Everybody's got an opinion, right? We all think we know what's good, and audiences often think critics are out of touch with public taste. So, instead of critics, what about filmmakers? Ever wonder what are the favorite films of people like William Friedkin (THE EXORCIST), Ridley Scott (ALIEN), George ROMERO (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD), and Guillermo Del Toro (HELL BOY)?
Here is one example:
- RIDLEY SCOTT (Director of Alien)
The thing I always worried about doing a monster movie—I was frightened that the monster wouldn’t be good, because they very rarely are. Probably the last great monster before that was the little girl in the bed in The Exorcist. But all you had to put on her was the voice—of Mercedes McCambridge—and that one trick was chilling. I decided to see Creature From the Black Lagoon, Them and It [The Terror From Beyond Space]—which actually were good fun at the time, used to scare the living daylights out of me as a kid, and now are kind of collector’s items. Funnily enough, as a child, I was always brought up not to see horror movies, because my parents classified them along with sex movies, so I wasn’t allowed to see them. I saw this poster in Piccadilly of this guy standing there with the face-mask on and the buzz saw, and I just decided not to see the film—that [The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ] was pretty tough stuff.
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