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Monday, September 19, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
I haven't posted a synopsis for BLACKSTAR CANYON. There's a couple reasons I won't discuss too many plot points (spoilers) and scene details (pitching it to studios currently) until it's in the can and screening at festivals. I aim to produce a film that hearkens back to the milieu of 1979-1981 drive-in horror films. Not in cinematic terms of the scratchy prints (GRINDHOUSE); I intend to produce a film that veers away from the postmodern tone of the SCREAM series or the ultra-gore of HOSTEL/SAW series.
The easiest way for me to give a sense of what the horror part of my film will resemble
is through a top 10 trailer rundown in random order. These trailers don't share plot points with my film, but rather atmosphere.
10. JUST BEFORE DAWN (1981) ~ Probably contains George Kennedy's finest cinematic performance.
9. DEAD AND BURIED (1981) ~ Written by the duo of the original ALIEN (1979).
8. MOTEL HELL (1980) ~ The murderous brother/sister pair archetype was cemented here for the 1980's horror genre. This is the German version.
7. ALONE IN THE DARK (1982) ~ Not the poor adaption of the videogame. This is a potboiler involving a psychiatrist and his family trapped in his new home during a blackout surrounded by escaped lunatic patients.
6. LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM ~ Ken Russell's adaption of Bram Stoker's novel of the same title.
Great nightmare sequences-if you are a fan of ALTERED STATES you should check out this film.
5. PHANTASM ~ 1979 Coscarelli film that I feel was more nightmare inducing than Tobe Hooper's Texas Chainsaw and Friedkin's EXORCIST.
4. Lucio Fulci's THE BEYOND (1980) (Dubbed in English from original Italian).
3. SORCERER ~ William Friedkin's suspense film didn't have any supernatural/horror elements. There are 2 or 3 "subliminal" nightmare sequences. Soundtrack is by Tangerine Dream (their first film score). Unarguably Roy Scheider's best film role as Jackie Scanlon.
2. ROSEMARY'S BABY ~ This late 60's Polanski thriller has 3 of the best dream/hallucination sequences committed to celluloid. To this day, I'm amazed how true these sequences read to nightmares I have experienced.
1. THE HOWLING (1981) ~ Directed by Joe Dante and featuring the better of the 2 werewolf transformations that year (apologies to Rick Baker...Bottin did phenomenal work for less budget).
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