Sunday, August 05, 2007

Polanski; horror

Roman Polanski's The Tenant remains one of the most frightening movies I've ever seen. It's a masterpiece of disorientation. Nothing is as it seems. The same can certainly be said about his Repulsion and to a large degree Rosemary's Baby.

These are my kind of horror(ific) pictures, I guess. Psycho, Cape Fear (1962), Misery, Near Dark, both versions of Invasion of The Body Snatchers, Candyman, A Stir of Echoes--the shocks are buttressed with a real concern for character and milieu. There are a lot of others I could have added to that list but unfortunately few of them have premiered in the past few years. I'm waiting for the next New Thing to take horror(ific) suspense in a different direction or to dazzle us alll over again with the old tropes all spiffed up.

What prompted this is a fine piece on the suspense films of Roman Polanski on Cinema Retro, a site you should put on your list.

http://www.cinemaretro.com/index.php?/categories/16-Columnists

3 comments:

Randy Johnson said...

Nicole Kidman is starring in a new version of Body Snatchers called The Invasion. I try not to think of the early Nineties generation X version.

Juri said...

It was directed by Abel Ferrara, though, and I seem to remember thinking (and probably saying it out loud) that it's a better film than is usually being said. But I don't think I've seen it again, so can't really say.

Craig Clarke said...

Those are my three favorite Polanski films, and still the reasons I give everything he does at least one chance. Whatever personal predilections he had, he is still an occasionally brilliant filmmaker.