Inktober 2018 | Day 21 | “Drain”
“On the twenty-third day of the month of September, in an early year of a decade not too long before our own, the human race suddenly encountered a deadly threat to its very existence. And this terrifying enemy surfaced, as such enemies often do, in the seemingly most innocent and unlikely of places...”
I watched this for the first time since childhood on Netflix and was reminded what a fantastic achievement this movie is. The quality of the restoration and transfer is brilliant for this edition, physical media stiff matters. #thedarkcrystal#jimhenson#frankoz#bluray#4k
An American Werewolf in London
A walk on the Moors... What's the worst that could happen
Despite being warned against it, American backpackers David & Jack go walking along the Moors during a full moon & end up being attacked by large animal, weeks later, David wakes y un hospital to the news Jack was killed by an escaped lunatic, David subsequently sees his friend Jack (who is now undead) who tells him he was bitten by a werewolf & should kill himself but he laughs it off & starts a relationship with his nurse but come the next full moon, the grizzly truth will be revealed
This modern classic from John Landis is without doubt, the greatest werewolf film ever made thanks to the iconic make-up & signature transformation scene courtesy of the legend Rick Baker, achieved completely as a without a single piece of digitally trickery, it's a visceral sequence that doesn't hold back on how much pain the body goes through as it changes from human to vulpine, there is even a brief moment where the character looks straight at the camera as if asking the viewer for help.
Not only is the transformation a high point but so is the make-up job on Griffin Dunne (Jack) who goes through various stages of decay throughout the film, so impressive were the effects that the Academy created a category recognising them & this was the first recipient.
Although the two main leads were relative unknowns, the film is littered with several well known British actors such as John Woodvine, Jenny Agutter, Lila Kaye & Brian Glover who all bring an air of authenticity
The music is another high point although there isn't much of a score, all the songs used feature a moon in their titles
The new episode deals with conformity, control, and what it means to be a human: it’s A Clockwork Orange vs The Stepford Wives (2004). Stanley Kubrick’s 80 hour so-called masterpiece is a dark future world of ultraviolence, while The Stepford Wives is a hilarious satire that follows Nicole Kidman’s entry into an idyllic town straight out of Leave It To Beaver (though things are not as they appear). 💅🏻🤖💋
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