Horror Movies for October #28

Today we push the envelope a little in defining, what exactly is horror by highlighting Luis Buñuel‘s 1962 “The Exterminating Angel“. Wealthy guests at a dinner party find themselves trapped in a room simply because, for some unexplained reason, they are unable to cross the threshold to leave. Quickly the social elite devolve into a nightmare that includes suicide, hiding the dead in a closet, failed mystical rituals, slaughtering a sheep that wonders in the room and a dream with a crawling severed hand. It is strange and surreal with an ending that is disturbing, comical and quite a social commentary. Is it horror? It was so offensive that the Vatican asked that all of its prints be destroyed. I guess it was to them.


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One Response to Horror Movies for October #28

  1. thelid53@comcast.net says:

    Peace Skip,

    Thank you.

    Yet another spectacular choice.

    And yes, “The Exterminating Angel” is a horror film in my ledger and one of the best ever.

    Bunuel’s virtuoso meditation on the social elite and its tenuous moorings to civilized deportment is a cinematic tour de force.

    The horror, Bunuel delights in reminding us, is that our insufferably self-congratulatory western civilization is always just a stone’s throw from “Lord Of The Flies.”


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