10 Movies To Help Build Self Esteem

It’s no secret that today’s generations have had their self esteem negatively affected by social media. In the age of technology, people are more aware than ever of the accomplishments and images of others, which inevitably leads to comparisons to others. Many studies have found evidence that social media can increase users risk of developing mental health issues. In fact, a report estimated that 85% of people all over the world experience low self esteem.

When it comes to boosting self esteem, sometimes a good movie is all you need to inspire you to love yourself as you are. Whether you’re dealing with body image, anxiety, trauma, or loneliness, here are 10 movies to help build self esteem.

 

10 Movies About Self Love

10. Good Will Hunting

Good Will Hunting is the first movie Ben Affleck and Matt Damon created together. It turned out to be an overnight success for the actor/filmmaker duo and it also is a realistic portrayal of how defense mechanisms are built by traumatic events. The movie is about Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., who has a gift for mathematics but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. Robin Williams gives a masterful performance as the psychologist who tears down Will’s defensive walls one by one.

 

“He pushes people away before they get a chance to leave him. It’s a defense mechanism. And for 20 years he’s been alone because of that. And if you push him right now, it’s gonna be the same thing all over again and I’m not gonna let that happen to him.” – Sean

 

Where To Watch Good Will Hunting

HBO Max

 

If you are looking for more uplifting films to watch, then check out our list of inspirational movies that will change your outlook on life.

9. About Time

Our past mistakes have a lot to do with how we see ourselves in the present. But what if you could change your past mistakes? How would that change your life? About Time is a movie that follows a young man who discovers he can travel in time and change his past. Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson star in the movie that proves to be much more than just a romance. The film has many positive themes and an ending that may have you rethinking how you view your past.

 

“Lesson Number One: All the time traveling in the world can’t make someone love you.” – Tim

 

Where to Watch About Time For $3.99

YouTube
Apple TV
Google Play Movies & TV
Prime Video
Vudu

 

 

8. The Toy Story Series

Instead of choosing just one Toy Story movie, we decided to list all of them because all of them tell stories relevant to self esteem. The story actually begins because of Woody’s low self esteem when Buzz Lightyear arrives and even in the fourth movie, Woody’s insecurities are at the center of the story. The Toy Story movies are a testament to how far animation has come since 1995, and it also stays consistently high-quality over twenty four years.

 

“He’s not lost. Not Anymore.” – Buzz Lightyear

 

Where To Watch The Toy Story Series

Disney Plus

 

7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

There is rarely a more insecure and awkward time than when you are a teenager. Between high school and social hierarchies, being a teenager brings a lot of peer pressure to embody a certain image. The Perks of Being a Wallflower deals with all of these themes by having a shy and insecure main character. The movie is based on the book of the same name and follows an introverted high school freshman who is taken under the wings of two seniors that welcome him to their world. The Perks of Being a Wallflower demonstrates how people can blossom when they feel accepted by the people around them.

 

“We accept the love we think we deserve.” – Charlie

 

Where To Watch The Perks of Being a Wallflower

HBO Max

 

6. Penelope

This fantasy is a modern day fairytale that is bound to charm you by its heartwarming story. The romance is a definitive story about insecurity and low self esteem. Penelope is about a modern romantic tale about a young aristocratic heiress born under a curse that can only be broken when she finds true love with “one who will accept her as one of their own.” The movie not only has a great cast including a young James McAvoy, but also has an appealing message.

 

“This isn’t me, the real me is inside here somewhere just waiting to get out and you can make that happen” – Penelope

 

Where To Watch Penelope

Prime Video w/ Freevee
The Roku Channel
Tubi
Pluto TV

 

5. Isn’t It Romantic

Isn’t It Romantic is a hilarious comedy that makes fun of the typical rom-coms while taking its narrative in an unexpected direction. The movie is about a young woman who is disenchanted with love and mysteriously finds herself trapped inside a romantic comedy. Rebel Wilson is a force of amusement in the film and defies the romantic comedy conventions that the female lead needs to look like a Victoria’s Secret Model in order for a film to be successful.

 

“You can search the entire universe and never find a being more worthy of love than yourself.” – Donny

 

Where To Watch Isn’t It Romantic For $3.99

Prime Video
Vudu
YouTube
Google Play Movies & TV
Apple TV

 

4. Lady Bird

Coming-of-age stories are some of the best movies about self love. Lady Bird tells an extremely realistic story about all of the ordinary things that teenagers experience. The story may be ordinary but the movie as a whole transcends most in its genre. The movie is about a teenager who navigates a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother over the course of an eventful and poignant senior year of high school. Greta Gerwig’s teen dramedy is full of quirkiness and incredible acting that will leave a smile on your face.

 

“We’re afraid that we will never escape our past. We’re afraid of what the future will bring. We’re afraid we won’t be loved, we won’t be liked. And we won’t succeed.” – Parish Priest

 

Where To Watch Lady Bird

Netflix

 

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3. Eighth Grade

Middle school is an insecure time for most people, and now with social media it’s even worse. Bo Burnham explores how modern day adolescents communicate in his directorial debut, Eighth Grade. The movie is about an introverted teenage girl who tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school. Kayla Day, the main character, is awkward, shy and full of insecurities; yet at the end has a newfound love for herself.

 

“You’re wrong. If you grow up to have a daughter like you, she will make you so so happy. Being your dad makes me so happy, Kayla. You don’t know; you don’t know how happy you make me. It’s beyond… I can’t describe it. It’s so easy to love you. It’s so easy to… to be proud of you. I’m not just saying this. I swear to God, I’m not just saying this. Sure, sometimes if I see you’re upset or having a rough day, then I feel sad. But that kind of being sad, that sort of day-to-day sad, or worrying that I do, that’s not… Kayla, always beneath all that, I am always so unbelievably happy that I get to be your dad.” – Mark Day

 

Where to watch Eighth Grade

Showtime

 

2. Frances Ha

Greta Gerwig writes and stars in Frances Ha as one of the most charming characters she has ever played. The movie captures the late 20’s malaise with incredible accuracy while still adding a quirky spin on the subject matter. Frances Ha is about a New York woman who apprentices for a dance company (though she’s not really a dancer) and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as the possibility of realizing them dwindles. The movie is a strange but thoughtful film that gives thanks to friends in your low moments.

 

“It’s that thing when you’re with someone, and you love them and they know it, and they love you and you know it… but it’s a party… and you’re both talking to other people, and you’re laughing and shining… and you look across the room and catch each other’s eyes… but – but not because you’re possessive, or it’s precisely sexual… but because… that is your person in this life.” – Frances Ha

 

Where To Watch Frances Ha

Prime Video w/ IFC Unlimited or AMC +

 

1. Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire made waves when it first came out in 2009. It even won an Academy Award for Best Picture. The film is one of the most inspirational stories you can watch. Slumdog Millionaire is about a Mumbai teenager who reflects on his life after being accused of cheating on the Indian version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”. The movie is an exhilarating ride with lovely performances and a heartwarming story, which make it the best movie to improve your self esteem.

 

“Run away with me.”

“And live on what?” – Latika

“Love…” – Jamal

 

Where To Watch Slumdog Millionaire

The Roku Channel (Free)

 

Self Esteem Is Important For Everyday Life

Self esteem can be volatile, going up and down. However, what we think of ourselves can heavily affect how we see the world. With social media and self esteem seemingly being lower than ever recorded, it is important to engage in activities that will increase your self esteem. These 10 movies about self esteem will make you laugh, cry and, most importantly of all, feel good about yourself.

 

Everything We Know About ‘Star Wars: Ahsoka Series’

Disney Plus has opened the doors for many movie franchises to expand their cinematic universe and create multiple spinoffs based on popular characters. With Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, the studio has put a focus on releasing fresh and invigorating Star Wars content. We’ve already gone through the details of the Obi-Wan series scheduled for release in 2022, now we are looking at all of the details you need to know about the Ahsoka series.

 

Details About The Ahsoka Tano Live-Action Series

Who is Ahsoka Tano?

Voiced by Ashley Eckstein, Ahsoka Tano made her debut in the Star Wars Universe in The Clone Wars animated series. Tano was Anakin’s padawan between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, which lasted 3 years. As a commander in the Clone Wars, Tano became very close with the Jedi leadership and the clone army. Outside of Padme and Obi-Wan, she had the closest relationship to Anakin Skywalker before he turned evil. It’s unclear what happened to Tano after Order 66, but she also makes an appearance in Star Wars Rebels as an adult, years after the Jedi Order had been destroyed.

Her character became wildly popular during The Clone Wars series which led to her appearance in an episode of The Mandalorian season 2. This was the first glimpse at a live-action Ahsoka Tano played by Rosario Dawson, and the portrayal was praised by fans for its accuracy.

 

The Story

As we saw in The Mandalorian, Ahsoka is on a mission to find Imperial Grand Admiral Thrawn of the Empire. Thrawn went missing in the last moments of Star Wars: Rebels with Jedi in-training, Ezra Bridger. Ahsoka made a promise to find Ezra and was attempting to keep that promise in her Mandalorian appearance.

 

When Will The Story Take Place?

The story will take place around the same time as The Mandalorian, 5 years after the events of The Return of the Jedi. However, Hayden Christensen is set to reprise his role as Darth Vader who would be dead during this time period. It’s likely the series will flashback to an earlier time period, but there is always the possibility of Anakin’s Force ghost making an appearance as well.

 

Who is the Cast?

Most of the details about Star Wars: Ahsoka have been kept under wraps; however, we do have a few confirmed actors for the series. Natasha Liu Bordizzo will play Sabine Wren, a Mandalorian warrior who worked closely with Ezra Bridger. Ivanna Sakhno will play an allegedly newly created character that is opposite of Ahsoka and Sabine. It has been reported that Mary Elizabeth Winstead will also be joining the series but her role has not been disclosed as of yet.

Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, the creators of the Star Wars: Ahsoka Series

 

Who is the Crew?

Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, the creators of The Mandalorian, will also be working on Star Wars: Ahsoka. Dave Filoni was the showrunner for Star Wars: The Clone Wars and he is the creator of the entire Ahsoka Tano character. Filoni will be the primary writer for the series while Jon Favreau will serve as executive producer.

 

When Will The Series Premiere?

There is no scheduled or even expected release date for Star Wars: Ahsoka currently. However, since the series is expected to go into production in early 2022, it’s likely that the series will be released in 2023.

 

Crazy Movies Based On True Stories

Fiction encompasses a wide variety of stories with no limits on what can be told. However, real-life stories have some of the most unpredictable turns, and they can be even more surprising than what any fiction writer could invent. Truth is stranger than fiction and these movies are perfect examples of that. In this blog post, we list 8 crazy movies based on true stories. These movies have twists and turns to the narrative that you’ll doubt happened in real life. This list is in no particular order.

 

8 Crazy Movies Based On Real Life

8. The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, broke records because of how much profanity was used in the film. Scorsese felt the over-the-top material was necessary to capture the lavish lifestyle of Jordan Belfort. The movie takes us through Jordan Belfort’s rise to being a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption, and the federal government. The Wolf of Wall Street is based on a 2007 memoir by Jordan Belfort.

 

Where To Watch The Wolf of Wall Street

Paramount Plus

 

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7. Zodiac

The stories of serial killers are tales we’d love to be fiction, however, they rarely are. The zodiac killer is one of the most infamous killers in American history and David Fincher’s film tells the story of how the police and citizens tried to find out the killer’s identity. Zodiac takes place between 1968 and 1983. The movie follows a San Francisco cartoonist who becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree. For those unfamiliar with the story, Zodiac is one of the craziest movies based on real events.

 

Where To Watch Zodiac

Prime Video
YouTube
Apple TV
Google Play Movies & TV
Vudu

 

6. Dog Day Afternoon

This crime drama is about one of the most bizarre heists you’ll ever see, made all the more strange because it’s based on a true event. The heist that was done by John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Antonio “Sal” Naturile, is one of the biggest media circuses of the 1970s. Dog Day Afternoon centers around this heist and tells the story of three amateur bank robbers who create a simple plan to hold up a bank that becomes a complicated nightmare as everything that could go wrong does. Al Pacino gives a performance as the robber that is both desperate and sympathetic. Dog Day Afternoon proves to be one of Pacino’s best performances of his career.

 

Where To Watch Dog Day Afternoon

HBO Max

 

5. Changeling

Every once in a while there is a convergence of different events that make a story feel too strange to be nonfiction. Changeling is one of those movies, but almost everything in the film took place in real-life. The film is about grief-stricken mother Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) who takes on the L.A.P.D. to her own detriment when it tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child. Changeling is a shocking, frustrating, and haunting tale, owing in large part to the police department’s behavior toward Christine, the boy pretending to be her missing child, and many other elements that you’ll have to see to believe.

 

Where To Watch Changeling

HBO Max

 

4. Memories Of Murder

Before the film Zodiac, there was Memories of Murder. Directed by Bong Joon-Ho, Memories of Murder centers around South Korea’s first string of serial murders from 1986 to 1991. The film follows two detectives as they struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit in a small Korean province in 1986. Bong Joon-Ho created the film believing that the killer, who wasn’t identified at the time, would watch it to relive the murders. However, unbeknownst to Joon-Ho, the killer was serving life in prison already and would be identified 6 years later.

 

Where To Watch Memories of Murder

Hulu

 

3. The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Whether you are religious or not, The Exorcism of Emily Rose is an important and unfortunate story based on true events. Despite the film’s title, the film is actually a courtroom drama that recounts an exorcism in pieces. The Exorcism of Emily Rose is about a lawyer who takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who performed an exorcism on a young girl. Jennifer Carpenter gives a convincingly creepy performance as Emily Rose and showcases why she is an extremely underrated actress. Faith is pit against science in the film and although there isn’t ever an answer between the two, the dramatization of events puts a lot more emphasis on the supernatural.

 

Where To Watch The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Prime Video
YouTube
Apple TV
Google Play Movies & TV
Vudu

 

2. The Stanford Prison Experiment

The Stanford Prison Experiment was a role-play simulation that caused many waves across the country. The experiment revealed a lot about humanity and how power can corrupt absolutely. Tim Talbott wrote the screenplay for the film that impeccably portrays the true events of the experiment. The Stanford Prison Experiment movie is about twenty-four male students in 1971 who are selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building. The experiment is both disturbing and illuminating when it comes to what people are capable of. The movie will leave you with one question, with power and opportunity, do we all have the potential to be cruel?

 

Where To Watch The Stanford Prison Experiment

Prime Video w/ AMC+

 

1. Argo

Argo is based on the true operation commissioned by the CIA to rescue six Americans from a hostage crisis. The operation was intricately planned and it’s hard to believe that it was as successful as it was. Ben Affleck stars and directs Argo to recount the operation and all of the things that needed to go right for it to work. The movie is about a CIA agent who acts under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film and launches an operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis of 1979. Argo has convincing performances, a thrilling story, and is overall extremely well-made. The movie won Best Picture at the 2013 Academy Awards.

 

Where To Watch Argo

HBO Max

 

Fictional Stories Are Inherently Inspired By Real-Life

As an audience, we are inherently skeptical to stories. Films have to create intricate and well-crafted worlds to convince us to suspend our disbelief and in many cases, it is fiction that mimics the real world. Well-developed characters, expansive worlds, and consistent rules to the world are needed in one way or another to create an immersive experience. And naturally, nonfiction has all of those qualities and a whole lot more. The real world is complex and rich with detail. It provides a mass of material for writers, directors, and artists to pull from. These eight movies are some of the most interesting movies that are based on true stories.

Marvel Releases The Trailer and First Glimpse at Oscar Isaac’s ‘Moon Knight’

Oscar Isaac is making his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the chaotic superhero, Moon Knight. The Moon Knight series is highly anticipated and Disney Plus has released the trailer, release date, and poster for the series, beginning the MCU’s slate of many releases for 2022.

The trailer reveals Oscar Isaac’s character, Marc Spector, unable to differentiate between reality and his dreams. As the trailer continues, we briefly see a fully-costumed Moon Knight in action. Ethan Hawke also joins the Marvel Universe as the series antagonist.

Moon Knight is the first Marvel Disney Plus series to introduce a new character into the universe and the series will be released at the home stretch of MCU’s 4th phase, which is scheduled to end this year.

The Marvel series follows a former U.S. marine who struggles with dissociative identity disorder and is granted the powers of an Egyptian moon god. But he soon finds out that these newfound powers can be both a blessing and a curse to his troubled life.

Moon Knight consists of 6 episodes with a duration between 40 – 45 minutes. Episodes will be released on a weekly schedule, similar to Hawkeye released in November of last year. Alongside Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke, Moon Knight stars May Calamawy and Gaspard Ulliel.

Moon Knight is set to premiere on Wednesday, March 30th, the typical day Marvel releases new episodes.

The 13 Best 80s Slasher Movies

Horror movies are one of the most beloved genres that exist today. The evolution of the genre has kept audiences on their toes and excited for what the genre holds for the future. There are many subgenres of horror, and the number has only grown over time. However, there is no more popular or iconic subgenre than slashers. Slasher cinema technically began with Psycho in 1960, but it really took off when Halloween was released in 1978.

The success of Halloween and the popularity of Friday The 13th’s release triggered a frenzy of slasher movies going into the 80s. 80s slasher movies are known for their unique style of being campy, gory, and incredibly fun to watch. Not only are 80s slasher movies unique to the era, but they also laid the groundwork for many modern horror movies that are created today.

Here are the best 80s slasher movies to watch if you’re looking to have a fun and gory time. We thought it would be fitting to make our list a top 13 to honor the unlucky number and one of the biggest horror franchises of all time.

 

Looking for more unique horror movies to watch? Check out our list of the 10 best horror movies that subvert your expectations.

 

The 13 Best Slasher Movies To Come Out of the 80s

13. The Burning

The Burning has many of the same elements as Friday The 13th. Whether it’s a rip-off or not, many slasher fans view The Burning as one of the best 80s slashers to watch. The movie is about a former summer camp caretaker who gets horribly burned from a prank gone wrong and lurks around an upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement. Tony Savini, the special FX artist on many 80s slasher movies, worked on The Burning and is responsible for giving it the classic slasher gore that fans love to cringe at.

 

Where To Watch The Burning

Prime Video w/ Screen Pix
Tubi
The Roku Channel

 

12. April Fool’s Day

This slasher movie is light on the blood and guts but still provides enough scares to make it a thrilling ride. Evident by the title of the film, April Fool’s Day attempts to balance horror with comedy and does so effectively. The movie is about nine college students who stay at a friend’s remote island mansion and begin to fall victim to an unseen murderer over the April Fool’s Day weekend. April Fool’s Day provides some laughs, some scares, and a twist ending that will keep you guessing.

 

Where To Watch April Fool’s Day

YouTube
Google Play Movies & TV
Vudu
Prime Video
Apple TV

 

11. The Funhouse

Although The Funhouse has a B-movie feel to it with unknown actors and cheesy special FX, the slasher movie still proves to be more entertaining overall than most other slashers released at that time. The movie follows four teenagers who visit a local carnival for a night of innocent entertainment and soon discover that there is nothing innocent there at all. The Funhouse has all of the elements needed for a good slasher movie: attractive young characters, a menacing killer, and a creepy hick. It also adds a few unique elements that make the story stand out among the rest.

 

Where To Watch The Funhouse

Peacock

 

10. Basket Case

Basket Case is arguably one of the most fun slasher movies that came out of the 80s. The movie should be an honorary mention to any list of movies that are so bad they’re good. It has laughable special FX and even worse acting. Basket Case is about a young man who carries a big basket that contains an extremely deformed man who seeks vengeance on the doctors that made him. The movie works better as a parody of monster movies rather than a serious horror and it’s one of the most fun slashers you can watch.

 

Where To Watch Basket Case

Shudder
Tubi

 

9. Intruder

Intruder is a very simple slasher film. The characters don’t have depth and it doesn’t try to switch up the slasher formula. However, what makes Intruder unique is the setting and the gory kills. The film is about an overnight stock crew of a local supermarket who find themselves being stalked and slashed by a mysterious maniac. Intruder has some of the best kills of any 80s horror and if you’re a fan of gory but not disturbing kills, then you need to add Intruder to your watchlist.

 

Where To Watch Intruder

Tubi
Pluto TV

 

8. Sleepaway Camp

Sleepaway Camp is a lot more than just your average slasher film. For one, the killer is a mystery and the killer’s identity will keep you on the edge of your seat. Another aspect that makes the film stand out is its controversial and surprising twist ending. The film centers around Angela Baker, a shy, traumatized young girl, who is sent to a summer camp with her cousin where a killer targets anyone with less than honorable intentions. Sleepaway Camp may have a lot of similarities to the basic slasher formula at first glance, there are no other slashers quite like it.

 

Where To Watch Sleepaway Camp

The Roku Channel
Crackle
Prime Video w/ IMDb TV
Peacock
Tubi

 

7. The Slumber Party Massacre

The Slumber Party Massacre is one of the only 80s slasher movies that was directed and written by women. Amy Holden Jones made her directorial debut with the film and Rita Mae Brown wrote the script. The slasher is about a female high school student’s slumber party that turns into a bloodbath when a newly escaped psychotic serial killer prowls her neighborhood. The Slumber Party Massacre was made to be a parody of the slasher film genre and it effectively achieved its goal. It’s filled with dismembered bodies, lots of blood, and plenty of gore to make any horror fan happy.

 

Where To Watch The Slumber Party Massacre

Pluto TV
Prime Video w/ IMDb TV
Tubi
Vudu
The Roku Channel

 

6. Child’s Play

The most effective horror films are the ones that instill a societal fear. The cultural dread of clowns was prompted by It, and the cultural dread of sharks was cultivated by Jaws. Child’s Play played a huge role in the societal fear of children’s dolls. People already found children’s dolls creepy and Don Mancini reinforced those concerns by creating Chucky. Child’s Play is about a single mother who gives her son a much sought-after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer. The killer being a children’s doll makes the slasher a lot more light-hearted and entertaining than the subject matter should permit.

 

Where To Watch Child’s Play

Starz

 

5. Halloween II

The original Halloween movie was largely responsible for the slasher movie genre. However, the sequels are not as well-liked. Other than the Halloween reboot in 2018, Halloween II is probably the most popular sequel in the franchise. Halloween II starts where the first movie left off. Dr. Loomis is on the hunt for Michael Myers and a traumatized Laurie is rushed to Haddonfield Memorial Hospital where Michael is not far behind. John Carpenter was not proud of his second installment, but plenty of fans find the sequel to be a worthy successor.

 

Where To Watch Halloween II

Prime Video
YouTube
Google Play Movies & TV
Vudu
Apple TV

 

4. My Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine is a Canadian slasher that sets itself apart by taking place in a small mining town and having young adult working-class characters. The slasher centers around a decades-old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine’s Day that turns out to be true when a group celebrates the holiday and people start turning up dead. My Bloody Valentine has a lot more kills than other slashers. The film had to cut roughly nine minutes of footage to get an R rating instead of an X rating. The inventive and gory kills are part of what makes My Bloody Valentine a slasher fan favorite.

 

Where To Watch My Bloody Valentine

HBO Max

 

3. Maniac

Maniac was extremely controversial in its initial release. Instead of the slasher movie following the victims of a killer, Maniac followed the killer as he stalked his victims. It can be seen as a character study similar to American Psycho or Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Maniac is about a psychopathic man who goes on a killing and mutilation spree in New York City. Although the controversial subject matter of a man stalking and killing women hurt Maniac at the box office, the film evolved to become a cult classic that slasher fans adore today. Maniac is not as fun or campy as other slasher movies that came out at that time. In fact, it’s dark and horrifying how realistic the murders can be.

 

Where To Watch Maniac

Tubi
Vudu
Pluto TV

 

2. Nightmare on Elm Street

A slasher movie is nothing without a good villain and Freddy Krueger is one of the most recognizable villains in film history. Nightmare on Elm Street puts a twist on your basic slasher formula by having the monster be the god of your dreams. The movie centers around a teenager who must uncover the dark truth concealed by her parents after she and her friends become targets of a serial killer’s spirit. Wes Craven created much more than a slasher with Nightmare on Elm Street. Just like Freddy Krueger, the movie is a classic that has become a landmark in horror.

 

Where To Watch Nightmare on Elm Street

Tubi

 

 

1. Friday The 13th Part 2

There was a Friday The 13th movie released in 8 of the 10 years in the 80s. While Halloween jump-started the slasher formula, Friday The 13th popularized the gory and creative killings. However, Part 1 was slow-moving and admittedly, a rip-off of Halloween. Part 2 is when Friday The 13th gets in its groove and Jason becomes the icon we know him as today. Friday The 13th Part 2 centers around the legend of Jason as it weighs heavy on the opening of a summer camp next to the infamous Camp Crystal Lake, five years after the events of the first film. Part 2 is known as the first true Friday The 13th movie because it establishes the formula that many sequels will use decades after.

 

Where To Watch Friday The 13th Part 2

Crackle
Paramount +
Pluto TV

 

80s Slasher Films Established The Horror Genre

80s slasher movies are the perfect combination of gore, creative kills, and unforgettable characters. Most of the movies strike a balance between campiness and horrific sequences. Even if you don’t like horror movies, the 80s movies are typically light-hearted and not to be taken seriously. 80s slasher movies have become a staple in horror cinema and will continue to stay relevant in the future.

Tom Holland To Host The 2022 Oscars?

Tom Holland had an impressive year in 2021. Not only did he star in the sole film to surpass 1 billion dollars at the box office with No Way Home, but he also announced upcoming monumental projects like Fred Astaire’s biopic.

Check out this Spider-Man: No Way Home review to see how the Marvel movie ranks among the rest.

2022 has only increased Holland’s momentum as he is now in talks for another career-defining project, to host the 2022 Academy Awards ceremony.

The Oscars has been without a host since 2018 with Jimmy Kimmel hosting for his second time in a row. Kevin Hart was announced as the host in 2019 but had to drop out after a massive backlash over past controversial tweets.

The award ceremony seemed to have been experimenting with the no-host format. However, the 2021 Oscars had a record low viewership by audiences. COVID-19’s effects on theatrical releases may have caused the all-time low viewership, but nevertheless, ABC revealed that the academy is looking for a host in 2022.

Last December, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Holland had initially expressed disinterest in hosting the 2022 Oscars.

“Maybe in the future, but in all honesty, I’m just too busy right now. I don’t have the time.” – Tom Holland

Later in the interview, Holland backtracked on his statement and showed his enthusiasm for any opportunity to host the Oscars.

“I just wanted to quickly backtrack on what I said. You asking me about the Oscars — you’re the first person to bring that up — and I’m sitting here going, ‘Of course I would host the fucking Oscars!’ I just went to the bathroom and I was looking at myself in the mirror and I was like, ‘What kind of fucking idiot wouldn’t host the Oscars?’ So yeah, if they ask me to, I would, and it would be very fun. I would really enjoy it.” – Tom Holland

After hearing about Holland’s interest, the Academy contacted him and is now discussing the prospect of him hosting. As ABC revealed that the Oscars are looking for a host just hours ago, this is only the beginning of rumors surrounding the award ceremony.

The 2022 Academy Awards is scheduled to air on ABC on March 27th.