October 9, 2008

The 31 Days of Horror- #23

A Bava slasher, the Devil's child, an Angel Walken, and a Neo-Nazi French splatter-fest...

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The 70's
A Bay of Blood (a.k.a. Twitch of the Death Nerve) (1971)- The great Mario Bava's movie came before films like F13 and Halloween... inspiring them and the countless others that followed after. In fact, the "spear through the couple having sex" scene happened here first, not in F13 pt2. It mixed the stalking and slashing aspect with a pretty interesting plot, but make no mistake: this is a gory and violent movie. A must see for Horror fans, even if only for historical purposes. Bava rules.

The 80's
Prince of Darkness (1987)- This movie is in my personal top 10 of all time, but for the purpose of this list, 23 was as high as it could go. This is classic Carpenter from start to finish; the atmosphere, the music, the son of Satan swirling around in a giant jar... and Donald Pleasance! POD has one of the most interesting plots I've seen in a Horror flick, and maybe that's why I love it so much. It's creepy, well made and creepy. Also, creepy. So check it out.

The 90's
The Prophecy (1995)- Christopher Walken as an archangel, and Viggo Mortensen as Satan... even if this movie sucked, those two alone would make it worth seeing. This movie is amazing, taking the story of a fallen angel, a war in heaven, and the evil soul of a dead general and mixing them all into a well crafted story about the joys of love... or maybe it was death to all humans... it was either that or love. Either way, this movie rocks.

The 2000's
Frontiere(s) (2007)- One of the recent wave of French Horror movies unleashed upon the world, Frontiere(s) is a brutal, disturbing, and beautiful film. The idea of a Nazi family living in the modern-day French countryside and trying to start the master race again... well I'd say that's pretty disturbing. Add to that the fact that they love to hurt people (in really horrible ways), and you've got yourself a messed up little movie that you absolutely have to see. That table saw scene... ouch.

See you tomorrow with #22...

1 comment :

  1. Prophecy was good, Frontiere(s) was bloody as hell.