Oct. 1, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST
Dear God I did it!
Oct. 1, 2008, 7:12 a.m. CST
Not as good as the "Gone with the Wind" one but still a classic.
Oct. 1, 2008, 7:42 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
C'mon, somebody had to say it. Quint, keep up the good work. I was rather disappointed the Battle of the Bulge talback didn't catch on. That is a classic.
Oct. 1, 2008, 8:27 a.m. CST
maybe these aren't all great and you've seen some of them already, in no order: Visiting Hours, Prowler, Splatter University, Girls nite out, The Dorm That Dripped Blood, Slumber Party Massacre, Terror Train, My Bloody Valentine, Funhouse, ETC.----> Bring ON H-MAD!!!
Oct. 1, 2008, 9:05 a.m. CST
Lots of people learned that from this week's Family Guy!<br><br> QUAGMIRE: "Peter, who are you dressed as?"<br><br> PETER (dressed as a woman): "I'm Laura Bush."<br><br> QUAGMIRE: "And what about you, Lois?"<br><br> LOIS (dressed in a suit with a tire mark across it): "I'm the man she killed."<br><br> http://tinyurl.com/5xlpy5
Oct. 1, 2008, 9:12 a.m. CST
Keep up the good work. This column is one of the first things I read in the morning. You've uncovered some real gems. I hope that The Changeling, with George C. Scott, finds its way into your October line up. Watch it late at night. I promise, it WILL creep you out.
Oct. 1, 2008, 10:25 a.m. CST
by Ninja Nerd
I was sure you'd like this movie a lot. And you picked up on the great turn by Vincent Price. Engaged to Laura AND stroking the sugar mama for walking around money. Definitely in my Top 20 film list! Looking forward to the Horror movies.....great job on this stuff, dude.
Oct. 1, 2008, 10:28 a.m. CST
When I was very young and first saw "Laura" I watched the credits and didn't know which of the actors was Laura or the detective what with names like Gene and Dana *grin* Quint is right - Tierney had a hard life with one tragedy inspiring Agatha Chrisitie to write "The Mirror Crack'd".
Oct. 1, 2008, 10:34 a.m. CST
by Oliver Queen
finishing a contest for once? Or is it a hobby to post them and never do anything about them?
Oct. 1, 2008, 10:53 a.m. CST
I love this flick. Seen Laura probably 3 or 4 times, and it always amazes me how once in a while you can find a movie made 60+ years ago, and it still holds up so well to movies of today. Great story, great plot twists, good acting, awesome cinematorgaphy.<P> I'm definitely more of a genre guy at heart, Star Wars, LOTR, blah blah blah, but Laura is still probably in my top 25 or 30 all-time favorite movies.<p>One little touch I like is the detective always playing his pocket baseball game. It's like the 1940s equivalent of carrying around a gameboy or PSP. The guy's kind of a dork- I think in 1940s era even though he was a detective he was maybe a geek like many of us here, and so in part showed why he was able to fall in love so quickly with the woman whose murder he was investigating.
Oct. 1, 2008, 11:14 a.m. CST
Couldn't help noticing all the Twin Peaks connections. There's the obvious (Laura,) but then there's Waldo (as in the Myna bird at Leo's cabin) Lydecker (the last name of the on-armed man's best friend) Bob Lydecker happens to be a vet, and it is at his office that Cooper and company discover Waldo. Justin saying
Oct. 1, 2008, 11:14 a.m. CST
Oct. 1, 2008, 11:16 a.m. CST
Okay, you've probably already seen that one. Still, it's a trash classic.
Oct. 1, 2008, 12:04 p.m. CST
That's more camp than horror. Funny, but really stupid funny, and that was when I was 17. It makes Evil Dead 2 look like straight horror by comparison.
Oct. 1, 2008, 12:13 p.m. CST
After falling in love with stills of Tierney I hunted down this movie since it is so famous and was actually disappointed. Then I saw another Price/Tierney pairing called DRAGONWYCK and it was everything I had hoped Laura would be. Scary, romantic, gothic etc. It was just released on DVD so I encourage everyone to check it out. (Also another Price/Tierney flick called Leave Her To Heaven in which she's as psycho as she is sexy. No small thing.)
Oct. 1, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST
You should consider watching The Changeling with George C. Scott. It's one of the best haunted house movies ever. Also I highly recommend the imaginative 1987 horror explosion that is THE GATE. Sadly the DVD is in moratorium, but it's coming on several times in October on Showtime. DVR that sucker and enjoy.
Oct. 1, 2008, 12:29 p.m. CST
would be a perfect next step - a much grittier piece of work from the creative team.
Oct. 1, 2008, 1:06 p.m. CST
Nobody would argue that Laura isn't ten gazillion times better than Daisy Kenyon, but I have to say I found Daisy more interesting than you did. Here's why (I posted this at NitrateVille): "Somewhat imperfect though it is (I still didn't entirely figure Fonda's character out-- I guess he just has Olympian detachment when it comes to stepping back and letting less self-aware people figure out what the hell it is they want in life, even if what they want happens to be his wife), it has rich characters, Dana Andrews as a "Master of the Universe" type who's really sort of a big baby, yet not entirely caddish or detestable, Crawford as a career gal whose armor of self-sufficiency is about 1/256th of an inch deep, and Fonda as a guy who came back from the war seeing things in a way he knows he'll never be able to explain to anyone who wasn't there. What's great about the clash of these three characters is that this is the one old Hollywood movie you'll ever see in which love doesn't conquer all; they're falling in and out and back again into love all the time, but that just means they have to fret and think and agonize about it all over again."
Oct. 1, 2008, 1:11 p.m. CST
Get with the program, Fox... a high-profile noir collection would sell like gangbusters.
Oct. 1, 2008, 1:24 p.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
Not a horror movie, but the ending scared the fuck out of me. <p>Then slingshot it and watch Troll 2. Holy fuck.
Oct. 1, 2008, 1:40 p.m. CST
Noir was done best in the 1940's and this is a classic example. Up there with Murder my Sweet and This Gun for Hire. And Dana Andrews is awesome as usual.
Oct. 1, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST
David Lynch said that LAURA was his primary inspiration. Look it up if you don't believe me.
Oct. 1, 2008, 2:32 p.m. CST
by Lang The Cat
Clifton Webb really makes Waldo the slimy creep. Brilliant film, it is easily to see why Steve Martin used it in Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. First off, Chopping Mall and Night of the Demons. I would suggest missing both, but definately the latter. Some of the films you might try watching:<br> Nomads - Chilling film with Pierce Brosnan. Like most of his independent stuff, quite good.<br> The Frightners<br> Dead Alive<br> Meet the Freebles<br> Ed and His Dead Mother - Steve Buschemi<br> Seven Footprints to Satan<br> Dracula - with Frank Langella<br> Wicker Man - with Christopher Lee<br> House <br> House 2<br> The Tingler<br> Fiend without a Face<br> Night of the Demon<br> The Thing with Two Heads - because it sucks so badly<br> Trog - Joan Crawford in her crappiest role<br> Needful Things<br>
Oct. 1, 2008, 3:29 p.m. CST
by Napoleon Park
I also. This is not exactly a genre horror film and maybe the most unlike all the others on your list, but I love it. I respect your "choose at random" approach that's giving every film a 50/50 chance of being reviewed, but I hope you do this one and, if you miss it, I hope you add it to the regular AMAD list wherever it fits in.<p>Alan Arkin and Jack Weston playing against type in a crime thriller. Brilliant. Arkin's Roat is one of my all time favorite film villains.
Oct. 1, 2008, 3:38 p.m. CST
by greigy just wanted to say
Gene Tierney was a goddess..... absolute must see.... The Ghost and Mrs Muir... and with Dana Andrews again in Where the Sidewalk Ends.....
Oct. 1, 2008, 3:44 p.m. CST
Any update on the Star Wars Comp?
Oct. 1, 2008, 4:27 p.m. CST
Any idea when you'll announce something? It's been a while.
Oct. 1, 2008, 7:29 p.m. CST
Laura is an excellent noir and the cast truly consistently excellent. Another really good Tierney noir, but in color, of all things, is Leave Her to Heaven with Cornel Wilde. She plays one gorgeous but twisted, crazy woman. Highly recommended (it's available at Amazon & Neflix).
Oct. 1, 2008, 7:34 p.m. CST
Good call justpin & Prague23
Oct. 1, 2008, 7:35 p.m. CST
oops! sorry. tired
Oct. 1, 2008, 9:08 p.m. CST
While I like Laura, I don't really think it is the masterpiece most people seem to regard it (I guess I have a very hard time imagining Clifton Web having the hots for Gene Tierney so bad he would commit murder). I prefer Preminger's "Where the Sidewalk Ends" with Dana Andrews. Still, it reminds me of something that James Elroy once wrote about how the Laura and Double Indemnity where the two quintessential cop love stories. In Laura they fall so in love with the victim the feel compelled to solve the crime at any cost; in Double Indemnity, they so desire the women they are seduced into helping them commit a crime. Plus, Mr. Elroy had the best, most concise description of film noir ever: "you are fucked".
Oct. 2, 2008, 1:32 a.m. CST
Oct. 2, 2008, 3:09 a.m. CST
Richaed Matheson wrote the screenplay based on his novel, "HELL HOUSE." It's a 1973 film starring Clive Revill and Roddy McDowall. Lots of Hammer-ish atmosphere. As Roddy says, “Hell House doesn't mind a guest or two. What it doesn't like is people who attack it.”
Oct. 2, 2008, 10:24 p.m. CST
by Max Meanie
A classic film noir mystery that contains all the clues you need to follow the detective along as he solves the murder. The writing puts the sorry state of current filmaking to shame. All the actors give impeccable performances & it's a highlight to see Vincent Price in dashing romantic role. Regarding Waldo's relationship with Laura, it's not hard to see how a bitter man past his prime could become obsessed with a gorgeous young girl (she begins the movie as 17 yrs old) that has great personality and admires him. His whole world changed now that he had this angel to mold into a distinguished lady and to have her as his companion at cocktail parties made his massive ego even bigger. To think that any man could physically love her while he (probably) couldn't is enough motive for him to do the things he did. I've seen this film probably 20 times and the fun part is looking at the clues and the layout of how the pieces fall into place. It's a great mystery, a fun character driven piece and just a DAMN GOOD MOVIE!
Oct. 3, 2008, 7:23 a.m. CST
Whenever someone says the above line I usually roll my eyes, but then I watch a film like Laura and realize that things have changed. I love dumb action films as much as the next guy but where are my smart thrillers and great neo-noirs. There was a time when film could simultaneously be great art and great trash. Now when it's trash there's nothing great about it.