Here at Father Son Holy Gore there’s already a lot to read: countless film articles and reviews, as well as a sea of TV recaps, and even the occasional interview. But variety is the spice of life! And in the name of variety, Father Gore’s decided to start a brand new, slightly different column for the website:

The Twisted Parallels of Cinema

For those who’ve never come across his work, Marcus at Pinnland Empire is the inspiration for this column. You should absolutely drop by his site (or his Twitter account) to see the excellent side-by-side comparisons he’s done over the years, from still pictures to GIFs and more— exciting, thorough work.
The column will specifically take a look at horror movies, often comparing them (which many see as ‘lesser works’) to classic films and ‘high art’ in cinema, to show just how deep the genre’s influence extends and from where the genre pulls its own influences. It will mostly remain visual. Now and then it’ll feature an in-depth article focused on one (or two) of the parallels at length.

Without any further delay, here’s The Twisted Parallels of Cinema Edition #1!
Next edition: #2

2001: A Spacey Odyssey v. Syfy's NightflyersHAL 9000

2001: A Space Odyssey
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth


The all-watching eye of the Nightflyer spaceship

Syfy’s Nightflyers
1×01 “All That We Left Behind
Directed by Mike Cahill
Cinematography by Markus Förderer

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master v. The Dark KnightNurse Freddy Krueger haunts a dream

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
Directed by Renny Harlin
Cinematography by Steven Fierberg


Nurse Joker visits Harvey Dent’s room

The Dark Knight
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Cinematography by Wally Pfister

Leatherface v. The RevenantEscaped asylum patients hide in a dead cow

Directed by Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury
Cinematography by Antoine Sanier


Leonardo DiCaprio’s Hugh Glass survives the cold inside a dead horse

The Revenant
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki

Possession (1981) v. The Untamed (2017)Isabelle Adjani is defiled by a slimy creature

Directed by Andrzej Żuławski
Cinematography by Bruno Nuytten


An abused woman is wrapped up by a sensual slimy creature

The Untamed
Directed by Amat Escalante
Cinematography by Manuel Alberto Claro

Predator 2 (1990) v. Hamlet (1996)The Predator looks at a skull

Predator 2
Directed by Stephen Hopkins
Cinematography by Peter Levy


Hamlet stares into the skull of his old friend Yorick

Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Cinematography by Alex Thomson

Psycho (1960) v. HOUSEWIFE (2018)Norman Bates attacks as Mother

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Cinematography by John L. Russell


A deranged wife attacks

Directed by Can Evrenol
Cinematography by Tayman Tekin

Lucio Fulci's The Beyond (1981) v. David Lynch's Twin Peaks: The Return (2017)A destroyed bloody face

The Beyond
Directed by Lucio Fulci
Cinematography by Sergio Salvati


The destroyed bloody face of William Hastings

Showtime’s Twin Peaks: The Return
The Return, Part 11
Directed by David Lynch
Cinematography by Peter Deming


Join the Conversation

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s