EFC II #241 – Black Sunday (1960)

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#241 – Black Sunday (1960)
Dir. Mario Bava
Starring: Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Andrea Checchi, Ivo Garrani, Arturo Dominici

The two hundred and forty-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Mario Bava’s gorgeously shot gothic horror, Black Sunday.

Recorded in October 2018.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Absolutely, it’s one of the best shot gothic horror films I’ve ever seen!

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EFC II #240 – Audition (1999)

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#240 – Audition (1999)
Dir. Takashi Miike
Starring: Eihi Shiina, Ryo Ishibashi, Jun Kunimura, Tetsu Sawaki, Miyuki Matsuda

The two hundred and fortieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Takashi Miike’s startling and unsettling slow-burning thriller, Audition.

Recorded in August 2018.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: No. It didn’t work for me.

Luke: Yes, it’s a very well made film with quite a unique shift in tone that really makes it stand out.

EFC II #228 – The Haunting (1963)

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#228 – The Haunting (1963)
Dir. Robert Wise
Starring: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Russ Tamblyn, Richard Johnson, Lois Maxwell

The two hundred and twenty-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Robert Wise’s spooky haunted house thriller, The Haunting.

Recorded in January 2018.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s an excellent haunted house movie that stands quite comfortably head and shoulders above others I’ve seen. Inventive, psychological, very impressive.

EFC II #216 – Onibaba (1964)

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#216 – Onibaba (1964)
Dir. Kaneto Shindo
Starring: Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Kei Satō, Taiji Tonoyama, Jūkichi Uno

The two hundred and sixteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, an atmospheric horror drama from Kaneto Shindo, Onibaba.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a very eerie and effective drama with a dash of horror that works extremely well.

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 #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.