Tuesday, June 27, 2017

 

Pune rains bring with them the classic atmosphere of being able to lounge at home; all dry and cosy. Well, at such a time, while the weather out there is stormy and gloomy, what better than to curl up and watch a horror movie marathon! Close the door, draw the curtains, sit back and create the perfect viewing experience. Here’s bringing to you a list of some all-time-favourite scary movies!

THE CABINET OF DR CALIGARI (1920)

A classic silent German film, one would call this a brilliant proponent of expressionistic films. Its unusual set design and end is intriguing. A crazy Dr Caligari visits a town with a somnambulist Cesare with scary results. Watch it to know why it is an important part of Film Appreciation courses.

NOSFERATU (1922) & NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE (1979)

Yet another haunting German silent film, it is an adaptation of the book Dracula by Bram Stroker. This influential classic makes a great watch especially for the vampire Count – a bald ugly creature, played to perfection by Max Schreck. Creepy does not get better than Nosferatu.

Acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog resurrected this masterpiece but made it his own. Nosferatu The Vampyre had eccentric actor Klaus Klinski play the Count. Herzog’s version was a tribute to the original made by FW Murnau.

DRACULA

Nosferatu was followed by some brilliant adaptations, which also attained stardom due to its actors. The 1931 version had Bela Lugosi become synonymous with the character. A few other versions also had Lugosi.

Christopher Lee become another perfect Count. His two films – Horror of Dracula (1958) & Count Dracula (1970) – were benchmarks in how to play the deadly vampire.

Bram Stroker’s Dracula (1992) is a recent fantastic adaptation. Gary Oldman seduced you in this classic directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

PSYCHO (1960)

Alfred Hitchcock knew how to shock you. Psycho is the ultimate mix of how to shock you with great direction, story-telling and master shots. Who can forget the shower scene? A woman disappears and her sister’s attempt to find her leads her to a suspicious motel and its owner. Motels never remained the same.

VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1960)

You will never believe in children’s innocence after seeing this sci-fi flick about a suspicious village getting a lot of children with unusual appearances and scary powers. The fight against them makes this film a classic. Based on the novel The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham, the sequel, Children of the Damned, was released in 1963 as well.

THE INNOCENTS (1961)

Henry James would never have guessed that his book, The Turn of the Screw, would be made into this fantastic horror film. The Innocents starred Deborrah Kerr as the governess who feels the house and her wards are haunted. Her attempts to save the kids makes this psychological horror a must watch. The cinematography, lighting and direction did help, along with the spooky music.

THE BIRDS (1963)

Hitchcock was back with yet another horror/thriller. The Birds, based on a story by Daphne Du Maurier, had a woman visiting a village. But the crazy behaviour by birds and their subsequent terrorising leaves you scared. Birds were never sweet tweeties after this one.

ROSEMARY’S BABY (1968)

This film, directed by Roman Polanski is a classic horror tale. Starring a young Mia Farrow in her debut, Rosemary and her actor husband shift to a shady building where suspicious satanic worshipping goes on. Rosemary feels that she and her baby might be the centre of this attention. Try not thinking of this film for a few days after you watch it. Wager?

THE SHINING (1980)

Stephen King’s book became a stunningly scary movie, directed by Stanley Kubrick. Jack Nicholson made you jittery as a writer who goes to a haunted hotel to write a book. But he ends up going nuts and terrorising his wife and son. Nicholson’s ‘Here’s Johnny’ is still chilling.

HONORARY MENTION

UK-based Hammer Film Productions created classic horror films known as the Hammer Horrors. Frankenstein, Dracula and so on came from their bags. In India, suspense horrors like Woh Kaun Thi and Kohraa, Gumnaam and Bees Saal Baad were top quality films. And who can forget the lurid but loved Ramsay Brothers films!