APPENDIX 1.5

FREDDY KRUEGER’S MUST–SEE MOVIES

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

Director - Richard Fleischer

Starring - Kirk Douglas, James Mason

The Nautilus, a giant squid, a neurotic James Mason: what else do you need? How about Kirk Douglas singing? The monster calamari’s sucker wounds on the sailors ruined my summer vacation.

FORBIDDEN PLANET

Director - Fred McLeod Wilcox

Starring - Walter Pidgeon

My classmates and I argued during recess about what the “Monster of the Id” was. It took us an entire semester to figure out it was a saber-toothed tiger. (There was no video or DVD back then, remember?) We were prisoners of our imagination. A Robby the Robot action figure is on the desk next to me as I write this blurb.

THE BAD SEED

Director - Mervyn LeRoy

Starring - Patty McCormack

I accidentally saw this movie instead of a cowboy flick at a kiddie matinee birthday party. I feared the sound of tap shoes and girls with pigtails for years.

THE INNOCENTS

Director - Jack Clayton

Starring - Debra Kerr

Perfect film adaptation from a literary source. Brilliant black-and-white cinematography and sophisticated sound mix. What happened to those children? Oooh.

ROSEMARY’S BABY

Director - Roman Polanski

Starring - Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes

Perfect movie. Stands the test of time. Cassavetes’s performance grows more layered each time I see it.

THE EXORCIST

Director - William Friedkin

Starring - Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow

Contemporary classic.

SISTERS

Director - Brian De Palma

Starring - Margot Kidder, William Finley

Best use of split screen to build suspense I’ve ever seen. My favorite mad doctor in the history of film.

HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER

Director - John McNaughton

Starring - Michael Rooker

Relentless. Unnerving use of documentary style to convey claustrophobic terror.

THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE (EL ESPINAZO DEL DIABLO)

Director - Guillermo del Toro

Starring - Eduardo Noriega

Beautiful, lyric, sad ghost story with political undertones. One of the kinkiest amputee-sex scenes since Romeo Is Bleeding.

FRAILTY

Directed by and Starring - Bill Paxton

This film amazed me, fooled me, I never saw the ending coming. An underrated classic.

MAY

Director - Lucky McKee

Starring - Angela Bettis

Brilliant title performance, empathetic and scary at the same time. A kinky, twisted, contemporary, dysfunctional horror revenge tale set among the scruffy hills and struggling lives of East Hollywood. Don’t trust your vet. Bonus, Anna Faris as a hot lesbian.

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (LÅT DEN RÄTTE KOMMA IN)

Director - Tomas Alfredson

My favorite new take on the vampire myth. Hypnotic performances by the young leads. Forget your prejudice against subtitles and find this film!

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