At the suggestion of a friend, I went to see "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark." What a disaster of a film. Was it the director's fault, or is Katie Holmes simply a terrible actress?
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USA Today, said Katie was good, blamed the producer/director
Obama said it was Bush's fault.
Go back to Swampbubbles, troll.
It's a horror movie - they are coal led horror movies for a reason. They have never made a good one, and they likely never will. And before you flame me with your favorite horror flick, most of the good 'horror' movies are more likely suspense/thrillers, ala "Psycho".
Sad to hear was kinda anxious to see it. I dug Fright Night and Final Destination. Not gems but don't regret seeing them.
Kinda OT, saw "The Help" tonight. One of the best drama's I've ever seen. Bet this will be nominated for a couple Oscars next year.
Fright Night is actually a remake, kind of. I remember the first one was a horror/comedy. It was pretty good.
Now, hollywood is remaking everything. So much trash is made into films that it is a laugh. Do Not watch Drive Angry. What a mess.
"Fright Night is actually a remake, kind of."
Liked the original Fright Night, too. Made in 1985. Had Roddy McDowell in it. Sweet!
Fave horror movies off the top -
Let the Right One In
Friday the 13th (the first one)
Dawn of the Dead
Susperia (for the wallpaper alone!)
Let The Right One In
When a stranger calls back
The face of fear
The Changeling with George C. Scott.
Return of the Living Dead II
Shaun of the Dead
Dead and Loving It
yeah I prefer comedies.
Here are a few of mine in no particular order:
Aliens (1986): The critter was everything needed in a monster. Ugly, powerful, bullets won't stop it and it has acid for blood. It lays eggs inside people, which is a nice twist from just the usual killing folks.
Them! (1954) Giant ants! Yes! I saw this one in the theater and thought it was great. What's not to like, right? And yes, I'm fully aware that an ant that large would simply collapse under its own weight, but the film was made before science had meaning.
Psycho (1960): Two words - Shower Scene.
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971): Dr. Phibes deserves to win this one.
Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972): Dr. Phibes deserves to win this one too, and he does. The sets and costuming are great, and Price clearly enjoys the role.
Fright Night (original): They did a great job with the vampire and the special effects. Also the music was excellent.
Fright Night (2011): Better, and I wrote an extended review of the film.
Exorcist: Based on real events. What can I say? This is one of the truly frightening films of its time.
Horror of Dracula (1958): Dracula is great in this film and the sets and costuming for Hammer films are excellent. The acting and story line are good enough to keep people watching.
Forbidden Planet (195?): The monster is invisible and deadly and prowls around leaving huge round, flat tracks. You try watching a giant invisible monster prowling around and see if it doesn't give you a few nightmares. Bullets won't stop it and neither do ray guns.
And that's my list off the top of my head.
I just hate that they keep doing these remakes.
I heard today they are doing a remake of the movie "War Games". REALLY?!! You're going to remake a Cold War drama?
As far as horror movies go:
The Haunting (1963)
"War Games". REALLY?!! You're going to remake a Cold War drama?
As a nation we remake it everyday, honestly couldn't think of a better remake. Life imitates art or so I'm told.
Transylvania 65000 - I'm sure Jeff Goldblum loves that on his resume. Cross between Skin-amax and Rocky Horror.
I love Horror Movies and am always looking for a good list! Thanks. :)
Was it the director's fault, or is Katie Holmes simply a terrible actress?
Getting right back to the original topic, I saw the film and wrote a review. Basically, the problem begins and ends with the director who can't make the characters do improbable things without radical changes in behavior, which is probably what you're picking up on.
The film has other problems, but I think the actors got shafted on this one.
shamrock's post is the first one I've seen that has acquired both 5 flames and 5 upvotes.
madjack: glad to see someone else likes The Abominable Dr. Phibes it's a great movie (really like Vincent Price).
It's Sept so in a couple weeks I shall start my movie-a-day-a-thon of horror movies. Probably start with something by Romero.
I was initially disappointed to hear that this movie isn't as good as I had hoped it to be, being a big fan of Guillermo del Toro. Then I found out that he wrote the screenplay and didn't direct. I'm curious as to why he didn't direct this movie - he made Pan's Labyrinth kinda creepy and it wasn't even a horror movie. Sounds like he should have been more involved. I'll wait for BluRay based on everyone's comments.
Speaking of Romero, the black & white classic "Night of the Living Dead" is the only horror movie that ever scared me. It was the second show on a double-bill when I saw it 40 years ago at the Miracle Mile drive-in and it still haunts me to this day.