The ‘boldest’ of Horror films!

Posted: February 20, 2010 in FILM REVIEWS/COMMENTS, Uncategorized
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I noticed that there’s a big divide of what people want out of a horror film…

Gore, psychological, slasher and so on. The dictionary definition of horror is an intense fear: a very strong feeling of fear, shock, or disgust. I believe this fits horror in the context of movies best.

Here’s a few of my favourite ‘horror’ films I’d like to share with you.
They are not in any order or my top horror films, just ones I feel are very interesting and ooze atmosphere, that I enjoy. Oh, and I’m not affiliated with any…

Dellamorte Dellamore a.k.a. Cemetery Man (USA)

1994’s underrated zombie horror classic based on the comic Dylan Dog by Tiziano Sclavi, it stars Rupert Everett (in his best role) and
enchanting Anna Falchi.

“Zombies, guns, and sex, OH MY!!!” was the tag line, and while it’s true it has those things Dellamorte Dellamore is so much more, macabre and violent, with atmosphere you can taste. Excellent music by Riccardo Biseo & Manuel De Sica and direction amazingly executed by Michele Soavi.

Spellbinding and arguably the strangest, most effective zombie film out there to-date.

Night of the Living Dead (1990 Remake)

Before horror remakes became popular and the the term ‘reboot’ was only used for computers Tom Savini horror effects maestro directed the remake of the black & white classic Night of the Living Dead. Originally Savini worked on Dawn of the Dead and other films directed by zombie godfather George. A .Romero, his gory effects were influenced by the real life deaths he witnessed in Vietnam.
The secluded and atmospheric location works a charm and Candyman’s Tony Todd is on top form but the film is let down by some bad performances from the supporting cast, who I wont name.
Savini proves he is a competent director, and makes the wise decision to stick close to the original material giving us a pacier update, a coloured version that comes with a few welcomed tweaks to the story line. It’s worth every zombie bite.
The Shining
What can I say about Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ that hasn’t already been said? I watched the uncut 146 minute version which only reinforced the fact that it is one of the best, if not the greatest tension driven, psychological horror film that has been made.
Thankfully Kubrick doesn’t follow Kings ‘The Shining’ novel to the letter, or we’d have the hedged animals coming to life and an explosive ending, while grand it would have lost the reality and realism that Kubrick creates.

Jack Nicholson’s antics, Shelley Duvall’s fear, Danny Lloyd’s performance (one of the few child leads that isn’t annoying) as Danny. Veteran and voice of Hong Kong Phooey, Scatman Crothers is superb and the array of actors small but memorable parts including, Bladerunners Joe Turkel as Lloyd the Bartender and Barry Nelson as Manger, Stuart Ullman.

It’s not the novel, Kubrick’s the Shining one of the most impressive horror films ever made, and on so many levels.

Well that’s all for a minute, three is enough for anyone but as Austrian actor, now 38th Governor of California once said…

“Who is you daddy and what does he do?”

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