From Far & Wide, From High & Low Vol 11

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1. The Omen (1976)

R | 111 min | Horror

62 Metascore

Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son?

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey Stephens, David Warner

Votes: 100,947 | Gross: $4.27M

Richard SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE Donner directed this genuine horror classic based on the best-selling novel and screenplay by David Seltzer. In it, a wealthy couple with political ambition secretly adopts a baby boy with a mysterious birthmark unaware he is the son of the anti-Christ. This gorgeous production that reeks of old money features a series of shocking deaths and a deadly serious plot that manages to convince every step of the way. Jerry Goldsmith won an Oscar for his work on this film. Stars Lee Remick & Gregory Peck are convincing in their roles as the power couple and young Harvey Stephens steals the show as the mute, demonic Damien Thorn. Followed by numerous sequels, spin offs and more rip offs than I care to remember. Author Seltzer also wrote a series of 5 novels. 3 were based on the theatrically released Omen films and the final two books were OMEN IV: ARMAGEDDON 2000 and OMEN V: THE ABOMINATION. Remade in 2006.

2. Omen II: Damien (1978)

R | 107 min | Horror

45 Metascore

Damien the Antichrist, now about to turn thirteen years old, finally learns of his destiny under the guidance of an unholy disciple of Satan. Meanwhile dark forces begin to eliminate all those who suspect the child's true identity.

Directors: Don Taylor, Mike Hodges | Stars: William Holden, Lee Grant, Jonathan Scott-Taylor, Robert Foxworth

Votes: 27,483 | Gross: $3.88M

William THE TOWERING INFERNO Holden and Lee VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Grant star as Richard & Ann Thorn who have taken custody of Damien (now played by Jonathan Scott Taylor) much to the horror of the exorcist Bugenhagen who attempts to warn the family of the danger they are in. Soon Damien's demonic powers begin to manifest themselves with a series of gruesome accidental deaths calculated to increase his wealth and influence within Thorn Industries. Mike THE TERMINAL MAN Hodges was fired during production by producer Harvey Bernhard over budgetary concerns and replaced by director Don ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES Taylor. Both appear to have done an adequate job. DAMIEN: OMEN II isn't a great horror film but it's a good one made just a little stronger with an impressive musical score by composer Jerry POLTERGEIST Goldsmith. Followed by OMEN III: THE FINAL CONFLICT

3. The Final Conflict (1981)

R | 108 min | Horror

34 Metascore

The now adult Antichrist plots to eliminate his future divine opponent while a cabal of monks plot to stop him.

Director: Graham Baker | Stars: Sam Neill, Rossano Brazzi, Don Gordon, Lisa Harrow

Votes: 17,354 | Gross: $20.47M

Sam JURASSIC PARK Neill makes for an imposing and charismatic Damien Thorn poised to one day assume the mantle of the Presidency of the United States while amassing an army of satanic followers in his quest for Armageddon. Director Graham BEOWULF Baker has put some effort into recreating the decadent look of Richard Donner's THE OMEN but is ultimately undone by a script which audiences will find hard to accept. At times it's preposterous and even silly instead of being suspenseful or scary. And the elaborate set pieces from the earlier films give way here to unimaginative kills that lack style. Academy Award winning composer Jerry SUPERGIRL Goldsmith provides an effective score that's often superior in generating a mood than the film itself. OMEN III: THE FINAL CONFLICT isn't a bad film but it should have been better. Followed by OMEN IV: THE AWAKENING and a divergant novelization picking up with the birth of Damien Thorn/Kate Reynolds' son (OMEN IV: ARMAGEDDON 2000)

4. Omen IV: The Awakening (1991 TV Movie)

Unrated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Two attorneys adopt a mysterious orphan girl as their daughter, unaware she is the new Antichrist, next in line from Damien thorn.

Directors: Jorge Montesi, Dominique Othenin-Girard | Stars: Faye Grant, Michael Woods, Michael Lerner, Madison Mason

Votes: 5,652

This terrible television sequel focuses on a sinister child named Delia (charmlessly played by the unappealing Asia Aieira) who infiltrates a wealthy political family through adoption. As a series of bloodless killings occur, her new mom played by Faye V: THE FINAL BATTLE Grant launches an investigation & discovers Delia is the daughter of Damien Thorn; a man believed to be the spawn of the anti-Christ. Swatches of Oscar winning composer Jerry Goldsmith's score for THE OMEN have been recycled here by director Dominique HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS Othenin Girard. Girard also added some nice directorial flourishes but it's just not scary and the 'surprise' at the end of the film just makes matters worse. Followed by an obscure unsold hour long pilot film for NBC called THE OMEN in 1995 which was unrelated to the film franchise.

5. The Omen (2006)

R | 110 min | Horror, Thriller

43 Metascore

An American official realizes that his young son may literally be the Devil incarnate.

Director: John Moore | Stars: Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, David Thewlis

Votes: 54,527 | Gross: $54.61M

John A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD Moore was rather thanklessly tasked with directing this faithful, overly-familiar retelling of the 1976 horror masterpiece by Richard Donner. It's not as close a re-creation as Gus Van Sant's 1999 remake of PSYCHO had been but it's essentially the same film and was based on the screenplay/novel by David Seltzer. Liev PHANTOMS Scheiber & Julia THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM Styles play Robert & Katherine Thorn who adopt into their home a sinister boy who carries a demonic birthmark; 666. Mia ROSEMARY'S BABY Farrow has a nice part as an emissary of the Devil sent to protect Damien. If I'd never seen THE OMEN back in the day or it's numerous spin offs this perfectly fine remake would have been more impactful. maybe the studio needs to step away from THAT story & try a fresh approach. Followed by a short-lived series in 2016 called DAMIEN.

6. Damien (2016)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Horror

After discovering his origins, Damien Thorn must cope with life as the Anti-Christ.

Stars: Bradley James, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Omid Abtahi, Barbara Hershey

Votes: 7,020

Bradley MERLIN James stars as Damien Thorn; the son of the anti-Christ reborn on earth to bring about the Armageddon. Damien is guided on his dark journey my a mysterious woman played by Barbara THE ENTITY Hershey who helps restore her masters memories of events circa THE OMEN (1976). Damien is torn between accepting his God-like demonic super-powers and maintaining his kind, loving human persona. It's the same basic premise of the tv movie sequel; LOOK WHAT"S HAPPENED TO ROSEMARY'S BABY. Scare for scare, hands down DAMIEN is the best of the Omen sequels and may have developed into something better than it was had it not been so swiftly canceled. I liked it.

7. Jurassic Park (1993)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

A pragmatic Paleontologist visiting an almost complete theme park is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park's cloned dinosaurs to run loose.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 805,387 | Gross: $402.45M

Legendary film-maker Steven CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND Spielberg directed this adaption of the best-selling adventure novel JURASSIC PARK by Michael WESTWORLD Crichton who co-wrote the screenplay with hit-maker David INDIANA JONES 5 Koepp. Richard GHANDI Attenborough plays an industrialist who creates dinosaurs from strands of DNA left preserved in droplets of amber. He's established an island off the coast of Costa Rica as not only a habitat for the dangerous creatures by a lavish theme park unfortunately it all goes wrong when a saboteur shuts down the security system. Sam OMEN III: THE FINAL CONFLICT Neill, Jeff EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY Goldblum and Laura BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA Dern play scientists invited to the park on the very day the whole place goes to Jurassic hell! The special effects are every bit as spectacular as you'd expect given the prestige of this film and the movie won 3 Oscars based on it's technical merits. JURASSIC PARK is probably as important a film to recent generations as KING KONG was to film-goers back in 1933. It truly is of that magnitude. This instant Spielberg classic became the highest grossing film of it's time ensuring sequels for decades to come beginning with THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK.

8. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

A research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there, while an InGen team approaches with another agenda.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Vince Vaughn

Votes: 354,996 | Gross: $229.09M

9. Jurassic Park III (2001)

PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

A decidedly odd couple with ulterior motives convince Dr. Grant to go to Isla Sorna for a holiday, but their unexpected landing startles the island's new inhabitants.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Sam Neill, William H. Macy, Téa Leoni, Alessandro Nivola

Votes: 281,549 | Gross: $181.17M

10. Jurassic World (2015)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

A new theme park, built on the original site of Jurassic Park, creates a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur, the Indominus Rex, which escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.

Director: Colin Trevorrow | Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Judy Greer

Votes: 551,612 | Gross: $652.27M

11. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

51 Metascore

When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith

Votes: 234,798 | Gross: $417.72M

12. The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Not Rated | 96 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

While travelling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas, May Whitty

Votes: 43,903

THE LADY VANISHES is a British mystery based on the novel THE WHEEL SPINS by Ethel White. The story concerns the disappearance of an elderly woman aboard a train travelling through Europe. This film was one of Alfred Hitchcock's more successful & critically acclaimed. It caught the attention of Hollywood & the rest is cinema history. Today THE LADY VANISHES is considered one of the best movies made in England. Remakes followed in 1979 and again in 2013 for television.

13. The Farmer's Wife (1928)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

After his daughter weds, a middle-aged widower with a profitable farm decides to remarry, but finds choosing a suitable mate a problematic process.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Jameson Thomas, Lillian Hall-Davis, Gordon Harker, Gibb McLaughlin

Votes: 2,296

The Master; Alfred Hitchcock directed this B&W silent film from 1928. After the death of his wife, a wealthy British man decides to re-marry as were his late wife's wishes. The path of love is fraught with adversary however and none of the local spinsters are willing to have him as a husband. Hitchcock devotes will want to give it a look. It'll be a hard sell to modern audiences.

14. The Manxman (1929)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Romance

A fisherman and a rising young lawyer, who grew up as brothers, fall in love with the same girl.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anny Ondra, Carl Brisson, Malcolm Keen, Randle Ayrton

Votes: 2,403

This was Alfred Hitchcock's final silent film and I think one of his very best early B&W features. The film was an adaptation of a 1894 novel which had a Thomas Hardy flavor to it. The romantic entanglements of one woman shared with two men causes the public shaming & ruination of all concerned. 90 years later it still manages to engage if you're open to the experience.

15. East of Shanghai (1931)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Romance, Thriller

Believing that an unexpected inheritance will bring them happiness, a married couple instead finds their relationship strained to the breaking point.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Henry Kendall, Joan Barry, Percy Marmont, Betty Amann

Votes: 3,752

A bickering couple are swept into international intrigue when they inherit a windfall enabling them to begin a new life aboard a luxury cruise. RICH AND STRANGE runs very short on dialogue and feels like a silent film for much of it's running length. Alfred FRENZY Hitchcock directed this B&W drama.

16. The 39 Steps (1935)

Not Rated | 86 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

A man in London tries to help a counter-espionage Agent. But when the Agent is killed, and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to save himself and stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle

Votes: 47,997

This loose adaptation of THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS by John Buchman is widely considered one of the best films ever made in England under the direction of Alfred Hitchcock. It's a rather fun tale of murder and espionage that reads a little 'too dated' at times but if you're open to it, you will be entertained. Filmed in B&W

17. Champagne (1928)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy

A spoiled heiress defies her father by running off to marry her lover. However, Daddy has a few tricks up his sleeve.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Betty Balfour, Jean Bradin, Ferdinand von Alten, Gordon Harker

Votes: 1,812

Bland silent era comedy from director Alfred Hitchcock about a pretty young woman forced to get a job. Filmed in B&W English

18. Secret Agent (1936)

Not Rated | 86 min | Mystery, Thriller

After three British Agents are assigned to assassinate a mysterious German spy during World War I, two of them become ambivalent when their duty to the mission conflicts with their consciences.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: John Gielgud, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Young, Peter Lorre

Votes: 7,301

John ARTHUR Giulgud & Peter THE RAVEN Lorrie are quite good in this eccentric espionage melodrama from the master; Alfred Hitchcock. The B&W English film has been widely praised but it hasn't aged well and wasn't that strong a film to begin with imo. The source material was drawn from 2 stories written by M. Somerset Maugham and probably the film could have benefited from a rewrite to blend them together more seamlessly.

19. Easy Virtue (1928)

Not Rated | 80 min | Romance, Thriller

A recently divorced woman hides her scandalous past from her new husband and his family.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Isabel Jeans, Franklin Dyall, Eric Bransby Williams, Ian Hunter

Votes: 2,353

A young woman falls victim to scandal when discovered in what appears to be a compromising position with an artist. Outraged, the abusive husband kills the artist and files for divorce from the woman with 'easy virtue' who's past will come back to haunt her. The Master; Alfred Hitchcock directed this silent era drama. Filmed in B&W.

20. Blackmail (1929)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

After killing a man in self-defense, a young woman is blackmailed by a witness to the killing.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anny Ondra, John Longden, Sara Allgood, Charles Paton

Votes: 8,927

The Master; Alfred Hitchcock directed this B&W classic about a young woman blackmailed after it's discovered she killed the man who attempted to rape her. Two versions of BLACKMAIL were produced; one for the silent film market and one that became identified as one of the 1st 'talkies' in Britain. Neither version is especially superior to the other and either works just fine. Hitchcock also manages to slip in a few trademarkable flourishes to distinguish this solid effort from the less desirable early material in his resume.

21. Jamaica Inn (1939)

Not Rated | 98 min | Adventure, Crime

In Cornwall, 1819, a young woman discovers she's living near a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecks for profit.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Robert Newton, Charles Laughton, Horace Hodges

Votes: 8,282

Tolerable B&W crime drama from The Master; Alfred Hitchcock, based on the classic novel by mystery writer Daphne du Maurier. A young orphaned woman seeks to start a new life in Jamaica Inn unaware of the dangerous gang of pirates assembled there. It's a surprisingly 'light' adventure considering the subject matter and was a hit despite the mostly negative reviews. Remade numerous times over the years.

22. The Ring (I) (1927)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Two boxers compete for the love of a woman.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Carl Brisson, Lillian Hall-Davis, Ian Hunter, Forrester Harvey

Votes: 2,925

THE RING is one of only 9 surviving silent films directed by The Master during his rise to prominence in European cinema. This B&W sports drama centers on 2 boxers in love with the same woman who decide to put her up for grabs along with a championship belt in a title fight. The critics were more impressed with Alfred Hitchcock's work as a director than audiences were of the turgid end result.

23. Juno and the Paycock (1930)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

During the Irish Civil War in 1922, a family earns a big inheritance. They start leading a rich life, forgetting what the most important values are.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Sara Allgood, Edward Chapman, Barry Fitzgerald, Maire O'Neill

Votes: 1,931

This B&W 'talkie' from English director Alfred Hitchcock tells a grim tale of poverty briefly lifted from the shoulders of a troubled family who mistakenly believe they have received an inheritance. A clerical error however voids the inheritance leaving the family devastated & shunned. Hard going at times

24. Young and Innocent (1937)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

A man on the run from a murder charge enlists a beautiful stranger who must put herself at risk for his cause.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Nova Pilbeam, Derrick De Marney, Percy Marmont, Edward Rigby

Votes: 7,961

And this is why Alfred Hitchcock is considered The Master. YOUNG AND INNOCENT is a straightforward mystery about a falsely accused man hunting the real killer whose identity is revealed during a gorgeously staged, elaborate shot that handily demonstrates Hitchcock's genius. I kinda wish I loved this more than I do but I don't.

25. Sabotage (1936)

Not Rated | 76 min | Crime, Thriller

A Scotland Yard undercover detective is on the trail of a saboteur who is part of a plot to set off a bomb in London. But when the detective's cover is blown, the plot begins to unravel.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Oskar Homolka, Desmond Tester, John Loder

Votes: 13,579

This Alfred Hitchcock British classic is generally ranked among the best films made in the previous century although it's not aged gracefully imo. Sylvia BEETLEJUICE Sydney is a joy and her lead role earns SABOTAGE an extra star because of it. Sydney plays the unknowing wife of a terrorist who becomes embroiled in an investigation by Scotland Yard. The Master competently directed this loosely based adaption of the novel; THE SECRET AGENT by Joseph Conrad. Filmed in B&W

26. Number 17 (1932)

TV-PG | 66 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A gang of thieves gather at a safe house following a robbery, but a detective is on their trail.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Leon M. Lion, Anne Grey, John Stuart, Donald Calthrop

Votes: 4,206

Bland crime drama based on a popular stage play concerning a group of thieves who hide their stolen loot at a house numbered 17. The only distinguishing thing about NUMBER SEVENTEEN is that is was directed by The Master. Not one of his better works. Filmed in B&W.

27. The Skin Game (1931)

TV-G | 85 min | Drama

An old traditional family and a modern family battle over land in a small English village and almost destroy each other.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Jill Esmond, C.V. France, Helen Haye

Votes: 2,644

THE SKIN GAME was based on a popular stage play and an earlier silent film from 1924. Director Alfred Hitchcock even imported a few of the stars of the 1920s movie to recreate their roles for the 'talkie' version. This moralistic tale is about the tragedy which befalls 2 feuding families in class conscious England. Filmed in B&W

28. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

Not Rated | 75 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A man and his wife receive a clue to an imminent assassination attempt, only to learn that their daughter has been kidnapped to keep them quiet.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Leslie Banks, Edna Best, Peter Lorre, Frank Vosper

Votes: 15,692

This Alfred Hitchcock classic of British cinema is not to be confused with the similarly titled masterpiece starring James Stewart and Doris Day. Both were directed by The Master and both were very loosely connected to a book of short stories by mystery writer C K Chesterton called; THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH. Peter Lorre stars in the stylishly directed tale of espionage & murder. Easily one of the best from Hitchcock's English period. Filmed in B&W

29. The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)

Not Rated | 68 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: June Tripp, Ivor Novello, Marie Ault, Arthur Chesney

Votes: 9,320

This 3rd feature film from director Alfred THE BIRDS Hitchcock was a black and white silent era murder mystery about a suspicious lodger at an English boarding house many suspect of being none other than Jack the Ripper. Hitchcock and his producer clashed bitterly over the final cut and the film was almost never released except for the intervention of a film scholar named Ivor Montagu who mediated and introduced a few minor changes which seemed to satisfy all concerned. Based on the novel by Marie Belloc Lowndes. THE LODGER: A STORY OF THE LONDON FOG was one of 9 surviving silent films made by the director and is in the public domain. Remade in 1932

30. The Phantom Fiend (1932)

Passed | 67 min | Action, Crime, Romance

A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London.

Director: Maurice Elvey | Stars: Ivor Novello, Elizabeth Allan, A.W. Baskcomb, Barbara Everest

Votes: 257

Ivor Rovello; who also starred in Alfred Hitchcock's version in 1927 plays a sinister man in a boarding house the other tenants suspect as being Jack the Ripper. Based on the novel by Marie Belloc Lowndes but rather weakly adapted. Filmed in Black and white. Remade in 1944.

31. The Lodger (1944)

Approved | 84 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A landlady suspects her new lodger is Jack the Ripper.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Laird Cregar, Merle Oberon, George Sanders, Cedric Hardwicke

Votes: 2,852

32. Man in the Attic (1953)

Unrated | 82 min | Mystery, Thriller

After an enigmatic, self-described pathologist rents the attic room of a Victorian house, his landlady begins to suspect her lodger is Jack the Ripper.

Director: Hugo Fregonese | Stars: Jack Palance, Constance Smith, Byron Palmer, Frances Bavier

Votes: 1,217

Argentinian director Hugo THE SECRET OF DR. MABUSE Fregonse helmed this 4rth adaption of the Marie Belloc Lowndes novel THE LODGER which starred Jack CITY SLICKERS Palance as a boarder in a rooming house who may or may not be the notorious Jack the Ripper. Average. Followed by another remake in 2009. Filmed in black and white.

33. Flowers in the Attic (1987)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

25 Metascore

Children are hidden away in the attic by their conspiring mother and grandmother.

Director: Jeffrey Bloom | Stars: Louise Fletcher, Victoria Tennant, Kristy Swanson, Jeb Stuart Adams

Votes: 8,821 | Gross: $15.15M

Jeffrey BLOOD BEACH Bloom listlessly directs this watered-down adaption of the trashy 'brother-humper' FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC by novelist VC Andrews. The book (which was a hyperventilating tale of incest and murder) has been substantially toned down for the movie which focuses more on the peril experienced by 4 children imprisoned in an attic by a sinister bible-spouting grandmother (nicely played by Louise EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC Fletcher). It's an ok film but fans of the novel will feel they didn't get their money's worth. The 2014 remake tackles the material more directly and is preferred gothic viewing. VC Andrews would follow up her best seller with 3 sequels, a prequel and a trilogy based on the secret journals of Christopher Dollanganger.

34. Flowers in the Attic (2014 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 86 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

After the sudden death of their father, four children face cruel treatment from their ruthless grandmother.

Director: Deborah Chow | Stars: Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn, Kiernan Shipka, Mason Dye

Votes: 8,468

One complaint; this Lifetime television movie pulls it's punches. VC Andrews trashy best-seller was adapted less successfully in 1987 but even decades later that problematic issue of incest isn't explored so much as delicately addressed. That said, it's pretty good film. A widowed mother of 4 submits to the indignity of having her children caged in the attic of her fanatical parents mansion as punishment for having brought them into the world. How these children try to stay alive in this increasingly dangerous and unhealthy environment will keep you reasonably glued to your seat. Ellen Burstyn is especially effective as the bible spouting evil grandmother. The network was so pleased by the ratings they commissioned 3 sequel films based on PETALS ON THE WIND, IF THERE BE THORNS & SEEDS OF YESTERDAY. The 5th book in the series (a prequel to FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC) called GARDEN OF SHADOWS has yet to be produced.

35. Petals on the Wind (2014 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 85 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

A decade after Cathy, Christopher, and Carrie escaped from their grandparents' attic at Foxworth Hall, Petals on the Wind continues to follow the twisted plight of the family as they ... See full summary »

Director: Karen Moncrieff | Stars: Heather Graham, Rose McIver, Wyatt Nash, Bailey De Young

Votes: 3,968

Having escaped the imprisonment endured during FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC, Cathy looses the baby she made with her brother Christopher but has another child with her abusive boyfriend and yet another with her mother's lover. Christopher thinks she and her kids should start a family together in California but Cathy wants revenge against her mother and stroke disabled grandmother and she intends to have it. This pot boiling tale of manic behavior and promiscuity should appeal to fans of the gothic flavored novel by VC Andrews. Made for cable TV and followed by IF THERE BE THORNS.

36. If There Be Thorns (2015 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Living together with their loving and happy new family, Christopher and Cathy's past come to haunt them. Their mother Corrine moves in next door.

Director: Nancy Savoca | Stars: Heather Graham, Rachael Carpani, Jason Lewis, Mason Cook

Votes: 1,845

The constantly recast Chris and Cathy Dollanganger have been living quiet lives of incestuous prosperity; raising the children in sin. When a sinister old lady moves next door & begins poisoning the mind of Cathy's son Bart the events of the past begin to spill over into the present. And just why are children's beds in the Dollanganger family attic? This okay adaption of the popular VC Andrews novel sidesteps the campy elements inherent in the book and pretty much manages to keep a straight face. Heather Graham returns to the role of Corrine Dollanganger for the third and final time. Followed by SEEDS OF YESTERDAY

37. Seeds of Yesterday (2015 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 86 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The Sheffield family deals with home truths as their middle child inherits the Foxworth mansion with the family's ghosts ever-looming. The curse lives on and more tragedies are in store.

Director: Shawn Ku | Stars: Rachael Carpani, James Maslow, Jason Lewis, Anthony Konechny

Votes: 1,538

Despite his disgust for his incestuous parents Chris and Cathy Dollanganger & his siblings Jory & Cindy, the heir apparent to Foxworth Hall; Bart Sheffield brings the entire family together where hearts become broken and no one's life or sanity can be considered safe. Bart has become unhinged and fanatical like his great grand mother had been at the time his mother/father/aunts/uncles were imprisoned in the attic. A shameful family secret threatens to repeat itself in this mildly engaging gothic soap opera based on the novel by V.C. Andrews. A 5th book called GARDEN OF SHADOWS was published as a prequel. 3 additional books were published chronicling Christopher's life as a prisoner; CHRISTOPHER'S DIARY: SECRETS OF FOXWORTH, CHRISTOPHER'S DIARY: ECHOES OF DOLLANGANGER and SECRET BROTHER all of which remain unproduced. Lifetime continued adapting Andrews bestsellers to the small screen beginning with DAWN; the 1st film in the Cutler Family Saga.

38. Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

67 Metascore

A disfigured composer sells his soul for the woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, an evil record tycoon betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace, The Paradise.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Paul Williams, William Finley, Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham

Votes: 15,116

Brian CASUALTIES OF WAR de Palma directed this box office flop about a nerdish composer named Winslow (William Finley) whose rock opera is stolen by the eternally youthful CEO of Death Records; Swan (Paul Williams). Winslow is horribly disfigured in a record press & begins haunting the fabulous Paradise Theater which has been a time-honored tradition since the days of Gaston Leroux. In order to keep the peace, Swan agrees to work with Winslow to stage his opera his way with Phoenix (Jessica SUSPIRIA Harper) as the lead singer. But, Swan is planning to kill Phoenix, The Phantom and anyone else who gets in his way so that his new rock star Beef (Garrit Graham) can star. It's basically a satiric mash-up of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, FAUST, THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY and the music industry. Problem is it's not really very funny or scary and although the soundtrack (by Paul Williams) received an Oscar nomination it's not especially good either. It's far from de Palma's best work but has a small, enthusiastic cult of admirers. Former CARRIE star Sissy Spacek was a set decorator.

39. The Fury (1978)

R | 118 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

A former CIA agent uses the talents of a young psychic to help retrieve his telekinetic son from terrorists, who want to use his mental powers for evil.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, Carrie Snodgress, Charles Durning

Votes: 12,555

Immediately after CARRIE, director Brian SISTERS de Palma was hired to direct this adaption of the similarly themed best selling novel by John Farris about two telepathically linked teenagers with phenomenal psychic abilities who are kidnapped by a dangerous organization called Morgue. The leader of Morgue is played by John ROSEMARY'S BABY Cassavetes who is a close friend of the male teenagers father who intends to use the kids as government assassins but to do that he must eliminate Robin's father played by Kirk SATURN 3 Douglas. When it appears Robin's father has been assassinated, Robin becomes schizophrenic and unpredictable. His father enlists the aid of Gillian to help him find his son; her psychic twin in order to restore his sanity and save his life. THE FURY wasn't a hit but it's one hellova movie! You can count the classic set pieces on your fingers and toes. The cast which includes Amy YENTL Irving, Andrew HOLLYWOOD WIVES Stevens and Charles WHEN A STRANGER CALLS Durning is wonderful. John Williams score should also be pointed out as being evocative and thrilling throughout. THE FURY is one of the best and most overlooked horror films of the 70s. Author John Farris would write a series of direct sequels including THE FURY AND THE TERROR, THE FURY AND THE POWER and AVENGING FURY.

40. Dressed to Kill (1980)

R | 104 min | Mystery, Thriller

74 Metascore

A mysterious blonde woman kills one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high-class call girl who witnessed the murder.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon

Votes: 31,918 | Gross: $31.90M

Angie BIG BAD MAMA Dickenson stars as a hot-to-trot housewife who is violently slashed to death after a mid-afternoon hook up. Keith CHRISTINE Gordon is the grieving son determined to solve the murder with the help of prostitute Nancy ROBOCOP Allen who saw it happen. Their attention focuses on Dickenson's shrink played by Michael THE HAND Caine who appears to have a rock-solid alibi. DRESSED TO KILL is a real feather in the cap for director Brian CARRIE de Palma even if it's highly derivative of Alfred Hitchcock's PSYCHO...a claim he denies. Regardless of whether it's a rip-off, it's still a remarkably stylish, arresting thriller that will keep you glued to your seat and guessing. The film was probably too sophisticated for the typical slasher movie fans who ignored it in droves.

41. Blow Out (1981)

R | 108 min | Mystery, Thriller

85 Metascore

A movie sound recordist accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz

Votes: 39,396 | Gross: $13.75M

This is unquestionably one of Brian THE UNTOUCHABLES de Palma's best films and one of his biggest flops. And surprisingly so because it was derivative of the French classic BLOW UP, starred the white hot John SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER Travolta and was honored uniformly with excellent reviews. So what happened?! Nancy ROBOCOP Allen happened. She's terrible and adorable at the same time. Her performance is so broad and over the top she could have been played by a cartoon duck. It helps during that difficult finale that you do care so much her about surviving a political hit but everything up to that moment is undermined whenever the character opens her mouth. Travolta is in top form as the paranoid sound man and 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN's John Lithgow is at his sinister best as an assassin determined to clean up any loose ends including a hooker (Allen) who knows too much. It's a wonderfully suspenseful film and de Palma is at his most impressive. Highly recommended.

42. Scarface (1932)

PG | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An ambitious and nearly insane violent gangster climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but his weaknesses prove to be his downfall.

Directors: Howard Hawks, Richard Rosson | Stars: Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Karen Morley, Osgood Perkins

Votes: 23,587

The American Film Institute named this Howard Hughes produced, Howard (THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD) Hawks directed gangster epic the 6th best ever made. Paul Muni stars as a mobster who rises to power in this violent film which was loosely patterned after the life of Al Capone. Although SCARFACE was filmed in the pre-code era of Hollywood Billy Hays censors took one look at it and demanded radical cuts which resulted in quite different edits depending on the version you watch. Filmed in B&W Remade in 1983 by Brian de Palma.

43. Scarface (1983)

R | 170 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Votes: 685,293 | Gross: $45.60M