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Insomnio
post Oct 6 2014, 11:28 PM
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I decided to make a topic about movies 1970-1979. I haven't watched many of them so far. However, I started to watch old movies so I will post my reviews here. If you really like these films, you can suggest your favourites here. You can also add movies which you don't like them. My first movie is "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre".

"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is one of the horror movies that I really wanted to watch for a long time. I rarely watch dvds anymore, so it would be difficult for me to watch it at home. However, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" was screened as part of the "Athens International Film Festival – Opening Nights" and I finally had the chance to see it with image processing!! The fact that I had seen the 2003 remake, it played an important role since it remains the best horror movie I've watched in cinema. I remember that I had stress and anxiety during the plot, which it doesn't happen to me very often (especially after so many movies). However, the original film didn't excite me and horror fans probably overrated it. By the way, the room was full (after 40 years !!!) and the viewers didn't talk or comment during the film. They were so devoted to the slaughters.
The direction of the film was quite simple and if I didn't know beforehand that it was given to Tobe Hooper, I would believe that an amateur directed it. Hooper wrote the script along with Kim Henkel. The dialogues were very tragic and some characters were quite colourful. They were slaughtered one after another in an short time. This didn't cause us any emotional distress because the characters were so uninteresting that we honestly couldn't feel sorrow for them. This was a major drawback of the film because you always want to indentify with the main characters. You always want the last few of them to be the most mature of the whole lot. It could have a better scenario because the central idea was pretty scary. In the beginning, the performances of the actors were a bit embarrasing because this kept us at a mild pace until the half of its length. However, the plot changed a lot and became unbearable. We constantly hear a prolong howl and the sense of terror was replaced by psychedelia and sadism. Literally, the protagonist made our ears explode (Marilyn Burns). She sounded like a pig before the slaughter house. Additionally, we listened to constantly groans and sobs that resembled more porn than a thriller. However, I don't want to be strict with this movie. It has some memorable scenes in cinema history (the slight opening of the door by Leatherface, a chase through the dense forest) and influenced so many subsequent filmmakers. It was the first horror movie that provoked so much (I guess religious people) and faced many difficulties in being viewed in different countries. That's why the director/writer used some funny/void scenes so as not to make it completely hardcore. The fact that it only cost $ 300,000, but picked up about $30 million was its greatest achievement! The soundtrack fits so perfectly to the movie. Very scary sounds.
"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" was one of the most commercial films at the Box Office in 1974 (12th)! It has thousands of fans worldwide (maybe millions) and has received a pretty good score on IMDb (7,5). Personally I was not satisfied with the result and expected it to be more daunting. It didn't cause me any stress or fear as it happened with the 2003 remake. However, it remains one of the most popular horror movies that have been filmed and Leatherface still scares many people even in a thought.



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post Oct 7 2014, 01:18 AM
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'The Exorcist' is one from this era that really sticks out for me. I saw the film when I was about 9 (with parental guidance too!) and it has haunted me every day, ever since. I have not been able to get the film out of my head. Despite the slow build up, as soon as it all starts, it's horrific. I really love my horrors (even the "naff" ones) but 'The Exorcist' is the only one, to have had such an effect on me, that I refuse to watch it again. I love it when horrors scare me, it's a lot of it's purpose and part of the fun in watching one, but that just took the biscuit to be quite frank! laugh.gif I don't know whether it was due to being allowed to see it at such a young age or what, but it's the only film that has given me legit nightmares and I just cannot see ANYTHING to do with Reagan!
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post Feb 4 2016, 11:56 AM
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"Donít Look Now" is a British-Italian production which was released worldwide in 1973! However, I had the opportunity to watch it on the big screen over four months ago because of 21st International Film Festival of Athens - Opening Nights! Further to say that the cinema was packed mainly by young people, meaning that 60's and 70ís horror films still resonate in the new generations! I had heard positive words for "Donít Look Now" and the brochure of the festival emphasized the last scene! It is not a random fact that in its time, it left great feelings to the audience and it was nominated in seven categories by the British Film Academy, where it won the Bafta for ďBest CinematographyĒ!
"Donít Look Now" is based on the homonymous short story by a British author Daphne du Maurier! After the unfair loss of their small daughter, John Baxter with his wife, Laura Baxter, will travel to Venice for the restoration of an Old Catholic church. While they try to overcome the tragic incident, Laura will meet two old sisters, one of them that believes that she can communicate with her dead daughter! Although John Baxter brings objections to all this, Laura will try to keep contacts with the two old women! Although I have not seen many films from the '70s, and to have a benchmark, I think "Donít Look Now" had a very good result! The film's director, Nicolas Roeg, created a great atmosphere in the narrow streets of Venice which caused fear by them! However, I cannot say that the film was very frightening. It just had a very good photography, fast switching plans, loud sound effects and excellent cinematography for that time! In addition, the interpretations of the lead duo were very good and they were quite convincing in their roles! Of course, the famous sex scene between them that caused various comments at the time, seemed awkward and unnecessary to me, and perhaps was added by the director to cause a buzz around the film. Nevertheless, "Donít Look Now" had all the elements that make a movie classic over the years. However, said that, the last scene was not as gruesome as some people claim, like my brother, and the explanation at the end of the film was not totally satisfactory for me. The same thing happened for the rest of the audience, judging by the expressions of embarrassment and bewilderment of the audience! I would expect something much better according to its plot, which caused you suspense, anxiety and curiosity throughout its duration!
"Donít Look Now" is a psychological thriller that won the attention of the public and critics with great success! It is a film that influenced many subsequent directors and a point of reference in circles of horror fans! I think if I had seen it at that time, it would have affected me even more, but seeing so many films in recent years, "Donít Look Now" is just a remarkable film. It would make a difference if it had a better ending. While it had a stepwise evolution, it ends somewhat abruptly and leaves a bad taste to the audience! I would recommend it only to fans of mystery films!




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post Feb 21 2016, 11:55 AM
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"The Last House on the Left" is a horror film that came out in cinemas in August 1972! The film caused a great sensation at the time since it caused various reactions because of its violent and brutal content. "The Last House on the Left" is the first script and directorial work of Wes Craven on the big screen and it is essentially the movie that made him the international cinematic firmament! I had seen the remake of the homonymous film in 2009, which by the way, was one of my favourite films of that year! So, I should watch the original film too. Although I had not seen the trailer, nor did I know the actors who played in it.
Two young girls, Mary and Phyllis, go to a rock concert the day the first one has her birthday. In their effort to find marijuana, they will become entangled in a very unpleasant situation. A ruthless gang escapee will kidnap them and they will lead them in a rural area outside the city, having very perverse plans in their minds. Except that they will suffer humiliation, they are killed in a brutal manner and all this will happen very close to Mary's house. When the gang will have to stay for a night at the home of the victim, without knowing it- of course- things will be very bad for them this time. I can say that I had mixed feelings after the end of the film. It's a provocative film which may annoy many viewers. I guess most women. The directing seemed quite amateurish as the image reminiscent of 70's porn films but as I read in a movie site, Craven turned this movie purposely to 16mm! The interpretations were not the best, except that of the sadist David Hess, while some dialogues in the beginning were so tragic that only caused laughter. However, later, it had some very shocking scenes while the facial reactions of Sandra Cassel (the actor who interpreted Mary) looked very realistic. Incidentally, the character who she portrayed, was one of the most stupid that I have seen in such films. Sometimes, her naivety caused me some frustration. However, I noticed many script gaps during the plot and what I found is that Wes Craven wanted to provoke with this particular story, so to distract the public and critics. Do not forget that he was trying to establish himself in the world of cinema in order to be exempted from the porn industry, where he began his career. And he did it!
"The Last House on the Left" is considered a cult movie and must be seen by thriller fans. It may not contain many scary scenes but it shocks the viewers with its violent evolution. It cost only $87,000 but it managed to earn more than $3,000,000, giving impetus to Wes Craven to turn many films in the following years. However, having seen the remake of Dennis Illiadis six years ago, I believe that the result of his work was clearly superior to the original film. Though, I will not only focus on the rape scenes after the film -intentionally or not - shows how sadistic people can be around us. However, if someone will see one of the videos that have been shot in dog farms in China, but also in domestic animals farms, they do not need to watch "The Last House on the Left" to be shocked. I would recommend it only to horror fans but also to people who easily trust lest to wise up.


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