Tag Archives: Horror

King Kong (1933)

I knew going into this film that it simply couldn’t be that good of a film. It was something people just loved more for the movie history and the fact it was one of the first big movie special effects spectacles. It certainly couldn’t be that good given that it’s a film about a rampaging giant ape. That’s the stuff of b-movies. But perhaps I was a bit biased in since I saw the Peter Jackson remake when it came out and found the picture to be lackluster. In any case, I was completely wrong. King Kong is a fantastic picture. Continue reading King Kong (1933)

Peeping Tom (1960)

A month before Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho was released in theaters, a similar film was released in Europe. Both are overtly Freudian and about men killing off beautiful women in horrific ways. Both proved groundbreaking and shocking in their own way.  Yet while Psycho maintains some suspense over the nature of the killer, Peeping Tom has the killer front and center, presenting a compelling and conflicting examination of both his and our psychosis. Continue reading Peeping Tom (1960)

Carrie (1976)

Werewolves, vampires, zombies and a plethora of other supernatural beings are often the antagonistic creature to be feared in a horror film. While thoughts of the supernatural can be frightening, Carrie knows there is something far scarier than any supernatural being: the high school girl. Among the cruelest and craftiest creatures known to man these packs of roaming adolescence have a knack for severe mental trauma to their hapless victims. Continue reading Carrie (1976)

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)