My Current Top 25 Favorite Horror/Suspense Movies starting with #25

  • XXV. The Omen (1976) (Directed by Richard Donner)
  • XXIV. Suspiria (Dario Argento)
  • XXIII. Se7en (David Fincher)
  • XXII. Rosemary's Baby (Roman Polanski)
  • XXI. Scream (Wes Craven)
  • XX. Hellraiser (Clive Barker)
  • XIX. Wes Craven's New Nightmare (Wes Craven)
  • XVIII. The Descent (Neil Marshall)
  • XVII. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1973) (Tobe Hooper)
  • XVI. Night of the Living Dead (1968) (George A. Romero)
  • XV. The Thing (1982) (John Carpenter)
  • XIV. The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock)
  • XIII. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)
  • XII. Misery (Rob Reiner)
  • XI. The Evil Dead (Sam Raimi)
  • X. Dead Alive (Peter Jackson)
  • IX A Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven)
  • VIII. Halloween (1978) (John Carpenter)
  • VII. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)
  • VI. Dawn of the Dead (1978) (George A. Romero)
  • V. Alien/Aliens (Tie) (Ridley Scott/James Cameron)
  • IV. Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper)
  • III. The Exorcist (William Friedkin)
  • II. Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme)
  • I. Jaws (Steven Spielberg)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

I'm your # 1 fan: A closer look at "Misery"

Rob Reiner's "Misery" is based on the excellent horror thriller by Stephen King concerning a writer who is held hostage by a crazed fan. The movie captures much of the mood and intensity of the novel. It is a tremendously suspenseful movie. The writer, Paul Sheldon, is played by James Caan who does a fine job of displaying his agony and helplessness. Kathy Bates plays Annie Wilkes who holds Sheldon hostage and forces him to write a novel for her. Bates gives an amazing performance and the Oscar she won for this role is greatly deserved. She is truly psychotic and menacing. She gets into this role with reckless abandon. The director Reiner is successful in building more and more tension with each scene. The Annie Wiles character becomes increasingly demented as the movie progresses. The movie has one extremely cringe inducing scene which is virtually unbearable to watch (if you haven't seen "Misery," watch it and you will know what I mean). I was very impressed with this adaptation of one of Stephen King's best novels. What are your thoughts on "Misery?"

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