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Top Ten Underrated Horror Movies (Part 10/10)

We have finally made it to the end

What could my top choice be?

There are so many great movies out there, but when I decided to make this list, I knew there was only one more that would fill my number one slot and throughout the process of making the list, that number one pick never changed.

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1. American Mary (2012)

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Yes, my top choice also features the amazingly talented Katharine Isabelle.

I found this move either at the end of 2015 or just the beginning of 2016, but once I saw it, it bumped right up my list to favorite horror movies ever. Not just underrated, but IN GENERAL.

It stars Katharine Isabelle and is the revenge movie to end all revenge movies. It is wonderfully twisted and fucked up in all the right ways, like every horror movie should be.

Isabelle plays the role of a medical student, who is going through financial problems, but determined to succeed in her chosen profession.

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Desperate for money to pay her bills, she decides to seek work as a stripper, but because she is a medical student, she is instead offered $5000 to save a man’s life, after being beaten.

Needing the money, she does so, but is immediately struck with disgust returns home, in complete panic over the ordeal. 

She is offered quite a bit more money to perform a surgery, which would involve removing a girl’s nipples and labia, to appear more like a human doll. She offered $10,000 and an extra $2,000 to just show up.

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Despite the way she felt at the strip club, she agrees and successfully performs the surgery.

Some time passes and during her residency, she is invited to a party, where she gets drugged and sexually assaulted at by her former teacher.

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Unable to cope with the attack, she drops out of medical school and goes back to the strip club, where she pays workers to bring her attacker to her.

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She starts working at the strip club and starts working full time as a surgeon for consensual body modification, all while continuing to torture her attacker on the side.

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This movie takes a new spin on revenge story and as I have said before in my number two pick, Katharine Isabelle is hypnotic on the screen and when she is acting, your eyes stay on her and only her.

What I have explained is only part of the plot and I will not give the rest away, because the element of surprise needs to be there if you intend to watch this.

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It is written and directed by the Soska sisters who had a cameo in the film, shown above. 

I have never fallen in love with a horror movie so quickly before and I urge you all to give it a chance, because not a lot of people have heard of this movie and it is such a visual masterpiece.

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I will say this though, the climax and ending happens a bit fast and because of that, it does end a little underwhelming, which is a shame, because everything else is just so flawless and absolutely chilling.

I repeat, absolutely chilling.

Watch the trailer and see for yourself. If you are as intrigued as I was, you will find a way to see this movie.


Okay I really don’t want to start discourse over BBC Les Mis before it’s even out but I will because this is bugging me. 

Davies shitting all over the 2012 film over it not being an “accurate” adaption of Hugo’s work- specifically because it’s a musical adaptation, really rubs me the wrong way.

The 2012 film was not trying to be a faithful adaptation of the brick- it was supposed to be a faithful adaptation of the stage show. The thing about interpreting a book into another medium is that no matter how true to the original source material you are, things are going to be left out or interpreted differently. That’s why so many novels brought to screen lose the a book’s original message or tone. Film and television are visual mediums- even with narration you wouldn’t be able to leave in every detail of Hugo’s work, and you shouldn’t want to, because even if you somehow managed to do that, it doesn’t mean your adaptation would be successful because it would not translate well to the screen. 

Furthermore, successfully adapting someones work means something different to everybody. I guarantee you that myself reading the brick would have taken away something completely different than somebody else. I may believe the 2012 film was a successful adaptation because it included themes from the book that I connected to personally. Another person may have hated it for this exact reason- the themes and characters they connected to were left on the cutting room floor.

There’s a certain sense of elitism in Davies’ words. That because the film was adapted as a musical it’s somehow can’t be as emotionally impacting as one that’s adapted straight from the brick. Even if Davies is not a fan of musical theatre as genre, he could have recognised that the film included pivotal and emotionally important themes and plot points from the brick.

I’m just saying that you don’t have to like a medium to appreciate it as an art form and recognise it’s successes. 

And saying straight off the bat that you’re adaption is going to be so much more powerful than an adaptation of one of Broadway’s longest running musical is a tall claim to make- especially when you haven’t even started writing the script yet.

Not Your Average Rom-Coms

It pains me to say that in recent years I have become somewhat of a movie snob.  But honestly in my opinion, how can you not be in this day and age?  I just can’t justify going to the movie theater anymore to buy a 10-12 dollar ticket to see yet another romantic comedy with Katherine Heigl (sorry but Katherine Heigl movies are just bad) or Channing Tatum flaunting off his perfect abs.  I still love romantic movies, but they have to be unique and different in some way.  I love movies that leave an impression on you and films that have endings that can be open to interpretation.  It is for that reason that I have composed the following list of romantic films (some comedic, some dramatic) that should not disappoint.

1.  (500) Days of Summer

I have literally seen this movie at least 10 times.  I love it for three main reasons—(a) the chemistry between Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, (b) the beautiful and experimental cinematic elements of the film, and © the soundtrack.  500 Days of Summer tells the story of the relationship between Tom (a hopeless romantic) and Summer (a girl who doesn’t believe in love).  Very funny and at times touching, the film tells the story out of sequence –making for a very interesting progression of time.  The ending is open to interpretation; just remember that a number of the movie’s promotional material included the disclaimer “this is not a love story”.    

2.  Edward Scissorhands

This is one of my favorite movies.  It is also one of the weirdest I have ever seen, but it is brilliant.  Directed by Tim Burton, Edward Scissorhands tells that story of a gentle man named Edward (Johnny Depp) who falls in love with the beautiful Kim (Winona Ryder).  The only problem is that he has scissors for hands and has lived in an abandoned mansion for most of his life.  His life completely changes when a cosmetic saleswoman named Peg (Diane Wiest) takes Edward under her wing and shows him what it is like to live in suburbia.  This film is a perfect example of the wondrous Burton/Depp partnership. 

3.  The Science of Sleep

From the mind of director Michel Gondry, The Science of Sleep tells the story of Stéphane (Gael García Bernal) as he falls in love with his charming French neighbor Stéphanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg).  Stéphane is very shy and highly imaginative; he often has trouble distinguishing between reality and the world of his dreams.  The film is very quirky and may actually warrant more than one viewing to fully appreciate the magic of the film. 

4.  Annie Hall

Calling all Woody Allen fans!  I happen to love Woody Allen and find his early films to be incredibly charming and hilarious.  Annie Hall tells the story of the neurotic Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) and his girlfriend Annie (Diane Keaton).  Diane is the true star of this film by creating such a classic and loveable character.  The first ten minutes are absolutely hysterical and feature some of the best moments in the film.  Annie Hall won four Oscars when the film was released in 1977 including Best Actress, Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Original Screenplay. 

 

5.  Amélie

Amélie is by far my favorite foreign film.  Set in Paris, the film tells the story of Amélie Poulain—a shy and imaginative girl who discovers love as she tries to mysteriously solve the problems of others.  Audrey Tautou plays the title role with perfect grace that could be compared to a young Audrey Hepburn.  The set design, music, and creative elements of the film are incredible and completely tie the film together.  If you don’t already, you will have a weird obsession with garden gnomes after seeing this film. 

6.  The Edukators

The Edukators is a German film about a group of young activists who break into the homes of the insanely wealthy—not to steal from them, but to leave obscure messages telling them that they have too much money.  But one night Jan (Daniel Bruhl) and his best friend’s girlfriend Jule (Julia Jentsch) improvise a kidnapping when they are caught by a businessman in his home.  The film also has road trips to the German countryside, love triangles, and thoughtful commentary on growing up.  Yes there are subtitles, but The Edukators is a film that will stick with you long after you watch it. 

7.  Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Holly Golightly is a classic example of the damsel in distress.  Breakfast at Tiffany’s follows Holly (Audrey Hepburn) though her many ups and downs and her budding romance with her new neighbor Paul Varjak (George Peppard). Based on the book by Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s offers a look into the glamour of the 1960s and the tremendous talent of Audrey Hepburn. 

 

8.  Juno

I cannot even begin to describe how obsessed I was with this movie when it first came out.  I loved everything about it—especially how amazingly quotable it is.  Juno is a story of unplanned pregnancy, quirky young love, and the trials and tribulations of the adoption process.  The casting is spot-on—you can’t get much better than Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons, and Jennifer Garner.  Diablo Cody won an Oscar for Best Screenplay (no surprise there). 

9.  The Graduate

A classic film about a recent college graduate Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) who finds himself trapped in an affair with Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft)—the wife of his father’s business partner and the mother of the girl he can’t help but fall in love with, Elaine (Katharine Ross).  Featuring a stellar soundtrack from the great Simon & Garfunkel, The Graduate expertly showcases the changing times of the 1960s, what it means to grow up, and the messy business of relationships.  The film was nominated for a number of awards and still receives critical praise even today (almost 50 years later).

10.  Before Sunrise

Before Sunrise is the story of a young man (Ethan Hawke) and woman (Julie Deply) who meet on a train while traveling in Europe and end up spending a romantic evening together in Vienna.  The film is full of thoughtful dialogue and showcases the magic of chance meetings and life’s spontaneous events.  If you like this film, make sure you watch its sequels, Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2012)

Other favorites: Lost in Translation, Garden State, Slumdog Millionaire, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Rushmore, Blue Valentine, Never Let Me Go, Lars and the 

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“The stars rattle him to the core. All these lights have traveled for tens of millions of years to reach him at this moment. How somewhere, far away, our own sun looks just like one of these. How many of these stars no longer even exist, but whose ancient light is just reaching him now? An impression from a ghost. An amazing, infinite time machine every night above his head, that he’s ignored for most of his life. He wants to stop people in the street and say, isn’t this amazing?

Isn’t everything amazing?”

It’s Such a Beautiful Day. Dir. Don Hertzfeldt, Bitter Films, 2012

Good Horror Films on Netflix

I answered an ask a few months ago with a small list of horror films on netflix I like, and I kinda wanted to come back to it and do a fuller, more complete list. Here are some spooky films for you to binge watch;;

  • American Mary (2012) (Film contains Gore and Sexual Assault, TW)
  • Dark Skies (2013)
  • Dead Silence (2007)
  • Devil (2010)
  • Event Horizon (1997)
  • From Dusk Til Dawn (1996) (this one’s a childhood fave of mine)
  • John Dies At The End (2012)
  • Last Shift (2014)
  • Monsters (2010)
  • Mr. Jones (2013)
  • Odd Thomas (2013)
  • Starry Eyes (2014)
  • The Babadook (2014)
  • Queen Of The Damned (2002)
  • The Rite (2011)
  • The Sacrament (2013) (This movie left me feeling really disturbed)
  • The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)
  • Troll Hunter (2010)

Enjoy!