September 29, 2012 at 4:15 pm #70079
Use this forum to discuss/review your favorite scary movies.
Personally, it’s almost time for opening night of my 667th Annual Hallowe’en Film Festival. I hope everyone has recovered from last year’s bloodbath (Advisory: the weak of stomach should just stay home). Among this year’s macabre masterpieces (and creepy craptaculars!) to be screened and then reviewed here on our 31-day countdown to the scariest night of the year are:
- Black Sunday
- The Bride of Frankenstein
- The Cat o’ Nine Tails
- The Creature from the Black Lagoon
- Daughters of Darkness
- Deep Red
- Django Kill
- Dracula (1931)
- In a Glass Cage
- The Invisible Man
- Jeepers Creepers
- Lisa and the Devil
- The Mummy (1932)
- The Phantom of the Opera (1923)
- The Phantom of the Opera (1943)
- The Wolf Man (1941)
As you may have noticed, this year’s festival has a special emphasis on the “Universal Classic Monsters,” as well as some classic European offerings. Plus some TBA “wild cards!” All films presented in realistic, blood-curdling, 1080p high-definition.September 29, 2012 at 8:06 pm #70081
Have you seen some or all of these fright films?September 29, 2012 at 9:07 pm #70082
I’ve seen most but not all of them, in various states of sobriety, but I haven’t seen any of them recently. The beauty of a midnight movie film festival is you get to name your poison and smoke ’em if you got ’em!September 29, 2012 at 10:29 pm #70083
To add to your list (with not all equaling the same amount of success, of course), Rosemary’s Baby, Psycho, Don’t Look Now, Vampyr, Night of the Hunter, M, The Shining, The Housemaid, Dawn of the Dead, Demon Seed, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Deliverance, The New York Ripper, The Stepfather, Antichrist – just to throw some out there.September 29, 2012 at 11:30 pm #70084
Rosemary’s Baby is one of my all-time favorite films and is being re-released just in time for Hallowe’en! Anything can happen!September 30, 2012 at 12:12 am #70085
In the spirit of your ‘fest’, I humbly suggest Evil Dead 2, Dead by Dawn, and also the third one, Army of Darkness. Hmmm, I think you’ve seen them as I recall. Try to get the extended versions.
Love the Reanimator mention. Try catching all of them. Those old classics you have up there have never failed to creep me out. The first time I saw The Mummy, that was it. Nightmares.
What about John Carpenter? Have you tried Prince of Darkness, besides his classics?
Happy viewing! Btw where the heck is Troy? Lol.September 30, 2012 at 12:36 am #70086
I plan to include several “wild cards” and it is quite certain one of them will be a Sam Raimi movie.
“Someone’s in my fruit cellar! Someone with a fresh soooul!”
September 30, 2012 at 2:33 am #70087
The Evil Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, Psycho, The Shining, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Rosemary’s Baby, Carrie, The Thing, and Night of the Living Dead are pretty iconic. You could swing for The Others, Scream, The Ring, Sleepaway Camp, Candyman, Child’s Play, or even American Psycho.
My personal favorite, however, is the vastly underrated and overlooked effort Trick ‘r Treat. Right there is Dylan Baker, Brian Cox, and Anna Paquinn totally tearing it up in one of the most fascinating pieces of horror I’ve ever seen. To be fair, it’s more of a satire, but I don’t think I’d seen anything as shocking or inventive from a modern scary film, nor anything that captured the spirit of Halloween so well.October 1, 2012 at 12:48 pm #70088
More movies for your list:
The Exorcist (’73)
The Descent ‘(’06)
28 Days Later (’03)
Dead Silence (’07)
The Haunting (’63)
The Orphanage (’08)
Village of the Damned (’60)
The Omen (’76)
The Silence of the Lambs (’91)
The Hills Have Eyes (’77)
Black Christmas (’74)
Friday the 13th (’80)
Pet Sematary (’89)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (’74)
Freaks (’31)October 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm #70089
Nosferatu (1922, 1979)
I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
Theatre of Blood
Eyes without a Face
The Cabinet of Dr Caligari
The Tenant. Have you seen this yet? I recall we talked about it a few years back.
Zombieland* Had to give this one props
I had some others but they were wiped out somehow.
Happy viewing Pou.October 2, 2012 at 12:37 am #70090
On the first day of Hallowe’en, my true love gave to me… a gruesome death in Venice!
“Seeing is believing,” says Donald Sutherland’s character in DON’T LOOK NOW, but previously he had announced, “Nothing is what it seems.” Indeed. Sutherland plays a restorer of old churches in Venice, which the Italians call “Serenissima,” arguably the most beautiful city in the world, but undoubtedly the most mysterious. His wife, played by Julie Christie, meets two English sisters on holiday, one of whom is a blind psychic. Director Nicolas Roeg, who started out in film in editing and cinematography, captures these psychic visions, and echoes across time, in a series of bravura set pieces that culminate in a hell of a shocking ending. I daresay never has the color red been used so expressively in any film as this one. Based on the story by Daphne Du Maurier. (1973) Grade for DON’T LOOK NOW: 10/10October 3, 2012 at 12:06 am #70091
On the second day of Hallowe’en, my true love gave to me… a new pair o’ peepers!
Usually I loathe “teenagers in peril” horror movies, but JEEPERS CREEPERS is something special. It’s a beautifully photographed mood piece, with superb production design and sound effects, and one of the genre’s best new monsters from the last decade or so. There’s also something (homo)erotic about it, too, but in a disturbing, cannibalistic way, which just increases the overall creepiness exponentially. Executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola. Watch for Eileen Brennan as a cantankerous old farmwoman. (2001) Grade: 8/10October 3, 2012 at 3:04 am #70092
I preferred the second one, which is an honest scream-and-run formulaic scare fest. The first one has potential, but is derailed by unrelenting stupidity by at least one of the leads. Jmho.
Glad you enjoyed it though.October 3, 2012 at 8:53 am #70093
The first movie doesn’t avoid the pitfalls of genre cliches, but it does have a refreshing dose of post-modern, ironic humor; one of the characters says, “You know the part in scary movies when somebody does something really stupid, and everybody hates them for it? This is it.”
I also enjoyed the second one, but unfortunately, if I remember correctly, it doesn’t include any underwear sniffing.October 3, 2012 at 11:45 pm #70094
On the third day of Hallowe’en, my true love gave to me… a holiday in hell!
Mario Bava, son of a cinematographer, studied painting before becoming a cinematographer himself, and eventually a director. His films are breathtakingly beautiful and feature lots of gothic atmosphere and striking compositions, and LISA AND THE DEVIL (1974), a surreal nightmare of a movie, is no exception. Here, Elke Sommer plays a tourist, vacationing in an ancient European city, who gets separated from her tour and ends up trapped in the mazelike streets before joining up with some other lost souls and finding refuge at a mysterious villa, whose inhabitants, an aristocratic family with a sinister factotum (played by Telly Savalas, sucking on his trademark lollipop, naturally), apparently are condemned to eternally relive a series of gruesome murders. Poor Elke gets to run and scream a lot, but admittedly looks great naked. Excellent makeup, costumes, and art direction, and effective use of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. Grade: 8/10