It’s all the time particular to witness a director attempting out horror for the primary time — particularly if it seems to be the one time.
October is outlined in Webster’s Dictionary as “31 days of horror.” Don’t trouble trying it up; it’s true. Most individuals take that to imply highlighting one horror film a day, however right here at FSR, we’ve taken that up a spooky notch or 9 by celebrating every day with a high ten checklist. This text about the most effective horror movies from non-horror administrators is a part of our ongoing sequence 31 Days of Horror Lists.
In terms of deciding what to observe, I’ve by no means been one for directorial loyalty. Among the greatest films I’ve ever seen have been those I stumbled throughout after I let curiosity be my information, by no means minding whether or not or not the artwork that moved me matches completely right into a filmmaker’s pre-existing oeuvre. Filmmakers, too, appear to get distracted by their very own curiosity typically, and these one-off experiments usually result in a few of the greatest entries of their filmographies.
One of many extra attention-grabbing examples of this serendipitous aspect quest is when a director who’s not identified for horror dips their toes within the water of the style, attempting their hand at thrills and chills as a substitute of romance, drama, comedy, or motion. This obtained me considering: which filmmakers have solely ever actually made one horror film? Or made one which they’re identified for, whereas the remaining fall into different style classes? As all the time, the Boo Crew rises to the event to reply.
10. Tony Scott, The Starvation (1983)
In an alternate universe, the vampire erotic thriller The Starvation was the launch of director Tony Scott’s prolific profession as a horror filmmaker. All of the substances had been there: a intelligent tackle vampire lore, sheer eroticism (credit score to the central love triangle of David Bowie, Catherine Deneuve, and Susan Sarandon), and sufficient billowing sheets to bankrupt Mattress, Tub, and Past. That final level might be what damned the movie. It was slammed as model over substance — as if that’s a foul factor. Although the movie has garnered a cult standing over time, it’s usually not ranked as one in every of Scott’s greatest. And sure, a part of that’s as a result of he went on to make a few of the greatest motion films of the final fifty years. However Scott is a filmmaker who knocked it out of the park his first time at bat (pun meant). That he by no means returned to the style is a rattling disgrace. (Anna Swanson)
9. Ingmar Bergman, Hour of the Wolf (1968)
Hour of the Wolf is a mad mix of The Magic Flute, The Golden Pot, and Ingmar Bergman‘s personal nightmares. The director’s movies have all the time contained components of horror, however this movie traffics within the extra conventional style components. And, yo, it’s scary, scary, scary; principally offered by way of the performances.
The painter Johan Borg (Max von Sydow) desperately makes an attempt to translate his bedtime visions to the canvas, giving them names and life. His spouse Alma (Liv Ullmann) is instantly involved, ruining her personal sleep whereas guarding over him. Because the movie progresses, tensions construct between the couple, resulting in horrendous confessions and bloodshed. And that’s when the movie actually will get nuts. It’s straightforward to think about a universe the place Bergman leaned extra closely into the style, producing spook photos of the best order. Though, once more, possibly that’s precisely what he did, and we’re too highfalutin to confess it. (Brad Gullickson)
8. Danny Boyle, 28 Days Later (2002)
Filmmaker Danny Boyle dabbled in horror-adjacent films earlier than and after 28 Days Later (see: Sunshine), however the Slumdog Millionaire director has solely ever gone all out scares as soon as, for this Cillian Murphy-led zombie flick. The movie that’s co-written by Boyle and Alex Garland, takes a singular method to apocalyptic fiction, innovating the subgenre with the deceptively easy inclusion of quick zombies. That’s proper, these undead hordes ebook it, making the decidedly darkish horror flick a little bit of an motion movie too. Boyle’s 2002 horror one-off had a extra lasting influence than that, although: it’s usually credited for rebooting the then-dead zombie craze altogether. (Valerie Ettenhofer)
7. Kathryn Bigelow, Close to Darkish (1987)
Typically, you’ve simply obtained to make a vampire movie. Or no less than, that’s my guess primarily based on the plethora of administrators – from Joel Schumacher to Catherine Hardwicke to Francis Ford Coppola – who’ve made precisely one vampire movie. With respect to fellow checklist entries The Starvation and Dracula, although, I believe Kathryn Bigelow’s vampire part might have been the most effective of the bunch. The Oscar-winning filmmaker accountable for Level Break and The Harm Locker did one thing additional particular in 1987 when she deigned to present us the present of bloody, leather-jacket-clad Invoice Paxton. Close to Darkish does loads properly, from its neo-Western tone to its mixture of intercourse enchantment and scares. Really, come to consider it, there’s not a lot Close to Darkish doesn’t do properly. (Valerie Ettenhofer)
6. Antonia Fowl, Ravenous (1999)
British filmmaker Antonia Fowl solely made 4 movies earlier than her premature dying, and the primary three gave audiences no warning as to what she’d ship with Ravenous. Priest is a controversial drama, Mad Love is an erratically romantic street journey, and Face is the story of a financial institution robber. Her ultimate movie, although, is a close to masterpiece of tone and content material, a interval story of vacationers heading west and discovering solely snow, starvation, and one thing highly effective within the meat of humanity. Man Pearce and Robert Carlyle headline with perfection, and Fowl runs them each by way of a wringer of terror, darkish laughs, and heart-pumping motion. Fowl retains issues simply mild sufficient at the same time as some very grim beats unfold, and it’s simply good stuff from all concerned. (Rob Hunter)
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