Ryuhei Kitamurathe Japanese filmmaker behind the indie zombie horror classic Versuswithout speaking about Alive, Azumiand even Godzilla: Final Warstries to choose some of his favorite horror movies currently playing on the SCREAMBOX powered by Bloody Disgusting.
Kitamura, who also directed the terrific Clive Barker adaptation The Midnight Meat Trainthe ultra bloody slasher nobody livesand the festival’s hit sniper-themed thriller Downstreamthen launches his own vinyl label as he prepares for his next horror, The price we paywhich stars Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff.
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As you know, Bloody Disgusting recently took the reins of the new SCREAMBOX, a movie-laden subscription streaming platform that also hosts our live channel, BDTV. We have such sites to show you over the next year, including dozens of exclusives and originals only available on the service.
As part of our ongoing celebration, we asked top horror veterans for their favorite movies to stream on SCREAMBOX. We started with five films that Barbara Crampton was watching on the streaming platform, and followed with six from veteran horror director Mick Garris, another handful selected by Joe Dante, and even more from William Malone.
For the month of May, Kitamura is digging deep into the SCREAMBOX catalog, curating five movies he’d pulled straight from the video store shelf!
Go straight to Kitamura’s picks here. And read his articles for each of the films below!
CLASS OF 1984
“I love everything about this movie.
Best Opening Song by Alice Cooper.
Best Villain – makes me want to torture and kill this motherfucker played by the amazing Timothy Van Patten.
Best explosive climax.
My Favorite Director Mark L”Commando“Lester at his best!”
“The real classic. The real cult movie. The one and only!
It’s one of my favorites from the glorious VHS days of the 80s. The only way to watch it back then in my hometown of Osaka was to get a counterfeit copy.
I love the general 80s NY vibe shot on 16mm. It made me feel like I was looking at a completely different world from the planet when I first watched this when I was 12 in Japan.
Not just a great horror movie – it’s just a great movie period.”
“My dog is a rescue dog from Linda Blair’s Worldheart Foundation. She has a beautiful shelter. I had no idea it was her and I spent all day with her showing me her dogs. I finally realized who it was when a few days later she came to check on my house with the puppy I had chosen.
I never thought that in the future I would be adopting a puppy from Linda when I watched this movie when I was in middle school.
This is a very simple and very well done classic horror/slasher movie.
All the buildup, all the single kill – It’s like a how-to manual for a horror/slasher.
“I used to watch all the horror movie videos that came out in the 80s, and this is one of my favorites Friday 13 scams.
Hats off to Buddy Cooper. There are far too many directors making shitty movies, and too many directors complaining that they can’t make a movie.
He was a pure amateur when he made this film. Just a law student and somehow he made it, he did it to “learn cinema” and made this super fun movie.
Filmmaking was much, much harder and more expensive in 1984. Yet after almost 40 years, the film is loved by fans everywhere. Simply extraordinary.
Super open, super thin. I love all the unique ways to kill and the special makeup effects are great.
I can’t wait to see the sequel!”
HUMANOIDS OF THE DEEP
“I love this movie. Incredible creature created by legend Rob Bottin. Non-stop movie and climax in its own right. The ending traumatized me when I first watched it!
I still hope that NECA will make an action figure of this creature.
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