- The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror IV: Bart Simpson's Dracula
- What We Do In The Shadows (trailer)
- Is that a whip? (Robot Chicken)
- Nosferatu the Vampyre - Werner Herzog's retelling of the Dracula story, this obviously resembles previous incarnations (most obviously F.W. Murnau's silent film), but Herzog's approach puts enough of a twist on the story that this is certainly a worthy successor. Since Bram Stoker's novel Dracula had entered the public domain, Herzog was able to use real character names and combine that with some of Murnau's aesthetic. Despite a similar shape that hits most of the same beats, Herzog's film manages many changes. Max Schreck's Count Orlok was a simple, but terrifying monster (a solid choice given the limitations of silent film). Here, Klaus Kinski plays Dracula with more humanity. Still a monster, to be sure, but sad, tired, and envious of mortality. Adjani plays Lucy, a character updated to be stronger and more active in fighting Dracula (Van Helsing, by contrast, is less of a hero, becoming more of a dispassionate observer than a driver of the story).
- The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror V: The Shinning
- Rosemary's Baby (trailer)
- Delicatessen (trailer)
- The Tenant - A man rents an apartment where the previous tenant has attempted suicide. Soon, the man believes his neighbors are trying to drive him to a similar end. Adjani plays the previous tenant's friend, but isn't given too much to do throughout the film. The story is more focused on, well, the new tenant (played by Roman Polanski, who also directs).
- Inside (trailer)
- All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (trailer)
- High Tension (trailer)
- Deadly Circuit (aka Mortelle randonnée) - An aging private detective is put on the case of a serial killer who murders and robs rich men on their wedding night. The woman reminds the detective of his long lost daughter, so instead of completing the case, he follows and aids her when he can, eventually making contact. It's a weird little film. I can't say as though I follow the whole thing particularly well, but it's entertaining in a stereotypical French way.
- They're All Gonna Laugh At You (robot chicken)
- Grace (trailer)
- Spring (trailer)
- Possession - I watched this last year and frankly, my original thoughts remain:
Dear lord, what the hell did I just watch? The batshit insanity quotient just went way up in this year's 6WH. Ostensibly about a bad divorce, it turns out that the woman's new beau is, um, some sort of tentacled monster (apparently Andrzej Zulawski's elevator pitch for the movie was "A film about a woman who fucks an octopus."). Dial performances up to 11; Sam Niell is always great at playing unhinged and Isabelle Adjani is absolutely fearless (dat "miscarriage" scene). Frankly, I have no idea what to make of this movie. Watch it if you dare.Upon rewatching, I have tried to make some more sense of the movie, but it remains impenetrable, though I think I may have connected an extra dot or two. It's visually quite impressive and the atmosphere of obsession and dread is quite effective.
6WH: Week 2 - Isabelle Adjani
The Six Weeks of Halloween horror movie marathon continues with another week of obscure scream queens, this time focusing on French acress Isabelle Adjani. Last week, we looked at a few of Erika Blanc's films, which are distinctly more lurid and trashy than Adjani, who has more of a reputation for staid, artistic work. You'll see below that she's also worked with some more popular art house directors, like Werner Herzog, Roman Polanski, and Andrzej Żuławski. While successful in Europe, she never really managed to crossover into the U.S. filmmaking scene, hence my labeling as "obscure". Of course, last week's reservations about the term "scream queen" apply doubly here, as Adjani is clearly trying for more, despite her work in genre films. Still, she makes an impression, as we're about to find out: