17 September 2012

halloween film fest.


Because I seem to lack any discernible goals or purpose in life, I've decided that this Halloween season—which, I hereby declare, begins today—I'll endeavor to watch as many horror films as the dual strictures of time and sanity permit and then to report back to you with my findings. My reports will not be reviews, per se, but merely reactions—occasionally but not always pertinent—which will seek to address the philosophy of fear. (Genre nerds, please keep in mind that I'm using 'horror' as an admittedly inaccurate catch-all term for any and all films incorporating suspense, gore, eeriness, mystery, monsters, and the like. If you happen to be a basement-dwelling gamer with a mylar-sealed collection of Fangoria back issues in your possession, then please take your genre hair-splitting elsewhere. If I decide, on a whim, that Roman Polanski's Macbeth is a horror film for the sake of this experiment—and it is, by the way—I won't be chastened by genre conventions. As many of you know, I am unchastenable.) 

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  1. I did this last year. I ended up watching a lot of Asian horror.

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  2. Genre nerds, please keep in mind that I'm using 'horror' as an admittedly inaccurate catch-all term for any and all films incorporating suspense, gore, eeriness, mystery, monsters, and the like.

    I do the same thing.

    For your consideration this October:

    Two Thousand Maniacs (Cheesy B)
    Blood Feast (Cheesy B)
    Re-Animator (Comedy)
    Evil Dead I or II (Classic)
    Event Horizon (Freaked me the fuck out)
    Ghosts of Mars (Critics blasted it, but it creeped me the fuck out)
    When a Stranger Calls (crazy psychological shit)
    Paranormal Activity (shouldn't have scared me, but did)
    28 Days Later (Zombies!)
    Drag Me to Hell (Awesome)

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    1. I don't have most of these. :(

      I do have the Evil Dead films though.

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    2. Netflix?

      Another one I'd like to see you review: Hour of the Wolf

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    3. I haven't sent back any Netflix discs in 3 months. Nice waste of money, eh?

      Hour of the Wolf is a good idea. I wouldn't've thunk of that one.

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  3. oh! hurray! macbeth! absolutely a horror. kick ass. :)

    are you going to watch wait until dark? or night of the hunter? ooh!!!! what about spoorloos?!! aka the vanishing!!!!

    what about the descent? i was terrified of the descent (british ending is scarier, i think).

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    1. Spoorloos? Never heard of it.

      I'm not sure what I'll be watching yet... I guess I'm at the mercy of my whim. Most of them will be re-viewing of films I've seen before and already have in my extensive collection. (I love Night of the Hunter, by the way. And Wait Until Dark is very good.)

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    2. spoorloos is a dutch film (god i love the word spoorloos -- i have no idea how it is pronounced but the spelly is dreamy) that came out in 1988 and was remade in hollywood with kiefer sutherland and jeff bridges later. it's really creepy and i recommend it for when you're not rewatching awesome movies for the holiday season (night of the hunter is in my top 50, and in my somewhat eclectic collection. ;)

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