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Halloween Countdown: Horror movie vault

Posted on 2009.10.26 at 03:12
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Here are a few half-remembered, little seen, and/or cult horror movies, for those of you looking for alternatives to Saw to the Nth power and the remake/prequel onslaught:

"The Last Man on Earth" with Vincent Price. IMHO, one of Price's greatest performances, based on I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, and the most faithful adaptation of the classic novel.

"Angel Heart" with Mickey Rourke--A hallucinatory, horrific, faustian tale, which turns New Orleans into a film noir abbatoir.

"Infection"--directed by Masa Yuki Ochiai. Stylish, gruesome body horror, with viral vectors and supernatural overtones, and a wonderful use of color codes to define divergent realities. Hint--the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

"Evil To Kako"-- Zombie apocalypse, served up as a low-budget Greek survival story.

"Truth about Demons" Karl Urban realizes he's marked as a human sacrifice in a cat-and-mouse tale where the Devil wants his due.

"Book of Blood" -- The most recent Clive Barker adaption, filmed in Glasgow, well-acted, visually arresting, gothic horror story that gets under your skin. This isn't your mother's Poltergeist.

"Trailer Park of Terror"--White Trash Zombies, with all the gruesome humor and horror that made me fall in love with the Evil Dead trilogy.

"Sangre Eterna" or Eternal Blood--Chilean horror film where vampire roll-players lose their grip on the dice cup of reality.

"Opera" by Dario Argento. He's hardly an unfamiliar name, but Argento's less-seen take on a cursed production of Macbeth is a beautiful, baroque nightmare. If you can't keep your eyes on the screen, there are ways to keep them open--terrible ways. Some of the most disturbing images ever put on celluloid, like Francis Bacon paintings come to life.

"Necronomicon"--Hard to find Lovecraft anthology adaptation by Stuart Gordon. The winner here is David Warner in "Cool Air" and Jeffrey Combs playing Lovecraft.

"The Black Cat" by Stuart Gordon. Moving, award-worthy biopic, starring Jeffrey Combs, playing Edgar Allan Poe. Part of the Masters of Horror series. A fitting tribute for Poe's 200-year anniversary.

"Splinter"--The best horror movie that didn't get wide release this year. It's a ferocious, break-neck paced tale of body horror, where a parasitic organism infects victims tissue and manifests as, well, splinters. The spiny, colonial organism is attracted to heat, and has been dormant in woodland mammals for centuries. Now it's found human hosts, and the images of the infected moving like broken marionettes is guaranteeded to turn over your cringe-o-nomitor. The bastard child of Cronenberg and George Romero.


allaboutm_e at 2009-10-26 14:33 (UTC) (Link)
Very timely!
josiefiend at 2009-10-26 15:46 (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, what a great list. I've only seen about half of these and I've been bored with my Netflix queue lately. "Cool Air" was definitely my favorite out of the "Necronomicon" anthology. We caught "Splinter" after seeing a trailer for it on another movie. Great stuff. And "Last Man on Earth" is still my favorite adaptation of Matheson's book. Vincent is priceless in that one ;)

My husband is currently hell-bent on a zombie kick because he's designing a new zombie scenario for a game system he designed. I can't say that I'm disappointed. It's a lot more interesting to me than Pancho Villa or some of the other scanrios he's developed.

Must see
Evil (To Kako) - Found this one under "Evil" instead of To Kako
Trailer Park of Terror

I had to add "Truth about Demons" too because I'm a big fan of Karl Urban. Can't believe I missed this one! "Sangre Eterna" sounds fun too.

Thanks for the Halloween goodness :)
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