So I'm doing a sort of a horror movie "marathon" from here till Halloween. Every few days I would watch one then update this journal with my some of thoughts about it. Here are the stuff I want to watch first, off the top of my head:
+ Alien (1979): Check
+ The Shining (1980): Check
+ The Thing (1982)
+ Rear Window (1954)
As you can see it's not a very big list yet, so if you have suggestions of what I should watch next, feel free to comment below.
DAY 1: Alien
Indeed, in space no one can hear you scream (or pee, or...you know). Perhaps Alien is "just" a haunted house movie in space, but it's a damn good haunted house movie in space (what with all of the dripping water on a spaceship
, though?). Alien ages surprisingly well. There are only a few instances when the effects look dated. The highlight of the movie for me is the flashing light sequence near the end when Ripley is running away from our favorite extraterrestrial rape metaphor dick-head. It really kept me on the edge of my seat.
Quote: "This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off." DAY 2: The Shining
The Shining is a movie about the horror of writer block and cabin fever. Ok, not really. It's about addiction...I think. (Jack is an alcoholic, the desolation of the Overlook hotel represent being trapped in your own mind: you keep doing the same thing over and over again, even Wendy smokes when she is nervous.) The most unsettling thing about the movie isn't the alien geometry of the hotel - although that's a big factor, too - but the sound design and music. Even the black screen that announces the time passage is scary. An interesting thing I noticed is the bloody elevator shot in the trailer
is showed as glimpses in Danny's visions throughout the movie, and only appears in real near the end. Anyway, great movie. That dog suit blow job guy is pretty random, though.
Quote: "Little pigs, little pigs, let me come in. Not by the hair of your chiny-chin-chin? Well then I'll huff and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in!"