Thursday, October 05, 2017
Thursday Movie Picks (Halloween Edition): Masks
For the first week of October 2017 as part of the Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer of Wandering Through the Shelves. It’s the first week of the Halloween edition of the series as it’s focused on masks. Those who could be killers with masks or it’s the mask that makes them scary. Here are my three picks:
1. Eyes Without a Face
In this adaptation of Jean Redon’s novel comes one of the finest films about image and madness told with such style by Georges Franju. It revolves around a scientist trying to restore his daughter’s disfigured face by taking the skin of other young women. Featuring Edith Scob as the disfigured young woman Christiane who often has to wear a mask, it is an unusual horror film in comparison to many of today’s conventions yet it has a lot of dramatic elements that makes the film so fascinating.
One of the seminal films of the modern-day horror genre comes from the legendary John Carpenter as it is considered the film that began the slasher sub-genre. All revolving around on Halloween, the film revolves around a troubled young man named Michael Myers who escapes a sanitarium and kills whoever gets in his way. It’s definitely one of the great films of horror as it would spawn sequels, remakes, and all sorts of things proving how influential this low-budget film would be.
3. The Skin I Live In
Not a conventional horror film in comparison with other films of the genre nor does it come from a filmmaker who is known more for making art-house dramatic films. Nevertheless, Pedro Almodovar’s adaptation of Thierry Jonquet’s Tarantula is truly one of his best films as well as showing a director still displaying that air of danger that he had been known for early in his career. It revolves around a doctor trying to create artificial skin that can resist burns, insect bites, and other things by using a woman as his lab rat of sorts. Featuring career-defining performances from Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, and Marisa Parades, the film definitely recalls Eyes Without a Face as well as the films of Alfred Hitchcock but it’s all Almodovar in terms of its visual style and provocative elements in the story.
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