Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Maniac

Oh how I loathe remakes, they never get it right. It's just total rehashes of the original films just without the charm, the individuality, TOTAL GARBAGE...oh wait what's this there's a remake which is just as good as the original...wait it's a horror film? Yep that's right you heard correctly, FINALLY there is a decent remake in the horror genre, and it goes by the name of 'Maniac'.  I had been losing my shit over this film since I heard  about this going into production. Unfortunately this didn't hit the cinemas here in Perth, surprise surprise. But last week I was lucky enough to buy a Blu-ray copy and I went home that night, poured a big glass of whiskey and got ready for the violence that I was going to indulge myself in.

It's not every day that a killer has a strange fetish and love for women's scalps, but Frank Zito does. On his journey of recreating beautiful women with bloody scalps he meets the beautiful photographer Anna who has a fascination for mannequins and want's to use them for an art exhibit. As she is preparing for this exhibit, their friendship blossoms and Frank is struggling with his own demons and wondering if this woman could be his ideal match, the woman that stops him fulfilling his sick desires. I don't want to give too much away with the plot, because it's an amazing piece of modern-day horror mixed with exploitation elements which you need to see unfold for yourself. I do love the original version of 'Maniac' but I cannot help but feel this remake is just as enjoyable if not more so than the first one. The pacing with the remake doesn't feel as slow, it feels a lot more intense and with the musical score in the background it only adds to severity of the brutality that we witness on the screen.

Now I just have to say I have never been a huge fan of Elijah Wood and I am probably one of the only people out there that can't stand the 'Lord of the Rings' franchise, however this film proves Wood is capable of so many talents. His role of Frank Zito could have totally fallen flat on his face if he played this in more an aggressive manner in terms of his personality. Instead he played Frank as if that he had  a childlike mentality who truly believed what he was doing was right. And even though what he was doing to these women was just straight up horrifying, I couldn't help but feel really sorry for him. He had severe mummy issues and seeing what she was doing while he was a child, definitely changed his course on life and how he should act towards women. And it's a real shame that this sort of thing isn't just seen in the movies. I really enjoyed the character of Anna played by Nora Arnezeder because while at times she seemed very vulnerable to Frank's insecure charms, she was still badass and she is by no means a weak character, it was good to see a strong 
female lead.

You cannot talk about this film without mentioning the amazing POV shots in the film. The reason why I love that it was filmed this way, is because it makes you feel like you are Frank. It makes you feel like you are doing the killing, and it's a very effective way to get into your own psyche and actually ask yourself if you sympathise with the victim or with him. Also when a film like 'Maniac' is shot in POV it's actually quite chilling because you somewhat feel that you are in control of this situation but at the same time there is nothing you can do about it because it's a film.  It's an extremely personal way of shooting a film and if given the right setting, and story then it's something that can be pulled off with a lot of artistic merit, instead of looking like an amateur porno film. I also loved the musical score, it just had a very 1980's feel to it which at times was reminiscent to the film 'Drive'. At times I was actually wondering if Ryan Gosling was going to appear out of the shadows, but alas nothing.  The death count wasn't extremely high, but I am glad it wasn't because instead of killing a tonne of stupid hookers this really focused on Frank and why he chose the women he did. Between each killing there was time for you to gather yourself and see Frank's madness unfold, and parts of his life is slowly revealed and as the film goes on you are trying to piece together this jigsaw puzzle. 

'Maniac' is an incredible piece of film, a remake which is loyal but has it's own take on it but pays homage to the original. Everything is very clear, concise to the point, and it doesn't try to confuse with too much convoluted and pointless sub plots. This film is honest, and simple and that simplicity really goes a hell of a long way. Sure a lot of people have branded this film 'depraved' and 'sick' and I have heard that people have walked out of the cinema when watching this film, which I think is just funny. Sure the killings are graphic and are blatant, but it isn't a gore-fest. It isn't about how much fake blood could have been used during the production, it's just that Frank like's to scalp women and it's not something we see in every single horror film, so of course people will be shocked. If you haven't seen this based upon the fact that it is a remake, just please throw that thought out of your head because it is one of the best remakes that has been produced in the last 10 years. And I definitely think that this film could be in a few people's top 10 films of 2013...I know it's definitely going to be in mine. If you are a horror buff and have not seen this you should definitely check it out and see all the different elements taken from sub genres such as 'splatter', 'Giallo' and 'Exploitation'. 'Maniac' has so many creative influences but it is so damn unique, so I order you to grab yourself a whiskey, settle in for the night and watch 'Maniac'...just do it now. 

Pieces

Alright it is Halloween this week, and it would be pointless for me not to review a horror film...but what should I pick? Should I pick something left of field that no one would expect or maybe even heard of? Do I pick something to appeal to the generic masses of horror fans or do I pick something which possesses everything I personally love about horror? You know what I'm going to choose...'Halloween'...alright I'm not. I mean I could write a review on that amazing film which scared me straight as a kid and kept me a virgin for a long time in fear that Myers was going to kill me for such sordid acts...but lets face it, I am not predictable, and generic and also everyone is probably writing a review on that film. I have decided to discuss a personal favourite of mine from the Giallo genre from 1982 entitled, 'Pieces'. For my readers who are not entirely sure what Giallo is, here is a little explanation. Giallo is a sub genre of horror which conveys very graphic and violent killings accompanied by a wonderfully orchestrated musical score and a lot of soft focus camera work. The Giallo genre definitely has more of a murder/suspense vibe about it opposed to the typical slasher movies, and the story lines are definitely more unique and better thought out with some great character development. The films are a lot of the time recorded in the Italian language and then dubbed over. This sub genre is definitely one of the most creative but alas forgotten or unheard of to the masses, but now this genre is  scoring new fans as well as rekindling the old flame between former lovers of the genre. 

Okay so how many horror films have been made which focus on people getting murdered on a college campus? Plenty! And let's face it, not many of them are any good, most if not are just a lame excuse to get some drunken chicks tits out and watch the moronic bitch die. Whereas sure this very simple plot but what is different from trash like that and 'Pieces' is that not every girl dies the same way, the circumstances are all very different...each victim loses a certain part of her body, whether it's her arm, torso or even her pretty head. Is this just senseless violence? Or is there some actual motive behind what the killer is doing? Of course there is motive! But I am not going to divulge that information because while it wouldn't be a huge spoiler since it's shown at the beginning of the film  it would just be nice for you first time viewers of this film to have the same reaction as I did. But what I can tell you is that this killer stalks his prey something wicked and while the film does have occasionally campy moments, I couldn't help but tense up every time there was a lead up to seeing these poor victims just get hacked into it. It definitely does have an easy narrative to follow, and I found it easy to pick who the killer is, so there really wasn't any twist, but either way I was satisfied with how it ended.

What I think is awesome about 'Pieces' is the fact that it definitely has 'sleaze' written all over it. And with that added sleaze-factor it does make you feel a little dirty at times, but that isn't a bad thing. That means it had really awesome exploitation elements thrown in. Joe D'Amato helped write the screenplay, and you can just see his stamp written all over this film. D'Amato is known for his writing and directing of films in the horror genre as well as erotic films and some soft core porn. So with credentials like that it's not hard to imagine why this film has the sleaze-factor and it's fucking great! I think about how many people are against films from the Giallo genre as well as the horror genre from the 70's and 80's, it's insane  how many people opposed the perversion, and exploiting the nature of women in these films. Now this may sound very 'serial killer' of me, but I will say it, women look so much more better when murdered on screen than a man. They can portray real horror, they can portray the vulnerability and when you see them fighting for their life, you believe they are fighting for it. But when you see horror films today where a girl is in a white t-shirt, running through sprinklers and tripping over an invisible log and they get hacked up, no one says shit. I think because when you see horror films now, the killing is just so unbelievable and I guess it isn't as 'real'.  This film isn't the most violent horror I have seen, but I think having that suspense element in the film really adds to the brutality of the killings. I do believe that 'Pieces' is an underrated gem, but the many people I know who have seen this film absolutely LOVE it. It is an ambitious film, no question but it know's what it is. I mean it will never be as higher valued as something like 'Suspiria', but 'Pieces' still puts it's own stamp on the Giallo genre, and makes everything work for it. I only saw this film last year, and I was so surprised that this film had passed me by for so long. I will not lie though the acting, isn't the best shall we say, it at times is very over the top or so subtle you are just wishing they would emote just a little. But trust me there are far worst horror films out there with a tonne more worse acting. 

'Pieces' will always be a favourite of mine because it really does stand on it's own two feet, and doesn't try to be like every other Giallo film. While it definitely does have some artistic merit, this film doesn't try to be something that it isn't, it works with the resources that it has, and puts it all to good use. That is why I love Giallo so much, while there is definitely a hierarchy on the genre, each of those films have something to offer. And 'Pieces' definitely has the suspense element wrapped up nicely as well as the Exploitation genre influence and the overall creativity of the killings. If you want a fun film, that is violent, suspenseful, at times sleazy with a hint of shit acting for good measure, then check this film out. If I could rate this out of 5 I would give it a 5. Sure there are things wrong with it, but I believe with some films things go wrong for the right reasons. 

The trailer doesn't really reveal much which I think is effective, and also gives it that suspenseful quality about it. Don't get turned off because the whole plot isn't revealed in the trailer, embrace the mystery and you may be surprised! 





Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Downloaded

In 2000, I was thirteen years old, and even though I was young, I had a very eclectic and grown up taste in music. At every chance I got I was listening to music, and going to the local record store every day after school was my safe haven. I went in every day just in case I missed out on a CD I didn't see the previous day. I remember coming home after school and seeing my older brother sitting on the computer and telling me about a file sharing platform called Napster. He was explaining how you upload and share files with other users who like the same music as you. Upon hearing that my mind couldn't comprehend just how awesome Napster really was. At every chance I got I was using Napster, and even though I was getting music for free, I was still buying the same songs on a CD, because I wanted to be able to listen to it on my stereo as well as taping that same CD onto a cassette so that I could listen to it on my walkman...Wow I feel so old now reminiscing about cassettes. Anyways, I never got over how amazing Napster was, and was crushed when it eventually shut down. I remember reading all over the internet and all through the newspaper of what happened to the company, and just thought how pathetic it was. Musicians and huge music companies coming together to attack Napster for just bringing music lovers closer. For years this has bugged me. I had watched interviews over and over again on Youtube with the Napster creators explaining what their goal was, as well as watching positive and negative reactions to the company from musicians. Then this year I decided to follow Alex Winter on Twitter. I have been a huge fan of him since I first saw 'Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure' when I was 8. While looking on his Twitter profile I saw that he was releasing a documentary about  Napster and the online music revolution which was perfectly entitled 'Downloaded'. I couldn't help but get excited that this was going to be released but at the same time annoyed at the prospect that it wouldn't get played here in Australia, because they do have a tendency to bypass truly amazing films and documentaries. And then a couple of weeks ago I noticed it was available to purchase and watch online, so I practically lost my shit and changed my viewing plans for that evening and decided that I had to watch it. 

'Downloaded' is the story of how Napster changed the way we listen to music thanks to it's founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker. Throughout this documentary we are exposed to the story through former members of the company, archive footage, disgruntled and freethinking musicians and corporate giants on both sides of the fence. What is so brilliant about this documentary is that we hear all sides of the story, it is by no means bias, but no matter which way you look at it, the real villains of this music revolution were not Napster, it was the greedy music companies and some self-entitled musicians who really were not about giving back to their loyal fans, but rather lining their pockets with their fans hard earned cash. The music industry is always changing, and there is no way to stop it, especially when technology is concerned. No one thought there would be a bigger battle than the step up from vinyl to CD, but they were wrong. There were so many things we didn't even understand about the Internet, and here we have a group of guys who had barely finished high school changing the way we can access, share and enjoy music. What is so wonderful about this documentary is that Alex Winter manages to convey these guys as passionate pioneers for the music industry who only wanted to make people happy and if they happened to make money on the way, that was just an added bonus. The emotion from Fanning and Parker just radiates out of the screen because these guys had to push themselves to be the best they could be, and while they were just working together for a common good, they were chastised and painted in a bad light by people who only understood any kind of context if dollar signs were involved. Actually hearing different point of views from the guys who all contributed to Napster, gives a real sense of authenticity and that makes you relate to them. If these massive companies had any real knowledge on how people's minds work, they would have realised how awesome Napster was, but instead they didn't want to budge. They were just happy staying complacent, and not even listening to their consumers regardless of the fact that their consumers were evolving. 

I can totally understand why musicians would be less than impressed at the fact that people are illegally sharing or downloading their music. They are missing out on CD sales, yeah that's definitely true. But when people are exposed to an artist for free and hear one or two of their songs, some of these listeners will go out and buy the CD or buy it off iTunes, how do I know? I worked in a huge Hi-Fi chain store for five years. And despite the fact that there are illegal downloads happening all over the world, people would still come in and buy the CD. I cannot tell you how many conversations I had with customers who had illegally downloaded many songs, and then just decided they would prefer the CD. Sales of music has definitely decreased but don't just blame the illegal downloaders. Maybe have a look at the ACTUAL music industry and really listen to what is being released. There are a lot of brilliant new musicians that are out there; some are discovered...and a lot aren't. Instead there is complete rubbish dominating the charts and iTune downloads but these songs are not going to be remembered the way the tunes of Led Zeppelin will be remembered. Napster was brilliant because there were so many independent bands out there who just wanted to be heard, and thanks to Napster they were, and some were even a big success. It is sad though because now it isn't so much about the quality anymore, but the quantity. Push out a tonne of singles, albums, it doesn't matter because die-hard fans will always buy their favourite musicians albums regardless of whether or not it's good. It's as if these cashed up musicians forget about all the crappy bars and clubs they had to perform at just to get people to hear their music. And more often than not, they would have done it for free. At times I do believe musicians forget about how loyal their fans truly are. Think about it, you spend hundreds of dollars for a concert ticket, you buy band shirts, CD's. DVD's, re-issues of old album with two added new tracks, and you do that because you love their music. But love get's lost in the music industry and it's all about money. And when it comes down to it, these companies didn't want to lose cash, so they destroyed something that could have made them just as much, all because they didn't understand it. 

I really loved 'Downloaded', and I would have to say it is easily in my top 10 favourite documentaries of all time. I can't tell you how many times I have watched this in the past few weeks. It's storytelling at it's best. It doesn't just briefly summarise certain aspects, it really goes in depth but not so convoluted that it's a mess. Everything is edited and explained honestly and straight to the point, so you're not having to stop and say 'Oh shit I have no idea what they are talking about'. Alex Winter really knows how to tell a story and make it unfold to captivate your interest and that is a sign of an amazing filmmaker in my eyes. He managed to piece together this saga which had been more or less forgotten about, and gives the audience the saga in it's entirety. 'Downloaded' definitely has a smooth transition between the chapters, so you understood what was going on and you aren't left confused. You can see Alex Winter's passion and knowledge for the issues been discussed, and his direction of this feature are nothing short of brilliant and engaging. 'Downloaded' is fresh, insightful, and totally in a league of it's own. The ideas and elements used in this documentary are very well thought out, so this know's exactly what it is. If you have a thirst for knowledge and love documentaries you need to see this, because I am sure you will take away something awesome away from this. 

If you are curious and want to watch an amazing documentary then go to the following link, there are a tonne of different ways you can access it: 

http://downloadedthemovie.com/

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Dracula

When you say the name Dracula, there are so many things that can come to your mind. There have been so many reincarnations of this classic literary character, and he has been portrayed and brought to life by so many wonderful actors. But when I think of Dracula I think of one man who played him to perfection and no I am not talking about Leslie Nielsen in the spoof 'Dracula, Dead and Loving it', although that is mighty close to being my favourite. I am talking about the 1931 classic starring Bela Lugosi just simply entitled 'Dracula'. When I think of a true vampire I always think of Bela Lugosi in this film. And to anyone who likes so called vampire films like 'Twilight', you need to burn your DVD's and get into the real stuff. Vampires don't sparkle. And more importantly they don't fall in love with certain humans who can only express one emotion which is being constantly underwhelmed at best. End Rant. Dracula has had many faces, in many languages, but none are as iconic as Lugosi. This has set the standard of classic, gothic horror, and even if you are not a fan of this film, you should at least respect it for what it has done, because without it, many horror films wouldn't have been made.

The story is fairly basic so here it is. Dracula goes to England to do 'business' with some rich aristocrats, and just so happens to suck the blood out of the lovely and curious Lucy. Once he is done with her he turns his attentions to her pal Mina who is suddenly deteriorating, so it's up to Dr Van Helsing to investigate and what do you know, he realises that Dracula indeed is a vampire. 'Dracula' is a classic film there is no doubt in my mind about that, and it is also one of the 'Dracula' films which isn't camp or silly. It's very dark, gothic, suspenseful and it has a lot of charm about it. Bela Lugosi's portrayal of Dracula is so good, I actually always forget about everyone else on screen, so I never actually look at them. Lugosi just had these deep eyes, he could totally undress a woman with them...I am not sitting here naked writing this piece...DAMN YOU LUGOSI! But because he can just steal the show away from everyone else, I just can never remember anyone else's portrayal he was just THAT good.

What I love about this film is how simply it is made, and how it still manages to hold onto a real touch of class and sophistication about it. There are not many black and white horror films which have those elements in my opinion, because a lot of the time they do look cheaply made, and everything just seems to work against them throughout the entire production. Whereas the simply made sets and production design didn't harm 'Dracula'. And also I don't think many of you would have been looking a the scenery and sets, you would have been to concerned with Lugosi's performance. I do believe this film has aged very well, it isn't an old horror film which now looks worn or scummy. It definitely lead the way in terms of bringing the right timing when it came to suspense. Horror films since this 1931 classic have been trying to use it's elements in very subtle or blatant ways. At times that can be a little more so annoying rather than complimentary and other times it gets pulled off nicely. The music that is used in this film is just wonderfully eerie and creepy. It really makes you feel on the edge of your seat. Even now when I watch this, I get chills and goosebumps. The score is very dramatic, but it isn't over used, there are some scenes which don't use any music, and having that silence can be just as scary and effective to the emotions the film wants you to feel. I think if this exact same film was made in colour it wouldn't look half as scary. It's that darkness, the lurking in the shadows among the dim light is what makes this film so iconic. Black and white film makes you feel as if you are lost in another world, a darker world where you feel horror can strike at any moment.

'Dracula' is a film I absolutely adore, and wish I had seen it a lot sooner than I originally had. It has a high bar set and not many horrors have beaten it. It is something that I can still watch now and love how refreshing it still looks after all these years. If a film can continue to influence audiences and film makers you know it has done it's job. I would give this a 5 outta 5, and that is a rating it will always deserve.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Piranha 2: The Spawning

Ah Creature Features, I live for those movies. There are so many awesome films involving animals which just won't leave they have a thirst for blood. They have one purpose...to kill. It's awesome to see how far we have come from films like 'King Kong' and 'The Wolfman'. This sub genre of horror has pushed the boundaries far past any kind of sensible limit with films like 'Dinoshark' and 'Camel Spiders'. It seems that these films are becoming more stranger, and more fans of this genre are coming out of the woodwork. A lot of fans are now stepping out from behind their computer screen and expressing their love for these films while others continue to mock them but watch the films anyway because it's 'ironic'...fucking hipsters. Anyways Creature Features are a genre I have had a soft spot for ever since I first saw 'Jaws', I was always intrigued by these animals which just want to finally let the humans get what they deserve, and these animals act with a nasty wrath which is just so enjoyable to watch on the big screen. A favourite of mine in this genre will always be 'Piranha 2: The Spawning'(or also known as 'Flying Killers'). While I did love Joe Dante's original cinematic masterpiece, I can't help but enjoy this a little more because of two reasons. Reason 1 - It stars Lance FUCKING Henriksen and secondly the piranhas freakin' fly. I know this is a little far fetched right? But come on, what if they really could fly? Just picture it, humans would be extinct, so would every other animal, so then all the flying piranhas will be fighting to the death...there needs to be a movie about that...don't steal my idea. But do I feel this film is good enough for you to watch? Well I shall try my best to convince you that it is!

This story is very simple but at times it does get a little lost in all the stupid sub plots in the film. But I can say the absurd deaths and cheesy lines totally make up for that. So essentially the plot is a scuba instructor, her boyfriend and her ex husband(who by the way is a total copy of Chief Brody from 'Jaws') who all decide to investigate mutant flying piranhas who's lair just happen to be conveniently be in a sunken ship...yep and it just so happens to be near a holiday beach resort...I am not making this up. What I found so hilarious was the awkward three-way investigation, I mean how odd would you feel about investigating something you have no idea about with your ex wife and her new boyfriend? I think this film was getting pulled in two directions but I guess that is what happens when the original director leaves the project and the special effects director takes over...and who was this special effects director? James 'AVATAR' Cameron. Did he do a good job? Well all I can say is that this is my favourite of all the piranha films and by far more enjoyable than 'Avatar'. But hey I have very low standards of what I think is awesome. Now the star performance definitely goes to Lance Henriksen who plays the police chief who is investigating with his ex wife and her current boyfriend. I think he brings some actual realism to the film, which I know is hard to believe since this film is just pure nonsense, but he works with what he's got, I just feel sorry for him because they tried to make him an exact copy of Chief Brody, and hey he did a good job of that! As for the other actors...you don't need to know who they are because let's face it they were bad and you don't need great actors when you have flying piranhas in the story.

I think you need to watch this film purely for the opening. I mean you have two divers, getting frisky in this sunken boat, and shit is getting very sexy(well as sexy as it can get underwater and a limited air supply) and then lurking out of the shadows our piranhas start to ambush our sexy divers, and BAM you have one of the greatest openings in Creature Feature history. The film definitely does have it's moments that may make you jump, and the deaths are just wonderfully bad that they make up for the bad acting, terribly written screenplay and overall point of making this film. You can see one director wanted to make this a fun horror film, which just purely entertained, and then you can see another director wanted to make it dark, serious and something you should take seriously. But I cannot help but laugh at piranhas which fly, I mean I would love to have been in the boardroom when this idea was cooked up. Just seeing guys in suits trying to think of the next summer blockbuster which could beat the 'Jaws' box office record, and they come up with this. Great try guys!

Do you want to watch this? Would these feed your appetite like half naked divers feed piranhas? If so, definitely give this a viewing. Best way to watch it? Get a few of your friends together for a movie night, gets either a lot of liquor, or Cherry Coke, get super drunk or hyperactive and then turn it on. You will laugh, cringe, be slightly confused, laugh some more and shake your head in amazement that you actually sat down and watched all 94 minutes. If you are a genuine lover of just pure crap films like me, then you won't be disappointed. Don't go in thinking you are going to get a visual treat with a beautiful score, and some very 'artsy' deaths, because you won't. If anything this Creature Feature has a hint of the Exploitation genre chucked in for good measure, and it totally works. This definitely is an acquired taste if you watch this sober and have low standards like me. So if I was hyperactive on Cherry Coke i'd give this a 4 out of 5, if I was having a normal kinda day I would give this...oh who am I kidding it would still be 4.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Carnival of Souls

From the mid 1950's to early 60's, horror was at a very interesting time. You had Hitchcock leading the way for his unique storytelling and direction and you had Ed Wood Jr. just trying to find his B grade audience who would appreciate what he was trying to do. But in 1962 Herk Harvey directed a film which stood between sheer greatness and just plain bad; that film was 'Carnival of Souls'. I actually had not seen this film before, I had always steered clear of it because I was afraid of being bored all the way through it all the while imagining a better movie in my head - That's normal right? Either way I was pleasantly surprised but not so surprised I would put it in my top 100 favourite horror films of all time.

The story line is pretty easy to follow and if it was made today I believe it would make one creepy film(if put in the right hands of course). The films revolves around a woman called Mary Henry who was in a car with two of her gal pals and doing what any normal young girls would do; accept a drag race from some young and cute juvenile delinquents - Alright maybe I might be stereotyping the guys just a little...Anyways as they are racing they come to a bridge and of course it's all fun and games until one of the cars plunges into the river, yep those poor girls die...or do they? One of them so happens to escape and from that moment on weird stuff starts to happen to this girl. Within less than a week of the accident she drives to Utah to become a church organist(that isn't what is weird, her miraculous recovery is though). As she tries to start her life again after the accident she starts to see a silent yet creepy man who just won't seem to leave her alone. As the film progresses and her paranoia is going into overdrive she starts to maybe think is this creepy man is trying to lure her somewhere that has a purpose in her life? But is he? Or is he just trying to mess with her because hey isn't that what most creepy people do?

There were several things I did like about the film one of them was the music, it was just creepy, but didn't put me on edge like the 'Halloween' themes does. It was still really well constructed music for it's time. I did love the leading lady played by Candace Hilligoss because I really could believe and see her slipping into some weird world of insanity, and to say the film isn't very long just shows she definitely had the acting chops to pull of such an intense role and make you believe her with such time constraints. As for the 'creepy' man who was actually played by the film's director, I just couldn't get scared by him. But hey this film was made in 1962. I am sure if I saw it back then at the drive-in with my varsity football player boyfriend I would more than likely hide my face with my hands and demand to be taken home...Okay probably not. This film does have a horror vibe about it with maybe a hint of the supernatural and a touch of thriller. I think that is one of the main problems with the film, it doesn't actually know what it is because it just seems a little messy. The tone of the film is creepy but there isn't much more depth than that outer layer. The script and overall film seem to be as well structured as it could be with the resources they had and you can see where the film could have possibly gone if it was given more money and perhaps more support. You can definitely see where Herk Harvey took his influences from and how he tried to recreate them with his own personal stamp but it just fell a bit short for me. 

If you are into classic horror, you should check it out but don't go thinking it is going to be up there with classics like 'The Innocents' and 'Rebecca' because it isn't. Take it for what it is, and you might be able to see how this film has influenced other horror films that came after it. It is by no means so bad that is comes across as comical it is just very average. If I could rate this out of 5 I would give it a 2.5. Check it out here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQVTQEVklFQ&feature=youtu.be 

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