FOX LEGACY CLASSIC OF THE WEEK
Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise will play three times this Halloween as the FOX Movie Channel's Fox Legacy Classic of the Week. De Palma's classic will play tonight at 8pm, 10pm, and midnight eastern time. All over the web the past couple of weeks, bloggers are writing about Phantom and linking to the great Swan Archives, where, as we've posted about before, you can see exclusive outtakes and alternative scenes from the film. Now, at FanEdit.org, you can download a fan's edit of the film that utilizes a complicated splicing-together from the DVD release, audio from the old 1988 laser disc release (which is apparently much better than the DVD's audio), and the outtakes from the Swan Archives to create something akin to De Palma's original vision of the film. Be warned, however, that you must own at least one of the DVD versions of Phantom before downloading, or you could find yourself engulfed in the sort of legal entanglements that would make Swan jealous.
LOVE FOR CARRIE
Another De Palma film being mentioned all over the place this Halloween season is Carrie. Today, romance writer Jill Sorenson wrote on her blog that Carrie is one of her favorite scary movies. "De Palma's masterpiece" was also screened under the stars last Saturday at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. In a U.K. poll of more than 6000 HMV customers, Carrie was voted the 24th best horror film ever made, according to results released yesterday. And just today, The Playlist team posted what they call the "Rosetta Stones of the fright genre." Here's what they say about Carrie:
Carrie (1976) begins and ends in a bloodbath. From the unforgettable opening scene as bullying girls unmercifully taunt the titular menstruating outcast with tampons ("Plug it up!") in the high school locker room to the prom night cataclysm that leaves Carrie soaked to the skin in pig's blood before unleashing her telekinesis for ultimate revenge against her vindictive classmates, this film remains today one of the most effective cinematic tragedies. Stephen King's first novel-to-film adaptation directed by Brian De Palma is not your standard horror flick, obviously, and the fact that Carrie is both the sympathetic protagonist and demonic villain — leaving the delineation between good and evil unclear — makes this film so powerful and classic. And who could forget Piper Laurie's bone-chilling performance as Carrie's bible-beating, devil-fearing, lunatic mother, in particular, the orgasmic exhalations of her kitchen knife crucifixion?