Friday, April 13, 2012


The Lost Boys
Two brothers and their mother move to Santa Carla, California. Living with their grandfather, the boys find out soon there is more to Santa Carla than meets the eye. The older brother, Michael, gets involved with a local gang. Sam, the younger brother, finds friends in two quirky brothers that run a comic book store. Sam finds out that Santa Carla is plagued by vampires. The brothers join forces and go up against the vampires in this 1987 horror comedy directed by Joel Schumacher. The cast was stellar, including then unknowns Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland and Jami Gertz, along with Corey Feldman and Dianne Wiest. There are many references to the classic Peter Pan story in the film. The movie performed well at the box office, and won a Saturn Award. There have been two sequels.

Lost Highway
David Lynch, director of Eraserhead and Blue Velvet, to name a few, came up with the idea for Lost Highway while he was filming Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. A psychological trip, the movie is about Fred Madison, a professional musician who lives with his wife in a modern home in Los Angeles. His life is changed when he hears someone in his home’s intercom saying, “Dick Laurent is dead.” The film explores several themes and carries a tricky storyline, both common occurrences with Lynch’s work. Likened at times to a fever dream, the movie received mixed reviews.

The Legend of Hell House
A movie about a haunted house, The Legend of Hell House is firmly rooted in the idea of investigators fooling around with the possible existence of ghosts (see my earlier write up of The Haunting). Directed by John Hough in 1973, the movie was adapted from a novel by Richard Matheson titled Hell House. Matheson also wrote the screenplay for the film. An elderly millionaire, Mr. Deutsch, invites a physicist and his wife, and two mediums to come and investigate the Belasco House – an extremely haunted house. After a series of increasingly disturbing events, the investigators begin to be subjected to a malevolent force. Hough uses dark scenery and slow pacing to build the suspense, making the audience wonder what will happen next.

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