For our latest Horror Through My Eyes feature, we are joined by independent author Eric LaRocca to discuss the films that have shaped his writing career so far –
The Horror Film That Makes You Sick – A Serbian Film, without question. For very obvious reasons for those who have already seen it.
The horror film that scares you the most – Funny Games (both the German and the US version) simply because one of its strengths is unflinching realism. It’s uncompromisingly bleak and ridiculously unsettling.
The Horror film you can only watch alone – Ingmar Bergman’s Hour of the Wolf usually requires solo viewings for me simply because it’s such a deeply meditative and sombre film.
That horror film you own but secretly hate – Higuchinsky’s 2002 adaptation of Junji Ito’s Uzumaki because the film does not match the integrity of Ito’s masterful manga source material.
Your horror guilty pleasure – Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 reimagining of Dario Argento’s Suspiria because it’s one of the few instances where the remake is superior to the original. (Argento fans, please don’t attack me.)
That horror film with a better cast than script – Although I love Michele Soavi’s Cemetery Man (Dellamorte Dellamore), some aspects of the script are downright nonsensical. Regardless, the cast delivers solid performances.
The horror film you have rewatched the most – Philip Ridley’s The Reflecting Skin because it’s an underrated gem and deserves to be venerated as a landmark in horror cinema.
That horror film you have owned on VHS, DVD and Blu Ray – Andrzej Zulawski’s Possession. I think I own four different DVD/Blu Ray copies of Zulawski’s 1981 award-winning masterpiece.
Your scariest cinematic experience – Maybe not my scariest cinematic experiment, but my most harrowing experience has to be Pascal Laugier’s Martyrs – a tour de force of brutality.
That horror film you need a shower after watching – Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist is unquestionably the only film that makes me feel as if I need a shower after watching. Not only is it emotionally devastating, but some of the images are truly shocking.
The horror film that made your jaw hit the floor – Darren Aronofsky’s mother! really resonated with me when I first saw it in theatres. I remember being completely mesmerized from start to finish.
A horror film you used to love but now despise – I recall responding to The Cabin in the Woods so passionately when it was first released simply because I was such a fan of the “cabin in the woods” cliché of horror. However, upon recent viewings, I’ve found it doesn’t hold up for me.
On the flip side, a horror film you despised but now love – I remember being 9 years old, renting Robert Wise’s The Haunting, and initially being so disappointed with the film. Now, nearly twenty years later, The Haunting is probably my favourite of the “Haunted House” subgenre.
The horror film you laughed the most at that isn’t a comedy – Probably Chuan Yang’s 1983 cult classic Seeding of a Ghost. The storyline is nearly incompressible, and the special effects are laughable.
What is the craziest practical effect you have seen in a horror film – Nearly any special effect from director John Carpenter’s 1982 reimagining of The Thing. The head growing spider legs and crawling away is a personal favourite.
The film that you introduced family or a friend to that you wished you hadn’t – James Watkins’ Eden Lake because some of my friends found the film so upsetting.
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