Top Five Horror Films of October, 2011
[ Let's Kill Uncle ]
In October, I embarked on a quest to see as many horror films as possible. Here are my top finds:
- The Amityville Horror (1979) Stanley Kubrick must have seen this film, because at least two things were lifted and put into The Shining just a few years later (including the father hacking his way into the bathroom with an axe). With an upside down cross and a priest who is attacked by physical pains whenever he tries to go near the house, it's interesting and well thought out. The fact that it's based on a true story adds to the mystique.
- The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976) Jodie Foster was a young teenager when she acted in this film. Her character is smart and her potential assailant is Martin Sheen, who is naturally creepy.
- House of Wax (1953) I've never been that impressed by Andre de Toth before, but this film is truly scary and features a great chase scene that I was sure to watch twice.
- Let’s Kill Uncle (1966) So bad that it’s great! The premise is this kid discovers his uncle wants to kill him to inherit his millions. So he decides to kill him first. The movie is directed and produced by William Castle and is in color.
- I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958) A woman marries a man and he acts completely different once they're married. It's hysterical and true to life at the same time... except for the fact that people in town are being taken over by space aliens. Their exteriors remain the same, but they are possessed by something that leaves them cold and soulless.