We all have them. Favorites, I mean. Movies that we simply cannot live without or would rather not try to live without. I am no exception to this rule & I am thankful that most of them were granted decent DVD releases. Having said that, I can re-visit them anytime I so desire or pop them out when I wish to introduce these treasures to close friends or family. Well, sometimes we do that. There are always those films that you probably love to death but wouldn't dare share with anyone also, right? I thought so.
So what makes a good movie really good & how do we truly distinguish the great stuff from mere wall-to-wall crap? Hmm, that's anyone guess. We could even debate that films we saw many moons ago are still deeply embedded in our hearts & we will most likely remain impartial to them for some unknown reason. Perhaps the timing was right when we first saw such film or even the stars were aligned a certain way. It's anyones guess as to why we like what we like of course & who can say for sure what will stick inside our minds for the longest time? I could list a ton of favs that I love today but I may give you a completely flip side list tomorrow. Isn't life curious?
There are so many films in different genres through the years which have amazed me & I'm thankful to have seen them in any medium. I'm even more happy when I find that others out there share the same interests or are interested in exploring those uncharted territories. Thus, the gift of lunch is certainly a blessing in many ways. I hope you find something here of interest & please feel free to contact me with questions or comments. Much love to you all!
1. The Hunger-I actually saw this one when I was just a young tike in shorts. I didn't much care for it back then but it would grow on me over the years. Hell, the box art on the old MGM videotape was cool enough to have me re-consider. Needless to say, I absolutely love this film & proudly own this on DVD & VHS. I have watched it many times & it actually gets better with each viewing as I find something new every time I play it. Tres chic! 2. Dawn Of The Dead-I don't know. There is something very cool about being trapped in a mall somewhere surrounding by zombies & this one has always fascinated me for some reason. Just give me plenty of good food & ammunition so I can survive. I've owned both VHS tapes & DVDs of this one. One day I hope to visit the mall in which this was filmed & purchase a DVD with the mall's info on the receipt. How cool is that? Even better, I would like the chance to get an autograph from Romero. 3. Company Of Wolves-More than just about any other film, I rented this one at least a zillion times in my early teens. I loved it from the beginning. It had me at hello as they say. I have purchased videotapes of this & own a DVD also. Good stuff! My friends & family members who don't usually like Horror LOVE this one also if that helps. Read my review on it if you wish. 4. Rocky Horror Picture Show-OK, I know it's deemed as one of the worst films ever made right up there with something Ed Wood might have constructed but it's sooo good. In fact, I have never considered this to be a guilty pleasure. I am not ashamed to admit this is one freakin' fun movie. I have owned several videotapes, bootlegs, & DVDs of this one. Yep, it's even better on the big screen at Midnight Movie marathons. 5. Amelie-When I think of international films, I guess you would call me a sell-out for loving this one but who didn't? I saw several times in the multiplex during it's initial run & then proceeded to purchase it when it was finally released on DVD in North America. I watched it 20 times during the first week of purchase. Amelie rules! 6. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me- No, this one didn't fair too well with the critics but I do like a lot. Again, owned it on VHS for years before upgrading to DVD. Saw it once in the theaters. David Lynch is a cinematic God! 7. Gothic-This one was just plain weird when I first rented it on VHS in my early teens. I wanted to like it but somehow couldn't cared less. Through repeated viewings on cable TV & videotape rentals, it grew on my. I do own this on DVD & VHS tape now. Easily one of my favorite Ken Russell movies. Great box art too!! 8. Cannibal Holocaust-I had heard about this one for years online & even went so far as to purchase a bootleg copy before Grind house released this one in the states. I've seen it many, many times even though it's not the most cheerful film in the world. Deodato constructed a true masterpiece which deserved all the recognition it's received through the years. Thumbs up! 9. At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul-This was one awesome flick & perhaps the first known Horror film in Brazil. Coffin Joe is truly one evil undertaker. I bought the limited edition box set & have viewed it many, many times. Friends & friends of the family have also spoken pretty highly of this one. Recommended. 10. Eating Raoul-Although the DVD quality was nothing to write home about, I bought it anyway as the old VHS tape was getting kinda worn & the audio wasn't so hot anymore. Great film. Check out my review if you're interested.
There you have it folks. Films I have viewed numerous times & will re-visit again. Perhaps this is stranded island list for you & those are the ten films I would have to carry with me. Now just watch me make a list tomorrow of 10 completely different films. HA HA! Only kidding.
What people do to each other is more horrifying than what scary monsters might do to us. Frankenstein's creation only may be out there. Psycho killers certainly are. It's not funny but in a way horror is like comedy. Something scares you or it doesn't, just as something makes you laugh or chuckle or it doesn't. There is nothing in between, no "almost funny" or "almost scary." … more
If I were ever to be stranded on that fabled desert island and had enough advance warning to be able to pack a few DVDs from my favorite genre (the horror film) I'd totally freak out . I t would be nearly impossible to narrow a list down to 10 or even 20 choices. Nope it wouldn't be easy, but after much thought I've come up with this list of lesser known films as my first choice. And you won't find any Big Name Directors or horror comedies on this list either. I had to find some … more