I’m not going to attempt to write an introduction on Anthony Hopkins here, the Welsh valley boy is one of the finest actors in Britain, adaptable and versatile, there isn’t a role that he can’t ace, however I find his creepier work to be he best, maybe it’s something to do with his history of alcoholism, even though he beat it in the 1970’s he seems to be able to channel the darker days into something powerful in his art. Here are 8 films that I adore from the legendary actor, no doubt there will be a volume 2 as he has such a sparkling list of great titles under his belt
01. Elephant Man (1980)
David Lynch’s black and white expose of the life of the Elephant man is probably one of Lynch’s relatively straight and non surreal psycho sexual escapades, rightfully all acting credits need to be bestowed on John Hurt for playing the part of the infamous Joseph Merrick and taking on his physical deformities of his suspected Proteus syndrome. Despite his blistering performance there’s one person who also shines through and that’s Anthony Hopkins who plays the Doctor who changed Merricks life. Hopkins really enforces the role of the visionary physician who’s able to look outside the box and take on a role of care for someone who, at the time, was seen as nothing more than a sideshow freak. It’s a robust performance as Hopkins goes from a gentle caring doctor, almost heartbroken about the former treatment of Merrick to a strong and dominant champion in the legal and medical battles to get care and board for the anomaly that Merrick was often seen as.
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I often find new ways to really gush over my favourite films, sometimes re watching them so many times I begin to notice those little things which no one really does I also like to talk about unique scenes (sometimes in great details) and while I don’t want my review to have spoilers there’s still a deep need to talk about aspects of the movies which entertain and inspire me and this is just another way for me to do just that. Please note this post like all the others will contain massive spoilers..
I adore the supernatural but I have deplore those charlatans and cold readers who take advantage of vulnerable people. The scene at the beginning of the movie re-creates the real life outing of fraud Peter Poppoff who would collect data on the people who would go to him for help and have it read back to him over a headset while pretending to connect them with their loved ones. Amen to people like James Randi and Darren Brown who take a more skeptical look at this stage fraud. And while I want to believe in the dead coming back to communicate I know it’s not going to happen as part of a cold reading act from someone who insists on having my details first. Continue reading 20 Reasons Why I love : Ghost Stories (2017)→
I’ve always found the British-Canadian actor to be one of those shy types, he doesn’t seem to have enough in him to play a strong lead but as a supporting actor he can really boost a movies vibe. Hopefully we’ll see more of him in the future but here are what I think are some of his stand out roles.
It took me ages to bother watching Underworld because I knew exactly how it was going to play out before it had even been released and I was spot on. But basically vampires vs werewolves and to make things exciting we’re treated to a hybrid between the species and this precious mutant love interest is Michael (Scott Speedman). It’s an okay film, adored by lots of proto goths and pseudo kinksters. Speedmans performance isn’t blinding but he certainly does put a lot of energy into this role.
I love starting a list of horror movies off with a movie which is only loosely a horror, at least in my opinion. This outstanding surreal thriller is directed by Brandon Cronenberg, the talented son of David Cronenberg and the new flesh is strong within this young Jedi, starring Caleb Laundry Jones as a tradesman of viruses. In this Dystopian future society has stopped up it’s fanboi game and people will pay to be infected by the same flu or virus as their favourite celebrity to feel connected with them. As with any industry there is a black market and so ??? and a friend are able to trade on this market but things go terribly wrong. After taking a sample from the most popular actress in the world, he quickly injects himself, before finding the antivirus, he immediately starts to feel unwell but awakes the next day to find out that she has died. He’s then in a mad rush to find a cure and while unravelling the cure he follows a dark, paranoid path into the unknown. The visuals are unnerving for this highly unique story and Brandon has a lot of potential for future sci fi and horror projects. Continue reading 12 Horrors from 2012 Still Worth Talking About Vol 1→
I didn’t get through as many short movies in 2020 as I would have liked.. There was a massive gap from March to about August where I was unable to spend as much time on the blog and unfortunately the shorts on a Sunday took back seat while I dealt with changes due to Covid19. On top of that I also managed to get banned from Youtube (for life) so in losing my account I lost my playlist and had to start over from scratch. But I feel quite proud for finding this impressive list of impressive movies.. I’d like to thank all the creators for their dedication and hard work, hope to see more of your work in 2021!
A group of women are trapped in squalid conditions, impregnated and kept for their milk like cattle, just with cows, any males are thrown in the trash and discarded. During an escape we see a that a lot of women are being milked and killed like cattle. Not sure if the message is directed to make people think about cattle in different ways, we are all beings sharing this planet right. I know the Hucow fetish movement wouldn’t be able to digest this too well. It’s the most visceral in its approach on this list and rightly so, when you discover the reason for this violence and “inhumanity” it makes it all that much more poignant. Continue reading Best Short Movies 2020→
While writing my list of what to cover this Halloween, I noticed that I have started many lists about George A Romeo but couldn’t really narrow it down or beef it up to a decent number, so here’s my last ditch attempt to give some credit to one of the more charismatic American Horror Directors RIP.
05. Monkey Shines (An Experiment in Fear) (1988)
While this isn’t necessarily a horror and doesn’t contain any Zombies, I do find this to be one of Romero’s more powerful thrillers. An athlete; Allan, becomes quadriplegic after a tragic accident, but in his time of need, a good friend who is conducting experiments with monkeys offers Allan a well trained Capuchin named Ella, with a few modifications to his home Ells is able to aid Allen and keeps his company. Ella and Allans’ bond, initially healthy, is soon thrown into overdrive when Allan falls in love. Allan’s underlying rage and Ella’s frustrations soon turns into a rageful psycho trip for the unlikely pair.
Under the surface, Romeo plays with ideas about the connection with humans and animals in nature, gender roles and the inner rage of sudden disability. It’s all very powerful stuff and all bound up in a tiny doll like critter. If this is to your taste then there was a similar Humanize TV movie from Britain released in the same year called First Born, starring Charles Dance. Continue reading Spotlight – George A Romero→
I thought I’d beef up my 2020 month of Halloween horror with a few spotlights on some of the better known horror directors, and for me I can’t think of horror cinema without mentioning John Carpenter. While I admire that he’s one of the ultimate masters of the macabre, he went above and beyond to bring his personal vision of horror to the screen, taking on any role he could, camera man, extra, you name it, he went there to get it all done and on a shoestring budget until he made a name for himself. I am unable to justify all of his movies and I have struggled with some of his more modern efforts, if not the movie then at least some of the casting.. , but I do stand by the fact he’s one of the best and will always be known as a king of horror.
08 – They Live (1988)
More of a sci fi action flick I felt guilty for attempting to leave this off the list. Following a drifter, Nada (Roddy Piper) who finds a pair of glasses that allows him to see foul faced aliens and their draconian propaganda, Eventually teaming up with Frank (Keith David) their love/hate bond helps them fight each other and the alien invasion with their unique brand of bubblegum free ass kicking. It’s a vibrant action flick with so much character it’s never been matched. Continue reading Spotlight – John Carpenter→
So I love Halloween, it’s a very special time for me, as a heathen and horror connoisseur I get my kicks in October, even though every day is halloween in my haus, I get to do that extra bit of home decor shopping and when I dress up and go out, I tend to “fit in”.. And for the love of the season here are 13 Halloween Horrors that really get me in the spooky mood. For me, my favourite ‘we’en movies have to include classic monsters and horror personalities, I like films which are set at Halloween, or have that feeling of something great happening when night comes! In a way I suppose it can be described as fun horror, not so much comedy horror.
John Carpenter’s breakthrough cult classic set around and sharing a name with Halloween night, is an easy target for those looking to get in the mood for a night of thrills and chills. The slasher is just as psychological as gory but with Carpenter’s keen eye and sense for outlandish horror it has a great sense of danger. Following a teenage girl, as she’s stalked by a masked psychopath who’s totally indifferent to killing. With its iconic music, bold characters and a killer who has gathered quite a fanclub this is one horror which shouldn’t be missed for it’s we writing of the book of modern American Slashers. Continue reading 13 Halloween Horrors→
So with all the tragedy of 2020, I decided to keep my sprits high and dig into some terrifying horror movies, this is my attempt to try and compile a list of horror movies for the spookiest month, I’ve tried similar things over the years, all were massive fails but they can be found here…
Its been a while for me to try this again, but alas here I am , fingers crossed for a full house this year, but I’ve learnt that I shouldn’t really try and make any plans in 2020, I’m planning 13 Horror related reviews, 4 Short movie roundups and 5 lists.. wish me luck..