Subtle horror film probably lost on today's audiences.
Having seen this film as a kid, it very much scared the hell(no pun
intended) out of me. Watching it in adulthood, I expected it to lose a
lot of impact. Surprisingly, it held up very well indeed. Yes, the
acting is a bit over the top at times, but it helps to sell the implied
horrors much better than hordes of phony-looking CGI concoctions aimed
at a preteen crowd. What is not seen is always scarier. A basic horror
film concept utterly lost on the blood/guts/torture-fest makers of
today. This film actually takes the supernatural seriously. With Clive
Revill's Dr. Barrett being the voice of science, and Pamela Franklin's
Florence Tanner being the 'mental medium.' Roddy McDowell's Ben Fisher
is the spent, traumatized 'physical medium' who barely survived the
last attempt to investigate the "Mt. Everest of haunted houses" 20 yrs.
earlier. Some critics have called the movie slow; well, if you want
kids to get chainsawed every three minutes...don't bother. The body
count(yes, there are deaths in the film) is low, but since we get to
know these characters as flawed, realistic people, there is a sense of
loss when they die. Personally, I felt the pace to be very measured,
and it built up the suspense well. Okay, Roddy McDowell chomps down
scenery here and there, but it is a sincere performance. His character
is just that high-strung, so it works. The cat-attacks are very
well-shot(i.e. the rolling lamp on the floor, the dizzying camera work)
and the s.
mr7fingers watch Cats: Caressing The Tiger movie
The Entity This is a great classic made when you could actually get scared by a movie. good acting , good effects I give it an A+ .
mr7fingers watch Drive Thru movie
A great movie I give it an A+ good story.
How to make a good Horror Movie 101
My first scary movie, I was fortunate to see this at age 11 by a fluke...My
mother took me, my brothers and a friend to see a double-bill matinee of
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Charlotte's Web to a local 2-plex.
The line was long, and by the time we got to the box office that theater was
sold out. Luckily, Mom, with complete obliviousness bought tickets for the
other theater which featured a double-bill of The Legend of Hell House and
The Boston Strangler.
Hell House played first, and that is the movie that I remembered (forget The
Boston Strangler) and from that day forward, the word "ectoplasm" was a part
of my vocabulary! What can I say that hasn't already been said...this movie
rocks, in the best minimalist way possible! Small cast, top flight acting,
story, direction, music score, photography, atmospherics...a lot of today's
filmmakers could learn from this movie on how to do it RIGHT. With any luck,
this will never be remade...it would be ruined by some front line hack
(backed up by demographic-seeking studio execs) with unnecessary CGI
effects, choreographed violence, gore, an unworthy cast, nudity, over
production, and a music score featuring several pop, rock or techno songs
(or a combo) recorded by artists on the same label as the movie
distributor...I am so unamused at most young people's intolerance of
anything "old-school" because it doesn't feature the aforementioned
"qualities" designed for MTV Brats with pop culture induced A.D.D. that when
I get a chance to see something like this with a youngster (under 30) who
actually acknowledges its merits, it gives me hope. (God, I sound old! I
mean, I'm sure I had the same attitude at that age.).