Hallowe'en Movie RecommendationsSubmitted by Ducky at 2015-10-08 09:06:13 EDT
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Terror is the suffocating, heart pounding feeling you get when you know you are irreversibly fucked. It happens when you've passed a tipping point and are about to fall. It happens in the moment when you know you've lost everything. It happens when you run out of places to hide.
Of course we experience that sort of terror in milder versions more frequently as well. When you move to board your plane and realize your documents are sitting in a bathroom stall. When you wake up and have the gut wrenching realisation that you've slept through an important life event.
Sometimes films allow us to experience a low level semblance of that terror. Scary movie lovers seek it out as a way to experience that terror in a fun way where they themselves are not actually irreversibly fucked. Indeed, they are not fucked at all. They are sitting in movie theatres poking their buttery ham-hock digits into bags of popcorn while inwardly admonishing anyone who dare speak during climactic moments.
As October and Hallowe'en are upon us, I would like to recommend two particular films that I found absolutely terrifying.
The first is not a gore-fest or a return from the dead sort of film. It won't have you leaping from your seat. It does not provide that sort of instant gratification. It is more of a slow burn, and it has resurfaced in my mind numerous times since viewing it. This film is terrifying in a different sort of way.
In the Netherlands, the release came under the title Spoorloos, translating into 'without a trace,' and in France it was called L'homme qui voulait savoir, or 'the man who wanted to know.' The original is from 1988, and I would suggest getting the original rather than seeking out the 1990 American remake, The Vanishing. Touted by Stanley Kubrick as the scariest movie he has ever seen, the terror provided in this film is a quiet, creeping, and palpable one.
The second is more current, released in 2014. The Spanish title is Musaranas, but it is easy to find if you search for 'Shrew's Nest'. It was for me a mixture between Stephen King's Misery and Jennifer Lynch's Boxing Helena, but with added agoraphobia and an additional twist. A bit more blood, a bit more religion, but also psychologically terrifying.
I had the good fortune to find myself in Lisbon last month during an International Horror Film festival and the lead character of this movie, played by Macerena Gomez, was there promoting a disturbing short film that was just being released called Bath Time, and I was happy to be able to meet her. She is an amazing actress.
So, if you're looking for that creepy feeling often associated with this time of year - these two are among my favourites.