(1921) Destiny

This is a pretty early film in Fritz Lang’s career and it’s also one that I’ve never heard mentioned, ever. That’s strange to me because it’s a beautiful film with breathtaking visuals.

I mean breathtaking not just in the photography but the editing is simply timeless. We always talk about films being ahead of their time but I didn’t even believe some of the cropping and fading effects even existed in the silent film era.

Definitely just go watch this one. I’m always upfront with how digestible silent films are and this was actually an easy watch, relatively.

8/10

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(1964) Kwaidan

Early Japanese horror films always seem to have this in common but Kwaidan is some of the most aesthetically pleasing films I’ve seen from this era. Everything from the set designs to the incredible light, it’s all wonderful.

This is an anthology but rather than dissect each segment I’d rather just speak on the film as a whole. All four stories really encapsulate a sort of morbid beauty and tend to compliment on another over the course of the three-hour long movie.

I love all four stories but the first one, Black Hair, is the strongest I believe. It’s actually very creepy which I rarely get from older films.

Definitely check this one out if my description sparked even the smallest amount of curiosity.

8.5/10

(1973) The Hourglass Sanatorium

This film really taps into my weakness for visually immersive, surrealism horror. It’s psychedelic and dreamlike; the fluidity of the pacing alone is worth merit.

That said, the film was grating to endure and not because of difficult subject matter but more so, it’s just overflowing with so much pretentious and seemingly random bullshit. You find yourself scrambling to piece together metaphors or some kind of tangible timeline. It’s seriously pretty unenjoyable after the first hour or so.

I did not enjoy it.

4/10

(2018) Annihilation

Annihilation is a truly thought provoking film that seems to bridge multiple genres. I found it best to go in with zero knowledge and no expectations.

In terms of boldness and boundary stretching sci-fi, this film reminded me a lot of Tarkovsky’s Stalker. It’s challenging and tedious at times but that’s all part of building this whole new world. One of the most fantastic elements of the film is that as a viewer, you’re actually unfolding the mystery along with the characters.

It’s one of the best sci-fi films I’ve seen in a long time. The movie is incredibly balanced, mind-bending and original. I just can’t see someone not enjoying this.

9/10

(1978) Beauty and the Beast

I can safely say, after hours of scouring the internet for this film as well as it having only ~700 reviews on iMDD, it’s fairly obscure. If you’re in the mood for some seriously odd but stylish Czech horror, I encourage you to hunt it down.

It’s basically a creative, gothic retelling of the classic story of, you guessed it, Beauty and the Beast. The film is delightfully rough and gritty, lending to these beautifully dark landscapes. Bold, theater worthy performances lend a whimsical balance and the whole package ends up being something really unique.

I really loved how ambiguity of the supernatural elements, to me it added a certain level of maturity and thoughtfulness to the simple messages that are typically relayed with classic tales.

That’s basically it, go seek this one out.

7.5/10

(1944) The Uninvited

It’s crazy to hear people talk about this being ultra scary or timelessly thrilling. It’s not only funny now but I imagine it was funny back then too.

The character relationships are comically whimsical and coupled with the upbeat score, I didn’t get really any “scary” vibe from it. It’s an aspect I didn’t hate though, it’s really what this film is about, the characters.

The paranormal effects were legitimately impressive too, seriously timeless. I think about the way Hitchcock did The Birds and this film from the 40’s is a prime example of what kind of effects age.

So yeah, props to the things I mentioned but all-in-all, it’s a bit boring for my tastes. It’s not bad, I just don’t care for it much.

6.5/10