Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Did you say scary movie?

We know, Halloween was a while ago. However scary movies are still relevant in the cinema! We thought for a while which films we would recommend you and we made a special short list. Our criteria was its ability to create tension, a (relative) good script and its originality. Turn off the lights, here we go. 

1) The Nameless (" Los Sin Nombre") (1999)

First film of Spanish director Jaume Balagueró (REC, Darkness).What a debut! It tells the story of Claudia (Emma Vilarasau) whose vanished daughter is found completely mutilated by the police and how she struggles to move on. One day she has a phone call from a desperate young girl claiming that she's her daughter and that ''They'' are going to kill her. Desperate to know the truth, Claudia leads an investigation with Massera (Karra Elejalde) a retired policeman. Red Curtain Cinema still remembers that final scene...

2) Dead End (2003)

Really good small-budget film by French film directors Jean-Baptiste Andrea and Fabrice Canepa. It tells a simple story: on his way to a Christmas dinner, Frank (the great Ray Wise) drives in an unknown road with his family. Supposed to be a shortcut, they get lost in a dark forest. Little by little, events will affect each member of the family and start to disappear.

That's all you need to know to watch this ''bijou''. Very good script and good acting (hard to find in a horror film).

3) The Evil Dead by Sam Raimi (1981)

Considered by many as one of the greatest horror films of all time. Such label was seen by producers and made an honorable remake (Evil Dead,2013). Directed by Sam Raimi, it was made with no money, with harsh filming conditions and many incidents on set but the result is a masterpiece. A spooky horror-film (with some gore and black humour) that makes it an inevitable reference. It is the story of friends going to a small cabin in the middle of a forest to spend the weekend. In there, they discover a tape recording along with a book. Evil emerges in the woods and Ash (the amazing Bruce Campbell) will have to fight. A must-see!

4) The Blair Witch Project (1999) 

Of course, everyone heard about this film.Cuban director Eduardo Sanchez and American Daniel Myrick started the trend of ''found footage'' (today, a concept widely used in horror films). Three students went into the woods in 1994 to investigate about the myth of a witch in the middle of nowhere in the US. A year later, the footage is found. Made with almost no money and harsh filming conditions,a great film was made. Scary until the end!

5) Martyrs (2008)

Very disturbing and violent film. It is not recommendable for sensitive souls. However its originality derives from the logic behind its psychological and physical violence. Hard to tell the story but it has a strong story and great actors. The film was so violent that it made a scandal in the Cannes Festival. However it is a great horror movie.

6) Mama (2012)

South-American horror movie! The story behind this film is incredible. Director Guillermo Del Toro saw a short-film made by Argentine Andrés Muschietti called "Mama". Very short but scary. Del Toro decided to produce a film for Mushietti and the result is this film. Not a gore-movie, horror movie amateurs can watch it. Solid story, scenes with tension, great actrices. A good horror film for a dark and cold night.

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