The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

I take a look at the silent 1920 German Expressionism classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari starring Conrad Veidt (among others).

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: A Short Tribute to Tobe Hooper

I first saw The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) about six or seven years ago when I was in college. It was a dark, disturbing, insane movie that pulls you down into the depths of a cannibal family’s world, where you may go mad along with the characters. The film wasn’t too my taste. Too dark and nihilistic. Having also watched it during a very bleak period of my life, I swore I’d never watch it again. Seriously, I would’ve walked out of the room if somebody turned it on and refused to switch away.

That all being said, I’ve never been in doubt of its success as a piece of film. It’s brilliant and expertly put together. With the death of its director and co-writer, Tobe Hooper, just a few days ago, I’ve looked back at the film a little through pictures, posters, and gifs as I think about that first, and so far only, viewing. I’m seeing it for the first time as the epitome of horror that it is. For the landmark in horror that it became. As a masterwork for a director sadly taken from this world. I’m even considering what was once unthinkable for me. I’m thinking of watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre again. And I can think of no greater compliment for director than that.

Rest in peace, Mr. Hooper.

The Mummy (2017)

My reviews for The Mummy (1932), The Mummy’s Hand (1940), The Mummy’s Tomb (1942), The Mummy’s Ghost (1944), The Mummy’s Curse (1944).

The Mummy Poster

Let’s not pretend that bringing together a plethora of Universal monsters is a new idea or something that Hollywood would never do back in the “good old days.” During the 1940s, there was Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), and House of Dracula (1945), all of which brought together two or more of the studios famous monsters. So this has been done before. I would say only Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man was any good (and what shines in that film isn’t even the “meet” section of it), but it’s an idea that could work today under the right hands. If The Mummy remake is any indication, this new shared universe (recently dubbed Dark Universe) franchise is not in good hands in the slightest. Continue reading