HHFF #16 Scanners – Early David Cronenberg and part two of my telekinesis double feature today. I absolutely love the way this film looks! That exploding head at the beginning scared the bejesus out of me as a kid.
HHFF #17 The Strangers – Goddamn. A surprisingly effective survival horror picture. Not particularly realistic due to the ghostly actions of the killers, but the tension is wound very tight and I’m impressed. Maybe I just shouldn’t watch shit like this all by myself up in the mountains at 2am. But honestly, I was feeling this one around the midsection, which is really cool. Watch it alone at night.
HHFF #18 Dracula (1931) – Long Live Bela Lugosi. I tracked down a breathtakingly beautiful High Definition version of this film. What a goddamn delight!
HHFF #19 Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Francis Ford Coppola delivers the most ornate and well developed vision of Dracula ever filmed. You can disagree with my assessment and nit pick about some of the wooden acting performances from the supporting cast, but this is by far my favorite version of Dracula. Which is kind of surprising due to the fact that I’m kind of grizzled and usually prefer the classics. Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins are mesmerizing, and the practical visual effects bring a timeless quality to the look of the film that cannot be understated. If there’s anything that takes me out of the experience, it’s Keanu Fucking Reeves, he’s so terrible I can barely stand to look at him.
HHFF #20 Piranha (2010) – Holy Hell that’s a lot more gore than I expected! I don’t think I can call this movie good, but I’ll call it fun. They went for broke on this one. Lot’s of tits, blood, and pissed off fish. HUGE BONUS: Richard Dreyfuss’ character, Matt, from Jaws may have survived the ending of that movie, but he couldn’t survive the beginning of this one. HILARIOUS!