In the 41st week of 2020 for Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks as a continuation of the Halloween Edition. We go into horror movies based on a true story as there are films that are based on real-life stories or based on legends. Here are my three picks:
1. Memories of Murder From Bong Joon-ho is a film that for anyone who had followed his work might consider this to be his best film and it is truly the work of a filmmaker coming into his own. Especially as it is loosely based on a series of real life murders in South Korea from 1986 to 1991 as it revolves around two different detectives trying to uncover the mystery. It is a film that is rich in its approach to suspense as well as moments that are scary. Most notably a scene that involves a female detective wearing specific clothing in the rain and a song appears which is when the moment is where the killer would strike his victim as it is one of the most eerie scenes captured on film.
2. Zodiac David Fincher’s suspense film about the search for the Zodiac killer is definitely one of his most overlooked films largely due to the fact that it had a hard time reaching an audience. It is an intensely brooding film that explore two detectives, a journalist, and a cartoonist who all go on this long search to find the identity of the Zodiac killer. It is multilayered in its narrative to explore how some go into descent in their search while others basically just cope with the severity of its cast it does feature some top-notch work from Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., and Mark Ruffalo.
3. The Lighthouse Though it shares its title from an unfinished Edgar Allen Poe short story, it is based mainly on a real-life story of two lighthouse keepers who both go insane in Robert Eggers’ sophomore film that explore terror in a strange setting. Shot in black-and-white, the film revolves around these two men who live and tend to a lighthouse that feature some mysterious powers as it also play into the lighthouse and its surroundings. Featuring top-notch performances from Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, it is a film that is gorgeous in its presentation yet it is also a discomforting film to watch as it show two men go absolutely insane.
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