We always love hearing which films entertain, influence and scare the filmmakers we admire. And you may have noticed that we’ve been posting these types of lists when we find them in our Movie Playlist. Over the weekend Martin Scorsese listed off his 11 scariest horror movies of all time. Which films scare Scorsese? Find out after the jump.
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Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the DVDs at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.
Jean-Claude Van Damme has made some pretty questionable career choices, but whether you love or hate the guy, you really have to admire the ingenuity on display in JCVD, which is very much a response to that rather misguided career. In the film he plays himself: a broke, out-of-luck actor who’s battling for the custody of his daughter. But when he’s thrown into a real-life hostage situation, the world sees a side of Van Damme they’ve never seen before. Marking the first ever Van Damme flick to be ranked ‘fresh’ on Rotten Tomatoes, the meta, self-referential and utterly unique JCVD has been praised heavily for Jean-Claude’s touching and deeply personal performance, which—much like the depicted storyline—also shows a side of him that the world’s never seen before. Blu-ray? Yes. Notable Extras: Deleted scenes.
Dreamworks has released the trailer for The Uninvited, and American remake of Kim Jee-Woon’s 2003 Korean horror film Changhwa Hongryon. The American version tells the story of “modern-day teenage sisters Anna and Alex Rydell who return home from a mental hospital only to find their recovery unraveling because of a cruel stepmother, clueless or seemingly ignorant father and a lingering, scary ghost. With their mental states deteriorating can they stay alive in a haunted house where the only thing they have is each other?” The film stars Elizabeth Banks, Arielle Kebbel, Emily Browning, and David Strathaim.
I have yet to see Jee-Woon’s original film, but it was fairly well reviewed. Sadly, the film shown in this trailer looks nothing beyond a typical Hollywood horror remake. From what I’ve read on message boards, this looks and feels nothing like the original. I will admit that I’m slightly interested due of the involvement of Banks. As always, tell me what you think in the comments below!