OK, time is running out and there’s quite a few films to be covered. Let’s go!
The Wicker Man (1973)
British horror classic, starring Edward Woodward as the policeman who travels to the remote Scottish island of Summerisle to search for a missing girl. His investigations are fraught and the locals unhelpful. Soon it becomes clear that the islanders are pagans, and totally at odds with the devout investigators beliefs.
There is an air of sinister dread that pervades this film, and builds slowly to the shocking, yet inevitable climax. Though there are no shocks, blood and gore, The Wicker Man creates a believably strange and foreboding world.
Excellent performances from Woodward and Christopher Lee as Lord Summerisle make the whole experience all the richer. A film that gets better with every viewing.
The Corpse Bride (2005)
Beautiful animated wonder from Tim Burton, with the voice talents of many of the usual suspects, make this film a success on every level.
A marriage of convenience for Victor (Johnny Depp) and Victoria (Emily Watson) turns out to be a perfect match, until it all goes wrong and Victor finds himself married to Emily, the Corpse Bride (Helena Bonham Carter). The tangled situation is complicated by trickery and treachery, as our hero tries to escape his situation and make wrongs right.
A superb voice cast and fabulous music enhance the spellbinding visuals, and not a moment is missed to dazzle the viewer. In particular the scenes in the underworld are vibrant and thrilling, especially compared with the dull land of the living.
The Corpse Bride is great fun for Halloween and a film to enjoy again and again.