Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Rosemary’s Baby

image Directed by: Roman Polanski

Release Date: 1968

Each year at a different free summer movie event in NYC, this movie provides the thrills every time. I had the opportunity to revisit Roman Polanski's first English picture last summer at the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Piranha

Directed by: Alexandre Aja

Release Date: 2010

Last summer's 3D extravaganza started with a cheeky homage to Jaws with none other than the lead actor, Richard Dreyfuss wearing the same wardrobe from said picture. I kept saying, "We need a bigger boat" in my head throughout the first death scene. Having never seen the original Joe Dante version, I'm interested to see the similarities between the two movies when I finally watch it.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Sixth Sense

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Release Date: 1999

Still holding the place as M. Night Shyamalan's Best work to date, The Sixth Sense is still as suspenseful and thrilling from beginning to end.

Watching this after knowing the twist only makes the viewer pay attention to the acute attentiveness Shyamalan took to include clues for the end result (using red) in every frame of the movie. This movie plays like a drama with ghosts sprinkled in which makes the story that much memorable.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Blob (1988)

imageDirected by: Chuck Russell

Release Date: 1988

A remake of the original 1950s version, this modern take on the classic was gore-tastic, campy, and a watchable picture.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Repulsion

image Directed by: Roman Polanski

Release Date: 1965

As a Roman Polanski and Wes Craven fan (this movie is referenced in A Nightmare on Elm Street), I decided to take the plunge and watch this picture. Upon viewing, I was glad I watched but wasn't very entertained.

Catherine Deneuve, the leading star, plays Carole, the ingenue who is frightened by sex and anything involving sex. Roman Polanski, a master at accomplishing tension, was successful in having Carole lose her mind slowly. What I didn't like was the whole movie. I can appreciate the execution of the piece and the performance by Catherine Deneuve but this picture was not for me.

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Blob (1958)

Directed by: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.

Release Date: 1958

This marks the first time I’ve ever seen a Steve McQueen movie (I know, don’t judge me) and he was so dashing and handsome as Steve Andrews, the teenager who discovers the blob of this monster that creates a crater in the Earth.

Having not been familiar with many fifties movies, I enjoyed the score exponentially and the old fashioned values.

When Steve is challenged to a race by his friend, he’s caught by Lt. Dave in which he says, “Don’t bring the fathers into this. I won’t do it again.” The cookie cutter image in that time period is very effective to create the suspense of this monster that we don’t even see that much on screen.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

New Nightmare

imagedirected by: wes craven

release date: 1994

Ten years after the first film premiered in theaters (and made New Line millions at the box office), Wes Craven was asked to return and close the franchise with his own take on Freddy Krueger’s character.
The whole story was very meta - which made the movie that much more creepy because we were with Heather Langenkamp (who was playing herself) and not Nancy this time. Seeing Robert Englund out of make up was strange (when I watched this for the first time in ‘94, I had no idea what the actor looked like without make up. Well, maybe a little) but had me see him as a person rather than Fred Krueger.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Scream 4

image directed by: wes craven

release date: 2011

This film starts with a bang - the meta metaness of the film within the film within the film worked well even though this went on for a hair longer than necessary.  The new faces to be sliced and diced were pleasant (Anna Paquin, Kristen Bell, et. al) and fun. As soon as the first scene started, I was sucked in. The story this time around revolves around Sydney Prescott’s book tour in which she makes a stop in Woodboro as the murders have started again. Red herrings abound ensue, amazing one-liners, and a very fitting social commentary to boot, this was a more than decent addition to the franchise (almost erases the third installment).

Scream

image directed by: wes craven

release date: 1996

Ah yes, the original movie that started it all. Drew Barrymore (the most notable star in the picture at the time of the release) plays Casey, the naive student that gets some horror trivia wrong but that doesn’t matter, because she is eventually “gutted like a fish” as Ghostface promises her.


Thus the iconic opening scene of new slasher films began in 1996. Most fans of this movie know the rest. It’s an absolutely pitch perfect slasher and suspenseful horror movie that rejuvenated the genre - funny enough, Wes Craven previously ended the Nightmare on Elm Street series with his addition to the horror genre.