Films I Love, Horror

Maddy’s Five Favourite Horror Films

The following films are my five all time favourite Horror films. They will always get watched at Halloween, and these films always manage to scare and impress me each time I watch. I’d love to know your own favourite scary films to watch at this time of year.

 

Photo0078   1- The Innocents (1961)

The creepy story and spooky atmosphere seen here just can’t be bettered in my opinion. A superb adaptation of the classic story The Turn Of The Screw. There is an ambiguity throughout the film as to whether we are witnessing real possession and real ghosts, or whether the horror that occurs is all due to the breakdown of the main character (Deborah Kerr). 

Each of those scenarios is scary, and each works perfectly for the film, with evidence for each to be found within the film. Superb performances from all in the cast, especially Deborah Kerr as the tormented governess. Perfect viewing for a dark night, or for a stormy afternoon. This is my go to ghost film every single time. You can read my review of the film here.

 

 

 

Photo0144   2- The Fog (1980)

One of the creepiest horror films of all time for me. This is a much unfairly underappreciated gem from John Carpenter. It features one of the best, and one of the spookiest openings to any film; with the great John Houseman chilling you to the bone with his words alone.  The fog effects are eerie, the cast are all great, there is some stunning location work, and the film has one of Carpenter’s best scores. An American coastal town is terrorised by a group of dead sailors out for revenge. The dead sailors come ashore shrouded in a mysterious fog. Can they be stopped?

 

 

 

Photo0123   3- The Others (2001)

A ghost film that’s up there with The Innocents for me in terms of spooky atmosphere and scares. This film is both scary and moving. The ending to this acts as a punch to the stomach; the aftermath of the reveal at the end always makes me tear up a bit each time I watch. Nicole Kidman delivers one of her best ever performances as a terrified and grieving mother.  A family slowly begin to realise that they are being haunted. When three mysterious strangers show up at the house, the terror and mystery in the house increase.

 

 

Photo0169   4- Quatermass And The Pit (1967)

A Hammer production which perfectly blends Science Fiction and Horror into one terrifying film. This is the best remembered of the Quatermass films/stories, and is certainly the scariest. This was my first introduction to the character of Quatermass and he and this film have been favourites ever since. Up to a certain point in the film there is the possibility that all the strange events are due to the forces of evil.

When the real cause of the frightening events are revealed, it is still equally scary, and it also shows that what is not understood is often feared and put down to the supernatural. Barbara Shelley delivers one of her best performances as a young woman who becomes very affected by a centuries old, mysterious object found buried down in a London Underground station.

 

 

Photo0145   5- Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)

I love the 1956 original very much, and I consider that a creepy film and a highpoint in 1950’s horror. I consider this remake to be that rare thing in that it surpasses the original. This tale of alien invasion is utterly terrifying. What could be more scary than being taken over by someone else? Seeing those you love killed? Imagine not knowing who to trust, not being able to control your own emotions to save yourself. This film tackles all those fears and is truly scary and disturbing. The pod people’s scream is also one of the most chilling and strange things I’ve ever heard, it chills me to the bone each time I hear it.

Aliens are taking over the people of earth. Humans are being killed and their bodies are replicated, but all the pod people lack emotion and they are intent on finding any real humans left alive. Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright and Jeff Goldblum are all superb, as the small group of friends who are forced to run for their lives from the alien invasion.

 

What are your thoughts on these five horror films? Please share your own favourites below.

 

 

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Films I Love

Five Classics That I Will Always Love

Hi all.

I hope everyone is well. Work has been manic lately, so I’ve not had much time to post. Will try and catch up with everyone’s blogs when I can.

There has been much debate amongst film fans, about just what is, and what isn’t a classic film. For me, it is a film that has a timeless story, and is one which resonates with audiences throughout the generations.

I strongly agree that the vast majority of classics are to be found among Silent films through to those from the sixties and seventies. That having been said though, I strongly believe too, that there are many classics to be found that were made in years which fall outside of the classic era.

There are films from all around the world, both old and new, that have found that special place in peoples hearts. There are films that are justly praised for how they look, or for how they were made etc. The following list contains five such classics that I will always love. These are all among my all time favourite films too.

I invite each one of you to share five classics that you will always love. You can do that in my comments section, or start a new post on your own blog linking back to this post. It’s up to you.

Photo00811 – Ikiru, 1952, directed by Akira Kurosawa. This is a film that deeply touches my soul. The story of Kanji Watanabe really gets to me. His story could be the story of any of us. Takashi Shimura delivers one of the greatest performances in cinema history. This film makes you realise how precious life is. Ikiru reminds me to slow down and value every small moment. This is a film with a universal message. Ikiru is a film I shall never tire of watching, or fail to be moved by. You can read my full review of this film here.

 

Photo0119 2- Jurassic Park, 1993, directed by Steven Spielberg. A billionaire (Richard Attenborough)gets scientists to bring dinosaurs back to life, and open a theme park containing these living creatures. Hmmm, what could possibly go wrong there? Featuring memorable characters, dialogue, one of the best scores of John Williams entire career(that’s saying something!),cutting edge special effects and impressive practical effects work. This is a film that can be enjoyed again and again, and it’s one I doubt I’ll ever cease to enjoy.

I  always crack up at the following line in this, which is spoken by Jeff Goldblum – “Yeah, but John, when the Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don’t eat the tourists!”  🙂

 

Photo0120 3 – Black Narcissus, 1947, directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. A Technicolor spectacle from one of the most creative duos in cinema history. A group of Nuns open a mission in the hills of a remote Himalayan town. Sister Clodagh(Deborah Kerr)is the sister in charge; she tries her best, but is really too young for the responsibility placed upon her shoulders.

The hot weather, the presence of the very good looking Mr Dean (David Farrar), the customs of the locals, and growing jealously and hysteria all combine to push the women to their limit. Excellent performances, use of Technicolor and photography. Also, who knew that red lipstick could look so scary? This is my favourite of all the Powell and Pressburger films. I love how it conveys the growing paranoia and jealousy. I really like how Deborah Kerr and David Farrar portray the growing and ever changing relationship between their characters. A feast for the eyes and mind.

 

 

Photo0100 4- North By Northwest, 1959, directed by Alfred Hitchcock

One of the best thrillers ever made. I find that this film doesn’t stop giving you the sense of being on the move until the final scene. I consider this to contain the perfect blend of all of the elements featured in Hitch’s work.

Elegance drips from every frame; from the costumes, to the behaviour of characters, to the hotels and interiors. Cary is at his most suave, and gets to show his skills for physical comedy (he does one of the best drunk impressions I’ve ever seen.) This is one I return to again and again. It never fails to thrill and amuse. You can read my full review of this film here.

 

 

Photo0121  5 – The Ten Commandments, 1956, directed by Cecil B. DeMille. This for me is the epic to end all epics. Vast and impressive sets and location work, beautiful costumes, one of the greatest cast lists in film history and a real epic look. I’ve always been fascinated by Ancient Egypt, and this film is one of my favourites set in that time. Even though I’m not religious, I really love this film and the story it tells. If you take religion out of the equation, many of the ten commandments are basically just a guide to living a moral life and not hurting others and it’s good to stick by them in daily life.

I like how the film portrays Moses as making a break from one way of life, having his eyes opened to the truth of slavery and trying to do something for the better. Charlton Heston does such a good job of portraying the change (both physical and spiritual) that his character goes through. Anne Baxter and Yul Brynner steal every scene they’re in. I also envy Anne for getting to wear all those gorgeous dresses(and for getting to kiss both Yul and Charlton.) 🙂

DeMille knew how to entertain and impress, and this is one of his best films.

 

Please share you comments about any of these films. Don’t forget to list your own special five.