October 19, 2003


A question of Cam's inspired this post. He wanted to know what his readers 3 fave Halloween movies were. So here's my list, which I've increased to 4 -- just because.

I don't really like gory movies. If I have to keep my eyes closed through more than half a movie, there's not much point! So my list is at the edge of my gore meter and were picked either because they looked wonderful (I love movies that have a visual impact) and/or scared me mentally.

1) Dracula. This is the one with Frank Langella from 1979. It has a wonderful lush, dark look, and it's an erotic telling of the Dracula legend. It also has a great soundtrack.

2) The Changeling. This movie is just plain scary. No blood, no guts, just scares. It was filmed at a mansion in Victoria when I lived there -- a mansion that's haunted. I'm pretty sure I brushed past the ghost that lives there on one of my visits.

3) Time After Time. This one is pretty gory -- for me. But I remember seeing it in the theater and having the wits scared out of me! It's Jack the Ripper comes to modern day San Francisco in H.G. Wells' time machine. Great movie!

4) From Hell. This one I'm picking because it looks great, and Ian Holme is amazing in it. You'll never look at Bilbo quite the same way again.

So what are your scary movie picks? (and picking Phantom Menace would just be mean) (but mean can be good)

Posted by Ithildin at October 19, 2003 3:37 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

Ok, let me give this a shot:

1) Frailty. I'm still amazed that Bill Paxton directed this... I think the only other thing he ever directed was that Fish Heads video back in the 80's.

2) Shadow of the Vampire. A great flick... one of the most interesting takes I've seen on the vampire genre.

3) Session 9. Sort of ambiguous ending... but very creepy movie.

Hmmmm... do I get a fourth one too? ;-)

4) Willard. I thought this was a great update to a cult classic... not sure if I'd really call it horror, but I enjoyed it for what it was.

Posted by: Watcher at October 19, 2003 7:55 PM

Everyone gets 4 :)

Posted by: Ith at October 19, 2003 8:32 PM

Fun Question.

"Time after Time" is really great. On the other hand, my all time scary and scary/fun list would go:

1. Sleepy Hollow. Johnny Depp is at his goofiest, but the movie does hold together well throughout.

2. Ghost Story. This 1981 movie stars Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and John Houseman and delivers a nice scare.

3. The Hitcher. Starring Rutger Hauer - cured me of any tendency I ever had to pick up hitch-hikers.

4. Silence of the Lambs/Manhunter (1986)- best serial killer movies.

Posted by: Peter Sean Bradley at October 20, 2003 9:52 PM

1. "Fearless Vampire Killers" Roman Polanski's first big movie manages to be both funny and scary.

2."The Others." Nichole Kidman really acts in this one. I got goosebumps.

3."Don't Look Now" 1973 from a Daphne DuMauer story. Quietly scary. Also, rumor has it, in the sex scene between Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland they weren't faking it...

Posted by: JohnB at October 21, 2003 10:25 AM

Hi my name is maxine i'm 13 years old i am a big fan of Rutger Hauer and i like vampire movies all my life.Every time i go on the internet i see that every says that Rutger sucked but he doesn't suck.I like his vampire movies a lot even this movie that is not a horror movie Blind Fury i really liked it.Can you do me a favor can you ask Mr.Hauer to email me at sparrow4291@yahoo.com.I live in Hawaii my birthday is April 2,1991.I'm asking this favor beacause i have always wanted meet him.Thank you!

Posted by: Maxine Quiocho at September 9, 2004 10:11 PM