Thursday, October 01, 2020
Thursday Movie Pick (Halloween Edition): Horror Movie Houses
In the 40th week of 2020 for Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. It’s October as it is Halloween season as we go into the subject of horror movie houses. Places that no one should go to where a whole lot of fucked up shit goes on. Here are my three picks:
1. The Innocents
Jack Clayton’s adaptation of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw revolves around a governess who is watching over two children who believe they are possessed by ghosts in this home. It’s a straightforward premise for a haunted house film yet it is more about the atmosphere and a lot of the chaos that occur within the house as it relates to its previous inhabitants. Shot in gorgeous black-and-white photography by Freddie Francis, Clayton maintains something that is gorgeous yet eerie while the film includes an incredible leading performance Deborah Kerr as it is a film that horror fans need to see.
From Japanese filmmaker Nobuhiko Obayashi is probably one of the most insane horror house films ever made. It’s a film that revolves around these seven schoolgirls going to the country at the home of one of the girls’ aunt where it is rumored to be haunted and well, that is an understatement. It’s just that everything goes exactly insane where it is darkly comical as it relates to the girls trying to fight the house while dealing with a mysterious white cat. Featuring a fun music soundtrack and visual effects that are bonkers, it is one of the best haunted house films ever.
3. Crimson Peak
If there’s a film in the 2010s that should be in the conversation more often, it is Guillermo del Toro’s 2015 Gothic horror drama as the titular home itself is one of the best horror homes ever. Set in the late 19th Century/early 20th Century, the film revolves around an American writer who meets a British man as they fall in love yet is warned by ghosts to not go to this house. She marries the man and goes to this house that is in ruins as it is the man’s home that he shares with his sister as it has a dark history and previous inhabitants that play into the suspense. It is a film that gets much richer through re-watches while it remains baffling into why Jessica Chastain got overlooked for her performance in the film as she’s just wild and insane.
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