With so many movies deciding to mix up their references lately, we take a look back at some of the great genre mash-ups in film...
Post-apocalyptic worlds filled with bleak cityscapes and ambiguous protagonists litter the best examples of the genre to this day, from films like Terminator and Twelve Monkeys to Children of Men and Minority Report. But it’s Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner that truly defines the sub-genre, remaining a cult classic and many people’s example of the perfect sci-fi.
Pirates of the Caribbean
bottle back in 2003.
The fun might have almost entirely burnt out of the franchise by now, so it’s hard to remember just how fresh Pirates felt when it emerged out of nowhere among all the other summer blockbusters. Johnny Depp’s performance might be what people were talking about on their way out of the cinema, but it was the combination of spooky fantasy imagery and good family fun that gave it the success it ultimately acheived.
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Shaun of the Dead
So Pegg’s Shaun of the Dead does deserve its place at the top of the horror/comedy genre, and has arguably inspired more recent efforts like Zombieland and his and Edgar Wright’s own Hot Fuzz. Combining genuine frights and laugh-out-loud moments, often in the same scene, Shaun of the Dead manages to spoof the zombie invasion sub-genre while retaining an air of love and affection.
The Blair Witch Project
For every Empire Strikes Back and Serenity, there’s a Wild Wild West or Jonah Hex, so it’s understandable why they’re so few and far between. Disregarding that Will Smith-headed disaster, Serenity brought the sub-genre back to life, even if not enough people saw it to warrant a sequel. The latest to enter the basket is Cowboys and Aliens, which also sadly failed to set the world alight.