THE STRANGERS (2008)
The whole movie's tense as hell. Some of the scares are the subtle ones, where "The Strangers" sort of just appear out of thin air, like they're a part of the house itself. Doesn't hurt both Liv Tyler & Scott Speedman are fantastic as the troubled married couple at the centre of the story. Glenn Howerton (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Dennis Reynolds) shows up for a little cameo before meeting a grisly, tragic fate.
But what I love most of all is that Bertino sticks to the cold, brutal nature of the story he starts out with, refusing to settle for a forced happy ending.
Fun trivia: The houses shown during the opening credits each resemble a famous house from various classic horror movies, such as A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Halloween (1978) and The Amittyville Horror (1979).
James Hoyt: I'm not even sure how to load it.
Kristen: But you said you used to hunt with your dad.
James Hoyt: No, I never did. It's just something I said.
Waxwork and Waxwork 2: Lost in Time - The first film centers around a group of college students that become trapped in an enchanted wax museum. It's a horror comedy that references werewolves, Dracula, Phantom of the Opera, zombies etc. The second one is about a couple that battles a demon through time (kind of like a video-game) - it also has references to horror like: Frankenstein, Jack the Ripper, Alien, Nosferatu, Dawn of the Dead, etc. These are so much fun to watch - with practical, 80's/90's effects. Even though these films have fantasy or comedic themes, you can tell that the writers had an affinity towards horror. And that gets a definite 'plus' in my book. #horror#horrormovies#waxwork#waxworklostintime#waxworkmovie
If you’re interested in genuinely expanding your Euro horror horizons, might I recommend LEPTIRICA (1973) aka THE SHE-BUTTERFLY. This Serbian vampire tale plays like a Jean Rollin film populated with characters from a Alejandro Jodorowsky story. And I defy you to not be swept away by the hypnotic and dream inducing abstract score. It’s a short and sweet watch at only 65 minutes and builds moodily and charmingly towards an unexpectedly frenetic and memorable last 5 minutes. This new German Blu-ray / DVD combo release of LEPTIRICA is something of a revelation given the films rarity and obscurity, presenting the film in bright and handsome style from what I can only assume are the best quality elements still in existence. The film is presented in Serbo-Croatian with optional English subtitles.