Movies That Well Illustrate Action/Suspense Plot Number One
- THE A LIST:
- ALIENS *
- ALIEN 3
- ALIEN RESURRECTION
- THE EDGE (I had a re-think, Jim)
- FORBIDDEN PLANET
- THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS *
- JURASSIC PARK
- THE THING (John Carpenter version)
- TREMORS *
- THE B LIST:
- AVP: ALIEN Vs PREDATOR
- ANACONDA (Has some good horrifying moments)
- THE BLOB ('88 version only)
- DEEP BLUE SEA
- DEEP RISING
- PITCH BLACK
- THE RELIC *
- VIRUS *
- THE C LIST:
- BEOWULF (starring Christopher Lambert, so consider yourself warned)
- HOLLOW MAN
- NEW ALCATRAZ [a.k.a. BOA. Not seen, but judging by the cover notes maybe the makers of THE THING and ANACONDA should sue. An ultra-high security prison is built in the ice in Antarctica, and something melts some of the ice allowing prehistoric monsters to thaw, come to life, and prey on the prison's inhabitants. The cover shows a huge snake slithering through an icy corridor. Sounds like a work of genius.]
- PLEASE NOTE I will not be putting any supernatural stories on this list. I can't give a strong reason for this, except to say that my 'vision' for the list does not include the supernatural.
The A List: recommended
The B List: you might enjoy it, or some of it, if, like me, you are addicted to this plot
The C List: avoid like the plague (unless you are writing a thesis on movies that use this plot).
Action/Suspense Plot Number One has the following basic elements:
- An isolated group of people
- is preyed upon by some sort of monster(s)
- a hero emerges to defeat the monster(s)
- there remains some doubt as to whether the
monster is truly defeated (this element is not always present).
Why "Number One"? Because it is the oldest plot in English literature: it is the plot of BEOWULF.
"I'm the monster's mother." - Ripley in ALIEN RESURRECTION.
Feel free to add to this list; there are surely many examples to choose from. I would particularly like to add more non-sf titles like THE EDGE and THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS.
* = Produced by Gale Anne Hurd.
***HELP!*** There's this movie I'm sure will fit on this list, but damned if I can think of the title or who was in it. It involved a bunch of cops trapped in this warehouse with something [how's that for vague], and eventually I think one of them freezes it - or something. It's fairly recent - which, to me, means no more than ten years old. Did anyone else out there see it?
[Someone below has, I think, solved this mystery for me, but I'll leave this appeal here to show what we were talking about.]