Ten Deep 10.31.13: Top 10 Horror Movie Siblings
Posted by Mike Gorman on 10.31.2013
From Michael Myers and Laurie Strode from Halloween and the Grady twins in The Shining to the Frog brothers from The Lost Boys and more, 411's Mike Gorman counts down the top 10 horror movie siblings!
" Top Ten Horror Movie Siblings"
Today is Halloween and I could not resist one more dip into the waters of frightening flicks! This week I think I have captured a topic that you might not have seen before, the Top Ten Siblings in Horror Movies. Brothers and sisters often take on a special role when they show up in a scary movie and this week's list celebrates those creepy connections. Some of the siblings on this list stand side by side as they face the terror before them and sometimes they are on opposite sides of the good versus evil debate. They do say blood is thicker than water and in the instances of these siblings, there just happens to be a whole lot of blood!!!
10. Kristi and Katie in the Paranormal Activity series
I have been completely drawn in by the Paranormal Activity series of films. On the surface they seem to follow the same formula each installment, ie. Flood you with somewhat tense set up and then end too soon, but when you put all of the pieces together you see that the writers and producers have really crafted an interesting story that centers on the lives of two sisters, Kristi and Katie. As the mythology of these films twists and turns so does the relationship of these sisters with them being allies at various points and then literally at each others' throats albeit demon possession may have influenced that specific scenario. I think this video promo for the fourth film does a great job bringing you into their world.
9. Regina and Samantha in Night of the Comet
It is not at all weird for siblings to have a bit of an adversarial relationship especially when they are younger. In Night of the Comet we meet two sisters who bicker incessantly but find the real strength in their bond when the Earth passes through the tail of a comet and the world ends. Random circumstance keep Regina and Sam safe when most of the people on Earth are turned into red dust. The film that follows seems like it could do well at the box office right now with it's apocalyptic theme and zombie-esque action. Through it all though these sisters stand together and overcome some pretty challenging odds. In the end it seems up to them to rebuild society... God help society!
8. Alice and Rick from A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: Dream Warriors
While Alice, Freddy's new nemesis, is meant to be the real breakout character in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: Dream Warriors it is her relationship with her brother Rick that was really at the film's emotional core. Alice is the shy quiet one while Rick is the more popular boisterous kid. But these differences don't keep them apart, most likely because they bond together through the abuse they receive from their alcoholic father. It is Rick who tries to build Alice's confidence letting her know he sees the hero in her that others might miss. Sadly Rick does not survive the film (check out his intense death sequence below!) but his impact on Alice remains clear when she faces her final battle with Freddy.
7. Sean and Michael in Jaws II
What I think I enjoy most about Sean and Michael in Jaws II is the normalcy they strive to maintain in their lives during truly extraordinary circumstances. They are a typical big brother – little brother, with the little brother wanting to tag along on all of his brother's adventures. Of course seeing as this is a Jaws film those adventures inevitably end up involving a giant great white shark and their obsessed father. We have seen teenagers and kids in danger before in scary films but there is something different when you know that two of them are related, as if there manifests a connected urgency. I can't think of any better way to describe what happens here.
6. Barbra and Johnny in Night of the Living Dead
Though their actual screen time together in Night of the Living Dead is relatively brief I think Johnny and Barbara are two of the most memorable horror film siblings of all time. The film starts with them visiting a family grave which clearly unnerves Barbra. Johnny teases her about this and in doing so he recites one of the zombie film genre's most memorable lines, "They're coming to get you, Barbra!" Of course he says this in a joking fashion not knowing that the stumbling man he is referring to in the distance is actually a zombie. By the time they figure that out it is pretty much too late for Johnny who takes a pretty serious fall. Barbra is then forced to flee the coming zombie apocalypse on her own. But don't worry, family bonds are not so easily severed and Johnny returns later in the film when he is least expected yet this time Barbra is not so happy to see him.
5. The Frog Brothers in The Lost Boys
The Frog Brothers are vampire hunters extraordinaire and put their skills to good use helping another set of brothers, Sam and Michael, when Michael inadvertently drinks a vampire's blood and becomes one himself. Edgar and Allen Frog are the true comic relief of The Lost Boys but they take themselves and their duty more seriously than any other characters in the movie. When the film was first released it was rumored that there would be a Frog Brothers focused spin-off/sequel which sadly never came to pass though they did show up in the inferior sequels that were eventually released.
4. The Grady twins from The Shining
You don't have to have seen The Shining in order to know who the creepy Grady twins are. Heck, just say the words "creep twins" and the image of these two girls in their matching dresses and matching creepy glares is probably what pops into most peoples' heads as they have become so entrenched in our pop culture. If you have seen the film you know they are the apparitions that haunt Danny Torrance as he travels the haunted Overlook Hotel. They also haunt the dreams of anyone who has seen them in action in the movie because they do qualify as the scariest sisters that any horror film has ever seen.
3. Ginger and Brigette in Ginger Snaps
The bonds of sisterhood are put to the extreme test in Ginger Snaps. The movie focuses on Ginger and Brigette two teenage sisters who share an obsession with death. When they are attacked by a werewolf, Ginger is infected and begins to become more wild and sexual. The film's creators use the curse of lycanthropy as a pretty effective yet heavy handed metaphor for puberty and a young girl's sexual awakening. As Ginger runs somewhat wild, it is up to Brigette to help clean up her messes and work to find a cure. The ultimate result is tragic yet still speaks to the connection between these girls. What I like most about Ginger and Brigette is similar to what I enjoyed about the brothers in Jaws II which is their ability to seem "normal," at least for themselves while extraordinary circumstances invade their lives.
2. Blanche and Jane in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
I actually almost didn't remember to include Blanche and Jane on this list until I was discussing the topic of this week's countdown with a friend and he said, "No brainer, the sisters from Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" Immediately this older film came back to mind and the powerhouse performances by Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. Sibling rivalry is at the forefront of this dark tale as aging child star Jane is forced to take care of her former movie star sister who has a disability, which Jane believes herself responsible for one drunken night years ago. Jane grows more unstable and murderous as the film progresses. Her desire to reclaim the spotlight that she sees her sister as stolen overwhelms her as she descends into true madness. She elevates from mistreating to outright torturing her sister Blanche. Late in the film, Jane takes Blanche and flees from their home knowing she will soon be discovered. It is now that Blanche reveals that she is actually responsible for her own paralysis as she attempted to run over Jane that night instead crashing the car and injuring herself. As Blanche concludes her confession Jane has a single moment of clarity where she says, "You mean we could have been friends?" but the damage is done and the police come for Jane having discovered what she has been doing. In the end there is a huge "what if?" left hanging between these sisters to which we will never know the answer.
1. Michael Myers and Laurie Strode in the Halloween series
At the beginning of this piece I mentioned that some of these siblings would be on opposite sides of good versus evil and there is no better cinematic representation of this idea than the relationship between Michael Myers and Laurie Strode in the Halloween films. Myers is a manifestation of pure, driven evil who's deepest desire is to see his family killed. Laurie is, at least in the first few films, the only remaining member of that family. The terrifying cat and mouse game between these two in John Carpenter's first Halloween is one of the scariest sequences in film history. In the first films Laurie is not exactly sure what she is up against but as time passes she learns what her brother is and eventually stands against him to protect her own son. Personally, I like to pretend that the closure to their relationship that we were given in the dismal Halloween: Resurrection did not really happen. I think it is better that way. Jamie Lee Curtis brought a strength to Laurie that set her apart from the women we had seen already in horror films. She has rightfully been crowned the best Scream Queen by many over the years.
I am going to leave you this week with a peek at the Thomas family Halloween Light Show from Naperville, IL. Something to watch before you head out to make some mischief tonight. It is set to Awolnation's "Sail" which is a pretty creepy song to begin with and it is the perfect soundtrack for this holiday display.
Enjoy your Halloween and save me some Reese's Cups from your trick or treating bag!!!
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