Your Weekend Horror Movie Guide: July 22, 2005deadmanwalkin
Here are our selections for this edition of the "Weekend Horror Movie Guide." We hope you are enjoying the films that we have been picking - as we enjoy selecting (what we feel) to be the best "horror has to offer."
So without further intro, here are the staff's picks for this week.. now start a renting!
Deadmanwalkin's Pick - Eyes Without A Face
Eyes Without a Face (Les Yeux Sans Visage) is a 1959 French horror thriller that is also known in the US as "The Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus."
Many have laid claim that this film is a "masterpiece of poetic horrorâ€? as well as one of the â€śmost disturbing horror films ever made.â€? Iâ€™m not to sure if I totally agree with either of those statements (because the film did have some slight pacing problems as well as an hurried ending), but Eyes Without a Face is still a film that is surprisingly â€śbeyondâ€? many other horror films that was release during that time period -while the horror of this film lingers just below the surface, kind of like the mask Christiane is forced to wear. (Review)
"After his daughter Christiane becomes horribly disfigured in a car accident of which he was the cause, guilt-ridden plastic surgeon Doctor Genessier grows obsessed with perfecting the reconstruction of her once-beautiful, but now-ravaged, face.
With the help of his sadistic nurse Louise, Genessier kidnaps young girls and brings them back to his isolated manse for grisly medical procedures that graft the victims' living skins onto that of his daughter's."
Meh's Pick - The Jacket
It's been a very long time since a thriller really grabbed me by the nuts and made me go "oooohhhhh". Mind you Deadmanwalkin is always trying to grab me by the balls but thats cause he cant get enough.
Any rate this flick is easily one of the best movies I have seen in years. (Review)
*Note from Deadmanwalkin - "He wishes, that damn Hermaphrodite."
"A psychological thriller about a military veteran who returns to his native Vermont suffering from bouts of amnesia. When he is accused of murder and lands in an asylum, a well-meaning doctor puts him on a heavy course of experimental drugs, restrains him in a jacket-like device, and locks him away in a body drawer of the basement morgue.
The process sends him on a journey into the future, where he can foresee his death (but not who did it or how) in four day's time. Now the only question that matters is: can the woman he meets in the future save him?"
MacReady's Pick - Species
This film is one of the coolest Sci-Fi/Horror movies ever made. Directed by Roger Donaldson and starring the beautiful Natasha Henstridge as Eve, who's capable of morphing from a slimy, tentacle creature into a blonde "nude" babe with the body of a Playboy centerfold.
The bizarre alien designs were made by the Swiss Artist H.R. Giger, who also designed the "Alien" for Ridley Scott. And don't tell me that these 2 reasons are not enough to watch the movie. Natasha sure is reason enough for me.
"A genetically engineered, shape-shifting creature with extraterrestrial intelligence adopts the form of a beautiful woman to mate with humans and unleash a brood of offspring that will destroy mankind.
A team of experts must band together to stop her--it--from accomplishing its diabolical mission."
Moviemaven's Pick - The Fog
This is one of my favorite Carpenter films. I know there is a remake coming out, but I think it will be hard pressed to top the original.
The story is chilling and so is the film. It always gives me the chicken skin. LOL I only wish there was more of a back story. (Review)
"The centennial of the small town of Antonio Bay, California has finally arrived. However, the events of 100 years ago are about to come back to haunt the town, because a conspiracy of the town's founders resulted in the deaths of several lepers in a shipwreck.
The conspirators had planned to lure the lepers' ship towards the rocks so that it would sink, and they could recover the cargo of gold and use it to pay for building the town. The sinister plot succeeded when a fog rolled in, blinding the crew, and forcing them to follow the false fire on shore.
Now the ghosts of the Elizabeth Dane's crew are back - and so is the fog that led them to their doom. Only now, it conceals and protects the ghosts of the crew, as they seek their revenge on the residents of Antonio Bay."
Goon's Pick - Premonition
Recently I picked up a little Japanese film "Premonition" and was pleasantly surprised. This is a nice little story about a dreaded newspaper that will tell you the fate of others and maybe your own.
It is also directed by one of my favorite Japanese directors who doesn't get much credit, Norio Tsuruta. He also directed Ring 0 which is in fact my favorite Ringu spinoff of any of the films.
"Hiroshi Mikami portrays a father trying to prevent the death of his young daughter, which he saw foretold in a mysterious newspaper a few moments before it happened.
In the best Japanese tradition, PREMONITION builds its terror in a measured but chilling fashion, revealing just enough to make us lose sleep at night."