The FIFA Men’s World Cup is right around the corner and this gave me an idea. Rather, it gave film critic Mark Kermode and radio presenter Simon Mayo an idea and I am shamelessly stealing it from them. They had their own World Cup of Horror Movies on their podcast a few weeks ago, in which Mayo would draw two numbers representing two horror films and Kermode would pick his favorite. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I am literally picking two (classic horror, as per) movies out of a hat as I type and I’m also watching Mayo and Kermode’s video for instructions. And I should point out that, like the real World Cup, I do not understand the rules. Here we go.
Psycho (1960) vs The Thing From Another World (1951) – Psycho. Obviously. I should point out that I really like TTFAW but I actually like John Carpenter’s version better. In fact, that is probably my all-time favorite Horror film.
The Most Dangerous Game (1932) vs The Spiral Staircase (1946) – Well, God damn it. Bagel on a bike. Heavens above. Prooooobably The Spiral Stai-, no. The Most Dangerous Game. Or maybe… Ah, damn. 1-1.
Dracula (1931) vs Freaks (1932) – Interesting. Freaks.
Cat People (1942) vs The Uninvited (1944) – Adore both, but you know I love me some Cat People.
Night of the Hunter (1955) vs I Vampiri (1957) – Please. Night of the Hunter, any day.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) vs Plan 9 From Outer Space (1957) – Obviously Plan 9 Fr-, kidding, Body Snatchers.
Nosferatu (1922) vs The Invisible Man (1933) – Oooooohhhhhhh. Hmmm, probably The Invisible Man. I adore Claude Rains and he’s brilliant in it.
Les Diaboliques (1955) vs The Wolfman (1941) – Love both, but LES DIABOLIQUES! That twist is outstanding.
Do, do we go again? Semi-finals? Dance-off? I don’t know!