Topic: horror films of actors/ actresses not usually known for horror. 1/ 10
Hello Folks! it's your friendly Wolfie with the first of a new series of blogs. i have decided to run a series where i mention 5 horror films of actors/ actresses not usually known for the horror genre. this is a series of 10 ( 8 actors, 2 actresses) and to qualify they have to have made at least 5 films in the horror/ sci fic genre.
the films are in chronological order rather than best order in my opinion.
i have chosen as my first subject
1. Michael Caine.
Distinquished English actor of Zulu, Get Carter, Alfie , The Ipcress file and many other films has dabbled a few times into the horror/ sci fiction / Fantasy genres with mixed results.
1. The Swarm.( 1978) one of producer Irwin Allen's big star studded disaster films, this one is considered something of a " Bad Film" amongst many people including Michael Caine himself.While not a " Classic" i don't think it's that bad and has some good and unintentionally funny scenes. Michael Caine plays Brad Crane an entermologist who is among a group of people battling to stop a swarm of killer bees from South Amercia attacking Amercian cities.
A star studded cast and an enjoyable film.
2.Dressed To Kill ( 1980) i am not a fan of this film and don't rate it as one of Brian De Palma's best although i know a lot of people rate it. perhap's DE palma's most obvious hitchcock tribute. it's also so so easy to guess who the killer is but i won't give it away here. Michael Caine plays Dr Robert Elliott who when one of his patients is murdered by a tall blonde haired woman in sunglasses, another woman witnesses the killing and so the killer comes after her. some people think this a classic and it does have a couple of good scenes but only an average film in my rating.
3.The Hand ( 1981) this film was one of Oliver Stone's early efforts and Michael Caine stars as Jonathan Lansdale a comic book artist who loses his right hand in a car accident . ( a pretty good scene) but the hand comes back in a life of it's own and starts killing people or does it? Michael Caine goes way over the top in this silly but entertaining and easily watchable psychological horror film.
4. Jack The Ripper ( 1988) This is a t v movie that aired over here in the U K in two parts and reckoned it would reveal who the real Jack the ripper was. it is a good yarn and although this subject has been done on a number of occasions before and since it is one of the better interpretations. Michael Caine plays Chief inspector Abberline a real life figure who did head the police investigation at the time and was played later and more sleazily by Johnny Depp in " from Hell".
5.Jeckyll & Hyde (1990) another t.v movie and from the same makers of " jack the Ripper" this time Michael Caine has a go at the dual role of Dr Henry Jeckyll and Edward Hyde and makes a good go of it. the make up for Hyde is certainly different from other versions and makes him appear as a bulbous headed like odd looking creature. i like this version of the old chestnut and think it is among the better versions.
there we go with the first of my subjects. i hope these bring back memories of these films to you guys and gals and if you haven't seen them, then i hope you can search them out and see them. be interested in your comments and other films i may have missed. keep a look out for the second entry in a couple of days time.
Last edited by wolfman1959 (2013-02-03 18:52:35)