If you are looking for a real 'Freak Fest' then you have to see "Silent
Hill." It has been out for a while (released in 2006) and if you missed
it the first time around it is well worth the price of a rental.
Apparently based on a Video game (but don't hold that fact against the
movie) "Silent Hill" is about a young woman who is trying to discover why
her adopted daughter sleepwalks and cries out about a place called
'Silent Hill.' When Rose (the mother) finds out there really is such a
place, she is determined to take Sharon (her daughter) to this ghost town
and try to help her.
Rose has an auto accident just outside Silent Hill and when she wakes
Sharon has disappeared. The search for her daughter takes Rose into
Purgatory and then to Hell, both of which seem to be located in Silent
Hill. And when Rose finally does find Sharon their journey through Hell
is only half over.
The special effects in this movie are amazing. If you watch it on a big
screen TV in the dark I rather guarantee you will experience goose bumps
and hair raising episodes as you never know just what sort of nightmare
will be around the next corner. While there is plenty of Horror in this
flick, there isn't much erotica, unless you consider a melting, armless,
man-shaped thing which spews acid from a hole in its chest onto a female
police officer somehow erotic. You figure it out.
There is, however, a somewhat dramatic 'witch burning' and plenty of
hideously grotesque creatures to whet your appetite, as well as a bizarre
twist of an ending.
All in all, "Silent Hill" is a movie worth watching--more than once.
If your taste leans more toward 'Erotic Horror' I have a couple of other
movies you should check out. Both of them are older releases and were
sleepers when they came out, so few people beyond 'Cult' viewers even
know about them.
The first is a 1988 film by Ken Russell which is based on a novel by Bram
Stoker. You might expect "The Lair of the White Worm" to be a run of the
mill 'B' movie if you judged it only by the box cover, but you would be
wrong. This flick stars Hugh Grant (yes, that Hugh Grant), Catherine
Oxenberg and Amanda Donohoe as Lady Sylvia. The action takes place in
England and revolves around the legend of a great worm, or Werym (a
dragon or giant snake), that was killed by an ancestor of Grant, hundreds
of years previously.
When a Scot archaeologists unearths a large snake skull on the site of a
convent which dated back to Roman times, things become a bit weird. The
'convent' turns out to have been a pagan temple where a giant snake was
worshiped by mostly naked females, and there is still a descendant of
that cult alive today. This snake lady steals the discovered skull and
attempts to revive the cult, using Oxenberg as a human sacrifice to the
If you are at all familiar with Ken Russell's movies, you know to expect
lots of boobs, fetishism, sexual overtones, phallic symbols and other
erotic sights. 'Lair of the White Worm' does not disappoint in that
regard. At worst a campy cult film and at best an interesting look at
snake cults and humans who transform into snake creatures, "The Lair of
the White Worm" is an erotic kick in the butt. If not to be found at
your video rental store, try Amazon--it's worth a few extra bucks to own
And if there wasn't enough erotic horror in the last flick, I have
another Ken Russell film for you. This one is the 1986 cult classic,
"Gothic," which stars Gabrial Byrne, Julian Sands, Natasha Richardson and
"Gothic" takes the viewer back to the year 1816, where five friends wait
out a stormy night in a huge Swiss villa by attempting to write ghost
stories. Those present are poets Lord Byron and Percy Shelley; Shelley's
fiancee Mary Godwin; Mary's stepsister Claire Clairemont and Byron's
friend and doctor, John Polidori.
Wine and laudanum help to loosen the minds and spirits of the guests, not
to mention something else. As they gather round the skull of a long dead
monk, the friends try to raise its spirit from the grave and are more
successful than they realize. This is also the story of how Mary Godwin
(soon to be Mary Shelley) came to write her masterpiece of horror,
"Frankenstein," during her stay at the villa that summer (Doctor Polidori
also wrote one of the first ever Vampire stories that summer, but
Shelley's story always outshone his own).
True to form for any Ken Russell film, "Gothic" is filled with erotic
symbolism, fetishism and blatant sexuality. There is also horror here,
but most of it remains in the minds of the guests, although the viewer is
allowed to see much more than perhaps they would like to of what goes on
within those minds.
This is a 'must see' movie for erotic horror enthusiasts. Russell does
an amazing job with light and shadow, as well using space to impart fear
and uneasiness in the viewer. "Gothic" is available on DVD and again, if
not at your rental store put out the few extra bucks and buy a copy from
Amazon. You won't regret it.