As Halloween Night approaches and the Eve of the all Bruce Lee Celebration begins we look to the Son of Jun Fan for the greatest of spooky cinema. While it is hard, at least for me, to not watch the movie without a bit of sorrow for the loss of Lee and the irony of life after death in both the movie and his legacy, the adaption of James O’Barr’s comic was spectacular. The following sequels and tv series were less than up to par and I don’t care for the planned remake, why must they remake everything.
If you have yet to see the film you are missing out. The Crow is the tale of Eric Draven who is killed along with his soon-to-be-wife trying to protect her on Halloween. To quote the opening lines:
“People once believed that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can’t rest. Then sometimes, just sometimes, the crow can bring that soul back to put the wrong things right.”
Draven is given new life a year later to finish what was left undone (erie), as he hunts down and takes vengeance on the lives that were stolen before their time. The usually morbid story is mostly cast in dreary rain soaked settings and rundown living quarters with little moments of joy until the waning moments of the story.
1. Poltergeist- I can accept some not seeing The Crow, but if you have not seen this you are either a nun or blind, even then most of the nuns have seen Poltergeist.
2. Phantasm and it’s sequels- The quality may be less then cool when compared to the modern day slash flicks the sheer quality of this film is bar none. Not only is the first film good, each of the sequels is equally as awesome. I first saw the original film on a night of sugar induced insomnia following a large bag of treats, not only did I watch the first but the sequel followed again by the encore of both until the rising of the next mornings sun.
The thing that sets Phantasm apart from other slasher flicks of the same era is the villain, he is not a hulking monster with a chainsaw, a man of your nightmares, a vengeful nerd from summer camp or a homicidal doll; the tall man is a fairly frail old man with a killer set of balls.
3. The Others- A ghost movie about… ghosts? Not completely, it’s a ghost story about the living. Confused? Watch the movie and read this again.
While you may argue there are better horror films, this is not a list of horror films, this is a list of films to cuddle up to on Halloween.