Friday, October 5, 2007

Oh! The Horror! (3)

Day 4: October 4, 2007


"They're heeeere..." This movie scared the ca-ca out of me when I was a kid, so in the spirit of the season I thought I'd give it a chance. It's still good. This film was written and produced (perhaps directed as well, never mind what the credits say) by a 25 year younger Steven Spielberg and his creative juices were in full effect at the time (He's been a bit stale since Jurassic Park). Anyway, this film tells the story of the Freelings, a family living in suburban California early 80s' vintage Americana. Everything is going really well for the Freelings family. They have a couple cars, a nice house, nice things, happy kids, Mr. Freeling has a good job working for the company that built their neighborhood, etc. On one beautiful California day strange phenomena begin to occur. At first Mrs. Freeling (Diane) thinks that it's all quite funny (Mr. Freeling is freaked out) until the phenomena become much less benign and actually begin attacking household members. From there on out it's a rollercoaster ride of thrills and scares. The acting is superb for a horror film and the special effects were cutting edge for the time (produced by ILM, the Star Wars people) and by today's standards are still fun to watch. I have to give this classic a solid 4.5 skulls.

p.s. Check out the homage that Spielberg pays to George Lucas with Robbie's toys.

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