torsdag 5. oktober 2017

Thursday Movie Picks - Halloween Edition; Masks

It's Thursday and probably time for a new Thursday Movie Picks post, thanks to the blogger behind Wandering Through the Shelves. The theme of the week is masks (and Halloween) and here are my picks.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974); an iconic horror classic.

Friday the 13th (1980); another iconic horror classic.

Halloween (1978); a third iconic horror classic.

2 kommentarer:

  1. I'm not much for horror but have seen Friday the 13th and Halloween. Can't say I love either but Halloween gave me a good fright when I saw it in the theatre. I'll never watch your other pick, it's too ghoulish for me.

    As I said not a horror fan so I went with three versions of one of the few scary stories I am a fan of.

    The Phantom of the Opera (1925)-Moody, expressionist original version of the Gaston Leroux novel tells the tale of a disfigured man (Lon Chaney) who resides under the Grand Opera House of Paris and becomes enamored by a young singer (Mary Philbin). He becomes obsessed with making her a success resorting to extremes to bring that about. Contains a most impressive color sequence which considering it’s almost 100 years old is beautifully composed from the primitive elements available at that time. There have been many versions but this remains a singular experience thanks to both Chaney’s self-designed makeup hidden for most of the running time behind a mask and skill at expressing emotion through it.

    The Phantom of the Opera (1943)-Rejiggering the origin story somewhat this version starts with opera violinist Erique Claudin (Claude Rains) hopelessly in love with raising soprano Christine DuBois (Susanna Foster) who is also pursued by baritone Anatole Garron (Nelson Eddy) and police inspector Raoul Daubert (Edgar Barrier). Claudin secretly sponsors Christine’s vocal training until he is dismissed due to arthritis in his hands. Having submitted a concerto to an unscrupulous publisher Claudin discovers his work stolen and in a fit of anger strangles the man just as his assistant enters and throws a tray of acid in Claudin’s face. Permanently scarred he dons a mask and haunts the cellars of the opera house pursuing his goal to make Christine a star at any cost. Incredibly lush looking film was nominated for four Oscars. Unsurprisingly Rains is excellent and both Eddy and Susanna Foster were major opera stars of their day so the performance sequences are solid.

    The Phantom of the Opera (2004)-Filmed take of the enormously successful Andrew Lloyd Webber version does not capture the magic that was present onstage. Curiously inert considering the entire thing is sung and staged for movement with the mask once used to hide the phantom’s disfigurement far more aesthetically pleasing now that he has been transformed into some sort of romantic stud ideal. Considering he’s not a trained singer Gerard Butler does well enough in the lead but you’ll miss Michael Crawford soaring power on the songs. The rest of the cast is efficient but unmemorable except for Minnie Driver who has fun as the bitchy diva Carlotta, though her voice is dubbed.

  2. I have seen parts(haha) of the Texas Chainsaw and I don't think I will see it and same with Friday the 13th. I have seen Halloween and it scared me. I'm not much for these horror films but you picked 3 that really fit this week's theme