EFC II #210 – The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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#210 – The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Dir. Victor Fleming
Starring: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin, Pat Walshe, Clara Blandick, Terry the dog, The Singer Midgets

The two hundred and tenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, one of the greatest family films of all time, The Wizard of Oz.

Recorded in May 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Original Song (Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg), Best Original Score (Herbert Stothart)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, it’s a film you should see before you’re ten!

Luke: Yeah, it’s an absolute classic, such a delightful film, everyone should see it at least once.

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EFC #209 – Carrie (1976)

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#209 – Carrie (1976)
Dir. Brian DePalma
Starring: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, William Katt, Amy Irving, Betty Buckley, Nancy Allen, John Travolta

The two hundred and ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Brian DePalma’s adaptation of the harrowing Stephen King story about a young girl with supernatural powers, Carrie.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yeah, it’s not perfect by any stretch but has some incredibly memorable moments, well worth it for a horror film.

EFC II #208 – Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

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#208 – Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Dir. Roman Polanski
Starring: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans, Ralph Bellamy, Charles Grodin

The two hundred and eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a slow burning, mysterious psychological horror, Rosemary’s Baby.

Recorded in October 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Supporting Actress (Ruth Gordon)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, it’s great.

Luke: Yeah, a top class psychological horror film.

EFC II #179 – The Big Heat (1953)

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#179 – The Big Heat (1953)
Dir. Fritz Lang
Starring: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Lee Marvin, Jeanette Nolan, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby

The one hundred and seventy-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Fritz Lang’s film noir tale of revenge, The Big Heat.

Recorded in September 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Probably not, it was really good and I thoroughly enjoyed it, though.

EFC II #207 – Häxan (1922)

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#207 – Häxan (1922)
Dir. Benjamin Christensen
Starring: Benjamin Christensen, Elisabeth Christensen, Astrid Holm, Karen Winther, Maren Pedersen, Ella La Cour, Emmy Schønfeld, Kate Fabian, Oscar Stribolt, Clara Pontoppidan, Elith Pio

The two hundred and seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Benjamin Christensen’s ambitious and genre bending horror-documentary, Häxan or Witchcraft Through the Ages.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s not great and was even a bit of a slog to get through, but this early silent film that blends horror and documentary is an admirably ambitious piece, with unforgettable imagery.

EFC II #206 – Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

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#206 – Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
Dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini
Starring: Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle, Aldo Valletti, Caterina Boratto, Elsa De Giorgi, Hélène Surgère, Sonia Saviange

The two hundred and sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the incredibly challenging film from Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini, Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: No, absolutely not. It may be interesting to some, but I don’t think there’s too much to be gained from seeing this film.

EFC II #205 – The Wicker Man (1973)

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#205 – The Wicker Man (1973)
Dir. Robin Hardy
Starring: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland, Russell Waters, Irene Sunter

The two hundred and fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the classic British mystery horror, The Wicker Man.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, absolutely, a fantastic horror film that really makes you feel as uncomfortable and unsettled as the main character, incredibly effective.

EFC II #204 – Man Bites Dog (1992)

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#204 – Man Bites Dog (1992)
Dir. Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde
Starring: Benoît Poelvoorde, Rémy Belvaux, Jenny Drye, Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert, Malou Madou, André Bonzel

The two hundred and fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a Belgian mockumentary following a serial killer, Man Bites Dog.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Probably not, it’s quite an audacious film, and certainly an eye opener, but I don’t think it’s essential. Impressive, horrifying, but not quite something that everyone needs to see.

EFC II #203 – An American Werewolf in London (1981)

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#203 – An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Dir. John Landis
Starring: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne, John Woodvine, Brian Glover

The two hundred and third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the horror comedy from John Landis, An American Werewolf in London.

Recorded in October 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Makeup (Rick Baker)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yeah! This film is pure entertainment, a wonderful blend horror and comedy, with likeable characters and incredible special effects.

EFC II #202 – The Wolf Man (1941)

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#202 – The Wolf Man (1941)
Dir. George Waggner
Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains, Evelyn Ankers, Warren William, Maria Ouspenskaya, Ralph Bellamy, Patric Knowles, Bela Lugosi

The two hundred and second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Lon Chaney Jr. tackling a Universal monster movie as… The Wolf Man.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Not quite, I’ve grown to really love the film, but I don’t think it’s wholly remarkable enough, especially compared to the other Universal monster movies.