Sunday, October 28, 2012

not quite screamfest

I thought I'd share a couple of movie recommendations -- just in time for Halloween! Be warned though, they're not run-of-the-mill Scream/Poltergeist fare; you sort of have to watch closely and pay attention haha..

So, first up -- From Time to Time. This haunting British film is set in the 1940s, and is about a 13-year-old boy who uncovers long-buried family secrets when he goes to stay with his grandmother. The cinematography is beautiful, and the story both charming and poignant -- something the whole family (well, 8 and above maybe) can watch together by firelight.



(In a moment of sorrowful candour, Maggie Smith's character Mrs Oldknow tells her grandson, "If you have children, don't ever quarrel with them. No matter the reason, no matter how angry you get -- don't quarrel. I promise you -- it's never worth it". Like I said, poignant).

Next -- another British film, this time called Haunted. Set in the late 1920s, the story is about an American professor who gets invited to Edbrook House to investigate the alleged hauntings there. While the storyline is mildly cliched, the cinematography is gorgeous, as are Aidan Quinn's brilliant blue eyes. Be advised though, there are some adult themes and a bit of nudity too, so keep it 18-and-up please!


For goodness' sakes, don't watch this bit in its entirety. I couldn't embed part 1, so just copy and paste this video's title in the YouTube search box, and change the number to 1/11.

What ghostly films do you recommend this All Hallows' Eve? :)

16 comments:

Sulky Kitten said...

I love the look of the first one and I love Maggie Smith so that should be a winner for me. Thanks for the recommendation!

Niina - It seems pretty obvious. said...

These sound and look interesting indeed! It's always nice to get movie recommendations for Halloween, even if they're a bit different :)

AntiquityTravelers said...

Good film recos! always looking for an old film I haven't seen :)

Jacquelineand.... said...

If it has Aidan Quinn in it, it's well worth watching!

REread said...

Everyone is getting right into the creep fest for Halloween!

Audrey Allure said...

Great movie recommendations!

Evi @ sexta-feira said...

Thanks for the suggestions, I haven't watched either.
Have a great week!

Chelsea Art Designs said...

just stopping by to give you a big virtual hug and wish you an amazing week! Chelsea

Debbie Nolan said...

Thank you for sharing your movie recommendations - never seen either - will have to check it out. Have a wonderful day.

Lottie Storey said...

Ooh, these look great! Going to check them out and scare myself silly.

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

This is refreshing, because I've seen all of the KNOWN classic and up to date horror films. Thanks for suggesting these!
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pudwinks said...

Haunted - Fantastic film, great performances especially Aiden and Kate Beckinsale - Eerie

The original Omen still gets me though.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I am a horror film junkie! And here are two that I've never seen. YAY! I've seen so many over the years that I have a hard time finding something to watch. So I thank you for providing me with two titles to feed my horror-film addiction :)

Introverted Art said...

These are the BEST halloween movies ;-)

Dale JaneƩ said...

OOh I love this and I've never seen either of these movies. Halloween is such a perfect time to watch scary movies. Thanks for sharing and the suggesstions. One of my friends has never seen 'Silence of the Lambs' and that's one of the scariest I can think of

xoDale
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Julia said...

these sound interesting! I love a good mystery especially set in a past time period. will check them out!

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