Saturday, January 21, 2006

Creep



Ten Creepy Films You Should See:

★Jack Clayton's The Innocents

★Tod Browning's Freaks

★Tod Browning's Dracula

★F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu

★Robert Altman's Images

★James Whale's The Old Dark House

★Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now

★Dario Argento's Suspiria

★Roman Polanski's The Tenant

★Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby

In no particular order, but definitely in a darkened room.

13 comments:

Blogger Chickie said...

I've only seen the last one and I loved it. One time that I thought the movie was almost as good as the book.

January 21, 2006 3:17 PM  
Anonymous anne arkham said...

Roman Polanski doesn't need to make movies to be creepy.

January 21, 2006 3:46 PM  
Anonymous Pil said...

Hideo's Dark Water is my vote for Completely Creepy. Nothing happens - but you will scream out loud when he wants you to. Do NOT risk it in a darkened room.

January 21, 2006 3:57 PM  
Blogger anaglyph said...

Now now Ms Arkham, that's not very charitable.

January 21, 2006 3:57 PM  
Anonymous Pil said...

And there is a film that I will never buy on DVD even though it is fantastic - Victor Fleming's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde from 1941. There is a fleeting moment between Ingrid Bergman and Spencer Tracy halfway through the film - just a few frames of horror that are gone so quickly that you almost can't believe you saw it. I never want to be able to pause and rewind and have a good look at what I glimpsed - that would destroy a preciously creepy memory.

January 21, 2006 4:03 PM  
Blogger anaglyph said...

Oh, I agree Pil - Dark Water is a really good example of how to do a lot of creepy with very little artifice. The original Ring has a few sublime creepy moments too, and only one of those involves a special effect.

January 21, 2006 4:20 PM  
Blogger Joey Polanski said...

Anyone bsides me creept out by th photo included in this post? Whatnahell IS that ... that splootch?

January 21, 2006 6:20 PM  
Blogger Martha Who? said...

I agree... three cheers for the creepiness of the original Ring. Closest to sublimely creepy in decades.

Rosemary' Baby... the ultimate creepshow. And an Oscar winner too, yes? Not that THAT's a measure of a great film... at least anymore... but somehow it made horror seem legit.

January 21, 2006 11:23 PM  
Anonymous Universal Head said...

The worst scare I ever had in a cinema was that scene in 'The Sixth Sense' where the kid is in the bathroom and someone walks behind him along the corridor. I got a rush of terror down my spine that was exactly the feeling I had as a child when I got really, really scared (courtesy of an over-active imagination), a feeling I'd long since managed to bury deep in my subconscious. It still amazes me how this one cinematic moment could bring back a childhood fear so exactly and with such force.

January 22, 2006 11:13 AM  
Blogger anaglyph said...

Joey: You have to watch 'Don't Look Now' to find out what the splootch is.

January 22, 2006 3:14 PM  
Blogger Misha said...

Dear lord, no. I wrote those down so I know which movies to avoid and never, ever see. I want to sleep at night, damn it!

January 22, 2006 4:08 PM  
Blogger anaglyph said...

martha who?: Yes, Rosemary's Baby won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (the wonderful Ruth Gordon).

Piece of trivia: Rosemary's Baby was produced by the inimitable William Castle, who directed wonderful schlock cinema in the '50s and '60s, including The Tingler and The House on Haunted Hill, both of which I recommend for a jolly good laugh-a-scream-a-minute beer and pizza experience.

January 22, 2006 7:43 PM  
Anonymous anne arkham said...

Considering what I could have called him, I think I was being charitable.

January 23, 2006 3:14 AM  

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