Forever on the lookout for decent horror films on Netflix, and usually woefully disappointed, I was happy to discover this old-fashioned ghost story from among the found footage rubbish and countless bad zombie movies.
The Awakening, released in 2011, is set just after the bloodbath that was World War I. At the time spiritualism was both gaining popularity, and attracting con-artists out to fleece those looking for a final contact from a loved one, or proof of existence after death. Similar to Houdini’s efforts, the heroine of this film is out to expose that fakery, though her disbelief in the supernatural appears somewhat fragile at times.
Florence Cathcart, our hoax-and-ghost buster, is called to a boarding school to investigate sightings of a child’s ghost, and whether or not it is related to the recent death of a student there.
Here’s a look at the trailer:
There were a couple of good scares in this one, though if you were raised watching the Saw movies they might be wasted on you. Overall, it’s more ambiance and atmosphere than in your face horror, but I enjoyed it. Unlike this insightful Netflix reviewer…
Netflix streaming is great for the price, but finding movies you want to watch can be a time-consuming activity unto itself. For this reason, I watch the RSS feed of new releases pretty closely in the hopes something interesting has been added. Now, as a public service to my fine Oddments readers, I bring you…
New additions to Netflix that have made my instant queue.
Since it’s October 1, and the beginning of the always fun Halloween season, I was happy to see some horror flicks that might be worth a look.
Click the movie title to visit that films Netflix page.
A little something I came across a couple of days ago, though truth be told I don’t remember what led me there. Anyway, get a load of this bit of James Bond trivia:
Fleming decided Bond should look a little like both the American singer Hoagy Carmichael and himself and in Casino Royale, Vesper Lynd remarks, “Bond reminds me rather of Hoagy Carmichael, but there is something cold and ruthless.” Likewise, in Moonraker, Special Branch Officer Gala Brand thinks that Bond is “certainly good-looking… Rather like Hoagy Carmichael in a way. That black hair falling down over the right eyebrow. Much the same bones. But there was something a bit cruel in the mouth, and the eyes were cold.” -wikipedia
I do enjoy the mans music, but I don’t see even a little secret agent in him.
My previous post about early color films reminded me of this little jewel I came across some time ago. Unlike the Technicolor wonders that would come decades later, this Georges Méliès film from 1905 achieved its color the old-fashioned way; they were painted on the film by hand.
Shot in 1922, a full 13 years before the first color feature film, here’s a restored test of Kodachrome color motion picture film.
In these newly preserved tests, made in 1922 at the Paragon Studios in Fort Lee, New Jersey, actress Mae Murray appears almost translucent, her flesh a pale white that is reminiscent of perfectly sculpted marble, enhanced with touches of color to her lips, eyes, and hair. She is joined by actress Hope Hampton modeling costumes from The Light in the Dark (1922), which contained the first commercial use of Two-Color Kodachrome in a feature film. Ziegfeld Follies actress Mary Eaton and an unidentified woman and child also appear.
Becky Sharp (1935) is credited in that article as being the first feature film to be shot completely in color via the three-strip Technicolor process, though color was used through the two-strip Technicolor process in earlier films like the fantastic Doctor X (1932), and Mystery Of The Wax Museum (1933), among others.
Mystery Of The Wax Museum
That two-strip Technicolor process made for an interesting looking film, and after growing up seeing things in full living color, lends itself to giving a film, especially a horror film, a surreal feeling.
I wonder if the boys at Kodak ever thought of something like “High Definition” back in 1922? Or how relatively short the lifespan of Kodachrome film would end up being?
A movie starring Carole Lombard? Sign me up. Oh, it’s free? Even better. I stumbled across this one at the archive, and yes it’s a chick flick I admit, but I liked it. There is something about Lombard that I find instantly likable, and from the little bit of reading I’ve done about her, that wasn’t just an “on-screen” act. She had one of those personalities apparently. Watch any of her comedies and you’ll see what I mean.
Swing High, Swing Low was produced in 1937 by Paramount Pictures. Is it really in the public domain? I have no idea. You can watch it here though!