Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Finally: Let the Fright Nights Begin!

I'm more than a little worried about the nightmares this will bring, but it's October, and I'm going back to my roots, y'all! I never would have gone to school for film had it not been for many of these, which is not to say that I spent my time in class studying the ideology of Damian Omen and various tints of stage blood, far from it. I'm still trying to get away from a nagging tendency to drag my sentences on and on and on after reading years worth of French film theory translated into English. . .


Here are the films, *please* weigh in if you have anything to say both now and in the upcoming posts, I could talk about this shit all night, in fact, call me or FB me if you want to watch any. Matt has already said he's opting out, and he's the one that isn't bothered by any of this! Me, I'll probably be sleeping with the lights on, starting tonight.

1. The Exorcist
2. The Ring
3. House on Haunted Hill
4. Night of the Living Dead
5. Wait Until Dark
6. The Entity
7. Blink
8. Phantasm 2
9. It
10. The Shining
11. The Mist
12. Children of the Corn
13. Creepshow 1 and 2
14. Silence of the Lambs
15. Hannibal
16. Red Dragon
17. The Birds
18. Psycho
19. Psycho 2
21. Saw
22. Saw 2
23. Saw 3
24. Saw 4
25. 9mm
26. Jaws
27. The Omen
28. Close Your Eyes
29. The Blair Witch Project.

Gag. That whole photo collection is already giving me goosebumps. Anyway, hope you enjoy. This comes of course with the October book stack, as if I don't have enough stuff to make me crazy with fear, right? Well, Hunter Thompson said it best, anything worth doing is worth doing right. 
No annotations I'm afraid, I'm fast running out of time already.
1. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
2. Dracula by Bram Stoker
3. Danse Macabre by Stephen King
4. The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
5. Collected Stories by Edgar Allen Poe
6. The Thomas Mann Reader
7. The Stephen King Companion
8. Tales of Terror by Alfred Hitchcock


Donald said...

I'm gonna give my quick opinions:

1. The Exorcist (Good movie)

2. The Ring (meh.)

3. House on Haunted Hill (which one? THe original with Vincent Price, or the remake with Geoffrey Rush made up to look like Vincent Price? Either way... ok. Both are mediocre, but pretty entertaining.)

4. Night of the Living Dead (classic. But if you are going to watch the entire Saw series, you should watch the entire Dead series, or at leas the first three. Day of the Dead is my favorite.)

5. Wait Until Dark (never saw it)

6. The Entity (never heard of it, but it's got Ron Silver so it has to be good.)

7. Blink (never heard of it)

8. Phantasm 2 (why?)

9. It (piece of shit. And way too long)

10. The Shining (seriously scary. the book is way better, but this movie is super entertaining)

11. The Mist (I loved it. Good monster, pretty scary)

12. Children of the Corn (You know my opinion of this one)

13. Creepshow 1 and 2 (Awesome)

14. Silence of the Lambs (classic. Not scary at all, but a great movie.)

15. Hannibal (pffft. the movie was even worse than the book, and the book was awful)

16. Red Dragon (I like this one. I much preferred it to Manhunter, the first film based on the novel Red Dragon)

17. The Birds (Classic. This is one of my all time favorite movies)

18. Psycho (Another classic)

19. Psycho 2 (never saw it)

20. Psycho 3 (JEFF FAHEY IS IN
THIS, SO BACK OFF!) (no comment)

21. Saw (I'm just going to comment on the entire series here: They all suck balls)

22. Saw 2

23. Saw 3

24. Saw 4

25. 9mm (You'll watch about ten minutes of this before shutting it off. Not because it's so disturbing, but because it's just a terrible movie.)

26. Jaws (Quite possibly the best movie ever made)

27. The Omen (I don't go in much for these religious horror movies, because I don't believe in that stuff. I know, I don't believe in ghosts or vampires either, but that's different. The idea of the atichrist coming to life doesn't entertain me. I like the Exorcist because it's a really good, really well done movie. This one is just dumb)

28. Close Your Eyes (We already discussed this one. It's based on a novel by one of my college writing professors. I've read some of his books, and they were ok. I haven't seen this movie, but I'm amazed you've seen it, because you'll never meet another person who's even heard of it.)

29. The Blair Witch Project. (sucks. I saw this back when I lived in maryland, because it was some big deal that was made by some local fimmakers a few towns away in maryland. we all thought it sucked, and then it became, like, the biggest thing ever. It's not scary and it's not good.)

So some good stuff on there, but not enough classics. You should put Bride of Frankenstein on there, or the original Dracula.

Anna said...

i was open to anything, the question was what everyone else thought was the scariest film was. . .
I added a few of my own, mostly the Kings and the Psycho Sequels but I haven't seen a lot of these.

the phrase SUCK BALLS disturbs me more than anything in any of these films, but I believe you that the Saws do.

seriously, if you ever get a moment's time we should set up a camera and do some film rants and send it to public TV. matt already said he'd edit and produce it. I think we have cool things to say about movies. the whole world needs to know about us. too bad Justin's in Nevada, we could take over the airwaves.