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Seven Movies That Scare Us – And Look Good While Doing It

Friday, October 28th, 2011

There’s nothing better than a good, scary movie for Halloween weekend – with the exception of scary movies that look good and become inspirations for our designs. Here are the design team’s seven favorite frighteningly beautiful movies.

Suspiria- Dario Argento, 1977

This movie isn’t really that scary by today’s standards but it does look a lot cooler! I love the color, atmosphere, the sexy glamour, and the sets and costumes are awe-inspiring! Who knew a ballet school run by witches could be so much fun. I also we want this woman’s hairdo. -Dale

Rosemary’s Baby – Roman Polanski, 1967

This film pulls off creepy with consummate style – think Breakfast at Tiffany’s meets The Exorcist. A must watch for fashionable ladies thinking about having a (demon) child. We also love Mia Farrow’s Vidal Sassoon pixie cut – what is it about horror movies and great hairstyles? -Teddy

Nightmare Before Christmas – Tim Burton, Henry Selick, 1993

A Classic. I watch this every Halloween. Burton twists the idea of Suburban Christmas into a haunting and quirky scene.  I am pretty sure this movie (first seen during my formative years) impacted me enough to want to put a morbidly humorous and slightly subversive spin on everything I create. Plus, there’s something about those singing and dancing puppets that still makes me feel like a candy-fueled trick-or-treater. -Meagan

The Hunger – Tony Scott, 1983

This is one of my favorite vampire-themed movies. Set in the 80’s, it has a quintessential 80′s ending, complete with blowing chiffon. Also, Bauhaus performs in the opening scene! -Aaron

Let The Right One In – John Ajvide Lindqvist, 2004

If you only need to watch one other vampire movie besides The Hunger – this should be the one. I love how the whites, grays, and blacks make this movie feel so cold and terrifying, and the little droplets of blood on the pure, white snow are particularly poignant and beautiful. -Teddy

Don’t Look Now – Nicolas Roeg, 1973

Rather than straight up gore, the director cleverly uses strong colors and unusual textures in combination with the ominously lit canals of Venice to create the feeling of dread and confusion that the characters in the movie are experiencing. The result is visually stunning and disturbing at the same time. – Nancy

The Virgin Suicides – Sofia Coppola, 1999

Sophia Coppola’s adaptation isn’t technically a horror movie, but it’s equally eerie and horrifying. The mysterious bunch of sisters and the dream-like quality of the film creates some pretty haunting imagery. -Nikki

Movie Review hits T-Shirt-Return of the Planet of the Apes

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Monkeys on t-shirts with headphones has got to bring out the inner cyborgian thought in all of us.  Animal meets machine as an analogy for human is exactly the theme of the recent movie Return of the Planet of the Apes. Caeser, the Ape protagonist, who bears a distant resemblance to the star in the BKI shirt, is injected with a super drug in a test to cure Alzheimer’s.  He does indeed become super intelligent and leads a Che Guevara style Guerilla revolt to free his fellow guerillas to the red woods outside San Francisco.  The pretty amazing special effects from the same studio that brought us Avatar, masks a fairly good story of father/son, quest for the betterment of mankind, mixed in with evil empire corporation.  Amusing.