Friday, October 21, 2011

Horror: Let the Right One In, Let Me In, and Classics

Today just a quick list of Horror recommendations, with Halloween being right around the corner, starting with Let the Right One In and its remake, Let Me In.  I'm a big fan of the original, and while I haven't seen the remake I know many fans of it as well.  I hope to compare the two in the near future, and both of them are streaming on Netflix Watch Instantly.

The others are well tested classics, most of which I have not seen in a long time, but hope to revisit during Halloween season.  I have not seen Dario Argento's giallo classic Deep Red, which looks like something I need to finally catch up with.

Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, Sweden, 2008, 114 minutes)
Netflix: Twelve-year-old Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), the constant target of bullies, spends his time plotting revenge and collecting news items about the grisly murders plaguing his town. But things change when he meets a new girl named Eli (Lina Leandersson), a misfit vampire who steals his heart. As a serial killer continues to prey on teen boys in their small Swedish village, Eli helps Oskar find the courage to stand up to his tormenters.  Netflix link.

Let Me In (Matt Reeves, USA, 2010, 116 minutes)
Netflix: When 12-year-old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) befriends his mysterious next-door neighbor, Abby (Chloe Moretz), the two outcasts form a tight-knit bond that gives Owen the courage to stand up to school bullies. But he slowly begins to suspect his new friend has a secret. Matt Reeves directs this uncommon coming-of-age thriller based on the award-winning Swedish film Let the Right One In. Richard Jenkins co-stars.  Netflix link.

The Exorcist (William Friedkin, USA, 1973, 122 minutes)
Netflix: When movie actress Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn) begins to suspect that an evil spirit is possessing her young daughter, Regan (Linda Blair), she calls in two priests (Max von Sydow and Jason Miller) to try and exorcise the demon against frightening and formidable odds. Writer William Peter Blatty scored an Academy Award for his big-screen adaptation of his own novel; the film also won an Oscar for Best Sound.  Netflix link.

Deep Red (Dario Argento, Italy, 1975, 104 minutes)
Netflix: In Dario Argento's horror classic jazz pianist Marcus Daly (David Hemmings) witnesses the murder of his neighbor, a psychic who had read the mind of her killer. Marcus soon teams up with a resourceful reporter (Daria Nicolodi), and the two set out to find the killer. After the professor (Glauco Mauri) Marcus called on for help turns up dead, Marcus realizes that he'll be the next to die if he can't track down the killer.  Netflix link.

An American Werewolf in London (John Landis, USA, 1981, 97 minutes)
Netflix: John Landis writes and directs this bloody yet black humor-injected thriller that tells the story of American backpacker David (David Naughton), who, after surviving a vicious werewolf attack that left his friend, Jack (Griffin Dunne), dead, becomes a murderous werewolf himself. Prowling the streets of London, David learns that his living-dead victims will wander in limbo until he is dead. This film garnered an Oscar for Best Makeup.  Netflix link.

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