I See Dead People
The Sixth Sense. This masterpiece features incredible performances from everyone involved, and even if you know already what's going down it is definitely still worth watching as there are still so many layers to analyze and important human drama.
1408. The film is solid and I like how it examines both our fears arising from the physical as well as the psychological....great performance by John Cusack, but I'm not sold on the ending (I hear there is an alternate director's cut that is pretty interesting though.)
Clue. A nostalgic childhood favorite that is very clever and quotable...and complete with three endings for the viewer to choose from (however, I feel the movie isn't complete unless you watch all of them!)
Young Frankenstein. The very funny classic with director Mel Brooks at his finest directing a cast that clearly had a good time.
Psycho. One of the greatest films of its kind of all time, this Hitchcock thriller is just amazing and still holds up extremely nicely. Honestly, you can't not watch this movie around Halloween. Dangit...that's two sentences...now three.
Strangers on a Train. Another Hitchcock thriller featuring a very real and terrifying premise, and of course it is very finely executed with high suspense!
Zombieland. Oh so violent, but oh how I love the characters, dialogue and a certain plot point that just elevates the movie to unforgettable.
The Addam's Family. Where did this one dud come from on the list? Ann made me do it. 90's remake of a classic 60's t.v. show does not equal a good movie or classic in its own right. Broke the sentence rule again, but the mini rant was worth it.
Rope. Another terrifyingly real concept of murder and suspense from Hitchcock...what can I say? The man is good.
Sweeney Todd. Incredibly dark, but the fantastic story of how revenge eats away at the soul directed by one of my faves Tim Burton. Great soundtrack too.
Dracula Dead and Loving It. Okay, this isn't the greatest or refined comedy ever....but there are just a few moments that really make me laugh...even just thinking about them.
Les Diaboliques. Saw this first a year ago in my film class in Paris and was absolutely terrified...still good the second time around but I was more negatively affected by pacing. Still a terrific film with a fantastic ending.
The Innocents. I'll give them major points for the creepy kids, as well as the ambiguity, it presents in the whole thing...but sometimes too much ambiguity can drive me nuts when I think "now what the heck did I just even watch??"
I feel like for sure I'm missing some...and if so, I'll have to include them in the next blog I guess....because there's still plenty more I plan to watch including Drag Me To Hell, The Shining, The Ring, Beetlejuice, Hocus Pocus and Shaun of the Dead among others. This has been so much fun watching all these movies this month...this might just have to become a tradition. It really makes you appreciate the genre and the holiday! Anyway, feel free to share your opinions on what I've listed and what else I must watch before the month is through!!