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Great Horror Flick – WICKER MAN

WICKER MAN is a disarmingly simple film that grows on you with repeated viewings.

Forget the reportedly awful 2006 remake, this 1973 classic directed by Robin Hardy is a unique fish-out-of-water horror film that takes place entirely in the daylight and weaves an eerie spell around the viewer which won’t soon be forgotten. The tale of a self-righteous puritan (played by TV’s Equalizer, Edward Woodward) who travels to an island where things aren’t what they seem is an eye-opener of the first order, so well written (by scribe Anthony Shaffer) that Christopher Lee reportedly agreed to appear in it for free. Our repressed conservative police office, Sergeant Howie, arrives at the hippiest island ever, to investigate a missing child report, but he soon finds himself at odds with some of the Pagan traditions on Summerisle. In fact the eccentric community seems less concerned with the little girl’s disappearance and possible death than it is with messing with the new arrival’s head. Soon there are naked women (namely Britt Ekland) doing fertility dances outside his door, confusing mind games with the Lord of Summerisle (Lee), and a growing mystery as to who’s responsible for her disappearance, as Howie begins to unearth occult practices within the community. Is it paranoia, hallucination, or is the mob out to get him? If you’re a fan of creepy Hammer Studios films or any well written movie that dares to be different, you’ll enjoy finding out for yourself – so ignore the remake and avoid spoilers, and experience it for yourself. For goodness’ sake, it’s a movie about isles – you gotta love it.

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July 2, 2010   No Comments

Good Horror Farce – FUNNY MAN

FUNNY MAN is a modern take on Punch and Judy, minus the Judy but heavy on the Punch.

Simon Sprackling’s 1994 horror comedy is an unusual beast, a notch or two below the classics of the genre but worthy of a viewing if you like cult horror-comedies. The thing that truly separates it from the pack is its intense contempt for its characters, who are executed, tortured, ogled and mocked with a degree of flippancy which borders on the pathological. The movie’s nasty streak is wide and inviting, as the titular Freddy Krueger-esque villain (or is it hero?) quips and drops one-liners before dispatching these slightly imperfect but otherwise innocent beings. I mean, clearly the dad is a scumbag – a record executive with a cocaine habit (which provides one of the most memorable set pieces of the film) – but what did his kids do to deserve such punishment? Funny Man doesn’t care! He preens and postures and directly addresses the audience as if we’re asking him to play the psychopathic jester on our behalves (which we are: how meta-textual!). Full of WTF moments, like Thelma from Scooby Doo popping in, or Funny Man turning himself into a buxom stripper, or Christopher Lee appearing every once in awhile to comment on it all (harking back to his Hammer omnibus days), it all feels like Monty Python on bad acid – you know, fun!

May 28, 2010   No Comments

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