Edition #2 of the Twisted Parallels of Cinema has arrived!
Edition #1 available here
Next Edition: #3

Father Gore’s been challenging himself to find some interesting cinematic parallels in horror (+ science fiction) to show how its influence extends across genres. It’s all too common to see people treat horror as a lesser genre. Yet it’s incredibly evident that horror’s an influential force, and just as easy to see it’s influenced by other genres, particularly classic films. Great horror directors are usually some of the best, most astute students of cinema.

On top of that, the cinematography in all these films is worth noticing. When moments such as the following frames are contrasted against one another, the quality of genre cinematography is impressive to see— for those who haven’t already noticed, anyway.

The Twisted Parallels of Cinema’s next edition (#3) will feature a more in-depth article focusing on a smaller group of side-by-sides, or maybe focused on several side-by-sides from a specific set of films together. We’ll see.
For now, feast your eyes on Edition #2!

Black Christmas (1974) v. Housewife (2018)Billy peeks from the closet

Black Christmas
Directed by Bob Clark
Cinematography by Reginald H. Morris

v.

Holly peeks

Housewife
Directed by Can Evrenol
Cinematography by Tayman Tekin

Black Swan (2010) v. Suspiria (2018)Nina sees reflections of herself

Black Swan
Directed by Darren Aronofsky
Cinematography by Matthew Libatique

v.

Susie & Madame Blanc reflected in dance hall mirrors

Suspiria
Directed by Luca Guadagnino
Cinematography by Sayombhu Mukdeeprom

Taxi Driver (1976) v. Escape From New York (1981) v. Gangs of New York (2002)Travis Bickle’s guns

Taxi Driver
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Cinematography by Michael Chapman

v.

Snake Plissken’s arsenal

Escape from New York
Directed by John Carpenter
Cinematography by Dean Cundey

v.

Bill the Butcher’s blades

Gangs of New York
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus

Hereditary (2018) v. Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House (2018)Annie’s screams of grief

Hereditary
Directed by Ari Aster
Cinematography by Pawel Pogorzelski

v.

Nell’s screams of grief

Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House
1×01 “Steven Sees a Ghost”
Directed by Mike Flanagan
Cinematography by Michael Fimognari

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) v. A Dark Song (2016)Jesus in the desert within a magic circle

The Last Temptation of Christ
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus

v.

Sophia attempts to use the magic circle

A Dark Song
Directed by Liam Gavin
Cinematography by Cathal Watters

Rabid (1977) v. Werewolf Woman (1976)Rose screams

Rabid
Directed by David Cronenberg
Cinematography by René Verzier

v.

Daniela screams

Werewolf Woman a.k.a La lupa mannara
Directed by Rino Di Silvestro
Cinematography by Dennis Kull & Mario Capriotti

Shivers (1975) v. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)A parasite creeps between a woman’s legs in the tub

Shivers
Directed by David Cronenberg
Cinematography by Robert Saad

v.

Freddy Krueger creeps between Nancy’s legs in the tub

A Nightmare on Elm Street
Directed by Wes Craven
Cinematography by Jacques Haitkin

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