Vampira by Billy Perkins
One of my favorite horror films in recent years, and I think it’s the most logical riff on the Frankenstein concept in the modern era. This is the sort of movie David Cronenberg used to make in the 70’s and 80’s — clinical, frightening conceptually and full of really, really disturbing imagery and events. Pretty much ignored upon release, this deserves your attention if you haven’t seen it, and the cold cinematography and unsettling creature design really pop in HD. Today’s pick: “Splice”.
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Another golden age classic, this time the best filmed version (to date) of H.G. Wells’ “Island of Dr. Moreau.” Surprisingly modern in its sensibilities for a movie from 1932, this features a delicious, mustache-twirling performance from Charles Laughton as Moreau and a bestial turn from Bela Lugosi as the Sayer of the Law. Though not a Universal film, this fits comfortably in the classic monster canon, so if you like your Frankensteins and Wolfmen it’s a safe bet that you’ll enjoy “Island of Lost Souls.”
Today’s pick is in honor of the late Elizabeth Pena, a great character actress who turns in an awesomely unsettling and sexy performance in this hallucinogenic descent into waking nightmare. Some day I hope the world can look back on the work of Adrian Lyne and truly appreciate the masterful way in which he balances art and sleaze, and this 1990 film sees him at the peak of his fevered powers. The disturbing imagery in this would be cribbed ad-nauseum by horror directors in years to come, but that lessens none of its impact in the original and unforgettable “Jacob’s Ladder.”