Thursday, October 20, 2011

Days #2 and #3 of the Horror Movie Challenge

I'm not only condensing these two because of my lack of things to say for #2, but because I've already slacked off! Geesh! Will I ever be responsible?
Chris Sarandon "Fright Night" 1985

#2 Asks of the last horror movie I saw in a theater. My best friend and I splurged one night last month and pulled a double feature - both horror. The first one was the "Fright Night" remake and though I am never one for remakes (despite the fact that I go to the movies to see every one of them), I was quite pleased! I love the original, even developed a crush on Chris Sarandon in that movie.
Colin Farrell "Fright Night" 2011
I never really felt that the original movie was an all-out horror movie though. I always viewed it as more of a horror-comedy. I admitted this to my mom recently and she thought I was twisted. Definitely more open to the idea of this remake because of my infatuation with Colin Farrell this time, this particular movie freaked me out. It was scarier than the original, in my humble opinion. This is not to say that i don't prefer the original. Of course I do! For instance, let's take the character of Evil Ed. In 1985 we had Stephen Geoffreys; a hilarious actor (though rumor has it, he now does porn... really?). In 2011 we were given Christopher Minze-Plasse. Too distracting and annoying of a character. Plus, if I heard one more "McLovin" reference I was going to scream. Then we also have the Amy Peterson comparison. I'll give it to her, Imogen Poots was hott as Charlie's girlfriend, but I prefer the cute, girl next door approach of Amanda Bearse (Yes, Marcy D'Arcy) - we girls need to be represented!! I'm not hott; I'm cute - why can't my type get any play, right? And giving credit where credit is due, she did start coming across a bit as sexy toward the end after she fell under the trance of vampire, Jerry Dandridge.

We followed that movie with "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark". Yes. Freaky. I had seen the original, but again, I have to say that this one delivered. Even as little Joey Potter... er, uh... I mean Katie Holmes became the predictable "hero". Guillermo del Toro, naturally,  delivered!
Katie Holmes (l-r) "Dawson's Creek" & "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark"
Both of these movies are definitely rent-worthy. I'm glad I got to see them in the theater for a few bloodcurdling screams...
I think Matt's ears are still ringing.

#3 - My Favorite Classic Horror Movie
Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
Max Schreck in "Nosferatu"
The decision for this one is a bit tough. Do I choose Nosferatu out of the sheer creepiness of Max Schreck's Count Orlock? Not to mention that you can't get anymore "classic" than a film from 1922. Or do I go with a more sentimental attachment like Frankestein? It was the first classic movie that my mom and dad introduced my sisters and I to and I can still recall our bellows of laughter at the effects and how our parents swore that it scared the bejeepers out of them! Then, of course, there's always Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. That movie still cracks me up.



However, no matter how great these films are, my favorite... hmmm... it's gotta be The Wolf Man. I love werewolves, not that you couldn't tell from my book ShadowShifter. And no, I'm not referring to today's soft idea of a shape-shifter that resembles your basic gray wolf. I'm talking about the the morphing of the two species - man and animal - and creating hell's own walking fury.

The Wolf Man always seemed scarier than Dracula and Frankenstein to me and largely in part due to the surrounding scenery. Sure, Dracula has that dark castle and Frankenstein has that eerie-looking windmill, but there is nothing more sinister than foggy woods inhabited by crazy gypsies. (Please, don't take offense to that if you are a gypsy or even a crazy gypsy at that.) I have always enjoyed the scene where the gypsy woman, Maleva, warns Larry Talbot (masterfully portrayed by Lon Chaney Jr) that "whoever is bitten by the werewolf and lives, becomes the werewolf himself". Granted, the Wolf Man was not the first werewolf movie, but it was the first film where audiences could connect to an endearing character such as Chaney's.
"Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright." ~Jenny Williams


Last year, this movie was remade. It was given a a few twists and extra bells & whistles to make the picture more successful, but in the end - though it was truly entertaining - it still couldn't stand up to the original.

I wonder what other werewolf movies I'll end up blogging on during this challenge?


I love werewolves.

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