Tuesday, October 20, 2015

366 Days at the Drive-In: Day 20

The Date: October 20

The Movie: The Blair Witch Project (1999)

What Is It?: The movie that sparked the found-footage horror craze is either the scariest movie ever made or the biggest con in the world. I believe the former. The very legitimately frightened cast ooze all that fear onto the screen, and there are several unbearably terrifying scare scenes. But even shots as mundane as a bunch of sticks dangling from trees and a guy standing in a corner are absolutely terrifying.

Why Today?: On this day in 1994, the three film students began the trip from which they’d never return. Only their footage remains.

Correction: Due to a sloppy screw up on my part, I entered the wrong film for yesterday's installment of 366 Days at the Drive-In. So that film has been changed and yesterday's incorrect movie is piggybacking on today's selection:

The Date: October 20

The Movie: Dracula (1931)

What Is It?: Don’t listen to the critics—this is the greatest vampire movie ever made, and every subsequent Dracula movie is inadequate because it doesn’t star Bela Lugosi. And let's not forget Dwight Frye, who nearly heists the film with his crazed yet human portrayal of Renfield. No wonder so many Dracula adaptations did away with the character...who could follow Frye? Lugosi's iconic performance probably would have caused filmmakers to do away with Dracula too if the dude's name wasn't the title of the movie.

Why Today?: On this day in 1882, Bela Lugosi is born.
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