Hello scary cat and brave people. Have you scared someone today? Typical me is writing a horror post for the horror day of Halloween. To prepare you for the day of scare. If some of you are like me, who does not celebrate Halloween by going trick or treat, and enjoy a night/week at home watching horror movies then you might have already saw the recommendation. Otherwise, I hope this will contribute to give you some shiver on this specially delightful night/day.
Please keep in mind that this list is my personal opinion, I do not take critics in a good way, so bashing/swearing at my post will result in me hunting you down with a machete (because it’s lighter than an axe). I do enjoy recommendation and opinion so feel free to do so. Also some of them are classic that I do enjoy re-watching from time to time. And I will try not to spoil anything, I will try… Beware! Sensitive heart should not try out this list!
So let’s start!
1. Dumpling (2004, Hong Kong)
Mrs Li is a former actress who is losing her youth and her husband’s interest, who is, by the way, cheating on her with a younger woman. In order to regain her youth and his passion she goes on to look for a remedy. In her quest she learned about a certain Aunt Mei and her miracle remedy for rejuvenation. Mrs Li seek out to Aunt Mei and found that she is a woman who looks to be in her 30s. Aunt Mei to Mrs Li that her secret to her youth is the dumpling she’s making, but her dumpling does not contain the usual ingredient. They are made from foetus through abortion. Luck shine upon Mrs Li, aunt Mei just happen to aborted a 5 months pregnant young girl, who was impregnate by her father. Upon seeing Aunt Mei preparing the dish, Mrs Li is disgusted and leave the place. Rethinking about her couple’s situation and herself, she returned and decided to try the dumpling. The effect is immediate, Mrs Li feels rejuvenate and make her way to the hospital to her husband to revive their passion. Her first bite into the dumpling started her sinister downfall.
This movie is rumored to be base on true story/urban legend about Chinese controversial medicine. Dumpling was also featured in 3 Extremes, a collection of horror movies, but with a different ending. The story similarly follow the same lines as in the original, but with a more twisted end. Personally, I do prefer the version from 3 Extremes, but both ending are equally good and twisted as it show how human’s nature can be very selfish and weak.
2. I saw the devil (2010, South Korean)
Joo-yun is having a flat tire in middle of the road on a snowy day. A bus driver happen to passed by and offer to help her. The horror starts. Joo-yun is kidnapped by the bus driver, he mutilated and scattered her body for people to find. When her ear is discovered by a boy, her fiancé, Soo-hyun who is in the National Intelligent Service, starts his hunt for the killer. He captures and interrogates four main suspects on his list. In response to the atrocity inflicted to his fiancée who happen to be pregnant at the time of her murder, Soo-hyun goes beyond the restrain of his duty. He goes torturing the suspects in order to get them to talk. His last suspect on the list is the bus driver Kyung-chul, the real killer. Upon discovering Joo-yun’s ring in Kyung-chul possession, Soo-hyun knew that he was the one who killed her, but he won’t take his revenge by killing him right away. That would be too easy for the suffering the killer has inflicted to him and his decease fiancé. A series of hunt and torture start the moment the true killer is found.
For a South Korean movie, this is rather raw. The graphics are shown very clearly. In most movie when a torture scene is about to happen, the camera usually turn away and the spectators can only hear the scene and imagine what is happening to the victim. This is the exception: the spectators are shown the action that is happening, making them the witness of the crime. Some scenes can make you cringe and turn away, but you are forced to watch as it is present in front of you. Duty’s restrictions as a law enforcer are also omit as Soo-hyun execute his vengeance, making you wonder who’s the real devil.
3. Psycho (1960, USA)
The movie starts with Marion Crane, a secretary who just stole a huge sum from her employer and was on the run. She end up in a secluded motel near an isolate house own by Norman Bates, an obedient son to his mother. Norman is attracted to her and invites her to supper, Marion accepted. After being exposed to Norman’s strange hobby of taxidermy, Marion returned to her room and decided to take a shower. In the middle of her shower, a shadow is casted on the shower curtain. Marion only have the time to turn around that she is murder with multiple stabs on her body. The movie continue with Marion’s little sister searching for her and arrive at the Bates Motel. She, too, encounter Norman Bates and the horror surrounding him and his mother.
Psycho is a classic in the thriller/horror genre. Even though the movie is entirely in black and white, some viewer claim to see the red color of blood in the shower scene. Tell me, do you see the color too?
4. Ringu (1998, Japan)
Two teenagers are talking about a viral video that kill the person who watched it after 7 days. Tomoko, one of the teenagers, reveals that she and her friends had watched the movie a week ago. She is then killed by a mysterious forced while her friend watched. Days later, Tomoko’s aunt, Reiko Asakawa, a reporter starts investigating about the curse video. After seeing a photo of her niece and her friends, Reiko goes to the rental cabin where they have stayed, she end up with a copy of the video and watch it. The video contain various strange, incomprehensible and disturbing scenes. After she finish watching the video, a phone call from an unknown number warned her that she will die in seven days. There start her journey to find the truth behind the video to save herself and the people around her who has also watched the video.
This movie has gain tremendous popularity in Japan and also in America. There is an American remake of the movie title The Ring, that basically has the same story line, with some minor changes, but the horror side is still better in the Japanese version. The original version is often the best and this movie is not an exception.
5. Invasion of the body snatchers(1956, USA)
The movie open with the arrest of a hysterical man trying to escape something that scare him to death. He tries to warn the people and retell the story that has happen to him and the people in his home town. The man is Dr Miles Bennell who has escape from his home town, Santa Mira. Recalling his story, it all started the day he was treating quite a few of the people of the town who are suffering from Capgras Delusion. His patients were complaining that the people around them are being replaced by something that look exactly the same, but are emotionless. In the evening of that same day, he and his friends discovered a body that looks exactly like him, but not all features has been completely develop. Scare and clueless of what is happening they try to search for an answer and discover in the basement a copy of another friend. After the disappearance of the clones, they discovered in the Dr Bennell’s greenhouse seed pods in which come the clone of their own image. Giving a reason to believe that his patients were telling the truth and that the people of the town are gradually being replace by emotionless clones. Dr Bennell and his friends try to contact the authorities to warn them of the situation, but nothing could get through. Their adventure starts as they try to escape from being capture and turn into pod people.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a classic within the horror genre. Some people are relating the theme of the movie to Soviet Union or communist systems, others to the post-war/communist regime in the time. This movie has two ending, the original idea was change due to the pressure for a more optimistic ending to the story.
Here ends the list of 5 horrors movie to watch or re-watch. Do you think a title should be in this list? Do you have any recommendation for me? Feel free to let me know in the comment section, I would love to read them.