Dark whispers have been following us around: Dipannita Sharma is a horror junkie.
Her publicists and the PR of Pizza 3D have been telling us about the rows and rows of horror DVDs lined up at her house.
Somebody said something about Sharma undergoing a “horror test” by watching her new film alone.
(And Pizza 3D is kind of scary).
So we decided to test her.
We asked her to recommend five horror films you may not have watched.
Here’s the list she sent us. (It’s not as obscure as we would have liked but you should watch them anyway.)
The Devil's Backbone (2001)(Spanish: El Espinazo Del Diablo):
Long before Guillermo del Toro presented now famous horror films such as The Orphanage and Mama, he directed this deep supernatural thriller set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War in 1939. I love it for the horror involving children. The fear is not constantly visible, but always there.
Stand-Out Factor: Its subtlety. And the fact that it has influenced so many films.
The Strangers (2008):
I was so happy when I chanced upon this feature starring Liv Tyler, while I was travelling and got to watch it in the theatre. There is no suddenness about the horror in this film. It just creeps onto you and engulfs you completely as the story progresses. There’s a strong underlying message: don’t waste precious time over trivialities.
Stand-Out Factor: The breathing and the silence. [You need to watch it to understand it].
Audition (1999) (Japanese: Odishon):
You need a strong gut to stomach this. It is soft and calm but still so very dark. It’s one of those rare films where there isn’t much blood and gore but its horror is still so very physical.
Stand-Out Factor: Look out for the needle scene. This one’s going to play on your mind for a while.
Although it has certain clichés – like tapes being watched over and over again – the treatment is very fresh. The kids in the movie freaked the living daylights out of me (but Ethan Hawke is such a delight). There are scenes where it’s just him and you are at the edge of your seat, ready to jump at the drop of a pin.
Stand-Out Factor: Its sheer coldness will make your skin crawl.
Don't Look Now (1973):
This occult horror film starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie has become a cult classic. At one point, I didn’t know what was actually happening and what wasn’t, which was pretty exciting.
Stand-Out Factor: The grief that turns into horror. And how creepy the beautiful city of Venice looks.
From HT Brunch, July 27
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