trip at all. Instead, it is an origin story about how all the adults in the small town met their murderous ends.
“Children of the Corn follows a 12 year old girl in Nebraska who is possessed by a spirit in a dying cornfield. She recruits the other children in her small town to go on a bloody rampage and kill all the adults and anyone else who opposes her. A bright high schooler who won’t go along with the plan is the town’s only hope of survival.” — Deadline
Make sure to keep checking back to iHorror for the trailer once it drops. And let us know whether you like the concept of moving away from the original story, or if you would have liked it to follow King’s short story more closely.
Drew Barrymore Welcomes Allison Williams By Dressing Up Like ‘M3GAN’
Allison Williams star of the breakout hit, M3GAN. The film has brought in a huge and unexpected amounts of money and continues to climb. Right now it is sitting at $125 million and counting. In order to welcome Williams, Barrymore got in full M3GAN gear and served up some dance moves, and acted out other qualities the doll brings to her home.
Barrymore hilariously begins to have technical difficulties with her contact lenses leading to a moment that rivals the contact lens malfunction in Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and that is saying a lot.
The synopsis for M3GAN goes like this:
“M3GAN is a marvel of artificial intelligence, a lifelike doll that’s programmed to be a child’s greatest companion and a parent’s greatest ally. Designed by Gemma, a brilliant roboticist, M3GAN can listen, watch and learn as it plays the role of friend and teacher, playmate and protector. When Gemma becomes the unexpected caretaker of her 8-year-old niece, she decides to give the girl an M3GAN prototype, a decision that leads to unimaginable consequences.“
M3GAN is now playing in theaters everywhere.
Wes Craven’s ‘Red Eye’ is Getting a 4K UHD Release
Wes Craven is a true master of horror. He gave us A Nightmare on Elm Street and a few other timeless classics. Right around the time he dove into Scream he also took flight with a big thriller that scored well with audiences who were all on the edge of their seats. Craven’s Red Eye did well at the box-office and had that word of mouth that kept it in theaters for weeks. Red Eye is now coming to 4K UHD and it is coming with some rad special features.
The synopsis for Red Eye goes like this:
“In the wake of her grandmother’s funeral, hotel manager Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) is waiting to fly back home when she meets charming Jackson Rippner (Cillian Murphy) at check-in. She thinks it luck that they’re seated together on the plane, but soon learns otherwise. Jackson hopes to assassinate the head of Homeland Security, but to do so, he needs Lisa to reassign the official’s room number at her hotel. As insurance, Jackson has kidnapped Lisa’s father (Brian Cox).“
The special features for Red Eye break down like this:
The special features for Red Eye goes like this:
New 4K Restoration of the film
Dolby Vision/HDR Presentation of the film
NEW Audio commentary by editor Patrick Lussier
NEW Filmmaker Focus – Wes Craven and Red Eye
NEW Wes Craven: In His Own Words – Featurette
Audio commentary by Wes Craven, Producer Marianne Maddalena, and Editor Patrick Lussier
The Making of Red Eye – Featurette
Wes Craven: A New Kind of Thriller – Featurette
Optional English SDH, English, Spanish, and French subtitles for the main feature
Collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments
Are you excited about Red Eye coming to 4K UHD? Paramount Home Media Distribution releases Craven’s classic on March 21.