What a day... what a last week really. Just sent off a print project at 6:00pm that was infesting every bit of my life... minus Saturday afternoon when we went picture taking for WTCD. So later I turn on the movie channels and what do I see is on but the horror film that ruined me for babysitting... "When a Stranger Calls" (1979). When I last saw that movie I was much too young and sensitive for such things. So of course when I hit babysitting age and sat alone, late at night, watching the shopping channel and reading past issues of "Woman's Day" in the finished basement/dens of various suburban homes in the Garden City, every creek and house groan brought me right back to that eerie voice on the phone "Why haven't you checked the children yet?"
So it's that time of year again to figure out what horror movies I haven't seen and to then go out and rent them. Mind you I have a thing for scary movies and I tend to rent them on a regular basis regardless... Just last week we rented "28 Days Later" which was the best horror movie I've seen in ages.
My taste in scary films tends towards the 60s and 70s era. I like the way suspense was built, the music, the quality of the film and the fact that things don't always end with the usual predetermined heros surviving/saving the day/some other happy lala poo poo ending. "Rosemary's Baby" is a great example. Satan wins. Okay the infant son of satan lives which is basically the same thing. That would never happen now-a-days. The ending is just too "unhappy" by todays standards.
If I had to choose one, I'd say my favourite horror film is probably "The Omen" followed closely by "The Exorcist". You can't beat the soundtracks of either film. Even though we have the Mike Oldfield "Tubular Bells" album I can't listen to it. Too scary.
I recently watched "The Eyes of Laura Mars". It was fairly crap but I was excited to see Faye Dunaway (who plays a professional photographer) using one of the Polaroid Land bellows cameras (of which I have a few) for proofing her shots.
Anyways, have any scary/suspense/thriller movie suggestions?