And is it weird I have a crush on Carol Kane in this? ..and in "Taxi". ..and as the fairy in "Scrooged". ..and in everything else up to and including the old lady in "Gotham". Just the last one? All right then.
Well, add this to the list.
So, it starts out with the urban legend of the crazy person making phone threats, and the cops trace it to inside the house.
Carol Kane is the babysitter that survives this, then the middle chunk is years later, and the killer gets out, then the third act, we come full circle back to Carol Kane again, now married with children.
Eh....third act and ending were kinda weak, but entertaining overall.
Dunno if I'd recommend it though.
Okay, if you have a Carol Kane crush, go for it.
Don't Look Now (1973)
I wasn't sure I'd like it, because Bravo seemingly revealed the twist ending, and the twist was retarded, BUT, there's a twist after that twist that brings everything full circle, and then it's brilliant again.
It's a veeeerrrry slow burn though.
Lot of these 70's psychological horrors take a long scenic ride to get to where they're going.
I recommend it, but pack a lunch.
The Haunting (1963)
I dunno, this is one I have to keep thinking about.
Like, the things I didn't like, was it just me, or did the movie intend for me to feel this way, and therefore, it's genius?
To me, everything that happens can be attributed to hysteria and self-hypnosis.
BUT, even if it is, I guess it can be about the power of fear.
And the poster kind of even says that.
Absolute fucking garbage.
Do not watch this.
I had no enthusiasm to see this, and it met my lowest expectations.
It's basically baby-boomer yuppies being scared of gen-xers.
Same bullshit fear of teenagers the WWII generation pulled with "Rebel Without A Cause".
We're just going to keep doing this as a culture, huh?
I have a sneaking suspicion these later lists were a deal with a couple studios to advertise their garbage.
Imagine and Lion's Gate being the biggest culprits.
Another one I had no enthusiasm for...but, it actually surprised me.
Based on a real life case where a Catholic douche-nozzle caused a girl's death, and the film actually literally puts exorcism on trial.
I won't dance around it, I'm firmly on the "exorcisms are a cute word for torturing the mentally ill", side of it.
I'd've fried the sonovabitch.
Stars the sister from "Dexter", which was a nice surprise.
The Stepford Wives (1975)
I liked this a lot, in that it made me angry, and it was supposed to.
I despise the kind of stunted dickless men in this that want a robot Geisha instead of a fun woman with humor, and personality, and ambitions, and dreams, and guts.
How hopelessly boring their inner mind must be.
But men like this fucking exist.
They're sadly not a radical feminist paranoid fantasy.
You look at the deep south, and the middle east, and the planet is loaded with the miserable shitty fuckers.
And that's just the ones that are out and proud about it.
Gotta wonder how many are sneakier, and closeted, and would take advantage of this shit.
Humans are pretty horrible.
Another diamond in the rough.
Kinda curious to the see the sequels and remakes.
Probably not as good.
Open Water (2003)
This was as much of a bummer as I thought it was gonna be.
I didn't feel good until I Wikipedia-ed the real case, and found out the boat company was sued into oblivion.
Eh, I liked the idea, and the trailer, but the flick itself didn't really do it for me.
And now, to ones I watched for the list....
The Descent (2005)
Really, really, REALLY good....and then the ending fucking ruins it.
If it ended just 5 minutes earlier, it would have been just right, but they had to try to be all artsy, and Shyamalan-y.
Watch it, and scene skip past the last few minutes.
Starring Michael Shannon just 4 years before becoming General Zod in "Man Of Steel".
About a paranoid schizophrenic who thinks he's full of bugs put into him by the military, and how he sweeps his girlfriend up in the fantasy.
I really dug it.
Not the greatest thing ever, but enjoyable.
Worth a watch.
Hostel: Part II (2007)
Like it even less than the first Hostel, because I have a crush on Heather Matarazzo, and I hated seeing her get hurt.
Nope, not an Eli Roth fan.
Just haven't been impressed.
Gave him a fair shot.
Liked the clever core idea of the style of it, and some of the scenes, and the performances were good, but...it hasn't stuck with me, and I'll probably never see it again.