Three more movies to watch today — with a fourth waiting on DVD back at the hotel — so this is going to be a short post.
Here’s some stuff for you to read while I’m away; consider my review of “Saw IV” as but an appetizer to two much longer pieces.
First, we have the Best Dramatic Movies About Rock Musicians, by my friend and colleague John Harkness over at Now Magazine. Epic and detailed, it’s one of those “I wish I’d written that” pieces. If you’re not at all interested in watching a horror movie on Halloween, this should give you plenty of counter-programming options. (And John, I’m picking up that BFI DVD of “To Sleep with Anger” for you tomorrow.)
And next, we turn to the ever-reliable Onion AV Club for “Hostel” director Eli Roth’s program for a hypothetical 24-hour horror movie festival. I can’t say I like Roth’s films — they’re too concerned with telling the audience how Extremely Extreme the director is than telling a story or constructing characters, the two most important elements of any horror film –but he knows his stuff, and his enthusiasm for even the most obscure shockers is always welcome.
As usual, the comments that follow the piece are just as interesting as the article itself; if you are looking for a Halloween horror movie, there’s plenty of inspiration in there. And hooray for everyone who mentioned “Son of Frankenstein” — nice choice!