Went to a 24 Hour film festival. It was a terrific.
It started off with:
1) The Abominable Dr. Phibes. Great Vincent price classic, I've seen this countless times and I never get bored of it (this was a 35mm print).
2) White Zombie - I really like this Bela Lugosi film. It's probably too slow for today's audiences, but the atmosphere is great, and Bela is doing a fantastic job...the close up of the eyes... (again, 35mm print)
3) Something Wicked This Way Comes. Wow. I remembered this film as a kid, but I like it so much more now. Why can't Disney do darker films like this anymore? I'm sure this was the genesis for Stephen King's Needful Things. (35mm print)
4) Phantom of the Paradise - Brian De Palma's rock opera classic. It's Faust /The Picture of Dorian Gray and nods to classic horror (Frankenstein/Psycho and more). I'm a huge fan of 70's DePalma and this does not disappoint. This was the film I was hoping my fiancee would like and it; she, at first didn't know if she hated or loved it, but by the end she was all about it! It helps that it has Suspiria's Jessica Harper in it as well. (35mm print)
5) Kill List. This film is like A Serbian film's less offensive cousin with layers of Wicker Man (Christopher Lee Movie, not the awful Nick Cage one). It's a brutal film. I cannot stress that enough. Hard-horror fans will like this, many others will probably be offended or sickened. It was great to see a film like this, knowing I would probably not have the chance any other time to see it on the big screen (35mm print)
6) Possession - This was THE film I wanted to see at this festival. It didn't disappoint. This one of the most insane films I've seen in some time. Isabelle Adjani's freakout is one of the strangest unsettling things I've seen in ages. Sam Neill does a fantastic job too. Both are so self absorbed and nihilistic, it's hard to believe they were in love with one another. Their son is the only sane one...(35mm print)
7) The Devils - It was already 2AM and I'm feeling it. I didn't to see all of this, but I know it's a rarity to see Ken Russell's controversial film on the big screen. It doesn't even have a legitimate DVD release. It stars Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave. What I saw of it was amazing, even though it's subject matter will be off-putting to most. (WB digital print).
8) Dead Alive - It's the 20th anniversary of the film (20 years????) Who knew that Peter Jackson would be a megastar after releasing this very gory zombie film. Probably because he went on to do other fantastic films like Heavenly Creatures. (35mm print)
9)Videodrome - is dead! Long live the new flesh! David Cronenberg's classic headgame of a movie. Freaked me out as a kid, still kind of freaks me out now. Unfortunately I slept though some of this one because I had seen it a bunch of times. (35mm print)
10) The Last Circus - Crazy clown film from Spain. I don't know where to start. It's just insane. I was dozing on and off and will have to pick this up via import. (35mm print)
11) Werewolves on Wheels - Boy, if there was a film I wish I could have slept though, it's this one. By this time I had enough sleep to push through the rest of the festival (and get home) The trailer looks like all kinds of awesome, but the film? not so much. It's perfect example of an exploitation film.(35mm print)
12) An American Werewolf in London - I can't say enough about how awesome this movie is. I've seen it countless times on home video - I don't ever remember seeing this on the big screen, but I'm glad I did this time. Rick Baker's effects still look great and it was a great way to end the festival. (35mm print).