Scary Piano :F

Eeep!  This was by far one of the Scariest movie I have ever see!  It may seem cliche to say that, and you might find it odd that a film this old can still be as scary as modern horror stuff, but my Goodness this thing is creepy!  You’re reading my review of Halloween.

Basically this film does in miniature well what every modern horror film tries to do extravagantly. Every element pulls together to make this honestly terrifying – the cinematography, music, acting – all just awesome!  Truly phenomenal filmmaking that I was so excited to see.  I was riveted to my screen the whole time.

First and foremost, they need to STAB that steady-cam guy because he is bleeping creepy!!! The entire first scene was amazing!  The long-shot stalker cam set the mood, pace, tone, etc in the best way I have ever seen.  I loved how they created the POV style (and how much the breathing played in!) and really showcased that new technology.  What really made this scene, and the whole movie really, was how LONG it took! We honestly watch this scene play out for about 5 minutes!  And then they reveal that it is a KID!!!  WHAT!?!?!?

Again what really made this film was the time which they took with it.  Every shot involves long, backtracking walks that make every corner, ledge, etc a potential spot for Myers to pop out and stab them.  Also the fact that [SPOILER] it takes nearly three quarters of the film to get to the actual attacks, and even then they are so spread out that it makes you jump at every turn of the corner.

Very much like The Shining, it has a very slow ramp to the exciting bits so the tension and anxiety are profoundly expanded, enhancing this film tenfold.  The creepiness comes from the visible unknown. We see Myers stalking the girls for an hour before he does anything which makes for a nigh 0n Jaws like tension – we know he will strike, we just don’t know WHEN he will.  And that is what made this movie so actually scary to me.  I wasn’t waiting around for the monster to come out of the shadows and reveal how terribly CG it is or how poorly created it is.  I saw Mike Myers the whole time and was screaming at Jamie Lee Curtis the whole time to GET OUT OF THERE!!!

That does bring up my one negative about the film:  Jamie Lee Curtis never looked like a teenager. For over half of the film, I thought she was a mother who was going for her high school degree.  She honestly just doesn’t look young at all and that bothered me because it became hard to relate to her.  I was trying to see a scared girl my age and all that I could see was Freaky Friday.  However, she did do a great job with the role, so I can’t fault her on that. Just wish they found someone physically capable of looking not like a soccer mom 🙂

Eeep!!!

Finally (and most famously), the music turned out to be one of the most haunting parts of the film.  I had grown up hearing the main theme and I always thought it sounded a bit….”hokey”. It never had any sort of scary-ness to it, so going in I thought it might lessen the effect. However, as previously said, it did nothing to weaken the film and I think I know why.  The theme is rather silly if played out of context and if started harshly, straight into it. If you let it build though, starting early and never letting up, it becomes a constant presence. Think of it like static electricity – if it jolts it shocks but then quickly becomes comical;  if it builds up for a while, it raises the hair on the back of your neck.  Truly great work, Mr. Carpenter.

Overall, if you haven’t seen this film yet and you are interested in a truly good scare, PLEASE go see the classic Halloween.  It tops my list of horror films right now and I highly recommend it.  One of the best thus far on the Summer Film Challenge 2011 (which I am horribly behind on right now).

Rating:  10/10

I would like to say that I want to see the remake of it from 2007 just to compare styles.
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The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

Finally! Better late than never, here is my triumphant return with a review of the Maltese Falcon. Expect the Art of the Trailer schedule to recommence in about a week, and I have some more good stuff on the way pronto. Enjoy 🙂

**Summer Film Challenge 2011**
Film:  Maltese Falcon
My Rating:  8/10

This film is blunt so I will strive to be also:  it is the epitome of Film Noir.  The “fight for my own cause” detective, the femme fatale, the mysterious gangsters and the more mysterious treasure.  I can fully see why it has sealed the title of the Perfect Noir film but I have a few issues with it.

First and foremost, let me start off by offending most of you: I have a new famous actor  to add to my “Can’t act” list – HUMPHREY BOGART.  He shows no emotion during any of his scenes.  He has the exact opposite problem of Daniel Radcliffe – I can tell he is processing the emotions of the characters but it is too buried in his eyes.  You can see that it is there but only just.  Maybe I should say that he can only act as one character, which isn’t much of an upgrade (Nicholas Cage, Keanu Reeves, etc).  It is the same roles and same non-emotional response we see in Sam Spade as is found in Rick Blaine of Casablanca.  You stop seeing the roles because you can’t stop seeing Humphrey Bogart, “that wonderful, classic actor”.  It really made it hard to enjoy the film. [In case you are wondering the other major figure of that list is the GREAT AND MIGHTY Orson Welles]

The second thing is the blistering pace of Film Noir.  It both makes the film work and can make it not work at all. In this case it did a little of both.  I enjoyed that the film kept moving and shifting, never giving you time to stop and figure it all out.  However, I did get a little lost towards the end.  Basically it is a trade-off that if you want that action pace you have to deal with some people losing the plot for a bit.  I am sure that a second viewing would help me understand it better.

And on that note I must clarify that I knew how it ended before I saw the film (Thanks AFI’s Top 100 Movie Quotes!) BUT it was still fun to get there.  I did enjoy watching Spade delve deeper and deeper into the mystery of the Falcon and the hunt for it.  It was fun to watch him get to the place of being in the thick of it all.

My only other note is that while Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet give excellent performances, Mary Astor never acted the way her character really was. Is she the coldhearted player she seemed to actually be or was she in reality the sweat girl caught up in it all?  Just like Bogart, I can tell that she (Astor) knows the answer but her performance doesn’t give me (the audience) any answers.  Really disappointing there.

Ultimately I would say that it was a good story that was marred by some rather mediocre acting.  The good performances balanced it out however so I will gladly give it an 8 out of 10. Glad to cross that of the list of movies to see.

Whelp! Thanks for sticking around. I know it took me forever to get this out and I thank you for my patience.  I just got really busy – my mom and I drove across country, I have been moving into my junior year of college, and I found this really weird device….from the future?  I don’t really know.  I will have to compile all of my notes and put them up on the blog soon…so be expecting that.  I also just finished Assassin’s Creed II!  So that review will be up very soon as well!  Finally the Art of the Trailer will return this Friday with my review of the teaser for the Hunger Games film!  Yeah!  Thanks all and check back soon for new content!

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