The October Country Horizon: Night 24
"And you will face the sea of darkness, and all therein that may be explored."
Some cool practical effects and a ballsy ending go a long way with me.
The October Country Horizon: Night 23
"May I ask a strange question?"
I honestly think this is more creative than Suspiria. The underwater room was cool as are the several surprises throughout. It also has some sections that showcase obsession on film incredibly. This is a cool one.
How is this not mentioned in the same breath as Vertigo and Suspicion? It is the predessessor of both works, and it surpasses the latter. Rebecca brings Gothic romance to the screen with all the grandeur, mystery, and melodrama of the genre. A lesser actor would have made Olivier's character unlikable. Joan Fontaine brings both shy vulnerability and haunted seriousness in a role that could easily be stupid or weak. Judith Anderson delivers pure insanity. Definitely one of Hitchcock's best.
The October Country Horizon: Night 21
"I can hear it now: 'Go to Italy. It's a peaceful country, nothing much ever happens there.'"
Argento's earlier Giallo are very similar to Bava's, and I thought this one was really great, especially that striking opening. I think the end kind of fell apart, but it was a fun ride.