In correspondence of these two "historic" events, I've decided to do a little countdown, because everyone loves lists and because it's been many years since I've done a favorites list. Back in October of 2011, I did a list of 31 favorite films, in which I essentially just did a review of each of those films to celebrate the Halloween season.
I have noticed that while many of my favorites still made the cut this time, I have replaced several of them with other films I have grown to love.
So without further ado, here are numbers 50 - 41.
50. The Resurrected (1991)This adaptation of an H.P. Lovecraft story is directed by Dan O'Bannon and stars Chris Sarandon as as Charles Dexter Ward, a man dedicated to the science of bringing the dead back to life. While some of the acting is campy, the special effects are very good and the story compelling enough to look past the hokey parts. Ward's wife (played by Jane Tibbett) hires a private investigator (John March) to look into Charles's unusual behavior. Unusual is quite the understatement, as you'll find out. What's so great about The Resurrected is the mood it sets and the unnerving feeling you get as you watch events unfold.
44. The Wolfman (1941)Universal monsters have a special place in my heart, as they do for many a horror fan. I love all the classics, but a few of them I hold a little dearer, this werewolf story being one of them. Lon Chaney Jr. portrays Larry Talbot, a man heading home to the family estate after the mysterious death of his brother. When the friend of his love interest Gwen (Evelyn Ankers) finds herself attacked in the dense fog, it's up to Larry to attempt a rescue. Instead, he gets bitten by a wolf, at least that's what he thought... With gypsies and silver bullets and transformations, The Wolfman has it all, topped off by the sheer charisma of Chaney. And do keep in mind:
Even a man who is pure in heart, and says his prayers by night;
May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.
Next up, numbers 40-31...