|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|
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"|
I think Matt's ears are still ringing.
#3 - My Favorite Classic Horror Movie
|Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein|
|Max Schreck in "Nosferatu"|
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.