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Les Yeux sans Visage (1959)

In Film on January 1, 2006 at 3:30 am

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Les Yeux sans Visage (Eyes Without a Face)
Directed by: Georges Franju
Release: 1959
Cast: Pierre Brasseur, Edith Scob

More gothic gems~ Finally saw this legendary French arthouse horror classics Eyes Without a Face. The premise: a doctor’s beautiful daughter was disfigured in a car accident caused by himself. The title of the film refers to the iconic image of the blank, expressionless white mask wore by the disfigure daughter, whose pair of eyes shine through the holes of the mask. The guilt ridden doctor is determined to reconstruct his daughter’s face by kidnapping girls in Paris, then cut off their facial skins for skin grafting surgery.

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Picnic at Hanging Rock (1974)

In Film on December 23, 2005 at 10:06 am

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Picnic at Hanging Rock is a hauntingly beautiful, ethereal, atmospheric film directed by Peter Weir, it left me desperately intrigued and mystified.

The premise: Valentine’s day, 1900 – A group of students and teachers from an upper-class all-girl boarding school went picnic at the Hanging Rock, a landscape attraction in Australia. Four girls and one teacher went up and never returned. The search party’s efforts were fruitless, until days later they found one of the girls unconscious at the top of the rocks, who later recovered but seems to have lost her memory of the incident. The disappearance haunted those remained: fellow students, headmistress, police, strangers. They mourned, speculated and questioned…what happened to the other girls? what really happened up there?

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Tre Passi Nel Delirio (1968)

In Film on May 5, 2005 at 5:27 am

Tre Passi Nel Delirio (1968)

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Terrance Stamp (looking circa 1985 but it’s really the 60s).

Also known as ‘Histoires Extraordinaire‘ or ‘Spirits of the Dead‘ in US. This Italian+French production consisted of 3 seperate stories by 3 different directors and casts. All stories were adapted from Edgar Allen Poe. Starring bunch of good looking and cool people from the 60s: Jane Fonda, Alain Delon, Brigitte Bardot and Terrance Stamp. The first two have the standard awkward paced B horror movie vibe. But the third one directed by Fellini is way above the league in terms of style, pacing and visions.

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Don’t Look Now (1973)

In Film on February 2, 2005 at 7:46 am

What a coincidence, I watched 2 movies and finish 1 book on the same weekend that were all made in 1973. Don’t Look Now was a beautifully filmed British horror/thriller directed by Nicholas Roeg, based on a story by Daphne du Maurier (Rebecca, The Birds) and starring Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland (he has same magnetic deep voice as his son Kiefer). It was a well-made creepy film loaded with symbolism for someone who loves the feeling of getting lost. ^^;; It’s good for multiple viewings and film classes analysis.

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The Bloody Countess

In History on January 1, 2005 at 3:28 am

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The Bloody Countess: The Atrocities of Erzsébet Báthory
Author: Valentine Penrose
Release Date: Sep 2000
Publisher: Creation Books
Pages: 189

Erzsébet Báthory, the beautiful 17th century Hungarian Countess who tortured and killed more than 600 girls and bathed in their blood, was not as widely known as the infamous Vlad the Impaler (immortalized as Dracula by Bram Stroker), nevertheless she was a popular gothic icon in horror stories (especially in Japan!? ^^;;). I’ve read dozen of Erzsébet Báthory-inspired characters in girly horror manga when I was young. Horrible but fascinating figure…

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The Best of Roald Dahl

In Short Stories on December 27, 2004 at 2:39 am

bestdahl.jpgThe Best of Roald Dahl
by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl is the author of my favorite book from childhood Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the book that wonderfully wicked children film The Witches was based on. I didn’t know he’s also famous for writing short stories for adult. This volume collects 29 stories from his career spanning from 1940s-1980s. They are mostly wicked stories about grotesque people and horrifying scenarios that are also disturbingly humorous. Most of the stories have nasty twist endings, I have to fight urges not to cheat by skipping ahead. Most are not big-bang type of surprises, but subtle and creepy revelations. He’s amazing in building up suspense and tantalizing the reader Hitchcock-style: we knew something is not right but the characters were unaware of the danger they’re heading onward. That’s why it’s a thrilling ride, like watching a train wreck and how human failings (greed, lust) lead to their own demises. A lot of the stories also have the “story within a story’ structure.

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The Witches (1990)

In Film on August 23, 2004 at 10:39 am

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My goodness this is one nasty movie: so grotesque and scary for a children’s film…so good! It’s just surprisingly well done all around: excellent dark British humor, amazingly real makeup and special effects, and it featured Rowan Atkinson ;). It is based on a book by the wonderfully twisted Roald Dahl, directed by Nicolas Roeg, special effects by Jim Hensen. Story is simple: an orphan boy and his grandmother stayed at a hotel where a convention for ‘Women Against Cruelty For Children’ organization is held. But it was actually a disguise for a witch convention where witches from all over England met with their leader, the Grant High Witch (played brilliantly by Anjelica Huston). These witches are very normal looking except for these traits: there are errie purple glow in the eyes, square feet, and constantly scratching their head because they wear wigs to cover their hairless head. They schemed a grand plan of putting this new drug at candies that can turn children into mice.

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Something Wicked This Way Come (1983)

In Film on August 23, 2004 at 9:46 am

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Something Wicked This Way Come was based on a novel by Ray Bradbury that I’ve always wanted to read (but the book cover is too ugly :-(, hoping for a newly designed edition someday in future). The movie adaptation was made by Disney (uh-oh), so I could only imagine how water-down the final execution was. The story is about a strange carnival arrived at a small American town in the 20s. It has strange power that can grant the town folks’ greatest wishes.

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