Opinion Battles Round 16 Favourite Musical Film

Opinion Battles Round 16

Favourite Musical Film

Musicals have always left the audience split, we have seen plenty of different types of musical that enter into other genres, we’ve had high school, gangsters, love stories and horror as well as the big one from the 2017 Oscars. The question remains what is your favourite Musical?

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Darren – Movie Reviews 101

La La Land

Yeah, I am still going to pick this film even with all the hate it seems to be getting now, it tells a wonderful love story that shows us just the correct amount of love as it isn’t all about the happy ending but those happy moments. The songs are great and this shows us that we can still get away with enjoying the City of Stars.

Cinema Parrot Disco

The Sound of Music

 

What’s my favorite musical movie? Oh, this is so tough! It’s tough because it’s between only two but they’re two that I really love: The Wizard Of Oz or The Sound Of Music. Eeny, meeny, miny, moe! Yes. I think I need to choose this one using that method. Here we go: My favorite musical movie is (my mommy told me to pick this very very very best one….) The Sound Of Music! 

 

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

Singin in the Rain

I live for musicals and I’ve seen a ton and love so many of them but somehow the most magical experience was the most recent when I saw Singin’ in the Rain a few months ago. Singin’ in the Rain may be black and white and done in the 50s but its charm just doesn’t stop. The music is catchy, the characters are charming and it works for everyone because there isn’t just romance but a lot of comedy as well.

 

Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews

The Sound of Music

My favorite musical is The Sound of Music. In my eyes it is close to a perfect movie. I love the improvements it makes on the original play. I love Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer and their chemistry. I love the story and all the songs. It’s moving, funny and sweet. I just love it

 

Damien Riley – Riley on Film

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

I love musical movies. It was hard picking one for OB. After some time thinking, I decided there is only one choice as the “best.” That is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. So many classic songs are in it and the singing performances/orchestral arrangements are one of a kind. 

 

Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews

Singin’ in the Rain

 

For me, no movie comes close (maybe West Side Story) because this is one of the all time greats of musical movies.

So many amazing songs (Make ’em Laugh, Good Morning, Moses Supposes) and incredible moments (Donald O’Connor running up the wall, the iconic Gene Kelly dance number), supported by a solid story about the rise of talking pictures and a trio of charismatic performances.

It also happens to feature one of the best movie romances and overall, Singin’ in the Rain will always be one of the most memorable, emotional, feel-good movie experiences of all time.

Carl Wonders – Listening to Film

Mary Poppins

This was a really tough one but as its one of the must-see films of any childhood, Mary Poppins is perhapsthe best films to come out of the classic Disney era and my choice of favorite musical. The songs by Richard and Robert Sherman are instantly recognizable and Irwin Kostal’s compositions weave the musical threads throughout. Julie Andrews receives a lot of the credit (and rightly so) but the rest of the cast from David Tomlinson, Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber, and yes Dick Van Dyke (bad accent aside) are all terrific. It’s also a film that appeals to all ages, with aspects of the story that will connect with adults and not be noticed by kids (I only noticed Mr. Banks’ joke about the Boston Tea Party tea being “unsuitable for drinking, even by Americans” quite recently). It’s also a gorgeous film to look at in terms of the sets, costumes, and many examples of the lost art of glass matte painting. With a classic and accessible story that is a bit deeper than you’d think initially and a roster of songs that are at turns emotionally affecting and terrific fun (I dare you to sit still during “Step In Time”) Mary Poppins is my favorite in a long line of terrific movie musicals.

Rob – Movie Rob

Les Miserables

Les Misérables Poster

One of my favorite musicals because the music is superb and the story is extremely moving and emotional. This rendition is spectacular with the entire cast doing a superb job. Jackman, Crowe, Hathaway, Baron Cohen, Redmayne, Seyfield and Bodham Carter each bring the characters to life in their own unique ways. Amazing messages about hope, love, forgiveness, trust and of course freedom ring true throughout. By far, the best film of 2012.

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

The Sound of Music

When it comes to musicals, there are so many I love that it may seem hard to choose. But one simply rises above all the others: Julie Andrew’s undeniable classic The Sound of Music. This film really does have everything: iconic musical numbers that easily get stuck in your head; charm and good humor to spare (remember the puppet show?); an instantly lovable protagonist in Andrews’ troublesome nun Maria; two separate romantic threads, one fulfilled, one tragic; and wartime tension as the Nazis close in near the end. There aren’t many movies that I would consider perfect films, but this musical is one of the best.

Emma – Emma Explains It All

Grease

Grease Poster

I’m not a fan of musicals at all to be honest. I can easily count on one hand the ones I DO like and I certainly never want to watch one on the stage (again – once was enough).


But, as so many things – there is an exception to the rule. And that is………..Grease.


To be honest – and biased as I obviously am – I don’t really see how any other musical can win this competition. I mean, Grease is the ultimate! We’ve all seen it and maybe I’m stuck in the past, but does anyone honestly dislike it? 


Plus, Danny Zuko. Definitely my first crush.

Opinion Battles Round 15 Favourite Christopher Nolan Movie

Opinion Battles Round 15

Favourite Christopher Nolan Movie

Christopher Nolan has become one of the most popular and iconic directors of this century, he has given us the stunning trilogy with Dark Knight trilogy, he has tested our minds on multiple occasions. Now he is bought us a war epic in Dunkirk so what better choice of round that to look at this genius directors work, but what is your favourite?

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Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Inception

For me Inception is his masterpiece, it tests our minds with the dream within a dream within a dream concept. The cast is amazing, DiCaprio, Page, Hardy, Gordon-Levitt, Watanabe, Murphy, Caine and Cotillard. I have seen this film well over 10 times and could easily sit and watch it over and over again still.

Cinema Parrot Disco

The Prestige

 

I’m of the very unpopular opinion that Christopher Nolan’s films, though quite good, are highly overrated. There’s only one that I really loved & that’s The Prestige. So I won’t say any more on this topic & annoy people once again with my inability to worship Christopher Nolan. But I do love The Prestige. 😉

 

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

Memento

There’s few directors that can really get your brain moving and get you sucked into a story. Christopher Nolan has a ton of movies under his belt that do it so this was a hard choice but thinking about it in terms of a complex story told unique and amazingly has to be Memento. Can you imagine putting together that story board? It was an art ot watch the story not only get chopped up in snippets the way it did but also work so well to make it meet in the middle and keep it suspenseful along with some powerful characters, Memento is not a movie for frequent viewings but one that will be unforgettable.

 

Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews

The Dark Knight

It may very well be the best superhero film ever and surely in the upper echelons of Nolan’s best films.

Well acted all around (especially from the irreplaceable Heath Ledger), great characters, expertly filmed, a fine score and with a great story full of memorable, exhilarating moments.

Nolan’s magnum opus.

 

Damien Riley – Riley on Film

Memento

My pick would have to be Memento (2000). I love the mystery of it. For my money, that sort of film is more fun than Batman or the others he’s done. I AM looking forward to Dunkirk though. It draws me in because it’s a true story.

 

 

Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews

Inception

 I love everything about this film. I love it asks questions and is a giant puzzle. 50 people can watch it and all get different ideas about what is happening. I love all the layers and the action and how it all builds together. All the acting is good and I particularly like Marion Cotillard as Cobb’s wife. There is a lot of heart and emotion between the two of them and I find myself more emotionally invested than a typical summer blockbuster. Tom Hardy and Ellen Page are great in their roles and the whole film is highly entertaining.

 

Rob – Movie Rob

The Dark Knight

Such an amazing film and is still the very best Superhero film made to date. The music pacing and so many other aspects of the film making process are done perfectly by Nolan once again proving how great a film maker he truly is. The cast is superb and they all play perfect pieces of the overall puzzle of the story. Obviously, Ledger stands out in his amazing turn as the Joker which earned him a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Was definitely snubbed by the Academy and didn’t get it’s deserved Best Picture Nomination which is a complete farce.

 

Carl Wonders – Listening to Film

Inception

Ten years after Christopher Nolan burst onto the Hollywood scene with Memento, he would write and direct my favorite of his films, Inception. Nolan takes the concept of a heist film and turns it into something incredibly unique and something that I had never seen before. Instead of hand-holding the audience, Nolan drops you into the world of dream hacking right off the bat, as Dom Cobb (played excellently by Leonardo DiCaprio) and his team are attempting to extract industry secrets from a man who will later become their client. Not since The Matrix had I been both utterly baffled and completely intrigued by what I was seeing, and even when the “rules” had been explained to me, I continued to be surprised by the visuals that Nolan puts on the screen. Largely eschewing CGI for practical effects helps the film enormously, especially in famous sequences like the hallway fight with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which was done completely for real. While being a heist film, Inception also functions as an exploration of guilt and the nature of reality, and the ending is perfectly ambiguous about what is real and what is just something dreamed up by Cobb. I can understand why some have issues with the film, but if you like to be challenged by movies and are willing to invest paying attention to everything that happens, few films will reward you like Inception.

 

Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviews

The Dark Knight

 

Christopher Nolan has made many great films over his career. While there are many that are crossing my mind, my favorite Nolan film would have to be The Dark Knight. Being a big Batman fan, The Dark Knight has been one of, if not the, best Batman films to date. It fully captured what being Gotham’s hero meant for Bruce, both in and out of costume. Also, you can’t forget Heath Ledger’s brilliant performance as the Joker. The back and forth between these two made for some very suspenseful, exciting and memorable moments. So far, I have not seen a film of Nolan’s that I haven’t liked, and The Dark Knight is at the top of that list. Want to see a magic trick?

Emma – Emma Explains It All

The Prestige

I chose The Prestige because I didn’t like Inception particularly, wasn’t blown away by The Dark Knight aaaaand still haven’t seen Interstellar. 


I did think The Prestige was very clever though. 

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

Inception

While I’m very eager to see if Dunkirk will change my mind, my favorite Christopher Nolan film right now is easily Inception. It remains one of the few films that I sat through the first time in awe, just letting everything flow over me and letting my mind be twisted in the best way. It can be appreciated on multiple levels: as a heist film, a sci-fi actioner with awesome visuals, a deep dive into broken psyches, and a sweet story of a father’s redemption. Nolan excels at layering his films with meaning, and Inception is his best I’ve seen. (And no, nobody planted that idea in my head. At least, I don’t think so…)

 

Opinion Battles Round 14 Favourite Tom Hanks Role

Opinion Battles Round 14

Favourite Tom Hanks Role

Tom Hanks is one of the iconic actors of the modern era, two Oscar wins to his name as well as coming off as one of the nicest men in Hollywood. He has grown up too soon, fallen in love with Meg Ryan three times, gone into space, been left on an island and even saved a plane for of people after saving Matt Damon. The question is what the role we enjoy watching the most from him.

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Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Michael Sullivan – Road to Perdition

Michael is a hitman for the mob, when he turned on by his boss he must go on the run with his last surviving son to keep him safe from the mob chasing him down. I am picking this role because it is so different to any other film Hanks ever did, he has always been the ‘nice’ guy but this film gives him chance to take the risks needed as an actor.

Cinema Parrot Disco

Woody – Toy Story

 

My favorite Tom Hanks role? It has to be Woody in the Toy Story films! I would imagine many will give that as an answer. His role as Josh in Big is a VERY close second for me but I have to go with the Pixar films. Who doesn’t love Toy Story & who doesn’t love the friendship/rivalry of Woody & Buzz?

 

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

Woody – Toy Story

 

Perhaps it feels like a bit of a cheat to choose Woody since its an animated character but Tom Hanks will always be known as his voice in Woody. Toy Story has brought so much joy to its viewers. Woody itself is an iconic Pixar character. There really isn’t any other choice. Tom Hanks has done a lot of pretty intense roles (and some lighthearted ones) but for myself, nothing beats a character that can seamlessly bring a smile to my face.

 

 

Damien Riley – Riley on Film

Woody – Toy Story

Overall, I find Hanks to be a great actor but someone who probably made it farther than he merits as far as super-stardom. He is great in whatever he does though from Bosom Buddies to Cast-Away to a host of other amazing films. I’m championing his voice-over role in “Toy Story” as Woody. It’s an iconic voice that really works for the animated character. I must admit in some of his on screen roles his voice is a little whiny for me but it truly works for Woody!

Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews

Woody – Toy Story

 

Hanks lends his unmistakable voice to one of Pixar’s most beloved protagonists and he is clearly irreplaceable in the role.

He puts his heart and soul into his performance, delivering laughs and tons of energy and this will always be a very special performance, especially for those who grew up watching this film.

A classic. 

 

Rob – Movie Rob

Chuck Noland – Castaway

Tom Hanks is such an amazing actor and even though he has won two best actor actors, some of his best roles didn’t win him that award due to voters not wanting him to get a third statue before others got their first.

 

Throughout the 90’s he was superb in every role he took on; Philadelphia (1993), Forrest Gump (1994). Apollo 13 (1995), and Saving Private Ryan (1998) but his best role was on the cusp of that decade: Cast Away (2000).

 

Forget about the physical transformation (which is a feat in and of itself), and you get a film where more than 50% of it, the main actor must find a way to carry it all with little dialogue and no one to really interact with and Hanks manages it with flying colors.

Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviews

Woody – Toy Story

When getting ready for this round, I was trying to figure out another Tom Hanks role besides Woody that I really like since I’m sure Woody will be a popular pick. However, in looking at some of my other favorite roles of his, such as Josh in Big or  Carl Hanratty in Catch Me If You Can, I just couldn’t find myself picking anything else.  Woody and Buzz were such an integral part of my childhood in Toy Story and a huge part of that is because of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen.  Their casting was spot-on and Hanks especially brings a unique voice to the cowboy doll.  Hanks made the character his own, creating a character that is likable, despite having some obvious flaws.  Rarely does a casting fit so well, especially in animation, but Hanks as Woody is one such example and I can not image anyone else in the role.

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

Forrest Gump

I enjoy Tom Hanks in literally every movie I’ve seen of his, so I could have picked any number of his movies:PhiladelphiaBigCast Away. Yet I always come back to Forrest Gump, one of my favorite films of all time, thanks largely to Hanks’s Oscar-winning performance. As the simple-minded but sincere native of Greenbow, Alabama, he’s endearing from the start, facing the complexities of the mid-20th century with honest kindness and a refreshing lack of cynicism. Jenny was the bigger fool for spurning him for so long. Hanks’ performance remains genuine as he nails both the comedic and dramatic sides of the character, and he well deserved his second Best Actor Oscar win.

Emma – Emma Explains It All

Josh – Big

Big Poster

I’m not the biggest Tom Hanks fan. Absolutely nothing against the guy, just never been too rolled over by majority of his movies.


Though I do love Big, which has been a permanent thing in my life since forever. And genuinely I can’t imagine anyone else playing that role. 

 

Opinion Battles Round 13 Which Animated Film would you NEVER like to see made into a live Action Film?

Opinion Battles Round 13

Which Animated Film would you NEVER like to see made into a live Action Film?

Hollywood has gotten into a habit of remake animated movies into live action twists of the much-loved tales, be it Cinderella, Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast or Maleficent. Every time we hear of the next played adaptation we react the same with Aladdin, Mulan and The Lion King planned, we need to get our rants out with the ones we don’t want to see.

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Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Up

I must go with Up, thee adventure the young boy scout Russell and elderly man Carl Fredricksen as Carl wants to go on the adventure that he failed to take his late wife on, only he ends up taking Russell with him. We have talking dogs and a crazed adventurer but just imagine seeing the adventure in live action, it just wouldn’t have the magic the animated version does.

 

Cinema Parrot Disco

Spirited Away

 

Interesting question… Well, I wouldn’t really like to see most of my favorite animated films made into live action. They rarely do a good job with this. Things like the live action Cinderella & Beauty And The Beast were really just pointless & paled in comparison to the brilliant originals. I don’t want to see any more live action Disney remakes but so many have already been done anyway that it kind of doesn’t matter. I don’t want Pixar movies to be touched. Please don’t make those live action too, movie-making people! I also do NOT want a live action Akira but that’s going to go ahead, right? Stop it, Hollywood. Just STOP! But I won’t choose Akira as my answer as I think it’s happening anyway. I have to choose a Studio Ghibli film for this question as I think those films would be harmed the most by live action remakes. The Ghibli films have a beautiful mysteriousness & even the thought of them being messed with makes me angry. I’d choose Totoro but I already chose that for an Opinion Battles question this year plus I don’t think they’d attempt that one anyway. I think the one most at risk of Hollywood trying to get their dirty, cash-grabbing hands on would be Spirited Away. I can see them thinking that’s live-actionable (is that a word?!). No. It’s not live-actionable. Stay away. Don’t touch any Ghibli films & don’t touch Spirited Away!

 

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

My Neighbour Totoro

If I had the choice, it’d be almost all of the Studio Ghibli films however My Neighbor Totoro is magical and it has a lot to do with the charming animations and the character design of Totoro. I can’t even begin to imagine what a CGI Totoro would look like. How about the Catbus? There’s something about keeping magic in an imaginary world that works for a lot of the Studio Ghibli films and seeing as My Neighbor Totoro is my favorite, its the one I’d least like to see tarnished with a live action remake.

Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews

Aladdin

 

The one that springs instantly to mind because it’s actually happening!

With Guy Ritchie directing and, at this point in time, Tom Hardy being considered for the role of Jafar, it’s worrying to think of what Ritchie will do to my favourite Disney film as I don’t think that it’s something that can really work as a live action adaptation and it’s probably one that should have been left well alone. 

 

Damien Riley – Riley Film Reviews

Shrek

I did a search of CGI-animated films and came up with so many realistic ones. In fact, I surmised that most animated films today are done in 3D CGI style animation that looks like real people and things. It’s as if we’ve tried so hard in the animated genre to make it look real that a live action version might get lost in the mix. IN other words, this was a very tough one for me. I came up with Shrek. I can’t imagine a movie with a giant playing a real-life character. It might have intellectual humor but I don’t think you can recreate the magic of Shrek without the CGI animation. For that reason, I picked Shrek as the animated film should NEVER be turned into the live action. What do you think? If you agree, please vote for Shrek! 🙂

 

Rob – Movie Rob

Aladdin

Robin Williams was perfect in this film and there is absolutely no one who could replace his energy and humor in the role of genie.  Even with special effects, nothing would be able to top the way they showed us all of the genie’s powers via animation!

 

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

The Lion King

I had to pick The Lion King, even though this choice may ring hollow because Disney is actually working on a live-action remake as we speak. A live-action Lion King just seems so pointless because it won’t be live-action, just CGI animation instead, since we know they won’t use real lions. Unlike The Jungle Book, there are no humans in the story to interact with the CG animals, and neither is there a literary source material that a new film could explore more fully. Does Disney really think it can improve the story of the first Lion King or translate it into 3D animation that comes anywhere close to the quality of the original? I suppose it could surprise me, but a live-action Lion King seems doomed to fail from the start.

 

Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews

Ratatouille

 

I am not a fan of this trend of live action adaptions of animated films. A couple I have liked but I’d still rather stay with the animation. Most I have really disliked. The film that I would least like to see adapted in live action iRatatouille. It’s one thing to watch an animated rat cooking French food with a cute vocal performance by Patton Oswalt. It’s an entirely different thing to see a real rat doing it. Yuck! It would be especially gross to see the beginning scene where all the rats come through the ladies ceiling and the ending where they are all helping Remy cook for Ego. It would just be too gross to enjoy.

 

Emma – Emma Explains It All

Despicable Me

 

Simply because I can NEVER imagine real actors in minion costumes being funny. 

Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviews

Toy Story

When thinking about this round, I looked at several of my favorite animated films and wondered what they would look like as live action films. I’ll admit that when it came to Toy Story, I did initially think a live action version might be pretty cool. But once I started thinking about it, one thought crossed my mind: why? As cool as it would be to see a real life Andy or genuine plastic Buzz or fabric Woody, more than likely some sort of computer animation would be used to capture their movements and facial expressions. So replace one form of computer animation for another? I don’t think so. Then I also thought why mess with perfection? Toy Story, well the entire series really, is a perfect movie with a great story, great message, and great characters.  You really can’t expand on that to make it any better. I don’t see any reason to have a live action Toy Story and I think one should never be made.

 

Opinion Battles Round 12 Favourite Performance in a Horror Movie

Opinion Battles Round 12

Favourite Performance in a Horror Movie

Horror is a genre that often gets over looked when it comes to award season but it is easy to see just how good certain stars get plenty of chances to return to the genre in the future. Except for Silence of the Lambs who did clean up the Oscars we have had some brilliant performance in recent years.

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Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Essie Davis – The Babadook

Essie Davis is the star of this horror where she must deal with a potential monster lurking in the shadows of her home as she raises her son, but what makes this performance stand out is the fact that we see how her character has to deal with what could be a breakdown with her mental state which would put her own son at risk. The film is considered one of the greatest horrors of recent years and her performance is the reason why.

 

Cinema Parrot Disco

Jack Nicholson – The Shining

 

Easy. My favorite performance in a horror film is Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance in The Shining. It’s a shame that Stephen King hates the movie! Because I love King & I also love Kubrick’s adaptation. It’s my favorite horror film & Nicholson is so fantastically unhinged. I love him in all films but especially in this & in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Here’s Johnny!

 

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

Nicole Kidman – The Others

Horror movies are mostly famous for scream queens but a great horror performance comes in the character that they show and in The Others, Nicole Kidman takes her character Grace to a whole new level as a protective mother who is taking care of her two children in a big house when she feels the threats around her and the comfort getting out of balance but at the same time still being the waiting wife for her husband to return from war. Her character is complex and tense and incredibly interesting to watch develop as the plot thickens. The Others is a great thriller in so many ways and Nicole Kidman lifts it even higher.

 

Rob – Movie Rob

Robert Englund – Nightmare on Elm Street

I’m not the biggest fan of films in the horror genre, but as a kid, I always enjoyed watching the Nightmare on Elm Street films because Freddy Kruger was such a draw as a great villain preying on teenagers who just don’t know how to really stop him.

 

He was played so well by Robert Englund that no one will ever be able to match that performance no matter how hard they try

 

J – Film & Nuance

Anya Joy Taylor – The Witch

 

The Witch was a horror film that I truly loved. It’s psychological, socially and religiously incisive and very thought provoking. Other than beautiful imagery and visuals, Anya Taylor Joy’s Thomasin is the repressed elder daughter caught up in a family drama. Her portrayal of innocence gone awry in the face of conflict and damage rocked my soul. I was left shaken by her brilliant performance and range that breathed light and darkness into the human condition.

 

Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews

Mia Farrow – Rosemary’s Baby

 

From my favourite horror film, Mia Farrow is a wonderful lead in this; she’s thoroughly likeable and displays a genuine sense of vulnerability and insecurity while she fears for her health and for the health of her unborn baby. She also effectively shows resourcefulness, bravery and truly makes us believe that she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her child.

 

John – Johnrieber.com

Vincent Price – Theater of Blood

In 1973, legendary Horror Actor Vincent Price let it all hang out in the black comedy “Theater Of Blood.”  Price played the Shakespearean actor Edward Lionheart, who commits suicide after being humiliated at an awards ceremony. Two years later, those same critics who failed to salute his genius begin dying morbid deaths, each one in a manner similar to murder scenes from Shakespeare’s plays.

The film offers Price the chance to chew lots of scenery, and it offers up the great Diana Rigg as his daughter!  Finally, Price uses a number of outrageous costumes – like this!

 

Damien Riley – Riley Film Reviews

Anthony Hopkins – The Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in the Silence of the Lambs is my

favorite horror performance. His steely stare always gets me. Even if

you don’t find the film particularly scary, I think you will agree he

gives the performance above all else in this film. By way of diary

entry, I saw this film in the theaters in my early twenties. I was

much more frightened of horror then than I am now so you will

understand I was looking over my shoulder all night when I got home.

My parents had left for the weekend and I was really frozen to the

couch with frazzled nerves after watching this. That stare …

 

Emma – Emma Explains It All

Jeff Goldblum – The Fly

I know this is an obvious answer (for me) but it really is my personal favourite. Part of The Fly being my favourite horror film is down to Jeff Goldblum and his great, likable, scary and sympathetic portrayal of scientist Seth Brundle. 

 

When deciding on my answer for this round a few choices went through my head (and I expect to see Jack Nicholson and Anthony Hopkins pop up here) but ultimately I had to with the performance I enjoy watching the most and that is most definitely Goldblum as The Fly. 

 

Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews

Audrey Hepburn – Wait Until Dark

 

I don’t see that many horror movies but my favorite performance in one is Audrey Hepburn as Susy Hawkins in Wait Until Dark. In the film she plays a blind woman who ends up with an item that criminals want. They begin stalking her house and putting her in danger. It is tense and uncomfortable and it works because Hepburn is so vulnerable in the role. You feel like she is a blind woman and her panic at being hunted is palatable. She is quiet and soft where many horror heroines are shrieky and annoying. This is much more suspenseful because we care more about her and feel protective of her as an audience. It’s a great movie and Audrey Hepburn is great in it.

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

Haley Joel Osment – The Sixth Sense

Horror films have certainly given us plenty of terrible performances over the years, and most scary movies are so un-character-focused that the acting barely matters. Yet one that has always stood out to me is Haley Joel Osment as young Cole Sear in The Sixth Sense, which also ranks among the best child actor performances. As Cole, Osment nails the paralyzing fear of a child and the uncertain maturity that comes from constantly seeing dead people walking around. It’s a role that could have ruined the film in the hands of a poor child actor, but Osment held his own alongside Bruce Willis and contributed to the convincing atmosphere and overall success of M. Night Shyamalan’s first and best film.