domingo, 17 de julio de 2016

1. I wanna talk about horror films

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Before you listen

        1.      Match the words in the table to their definitions.

a.  gory
b.   hardware store
c.   loads of
d.   on my own
e.  scary
f.    sinister
g.   slasher film
h.   special effects
i.    supplies
j.    surrounded by
k.  tense
l.    trapped

       1.      alone, with nobody else
       2.      unusual pieces of film action created with particular equipment
       3.      frightening
       4.      a lot of (informal)
       5.      all around something
       6.      food or other things necessary for living
       7.      shop selling materials and equipment for the house or garden
       8.      unable to move or escape from a place
       9.      a film in which people, in particular young women, are killed very violently with knives
     10.  involving blood and violence
     11.  filled with suspense
     12.  something which is very bad and evil

        2.      Listen and complete

I want to talk about horror films and why I like them and what my favourite types are. When I was____________, I watched the classic horror films like 'Nightmare On Elm Street' and ____________The 13th'. My mum told me that when I was about six, she came downstairs in the middle of the night because there was a____________, and it was me watching 'The Omen' on TV in the dark on my own. So I guess I've always liked horror films.

I really like what I called 'slasher films' - the really gory, ____________, violent films like 'Final Destination' and 'The Hills Have Eyes'. I just find them quite funny and I like the special effects. I don't really find them ____________at all. I think the scariest sort of films are the ones that are very tense, like Hitchcock films.

I think the ____________one for me is 'The Birds' because it's just very sinister the way that the birds come and sit and look at the people. And you know that it's going to be really bad very soon.

But I think my favourite ... favourite sort of horror films are zombie movies. I've watched loads of zombie movies and I really like them. Again I don't really think they are very scary. ____________Of The Dead' is my absolute favourite horror film I think. It's a film where people just wake up one morning and there are zombies everywhere. If a zombie bites you, you turn into a zombie. And the survivors end up in a shopping mall in a shopping centre and they are surrounded by zombies. And it does not have a happy ending.

There is a British comedy horror film called 'Shaun Of The Dead' which is a bit of a ____________on the idea of the 'Dawn Of The Dead' which is also really great. The most recent one I watched was a New Zealand film called 'Black Sheep' which is about zombie sheep. That was pretty funny as well.

The most recent horror film I watched was on a plane last time I went back to the UK. It was a Stephen King film based on a Stephen King book - I think a short story. And it was called 'The Mist'. It was about people who lived in a small ____________in America and there was a hurricane, or typhoon as we call them here. And after the typhoon, they wanted to go into town to get some supplies to fix up the house. And it started to get misty or____________. It was quite a strange mist - it didn't look normal. And these people ended up in a hardware store in the town all trapped together because there were sort of monsters in the mist - these unrealistic giant creatures that were in the mist that were killing people. There was quite a lot of blood and guts and people died in horrible ways which is what I like about horror films. I would recommend it if you like horror films as much as I do.

3.      Decide if the statements below are true or false
1.    ___ The writer has liked horror films since she was a child
2.    ___ She finds all horror films amusing rather than frightening
3.    ___ One zombie film she mentions does not end well.
4.    ___ Not all zombie films are supposed to be taken seriously
5.    ___ ‘The Mist’ was based on a real incident in a small town in the UK
6.    ___ The writer wasn’t convinced by the monsters in ‘The Mist’.


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