Sunday, January 2, 2011

Most Anticipated Films of 2011: Nick's #10

Welcome to 2011. Gabe and I are listing off our top picks for the coming cinematic year, so here I go, starting with 10:

10. The Woman in Black

Back in the 50s and 60s Hammer revived the stale horror genre with Technicolor gore and sex appeal, while still maintaining a level of class and seriousness commensurate with the talent involved. I would argue that Peter Cushion's Frankenstein is the best screen portrayal of the demented doctor, lending an understanding of the character and a sense of single-minded purpose in his experiments, neither condemning nor celebrating his pursuit of unholy knowledge. In the late 60s and into the 70s, Hammer couldn't (or wouldn't) keep up with trends in the genre and while young whippersnappers like Romero, Polanski, Craven, Hooper and Carpenter were rewriting the rules, Hammer was making cash-ins like The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (basically, Dracula in a kung fu film). After years of laying dormant, Hammer returned (in name only; most of the people involved with Hammer's heyday are gone, except of course for the immortal Christopher Lee) with Let Me In, a superior vampire film, showcasing the old studio's sense of wit, intelligence, purposefully used gore and ambiguously portrayed characters. This year's The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe, a gothic ghost story based on the novel of the same name, will hopefully continue to update what the original studio's horror cycle represented.

Can someone who knows more about Harry Potter please wittily caption this?

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