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Donnie Darko (2001)

The faint light of dawn is not enough to make out much as the camera follows the winding road down. It’s uncertain where we are going, or what we’ll see until a lump appears on the road, our protagonist, Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal), is as lost and confused as the audience is likely to be by the end of the road. Much like the opening shot the film is unclear, obscure and idyllic. Where it’s taking us, what’s going on and more importantly when it is going to get around to explaining all this is not something the film is interested in letting us know. Continue reading Donnie Darko (2001)

Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979)

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What would posses you to remake a classic such as F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu, eien Symhonie des Grauens? It’s such a great film to begin with that any chance to emulate it would fail. But put the slightly mad Werner Herzog behind the camera and one can expect something interesting. Herzog takes a classic and finds a way to craft something so fantastic and fresh that it doesn’t merely live up to the original, it surpasses it. Continue reading Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979)

Vampyr (1932)

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Director Carl Theodor Dreyer is known for some emotionally dramatic and visually distinct films such as The Passion of Joan of Arc and Ordet. He’s as interested in the intensity of the drama as the relentlessness of the camerawork, marrying the artistic qualities of film with tightly crafted drama. His step in the surreal firmly divorces him from one discipline, creating a film which indulges itself in the images. Continue reading Vampyr (1932)

Paranormal Activity (2009)

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Finally, someone makes a modern horror film that is truly scary. Amidst all the attempts to scare us with masked psychos, gothic children and ridiculous aliens someone finally strikes upon what scares people the most. It’s not monsters or murders, it’s brilliantly simple: We fear what we do not know. It’s not the killer with the knife that scares us but the fact we don’t know where or who he is. Paranormal Activity relentlessly preys on this fear of the unknown and is as likely to scare teenage girls as it is to frighten full-grown men. Continue reading Paranormal Activity (2009)