repulsion

Legal Download: Spooky apartments on demand

Article: Legal Download: Spooky apartments on demand

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in Watch This Now, we survey the landscape online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, we lose control of our minds and our rent, as we watch some horror movies set in terrifying apartment buildings.

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Spooky Apartments

What kind of a lock do you have on your door? A chain? Make sure it’s on. A deadbolt? You’re gonna want to double-check that it’s flipped. Because this week we’re listing movies about people trapped in some very imposing apartment buildings. In some cases, intruders force them inside. In others, their own damaged minds refuse to let them out. But whatever the reason, they’re stuck, and that’s when things go from bad (as in I’m paying $2300 a month for a basement studio) to worse (as in a bunch of infected zombies are trying to eat my brain). You are about to regret not buying that high alert alarm system when you had the chance.

10 very scary movies

Article: 10 very scary movies

There are a lot of top ten lists for “scariest movie of all time,” but from box office hits to oddball cult classics, there are some movies that turn up again and again. You’ll notice a few favorites are missing, namely HALLOWEEN (1978), which has great 70s kitsch value and hands down more naked boobs than any movie on this list, but as a movie, it’s really not all the frightening, right? And no, I didn’t forget THE EXORCIST (1973) either, but buckets of green puke are more gross than scary. You’ll notice, too, that there aren’t a lot of new scary movies, and that’s not because I don’t like them, but I think we should let them stand the test of time a bit before we start putting them on all-time lists.

10. WAIT UNTIL DARK (1967)

This oft-forgotten gem stars Audrey Hepburn as a blind woman terrorized by Alan Arkin and his gang of thugs who think she has a doll full of heroin. Bet you never thought a refrigerator light would save your life.

9. NOSFERATU (1922)

Greatest vampire movie of all time? Michael Myers stole all Nosferatu’s best moves in HALLOWEEN (the white face, the lurking) but the original is still the bone-chilling best.

Criterion releases REPULSION

Article: Criterion releases REPULSION

The first of Polanski’s “Apartment Trilogy” (ROSEMARY’S BABY, THE TENANT), REPULSION remains one of the scariest movies I have ever seen. The new Criterion release, out July 28th, includes a funny, candid, and refreshingly unpolished 1964 French TV on-set documentary along with the Polanski-approved hi-def digital transfer.

Photo Shop

Article: Photo Shop

Jennifer Baichwal’s MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES [www.mongrelmedia.com] examines the work of photographer Edward Burtynsky [www.edwardburtynsky.com] in China. Of his large scale work, Burtynsky has remarked, “These images are meant as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence; they search for a dialogue between attraction and repulsion, seduction and fear.” This weekend people can either see his work on the screen or on the wall in a special local exhibition of his work at the Julie Nester Gallery [www.julienestergallery.com].