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These are the films you need to see

Russ Lee
 
The Wicker Man - The Director's Cut (DVD) [1973]
The Wicker Man - The Director's Cut (DVD) [1973]
"A work of genius. Its way above any sort of categorisation, and the ending will chill you to the bone. From the pen of Anthony Schaffer RIP. Where's Rowan Morrison?"
John Carpenter's The Thing [DVD] [1982]
John Carpenter's The Thing [DVD] [1982]
"Now, this one CAN be categorised. (yes...its a horror film) Made by John Carpenter, my all time favourite director, at the zenith of his career. Amazing effects. They're Norwegian, Mac."
The Servant [DVD] [1963]
The Servant [DVD] [1963]
"I loved this from when I was a kid, even though it went way over my head with its 'adult' themes. An amazing drama. Atmospheric and captivating, Bogarde and Fox are a match made in...a sort of heaven."
Magnolia - Single Disc Set (1999) [DVD]
Magnolia - Single Disc Set (1999) [DVD]
"This film blew my mind apart. Some people actually hate it. Tom Cruise is better than he's ever been, and the rest of the cast deserve a large brandy too...Left me lost for words, quite frankly."
Rosemary's Baby [1968] [DVD]
Rosemary's Baby [1968] [DVD]
"What can you say? Polanski did an amazing job on the novel - Farrow and Cassavettes are stunning, as is Ruth Gordon. May be the most basic and terrifying conspiracy film you'll ever see. Hail Satan!"
Dawn Of The Dead (Director's Cut) [DVD] [1980]
Dawn Of The Dead (Director's Cut) [DVD] [1980]
"The best zombie film EVER. This scared me as a kid but now its just funny. No one does zombies like Romero. Its a great piece of 70's US cinema, and intelligently conceived. Hit and run? Hit and run."
Deranged - The Confessions Of A Necrophile [VHS]
Deranged - The Confessions Of A Necrophile [VHS]
"Man, this film freaked me out. Closely based on Ed Gein. Roberts Blossom (top name!) is terrifyingly watchable. Its dark and nasty, but done with total conviction. Scary stuff."
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre [DVD] [1999]
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre [DVD] [1999]
"The only film I can ever remember giving me nightmares when I was a kid. Gritty, and with hardly any gore, its a horrific trip into the beyond. Once seen, never forgotten. You'll hate Franklin..."
The Odd Couple [DVD] [1967]
The Odd Couple [DVD] [1967]
"I think this is my favourite comedy. Lemmon and Matthau are perfect. The script is perfect. The 1967 look of the whole thing is perfect. And charming.Its perfect."
Brotherhood Of The Wolf [DVD] [2001]
Brotherhood Of The Wolf [DVD] [2001]
"This is a stunning pot pourri of genres. A historical kung-fu romantic horror epic. Convinced? Beautifully shot and totally unique, you'll never see another film quite like it. Pay the price. Worth it"
La Haine [DVD] [1995]
La Haine [DVD] [1995]
"A profound and deeply moving study of life in Paris housing tenements. Black and white photography to die for and totally engaging. Sad, funny, moving, hip, exciting...and important. Get the message."
12 Angry Men [DVD] [1957]
12 Angry Men [DVD] [1957]
"One of those films you simply HAVE to see. Amazing, classic US cast inc. Lee J Cobb, Henry Fonda and Jack Klugman. Its a one-set masterpiece and suitably claustrophobic. One of the best films...EVER."
Vertigo [DVD]
Vertigo [DVD]
"My favourite Hitchcock film. Deeply atmospheric and dreamlike with great performances from Stewart and Novak. The church tower ending still scares the bejesus out of me. Stunning score by Hermann."
Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? [VHS] [1967]
Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? [VHS] [1967]
"Watched this for the first time with a group of friends - tried to keep up with the drinking in the film. Its impossible but good fun to try! This film is beautifully tragic and funny. See it please"
Straw Dogs [1971] [DVD]
Straw Dogs [1971] [DVD]
"Powerful stuff. Intriguing, in that its a Peckinpah piece set in rural England with D. Hoffman. It may seem slow, but the pacing is well-calculated to the give the amazing climax the desired effect."
Dead Ringers [DVD] [1989]
Dead Ringers [DVD] [1989]
"Ok, so I like heavy films! You will never look at J Irons the same again after you see this. His performance is incredibly sensitive. The plight of the Mantle twins will move you beyond words..."
Donnie Darko [DVD] [2002]
Donnie Darko [DVD] [2002]
"A piece of Art. Quite possibly the best film ever made."
Cross Of Iron [DVD]
Cross Of Iron [DVD]
"Coburn is my all time favourite actor - he's got such an incredible face. The final scenes are so moving, the action scenes superb, and overall effect rather profound. Great supporting cast too!"