Science Gone Wrong, Cutting Edge Haunts and the Dawn of Torture Porn

Looking for good horror to watch on this cool fall Saturday night? I have three eclectic films for you. I love science gone wrong movies the first up, I have two of the best. The I have one of the best horror films of the 1980s (that’s not a slasher movie), and finally, the the progenitor of torture porn.

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1958/1986

I am going to group two films into one here. I very much enjoyed the original 1958 version with David Hedison as the doomed scientist whose transporter machine splices his with a housefly. Vincent Price stars as well. The scene when the fly with the human head trapped in the spider web is the stuff of horror movie legend.

David Cronenberg’s direction and Jeff Goldblum’s performance turned the 1986 version into a horror masterpiece. Goldblum’s “Brundlefly” transformation is disgusting and tragic all at the same time. Geena Davis also stars.

Both of the these films deal with teleportation and recombinant DNA. The 1958 movie focuses more on the trials and tribulations of the scientist’s wife as she grapples with her nwo reclusive fly/husband. The 1986 film is more concerned with the scientist’s transformation into a human/fly hybrid. This is the epitome of body horror. There are sequels to both.

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1982

I forgot how good this movie is. I watched it again just last night. How Tobe Hooper could direct The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and then this is beyond me. Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams star in this haunted house film. Heather O’Rourke made the Carol Anne role an iconic one before her untimely death after the filming of the third installment. We’ve all quoted Carol Anne’s, “They’re here.”

This is the movie that made me hate clowns … forever. There are plenty of movies and TV clowns that followed to reinforce that, but this movie’s clown toy scene is what did it. The special effects in this one were cutting edge for 1982 and most of them hold up today.

A word to those in charge of such things, if you’re going to move a cemetery, move the coffins and bodies too.

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2004

Carey Elwes, Danny Glover, Tobin Bell, Dina Meyer and Shawnee Smith star in this shocker that is considered the progenitor of a sub-genre of horror film – torture porn. James Wan directed this very original movie that kicked off a series of seven.

Bell stars as Jigsaw, an engineering genius who designs and builds deadly traps. The folks imprisoned in these traps are chosen for some moral reason and have specific opportunities to escape. However, if the victims don’t figure it out in time…well…yeesh.

The first three films are very good, but the series lost me after that. Saw also spawned the Hostel movies and a bunch of low-rent knock-offs.

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