Twin Peaks – Definitive Gold Box Edition (2007)

Twin Peaks Definitive Gold BoxWhen “Twin Peaks” aired in 1990 no one thought it would have much of a chance as a TV show and even today one must wonder why or how it did become such a phenomenon. Was it because of the cherry pie and the fine cuppa Jo? Was it because the mystery of Laura Palmer’s murder kept people coming back to “Twin Peaks” each week? Was it Dale Cooper’s (Kyle MacLachlan) messages to Diane on his Dictaphone? And who the hell is Bob?

“Twin Peaks” was and still is full of mysteries, mysteries that will never be answered. Some of them should have better remained unanswered but such is life, you seek the answer until you finally get it and then you move on. And what about Laura Palmer’s murderer? You really needed to know, didn’t you? I won’t spoil it for you here, so read on!

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)“They get you while you sleep!”

Yes they do, no matter what version you are watching, however if you choose to watch the 2007 one, you may fall asleep anyhow and it would be for the better if you did. Watching Philip Kaufman’s version of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” you won’t fall asleep, you cannot. I promise you that much.

For those unfamiliar with the “Body Snatcher” theme, the gist of the matter is that somewhere in outer space there are spores on a devastated planet orbiting a dying sun. The spores are driven by their impulse to survive to leave their doomed planet, drifting through space trying to conquer new planets.

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1408 (2007)

1408Someone once said that horror movies are always a bit cheesy. True or not, “1408” (2007), directed by Mikael Håfström, is about a book author and skeptic, Mike Enslin (John Cusack), who writes about paranormal occurrences. Sounds cheesy enough so far. The film is based on Stephen King’s short story of the same name and this is where things start getting interesting.

For his latest book, Mike Enslin wants to check out room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel in New York. The manager of the hotel, Mr. Olin (Jackson), tries to convince Enslin not to stay in that room and warns him in fact not to enter. No one ever lasted more than one hour in that room. This only prompts Enslin to check into 1408 no matter what.

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The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)Fallout, mutants and fresh meat, put all that somewhere in the middle of the desert of New Mexico where “The Hills Have Eyes” (2006) and you have your classic horror scenario. Wes Craven did that with a budget of approximately 5,000 dollars back in 1977 and we now get a visual upgrade to that 70s classic.

This movie is not for the faint of heart as it contains explicit scenes of extreme graphic violence. If these things cannot shock you then you will not feel the urge to cover your eyes when the axe splits the skull or the head gets shot off with a shotgun. The tagline states it already, “the lucky ones die first” and if they are really lucky it happens quickly. If you love birds, be warned, mutants bite off bird heads, squeeze their bodies and drink their blood for fun, it’s a known fact and if there are mothers with babies around they not only drink bird blood…

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The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)The Exorcism of Emily Rose” is based on a true story and is not really about the exorcism of Emily Rose but rather about the trial of a priest (Wilkinson) who got charged for negligent homicide not because of the performed exorcism but because he advised a young girl Emily Rose (Jennifer Carpenter) to stop taking a medicine she didn’t want to take in the first place.

OK, so there is an exorcism happening somewhere along the lines but it doesn’t make the movie, most of the time is spent in the court room listening to prosecutor Ethan Thomas (Campbell Scott), a man of faith and fact and his monotonous and lackluster speeches.

The whole argumentation of both sides leaves much to be desired and is nothing but circumstantial and in the defender’s case not even that but solely based on faith and that with the defendant being an agnostic; an odd concept inside a courtroom. Hence the verdict in the end is just as odd and basically the only possible one.

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Supernatural is super

I stumbled upon this gritty witch hunt-like series called “Supernatural” (WB) by accident and was drawn right into it. The mix of “Ghost Busters” like humor, the Eighties rock music, the forlorn brothers on a never ending road trip theme, eager to torch that bad ass demon that killed their mother Mary, is hard to resist and on top of it offers all the thrills and spills you’d expect from a series dabbling in ancient folklore, mysticism, demonolgy and the paranormal in general.

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“Supernatural” (1×01) – Mary must burn (3 mins. into the pilot)

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Phantom of the Opera (1989)

Phantom of the Opera (1989)What happens when Dwight H. Little tries to make “Phantom of the Opera” into a horror movie? Freddy Krueger is turning in his grave right now.

The Phantom (Robert Englund) haunts the London opera in search for – no, not music – no, not love – for fresh skin! You see, Freddy, I mean Erik Destler (of all names!) made a pact with the devil (not Freddy) and the devil granted Erik immortality through music and at the same time turned his face into goo, which is where the skin hunt comes in handy.

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Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)

220px-Dominion_A_Prequel_to_the_Exorcist_posterDominion: Prequel to the Exorcist is the prequel as it was meant to be or so they say. Not having seen the prior version of the prequel I thought I might as well go with the “right” version. “The Exorcist” does not need an introduction and easily qualifies as one of the all time classic horror movies of our time. This prequel basically sets the stage for what is to come in the Exorcist and it does that in a very dull and cheap way.

The genre tag “drama” is probably the most fitting since there is hardly any thrill and certainly no horror involved in this version, except for a few scenes with red eyes and evil voice which rather seem comical than frightening. The effects are typically bad for a “no budget” production and only add to the comical effect, esp. the blue, red and green lights in the sky towards the end and a hovering budda like alien-devil is something where you usually switch off because you even stop laughing at that point.

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The Descent (2005)

descentIf you scare easily then you might not want to descend into that cave with those girls. It is pretty tense. Be warned. “The Descent” is a classic horror shocker from British director Neil Marshall, featuring an all girls group and their love for extreme sports, aka “No risk no fun”.

It centers on two of the women, Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) and Juno (Natalie Jackson Mendoza), in a caving expedition that goes all wrong, the rest is just – as in all horror flicks – extras and their fate is clear from the beginning.

The movie starts slow and builds on the traumatizing car accident in which Sarah loses her husband Paul and daughter Jessica. One year later her five friends organize a caving expedition to help her get back to her old self. Sarah is still on heavy medication and has not overcome her loss. The six girls set out to explore a cave somewhere in the Appalachian mountains and that is where the movie unfolds its menacing claws and grabs you right at your throat and never lets go all through until the end.

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The Brothers Grimm (2005)

b_grimmThe Brothers Grimm” is a silly movie. It has a certain pythonesque quality that you need to be able to appreciate otherwise you will most likely think it’s a stupid movie. It isn’t. There are of course countless references to Grimm fairy tales and sometimes these are presented in a most absurd manner – something you have to expect from Terry Gilliam and it’s something he delivers.

At one point we suddenly cut to the two brothers Wilhem (Matt Damon) and Jacob Grimm (Heath Ledger) wearing bonnets while scrubbing the floor and making dinner for their italian torture master Cavaldi (Peter Stormare), easy to spot as a reference to “Cinderella” but also very… “pythonesque”.

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