A winning premise (adapted from Patricia Highsmith's novel with the help of none other than Raymond Chandler) executed with the trademark precision of Hitchcock. Why do these kinds of stories always seem to come to a violent end at an amusement park though?
The Wicker Man
A detective travels to an island to investigate the disappearance of a young girl. The islanders are pagan weirdoes whose bright-eyed eccentricities slowly hint at something sinister lurking below the surface. They have outdoor orgies, their schools teach the children about the phallic implications of the Maypole and the missing girl's grave is filled with the body of a rabbit. It builds to a somewhat inevitable conclusion during the May Day celebration. The quirky giddiness of the island folk (lead by a sly Christopher Lee) manages to make the bizarre mystery even more unsettling. A masterpiece of British horror.
One of the best horror films I've seen in a long time and one of the most unique I've ever seen. The title screen identifies it as a folktale and that's really a better way to think about it. No cheap scares here (generally creepy rather than scary, which is how I prefer my horror)- just an unrelenting sense of dread, made more palpable by an extremely effective screechy violin-filled soundtrack. A family is exiled for reasons which are never made clear and build an isolated cottage next to a vast forest. When the witch who inhabits the forest appears, she's one of the most fascinatingly chill-inducing horror movie antagonists ever. The filmmakers wisely chose to follow the folklore tradition and make her more animal than human. The backlash against the dialogue (which is admittedly difficult-to-decipher, authentic 17th century English speak) and slow pacing is inevitable but should be ignored by true fans of well-made, atmospheric horror.
Sci-fi action at its most batshit crazy, chock full of twists, turns, popping eyeballs and perky mutant titties. Really juvenile and dumb but there's no denying the entertainment factor.
Train to Busan
Been meaning to check this one out for awhile and glad I finally got around to it, as it was even better than I was expecting. Leave it to lame ass horror fans to automatically label attempts to genuinely move a horror audience as "cheesy"- don't listen to those ####ers, the film executes this brilliantly. As for the horror elements, well they're also top notch. I can say without a doubt that this is one of the most exciting zombie films I've ever seen- loved the depiction of the zombies as well. Don't waste your time with "Snakes On A Plane"- instead watch some mother####in zombies on a mother####in train!
Has some very effective creepy moments (which I won't ruin but you'll know them when you see them) but they're a bit too few and far between for me. Maybe the suspense was just sorta lost on me with this one but I found most of it to be somewhat dull.
Eyes Without a Face
A subtly disturbing concept with haunting yet strangely beautiful imagery. A slow burner that makes up for the pace with effective atmosphere and some genuinely shocking moments considering the time of release.