Tuesday, November 15, 2011

HORROR HARVEST: Part Thirteen: New masters for a new millennium

"Let the Right One In" -- a terrifying romance.
Horror films continue to come from unexpected places and fresh perspectives. Mexico brought us Guillermo del Toro; Sweden gave birth to “Let the Right One In.” Japan and South Korea continue a flood of horror offerings that are either released or remade in America. Low-budget innovators such as Lucky McKee and Bill Paxton and auteurs like Terry Gilliam still turn out disturbing narratives that push the boundaries.

Whether horror will continue to boom and blossom, or whether it will wither into a curio like the Western genre, will depend on the mood of the movie-going public and the inventiveness of writers and directors. It will remain fascinating because of the vicarious transgressions it lets us experience; because it posits a world beyond the mundane; because it dares us to look into our darkest depths.

Then it lets us go, at least nominally. Remember – it’s only a movie, it’s only a movie . . .


The Devil’s Backbone
Guillermo del Toro
2001





The Others
Alejandro Amenabar
2001





Bubba Ho-Tep
Don Coscarelli
2002





Frailty
Bill Paxton
2002





May
Lucky McKee
2002





Tideland
Terry Gilliam
2005





Pan’s Labyrinth
Guillermo del Toro
2006





The Host
Bong Joon-ho
2006





Grindhouse
Quentin Tarentino, Robert Rodriguez
2007





The Orphange
Juan Antonio Bayona
2007





Teeth
Mitchell Lichtenstein
2007





Let the Right One In
Tomas Alfredson
2008