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Christopher Lee makes Count Dracula seductive.
Terence Fisher’s erotic fantasy horror picture Horror of Dracula (1958) is a prime example of how to reinvent an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Fisher keeps the dark atmospheric mood, but brightens things up with vibrant colors and Hammer films’ aristocratic splendor for Bernard Robinson’s production design and art direction for the fashionable Castle Dracula and Mina’s household. Jack Asher’s lovely wide shot cinematography makes everything shine with a natural look and bright lighting.…
Impressive underwater photography with a sympathetic fish man.
Jack Arnold’s beloved science-fiction horror adventure Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) dives into the depths of the Amazon only to discover the dreaded Gill Man. I found Arnold’s direction quite gripping for an older horror thriller. He makes great use of the jungle space and open water. Arnold knows when to show The Gill Man and when to simply show seaweed moving or bubbles popping in the dark depths of The…
The monster movie classic from Universal.
James Whale’s science-fiction horror drama Frankenstein (1931) is as iconic as horror imagery goes. Whale’s direction plays everything straight like a period drama until the horrifying scenes set in and camera angles start to tilt up towards The Monster. Whale’s dark direction is very refreshing to see nearly a century after this movie was filmed. Frankenstein is the genre defining picture to influence every version of Mary Shelley’s horror tragedy after it. Shelley’s writing…
A visceral adrenaline rush as a character study of Mark Zuckerberg.
David Fincher's sublime contemporary biopic about Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg, The Social Network (2010), is a fast paced kinetic film that ousts Zuckerberg as a thief, scumbag, and jerk. After everything we have heard Zuckerberg doing with Facebook, The Social Network is all the more telling and relevant.
Fincher's direction is peerless without any fat or frills. It's brutally honest and stark with a modern energy not often seen…