OK, I have a confession to make. I have never seen the Made for TV horror movie Bad Ronald, the one with Scott Jacoby as a creepy guy who kills a mean girl so his mother locks him up in a closet so he doesn’t get arrested but she dies and he is still there when a new family moves in…
To be honest, Freaks is only a horror movie of sorts, and towards the end. But this amazing film by Tod Browning does the opposite of what standard horror films did and still do: the most frightening people are not the strangest looking. They are the ones who want us to fear them.
I have inserted a review from Cinemassacre Monster Madness:
The original King Kong is the best.
I wasn’t too unhappy with the one from a few years ago, but not too pleased, either.
Don’t even ask about the 70s version. I wrote a negative review of it for a 7th grade English assignment where I presented the events of the movie as a mock news story in the format of a photocopied newspaper cover. Wish I still had THAT.
Look at those tags. I have no idea how those get generated. “Allegedly Unethical Firms”? “Canada”? OK.
Edward Scissorhands has one of the most darling “monsters” and one of the kindest”mad scientists” you could find. I like the High Gothishness of the movie. Yeah, it is dated. Johnny Depp is basically playing Robert Smith. The part with Winona Ryder playing a really old lady at the end never worked. But I love the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari meets My Three Sons aesthetic.
Man, Depp is so young here.
Oh, this pre-dates when “kooky characters set to Danny Elfman music” became a standard trope for movie trailers. So it seems like a retread but at the time it was quite fresh.
I saw this when I was 13. It had gone from first run feature to second feature on a double bill. It was playing with the rather forgettable Audrey Rose. I really wanted to see Carrie, but it was rated R, so I convinced my mom to take my friend and I to the show because Audrey Rose was directed by a family friend. I kept thinking through the whole thing “this isn’t so scary”, “it is more sad and tragic but kind of funny, too”. Ha ha ha. I had nightmares about that ending for years. The movie is an extreme downer, as it basically posits that being a girl or a woman is pure, inescapable Hell, regardless of whether you are the Queen Bee, the Wannabe or the Total Outcast, and regardless of whether you are a teen or an adult.
My mom never forgave me for dragging her to this movie: she found it highly disturbed and disturbing.
For one, they are riding bikes, but they are not really Bikers.
For another, while Easy Rider has a classic soundtrack, the Wild Angels has a great original soundtrack by Davie Allan and the Arrows that is kind of hotrod-surfer on acid.
Check out the dialogue.
Mary Harron has taken on film projects that seem not typically “feminine” – and for that I applaud her. American Psycho is one of the funniest movies made about a serial killer. I do not think it would be half as funny if directed by a man. I Shot Andy Warhol is also one to check out. A couple of brave projects that could have gone very bad in the wrong hands.