Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Gore Wars

October is one of my favorite months because I love the cozy, transitional feeling of autumn and knowing the year is coming to a close with a flurry of great holidays. I love Halloween and really love watching all my favorite Halloween movie classics with my family.
We watch Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart in “Bell, Book and Candle” every year. I love it, especially the clothes Kim wears when she’s a gorgeous witch. I covet her witch wardrobe.
My son, who is ten, loves the Hugh Jackman version of “Van Helsing” because it’s a monster mash. Every famous monster is in it. It’s a movie theme park of monsters and nothing is taken seriously. I’m not at all opposed to watching Hugh turn into a wolf or stand around a Transylvanian castle nearly naked… Rent this movie. Do it for the kids. lol
A great ghost story that is psychology charged and creepy is Debra Kerr’s “The Innocents”. Ask three different people what they think happened at the end of the movie and you’ll hear three completely different answers. It’s a very interesting film.
Now for the Vampires…
The Vampire movies are the jewel in the crown. I absolutely love Frances Ford Coppola’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” The look of the movie is amazing and the original film score written by Wojciech Kilar is stunningly beautiful. Does Keanu Reeves belong here? Of course not, but he’s handsome to look at in Victorian clothing so who cares? The scene between Gary Oldham and Winona Ryder in the absinthe parlor is one of my favorite movie visuals.
I love the “Underworld” series. It’s bloody and extremely violent but I love the stylishness, the art deco look of the Vampire mansion, the visual contrast of inky blue shadows and crimson blood, the dramatic flash backs, the cars, the boots, the snug leather outfits everything! Bring it on. Give me more. Luckily there are three movies in this series but the first is the best.
I saved my absolute favorites for last because they’re so close to my heart:
 The House of Hammer, Christopher Lee Dracula classics. I love them and remember watching them as a child on the odd UHF channels late at night. When you consider the tiny budgets these movies were made on and the moral atmosphere of the day, these are damn daring movies and they’re still great. I watched a few of these on AMC this month and I’m sure they’ll be replaying them.
This is a partial list of the movies we’ve already enjoyed this season. I’d love to hear about a few of your favorites.


  1. The Innocents scared me to death! I saw it as a play first when I was a kid and it terrified me!
    I agree with your son, Van Helsing is a monster-fest! Kind of like the campy League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

  2. I'm with your son on Van Helsing and I love the Underworld series.

  3. I don't mind being scared, but blood and gore isn't for me. As an old lady, I prefer the classic "Dracula" with Bela Lugosi.

  4. I watched the Christopher Lee Dracula movies on AMC, they are some of my favorites. I'm a huge fan of scary movies!! My hubby gets annoyed with me because I'll watch ones that we both know will give me nightmares but I can't look away! The original Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween still give me the huge creeps. I've never been able to watch Pet Cemetary to the end. Night of the Living Dead, in all of its low budget black and whiteness, will keep me up all night. Pumpkinhead, Near Dark, pretty much any movie with Lance Henrikson is always a good time.


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