Tom Hanks is the cinematic equivalent of the perfect neighbor. His nice guy image has been a defining force in Hollywood through films like Big, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, and Apollo 13. Joe Dante’s The Burbs came before all of that, as Hanks play a paranoid neighbor who is distracted from his much-needed vacation by his mysterious new neighbors. The Burbs is a hoot of a film: equal parts comedy, and horror, but the real delight is Hanks losing his mind.
Stephen King is once again a towering force in the Horror genre. He’s still releasing popular fiction and many of his works have been turned into successful films, and TV shows. If you’ve read his book on horror, titled Danse Macabre, you will know that he adores the work of George A Romero. This led to the two masters of horror collaborating on an anthology film. It’s not great, but both King and Romero are too good to make it an utter disaster.
Brian Yunza’s Society is technically a 90’s film as it didn’t get a release in America until 1992, trying to sum up Society’s influence, it’s legacy of disgust, it’s ending, is a fool’s errand. If you are tired of the CGI boom-fests of today, and are someone who wishes for the return to practical special effects, then Society is the horror film that may make you think twice about that. Society is a film that has to be seen to be believed.
Katharyn Bigelow may be famous as the Oscar-winning chronicler of the darker side of America, a title she skillfully stole from Oliver Stone, she made her name not with Point Break, but with the brilliant, and underrated vampire film, Near Dark. Near Dark is, stylistically at least, similar to The Lost Boys, but it’s tale of modern vampires is much more cerebral. If you only need one reason to see this movie, it’s the delightfully devilish turn from the late, great Bill Paxton.
Thanks to a truly prolific decade on the director’s part, and a forgettable remake, The Fog usually gets lost in the mix of John Carpenters truly great films. The Fog is an eerie, edgy tale of a small port town being overrun with a mysterious fog, and the malevolent things within it. It’s a lean and creepy film, which happens to feature Jamie Lee Curtis in her second collaboration with Carpenter after Halloween. It may not reach the heights of The Thing, or Assault on Precinct 13, but The Fog stands tall amongst John Carpenter’s best films.
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Kevin Michael Boyle is a Pop Culture Writer from Glasgow, UK. Follow him as her gets his Cult on at SinfullyVin.com
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