With acclaimed shark thriller THE SHALLOWS, director Jaume Collet-Serra continues a genre-loving filmography that began with the unexpected delights of HOUSE OF WAX and the masterful, warped OPRHAN. Collet-Serra's Hollywood pulp stirs Hitchcockian control with a touch of the outrageous and has earned a loyal cult following in the process.
We asked the filmmaker to choose five of his favorite films on Shudder and the result is a stirring lineup of the notorious, the artful, the spectacular and the vicious. Sounds about right.
Watch Collet-Serra's interview with Shudder curator Sam Zimmerman at the link below.
"Dream Home is an unexpected masterpiece. It has some of the most original, and brutal, kill/death scenes. A very normal desire to succeed and aspire to more takes hold and turns an honest and hardworking person into a murderer. This is one of those movies you'll tell your friends about."
"During my teen years, this movie was a guilty pleasure of mine. I have memories of checking the VHS tape out from the video store and sneaking it home like it was a bad thing. Since it was released before the Internet came around, it was like the ultimate resource for the grotesque. Even if some of the content is obviously fake, I consider it a crucial watch for any horror buff."
"Time travel movies are an impossible conundrum, but Timecrimes excels at it. Vigalondo successfully simplified a very complex subject and wove it into a narrative that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Adding the fact that no special effects were used, makes it all the more impressive."
"This film follows a family in Mexico and was done in a very realistic way. It builds the atmosphere so that you come to care for the characters, then realize they're monsters. As a viewer, it gives you mixed feelings of betrayal. You go from identifying with them, to being shocked at the terrible things such "normal" people can do."
The most impactful horror of our time has often been independent. George A. Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD – one of the many films streaming on Shudder.TV this week – was a grand shift in contemporary terror, a DIY production with ferocious, confrontational spirit. It is dissenting, bleak and carries the soul of its revolutionary era. In honor of the 4th of July, Shudder is celebrating some of the best American independent horror, fright films in which artistry, outsider perspective and vicious satire thrive.
You'll find Romero's classic, of course, as well as intimate, personal visions like NIGHT TIDE, HABIT, GANJA & HESS, TOAD ROAD and THE MIDNIGHT SWIM; classical chillers like CARNIVAL OF SOULS, DEAD & BURIED and THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL; the utterly irreverent views of THE BABY and CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH; harsh societal critique in THE STUFF and THE HILLS HAVE EYES; and all-timers like HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER and RE-ANIMATOR.
This weekend, it's not just fireworks keeping you up all night.