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Thursday
Nov052009

I missed Halloween but...

I watch horror movies year round, and these are some of my favorites.

Opera- Dir. Dario Argento

Many movie nerds refer to Mr. Argento as "The Maestro" of horror movies, and this movie is a perfect example of him at his finest. This movie incorporates all my favorite things: classical music folklore, villans that are not supernatural, and straight on gore. Mix in a little mystery and you have a fine piece of suspenseful film that left me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

 

In the Mouth of Madness- Dir. John Carpenter

This movie is a Vaticon horror nerd favorite. The thing that strikes me the most about this movie is just how darkly it is shot. Even the shots in midday have an eeire clouded look to them that give the viewer no time to feel comfortable. This movie also has an undertone of surrealism that I have come to love about the films of David Lynch (see my previous posts about Lynch to document my obsession). Also, Sam Neil pulls some seriously awesome Alan Grant type of shit.

Hellraiser- Dir. Clive Barker

This is probably the most succesful film offerings by my favorite horror writer (sorry Stephen King). Hellraiser is based on the Barker short story The Hellbound Heart, but somehow manages to expand around the plot of the story, as opposed to making assumptions about it (I suppose it is easy when you wrote the short story). Hellraiser shares the gritty dark look of In the Mouth of Madness, but it's creepiness is amplified by a simple yet horrifying score by Christopher Young. Hellraiser is packed with all the things you expect from a film with such a name: scary misquotings of Christian doctorine, extremely violent sequences of torture, and of course the beautiful open ending that is now a mainstay in horror movies. Seeing this movie as a teenager scared the hell out of me, and happily for me, it manages to do the same 10 years later.

 

So, watch them and tell me what you think.

And make sure to come see Heartbeater at YEAH in Murfreesboro on Saturday

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