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The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

18 Oct

 

Vincent Price is in just about every scene in this one and it is a glorious thing.

 

I flirted with the idea of a four-word review of “The Masque of the Red Death,” because I think that with only four words you could probably know if this film is something you’d enjoy. Those four words would be: Roger Corman. Vincent Price. Those of you who wish to can stop reading now, but if you want to click on, I will expound a bit. Continue reading

The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

18 Oct

 

Carlos' beatific reaction to seeing a bomb stuck in the courtyard of his new home is beyond weird.

 

The Devil’s Backbone” is another genre-bender from visionary director Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro’s films tend to be beautiful and poignant while at the same time suspenseful and terrifying, an uneasy marriage of art and horror. With this film, he adds another layer — a coming-of-age story — and creates an altogether different interpretation of what at first appears to be a traditional ghost story. Continue reading

Thirst (2009)

18 Oct

 

So a priest walks into a blood bank ... Stop me if you've heard this one ...

 

Chan-wook Park has never failed to impress me with his measured, mature films. His “Vengeance” trilogy was aesthetically bold and accented with jaw-dropping action sequences, but beneath the stylish surface was a series of masterful takes on the complex emotions which inspire vengeance. So when the auteur decided to take on a vampire tale with “Thirst,” my interest was decidedly piqued. Continue reading