October 1, 2008

The 31 Days of Horror- #31

...And were off and running!
A truly creepy kid, a forgotten Michael Mann gem, a better-than-expected sequel, and Zombie's debut...

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The 70's
Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)- Killer kids were a pretty big thing in the Horror world of the 70's, and few killer kid flicks did it better than did Alice, Sweet Alice. this is a 70's style creeper of the highest magnitude; this little girl kills her family, animals, and even clergy. The best (or worst part, depending on how you look at things) is that she's still out there at the end, looking creepy and finding new victims to stab to death. Alice, Sweet Alice is a classic evil-kid movie, and it makes us miss the 70's... just a little bit.

The 80's
The Keep (1983)- This is seriously one of the most underrated and mishandled movies of the 80's. The Keep is a sweet bunch of Michael Mann (Manhunter, Heat, Collateral) goodness; A bunch of greedy Nazi's decide to steal some gold crosses from a keep that their holed up in, pissing off the Demon who lives there. The best part? Only a Jew can stop the Demon. I love that little bit of irony. Mayhem naturally ensues. Visually this movie is stunning; unfortunately, the studio forced Mann to cut the film which made it an almost Dune-like mess, but it's still a hell of a movie. Then again, I also love Dune.

The 90's
The Exorcist III (1990)- I told myself that I didn't want to include sequels on this list, letting the originals speak for a series if need be, and to allow more unique movies to make the cut, but I had to include this one. The second sequel (the first one really blew) to arguably the best horror movie ever made, was pretty good and gave me a few scares that I wasn't quite expecting. The scene with the nurse is one of the scariest scenes ever filmed. In a pretty weak decade for Horror, this was a solid movie that managed not to crap on the original.

The 2000's
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)- This movie seems to be hated just as much as it's loved by Horror fans, but I think it's fantastic. In a time when Hollywood was churning out cardboard cut out fluff that they called Horror, along came Rob Zombie and brought it back to the grimy exploitation style of the 70's. You can tell he's a horror fan, and though it's far from perfect, it was at the very least fresh and different. House of 1000 Corpses gave us a much needed change of pace from the mundane state that horror found itself in earlier this decade. Good effort for his first film.

See you tomorrow with #30...

1 comment :

  1. The Exorcist and House of 100 Corpses are, of course, staples of any horror collection. It's the lesser known movies popping up in this countdown that should be of interest to most.