The Count's Verdict: Long time omission for me this one but no more thanks to my trusty LoveFilm/Amazon Prime(?!) Blu-ray rental service. Kaufman's INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS proved to be an impressively effective 70s update of the 50s original. The film boasts some truly remarkable shot compositions and masterful lighting. I also dug the increasingly experimental score, Jerry Goldsmith would've been proud of that effort!
Rewatch Reflections: The single greatest film of my entire childhood. If I was in single digits and whiling away my free time, I was invariably watching JAWS: typically putting it on with my elder sister in the room who was pathologically terrified of the bloody death scenes. Ah, bliss!
If I'd already watched JAWS two or three times that day, I would be pouring over books loaned from the library about sharks. Or writing my own shark fact sheets or…
First real disappointment from Director Ben Wheatley for me. The film felt incredibly restricted by its low-budget, single location setting, failing utterly to create an authentic period atmosphere. In fact, it took an awfully long time for me to dispel a sense that this was some sort of comedy sketch or amateur art film shot by a bunch of mates in historical reenactment clothing.
Amy Jump's script delivered a few funny lines but felt incredibly wordy without saying virtually anything…
Having been terrorised by the long running and rightly celebrated stage adaptation of Susan Hill's classic ghost story novel 'The Woman In Black', I'd long had my eye on the reborn Hammer film version.
The casting of speccy Potter - Daniel Radcliffe - in the lead tempered my enthusiasm somewhat as did the decision to go with a 12A rating. However, Watkins film manages to overcome my irrational prejudices, particularly at the start where good use is made of both…