21, devotee of early, obscure, bad, bizarre, and lost films
With my strong sensitivity to cinematic gore (and death, to some extent) I shouldn’t have been surprised when The ABCs of Death wasn’t quite my cup of tea. I definitely admired it a lot — the concept is cool, the segments are more often really interesting (or funny! Which I appreciated — most of the totally grim vignettes felt kind of unnecessary, but) than not, and any project that engages in some stylistic skipping is going to be at least somewhat intriguing to me. I guess my capacity to be disturbed is just a little stronger than my interest, in this case though :/
Gorgeous and atrocious. The aesthetic quality of Witchfinder General creates such a strange disconnect — it’s human evil and perversion and rot that you don’t want to pull your eyes away from. And, somehow, as campy as Vincent Price (and his sassy little bob haircut) can be, he’s frighteningly serious and intense here — you never doubt just how horribly despicable he is. I needed a smoke after this — especially that ending… my God.
When I say my breath was taken away, I mean it -- and I can't imagine my reaction if I saw this properly projected in a theater.
I'm a big fan (phan?) of phantom ride films, and this one has every ingredient needed to easily be the best I've seen: the 68mm film is crisp and fluid, the hanging railway is novel and gives an adventurous quality to the film, and there's so much scenery and life to see here. It's really amazing.