Wednesday, October 24, 2012
FRIGHT NIGHT....AT THE MOVIES!!!
It is almost here, the night the veil is lifted enough for the living to converse with the dead. Yes, All Hallows Eve is upon us and what better way to celebrate than with a spooky movie or two, three, or more. I start out with my all time favourite The Witches of Eastwick. Perfectly cast as the Horny Little Devil is Jack Nicholson. One of my favourite roles for him. And Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michele Phieffer are a delight as The Eastwick Witches.
A little campy but still quite scary is the original Fright Night with Susan's former husband Chris Sarandon. He is perfect as the vampire, charismatic and frightening.
Now, Practical Magic I watch all the time, as I do The Witches of Eastwick. What can I say about this film. I love it. The clothes, the characters and of course the real star.... the house!
Got some little ghosts and witches in the house? One of the best animated movies for Halloween I have seen are Scary Godmother Halloween Spooktacular. One is better than two but they are beautifully filmed.
And now for the master of Halloween, Tim Burton. As for animation A Nightmare Before Christmas is perfection although may a little scary for small children.
Tim Burton grew up watching the Hammer Films. If you are not familiar with those they are horror films made in England that pretty much starred Christopher Lee in every one as Dracula. Tim was inspired by these gothic lovelies and you can tell in his films such as Sleepy Hollow ( in which Christopher Lee has a part as the judge). Dark, beautifully filmed and frightening.
It is not Halloween without Tim's Beetlejuice. Michael Keaton in his best role as far as I am concerned. What a feast for the eyes this film is.
You may have noticed I added some Halloween music to my blog. I Put A Spell On You, sung by Bette Midler, from Hocus Pocus is featured. Such a cute movie, love these witches.
I adore the original Addams Family television series, I own them on dvd. I did not think I would like a movie with a new cast but The Addams Family movie is fabulous. Angelica Huston is amazing as Morticia, almost as good as Caroline Jones. She wanted the film to look perfect so she insisted on using a cinematographer who had made films in the 1940's and lit her eyes just like in the old films, which give her a haunting look. I also could have seen Cher in this part but she turned it down because she had done The Witches of Eastwick and did not want to do another movie of that type.
Bram Stokers Dracula starring Gary Oldman is so beautifully filmed you can ignore some of the bad acting. I still love to watch it and besides Christopher Lee, Gary Oldman is my favourite Dracula. He has that wonderfully Gothic and he looks really cool.
If you have not seen Bell, Book and Candle you must. Kim Novak as Gillian, is a beautiful, sensual witch who captivates Jimmy Stewart. Jack Lemmon is a delight as her brother and the star for me is Pywacket her familiar cat.
So do watch one of these this Halloween you will enjoy them. As you can see I am not into the slasher films they just aren't Halloween to me, I would rather be pleasantly frightened the old fashioned way.