With Halloween literally hours away, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some trailers and clips that have made their way to YouTube. Some will be new and some will be old and there will be no particular flow to them.
This is in place of my usual New Movies and Box Office Predictions column. Since there is only one new wide release, I have decided to take a one week break to provide something a little more timely and fun.
In the Mouth of Madness
This John Carpenter film is vastly underrated and I really need to pay it a revisit. It is a mash-up of H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King filtered through John Carpenter’s sensibilities and featuring a strong performance from Sam Neill.
Two Thousand Maniacs
I have only seen the remake with Robert Englund, but some day I will get around to checking out some old school Herschell Gordon Lewis.
The Abominable Dr. Phibes
How can you go wrong with Vincent Price? The man is a master of his craft, from the way he carries himself to his distinctive voice. This is one of his more memorable roles.
I remember picking this up as a blind DVD purchase alongside Donnie Darko. Needless to say, it was a good day for me. This movie leaves a lot to the imagination. Do yourself a favor and give it a spin.
The Devil’s Backbone
This is a phenomenal ghost story set in an orphanage during the Spanish Civil Wat. Guillermo Del Toro directs to great effect. This is one creepy movie that drips with atmosphere.
Eyes Without a Face
This 1960 French film is one I have been meaning to see for some time. i believe I even own the Criterion release. It centers on a doctor attempting to surgically graft the face of a beautiful woman onto his daughter who was disfigured in an accident.
The Hills Have Eyes
The Wes Craven original is a gritty little film and shows why you should not wander into unknown terrain. You also get to see Michael Berryman, who is one strange-looking dude!
This Japanese film is just plain strange, no other way to describe it. Instead of a trailer, here is an early scene:
Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter
Hammer has made some excellent films. This is one of them. It is a little strange, but it is also quite good and deserving of some time.
The Fearless Vamipire Killers or Pardon Me but Your Teeth Are in My Neck
Do you like a few laughs with your bloodsuckers? Check out Roman Polanski’s horromedy.
City of the Living Dead
You want a bizarre zombie movie? Here it is. It is gross, bizarre, nonsensical, and fantastic. There is something special in the way Lucio Fulci could put a horror film together.
Lamberto Bava directed this film for producer and co-screenwriter Dario Argento. I have this on DVD around here somewhere. I recall watching the VHS and seem to recall it being rather gooey.
This early ’80s horror film (featuring Jason Alexander, Holly Hunter, and Fisher Stevens, no less) is actually pretty good. Watching this trailer makes me think it was directly responsible for Edgar Wright’s fake Don’t trailer from Grindhouse.
This Australian zombie film is a blast. It brings to mind films like Evil Dead while still feeling fresh. This film also introduces the triple shotgun! It was directed by the Spierig Brothers who also helmed the upcoming Daybreakers.
Bride of Frankenstein
An undeniable horror classic. If you are a horror fan and have not seen this, check it out now.
Tsui Hark’s Vampire Hunters
Kung fu, Taoist monks, and vampires. How can you go wrong?
This is a decent slasher. Although it is probably more famous for its ending than anything else. I actually think the second one is better (and features Bruce Springsteen’s sister as one of the leads).
The Happiness of the Katakuris
Horror, comedy, murder, zombies, mayhem, singing, and dancing. This film from prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike is one of a kind. And that is saying something considering it is a remake of a Korean film!
Dead & Buried
Here is a spellbinding, low key zombie film. It is not in your face at all and it works. It is very atmospheric and creepy.
I think this film is pretty underrated. Most of the people I ask about it have never seen it. It is quite effective and has a good cast including Angela Bettis, Anna Faris, and Jeremy Sisto.
Well, that about wraps up this Halloween trailer treat. Well, I could go on, but we don’t want to get carried away now, do we? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA…