Monday, October 31, 2011
October Challenge: Spielberg Film Fest
Steven Spielberg is one of the best, if not the best director of the modern age. Say what you like about some of his movies, there is no doubt that he can do horror and suspense. I decided to end my October Horror Challenge with some really, really good movies. So this weekend I did some ones I have seen before.
There is different kind of horror here, and I'll go as far as to say was invented by Spielberg; the Suburban Horror film. Look at his movies, Close Encounters, Poltergeist, and ET. He took something so innocuous and innocent made it the stage for aliens and ghosts.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Richard Dreyfus' descent into madness is key to this movie; the fear, uncertainty and doubt. We even have a final girl, in the form of Dreyfus.
I chose this movie because I had just picked it up on Blu-Ray and it holds up really, really well. Even the bits that are dated seem fine and there is not a lot of those. This movie could be released today and have just as much impact.
Though I wonder if these days the aliens might appear different, or if the inside of the spaceship might change. Between this movie and now there is a whole lot of "Alien" culture that has happened.
Tally, 28 movies, 24 new
And let us not forget the "Poltergeist Curse".
Tally, 29 movies, 24 new
Like the first two this film is very nearly perfect in every respect. Ok, so, some the things the shark does are a bit much, but it is still a shark and not a ghost or alien.
Roy Scheider, like Craig T. Nelson and Dreyfus of a later film, has tyified the role of the "Speilberg Dad". A role, oddly enough, missing from his Magnum Opus, E.T. The Speilberg Dad though is strong, loves his family and is ready to do battle with the monsters, even if he has no idea what he is doing at all. Dreyfus in CE is the dad that fails, but Scheider here and Nelson in Poltergeist are cut from the same cloth.
Like Poltergeist lets pretend the sequels don't exist ok?
Tally, 30 movies, 24 new
Jurassic Park (1993)
In this movie we treated to breath taking views and wonders. Then the "screaming and blood" starts.
So much of this movie is right that it is easy to ignore what it gets wrong (those are Velociraptors, it should be called Cretaceous Park...), but none of that matters when there is a T-Rex chasing after you.
I can remember back in college my wife (then my girlfriend) had just finished reading this book and she was going on and on about how great of a movie it would make. She was right.
Tally 31 movies, 24 new.
That is the final review for this Challenge!
I watched more new movies this year than last year and that was my personal goal.