As cool as they may be – you can keep your Gremlins, Silent Night, Deadly Night, Die Hard, Christmas Evil and Santa’s Slay. 1958’s stylish, witchcraft laden Bell, Book and Candle is the perfect yuletide holiday film (with a genre bent).
With a nice portion of the proceedings occurring on Christmas Eve and Christmas, this tale of Gillian, a beguiling witch who falls in love with a mortal, is not only full of romance in the traditional sense, but director Richard Quine, also, establishes a love affair with the audience and the idea of winter in the big city. He and art director Cary Odell create New York City streets full of moody lighting, soft streaks of snow and glorious cavalcades of historic apartment buildings. It’s dreamy.
As Gillian, the divine Kim Novak is, also, in her arched eye brow prime here. She and James Stewart…
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These are what I feel are the best in horror cinema released this year, 2014. Like last year I’m being lazy and only presenting this list in pictures.
10. Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead
9. The Town that Dreaded Sundown
7. The Hunted
5. The Den
4. The Taking of Deborah Logan
2. Cheap Thrills
1. The Babadook
Honorable Mention (in order):Mockingbird, The Seasoning House, The Dead 2: India, Mr. Jones, In fear, The Returned, Deliver Us From Evil, Dracula Untold, Jinn, Late Phases
–Charles T. Cochran