Category: Demonic possession
Welcome back Sam :-D
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Directed by Sam Raimi
Written by Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi
Christine Brown has a good job, a great boyfriend,
and a bright future. But in three days,
she's going to hell
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The Cryptkeeper says:
There are no words to describe how out-of-my-mind excited I am to see this movie. Sam Raimi's horror hiatus has been way too long, but finally he has come home to the genre (and fans) who love him best. And I for one am doing my happy dance!
All I can say is, welcome back Sam :-D
Horror fans love Raimi of course, because he gave us The Evil Dead trilogy. For more Evil Dead info, click here for previous horror blog postings.
Click here to find the Evil Dead trilogy in the RPL catalogue.
New twist on evil kid theme
Vengeance Child (2009) New!
by Simon Clark
The Omen meets The Bad Seed with a twist of Thomas Tryon's The Other.
Booklist Starred Review:
Clark...proves again that he has a real knack for working unique variations on time-tested themes. His little boy is the sole survivor of a shipwreck, now living in an orphan asylum, and he’s the sweetest boy you could ever want to meet--until his eyes glaze over, and he begins to repeat your name. Then it’s time to take cover. But is the boy evil himself, or is he merely the innocent vessel of a much greater, darker evil? Clark will tell you, but in his own good time, and only after the knot in the pit of your stomach is the size of a boulder. Another clever, original, and beguiling thriller from this very talented storyteller. --David Pitt
Click here to find Simon Clark in the RPL catalogue.
Roman Polanski serves up classic horror
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Starring: Mia Farrow & John Cassavetes
Before there was The Exorcist, there was Rosemary's Baby, Roman Polanski's classic adaptation of Ira Levin's bestselling novel of the same name. Polanski's 1968 film really brought horror into the mainstream. Contemporary critics received the movie with enthusiasm and it was nominated for numerous awards, earning Mia Farrow an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role as Rosemary Woodhouse.
Some four decades later, the film still ranks as one of the most memorable horror movies ever made and continues to show up on or near the top of "best lists" everywhere. It ranks as #215 on IMDb's Top 250 Films and scores a whopping 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. In his 1968 review for the Chicago Sun-Times, film critic Roger Ebert describes Rosemary's Baby this way: "a brooding, macabre film, filled with the sense of unthinkable danger. Strangely enough it also has an eerie sense of humor almost until the end. It is a creepy film and a crawly film, and a film filled with things that go bump in the night. It is very good."
I have to agree.
Can't get enough of Polanski?
Written and directed by Roman Polanski
The first English-language film by controversial director Roman Polanski, Repulsion is classic psychological horror in the style of Alfred Hitchcock. Catherine Deneuve plays a Belgian manicurist (Carol) who suffers from bizarre hallucinations that force her to take a sabbatical from her job. When her sister goes on vacation leaving her alone, Carol is engulfed by her madness.
Filmed in black and white and containing very little dialogue, Repulsion is remarkable for its simplicity; nevertheless, Polanski is able to achieve an inexorable tension thanks in large part to a pulse-pounding soundtrack (and I’m referring here to the boom of cracking walls rather than the music). The movie builds to a crescendo and an ending that is as unexpected as it is disturbing.
Repulsion is just plain weird and it made me feel like I was hallucinating along with Catherine Deneuve. Watching her lose her mind really puts you on edge, because anything is possible in the world of someone who's lost touch with reality. It's a really quiet movie, so when something scary and loud happens you jump out of your skin. Like the infamous scene with hands coming out of the walls. Watch scene here.
The Exorcist playing at RPL Film Theatre Tuesday, October 7
RPL's 2nd Annual Halloween Movie Fest
Every Tuesday in October. Show starts @ 7:00pm. Admission is FREE.
RPL Film Theatre
The Exorcist (1973)
Directed by William Friedkin. Based on the novel by William Peter Blatty.
Watch the trailer on YouTube!
Thirty-five years after its initial theatrical release, The Exorcist remains one of the most terrifying movies ever made. A young girl (Linda Blair) is tormented by demonic forces; in desperation, her mother (Ellen Burstyn) turns to two Catholic priests for help. Now is your chance to see the director`s cut of this cinema classic on the big screen...if you dare! Running Time: 132mins. Rated 14A -- horror violence, explicit language.
What's New! The Evil Dead Ultimate Edition
The Evil Dead: anniversary edition New!
Don't miss out on this one! Here is the ULTIMATE anniversary edition of The Evil Dead with tons of extra features.
Product Description: "Today its ferocious ingenuity relentless shocks and gore-gushing havoc remain an absolute standard of modern horror. Now celebrate the original Sam Raimi masterpiece like never before with two versions of the movie, six new featurettes that revisit the cast, crew, biggest fans and undying legacy, plus a jaw-dropping torrent of never- before-seen production footage, outtakes and deleted scenes reconstructed and restored for the first time ever."
Not yet a fan? The Deadites welcome all members -- "Join us"!
The Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn
Stay up reading after dark
Come Closer: a novel (2006)
by Sara Gran
This year's scariest novel --Time Out New York
Hypnotic, disturbing...a genuinely scary novel about possession and insanity.
--Brett Easton Ellis
I'm always on the lookout for a good ghost story as I'm a perpetual sucker for anything that goes bump in the night. Here Gran offers up the real deal--a ghost story for grown-ups that's literary, engaging, and most importantly, creepy. While on the short side (less than 200 pages), Come Closer is able to generate some real scares. A happily married, young woman is plagued by violent outbursts and obscene thoughts beyond her control. Is she losing her mind, or is something more sinister at work? Read this book.
Mr. Hands (2007)
by Gary A. Braunbeck
Braunbeck's fiction stirs the mind as it chills the marrow. --Publisher's Weekly
...absolutely essential reading. --Cemetery Dance
The publishing company Leisure Books is doing a fantastic job ferreting out new horror talent and bringing previously overlooked veteran talent to a mainstream audience (see Re(Discover) horror with Leisure Books). This is my first Braunbeck novel and I was very impressed, to say the least. Mr. Hands has all the elements of a gripping page-turner. An odd looking doll carved out of wood is a source for unfathomable evil. The doll's deadly power is at Lucy's command and she'll use it to see that justice is done her way. Who will live and who will die?
Are you an Evil Dead fan? Part II
I absolutely adore the Evil Dead movies, each of which are special in their own unique, zany way. I harbor a secret crush on Bruce Campbell and I think Sam Raimi is one of the best directors to ever make it in Hollywood. If you too have been bit by the Evil Dead bug, (or are curious to know what all the hoopla is about) the following books are essential reading. Enjoy!
See previous post: "Are you an Evil Dead fan"
The Evil Dead Companion (2002)
by Bill Warren
A wealth of new information...fascinating facts...who would have thought that three of the most joyfully gross and outlandish horror films could also form the basis of such an inspirational book? --Fangoria
Don't you see, Ash, they're alive! --In the dank cellar of a dilapidated cabin tucked away in a great forest, there is a book, bound in human skin, and filled with incantations writ in blood. To read the words therein is to release a hideously unspeakable force....The Evil Dead. Rigorously made on an almost absent budget in the backwoods of Tennessee, the film was a phenomenal success - the true definition of "cult film" -- launching the careers of its director, Sam Raimi; producer, Bob Tapert; and star, Bruce Campbell. It also spawned two deliriously different and wildly inventive sequels, the Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn and Army of Darkness, which have won over legions of fright-fans around the globe. At last, acclaimed film critic Bill Warren takes us on a no-holds-barred behind-the-scenes tour of the making of the three films, including exclusive interviews with key cast and crew; rare and previously unpublished photographs, storyboards, and concept sketches; harrowing tales of hardship, discomfort, and practical jokes; and much more. Enough to keep any puss-oozing Deadite drooling through the night. Join us!
The Unseen Force: The Films of Sam Raimi
by John Kenneth Muir
Examining Raimi's oeuvre, from the cult classic low-budget horror film The Evil Dead (1981) through the mega-hit Spider-Man (2002), [Muir] offers lively, behind-the-scenes accounts via interviews with many of Raimi's collaborators. For example, he divulges the trade secrets of Tom Sullivan, the man responsible for the special effects in The Evil Dead, which illustrate the resourcefulness Raimi inspires in his colleagues. Although famous for violent and unnerving films...the director exudes a calm presence, noted for dressing in a suit and tie to indicate his respect for the craft of filmmaking. Even while exploring new terrain...Raimi maintains a strong visual and emotional landscape. In Spider-Man, Muir says, he found the perfect vehicle to marry his love of comic books, his visual talents and his sensitivity, producing the most successful film of the genre....If there is a downside to the nonconformist director, Muir has yet to find it.
If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor
by Bruce Campbell
Fans of the Evil Dead franchise will know (and love) B-actor Bruce Campbell. In this self-deprecating memoir, Campbell serves up some tips, insights, and survival skills for anyone brave enough to take on the film industry. To really appreciate the trials, tribulations and misadventures of making your first full-length movie at age 20 in the backwoods of Tennessee on a shoe-string budget of $85,000 this is a must read...and a joyous one at that.
Campbell's wry wit and charming manner will have you rolling in laughter and cringing with sympathy for the small band of guerrilla filmmakers determined to get their labor of love "in the can" come hell or high water.
by The Cryptkeeper