Greetings Insomniacs! Welcome to the Tuesday Top 3! Just about every week I count down my top three movies, characters, or something that equals three. We’ve covered Apes and Bugs so far! This time around Cult movies! And by that, I mean devil cults. This is one of, to me, the scariest subgenres of the horror world. Because these things exist! Maybe not quite to the extreme of these movies but they are out there! Let’s see what three scare me the most…
- ROSEMARY’S BABY
Now, I am betting some of you are saying, “Why isn’t this number 1?” I am actually a late bloomer for Rosemary’s Baby. I remember it being on when I was kid, and thought it was too long and boring. I wanted monsters back then. And a slower developing story was just over my head. As an adult, I finally sat down and watched it. It had been a few viewings now and it is chilling.
The story is so creepy! Rosemary and her husband move into their new apartment. Rosemary finds herself pregnant. Her husband starts getting all these cool offers. And the other tenants in the building make this movie so much fun. I think the reveal at the end feels a touch out of place with the rest of the film but it is a lot of fun. It’s neat watching Rosemary slowly peel back the layers of her new life, and the horror that she finds herself in. Mia Farrow leads an all star cast. This movie grows up me more each time.
- THE SEVENTH VICTIM
This one might not be as well-known as the other films on the list but it still leaves chilled. I do not know if it is because of the movie or the events surrounding it. It’s a 1943 horror noir film released by RKO. Val Lewton produced it. It’s an eerie film. Jean Brooks plays Jacqueline a young missing woman. Her sister comes searching for her and discovers that she is captive of a cult. She reveals the cult after she is saved, and the cult condemn her to death, being the seventh victim to do so. It’s actually a pretty dark and depressing movie compared to some other ones that I have seen from that time.
Charles O’Neal who co-wrote the script based it on a satanic society he had met in New York City. The story of Jean Brooks is a sad one. She had appeared in many films for RKO. That came to an end after a series of drunken public appearances. She made her last film in 1948. She fell into a state of alcoholism and passed away at the age of 47 in 1963. She was great in this film but totally disappeared by 1948. For years, no one even knew what her fate was. This actually mirrors some of the movie, and Jean’s character towards the end of the movie. Still a dark, eerie movie to watch.
- RACE WITH THE DEVIL
That brings us to this week’s number 1. And it is a dozy! Not only is this a great drive-in thrill ride, but the story keeps you in your seat, the edge of it! We have some folks camping in their RV and one night they see a cult sacrifice not far from where their RV is parked. They are discovered and spend the rest of the film trying to escape the cultists. Peter Fonda leads a great cast. I had seen this for the first time as part of the Secret Cinema group I was a part of on Yahoo, and the movie just blew me away. This was my introduction to great 70s drive-in fun. And what a tagline, “When you race with the devil, you better be faster than Hell!” Love it!
And the cultists will stop at nothing to get them! Motorcycles, climbing on the RV! Old folks at the different camping spots! It’s just crazy. You don’t know who to trust and everything just goes to hell, literally! The ending is by far one of my favorites, and leaves you with a chill up your spine. I would love to actually see this at a drive-in and I am putting the call out there to all the drive-ins left, get this movie to play this summer! We do a lot of camping. And the night that they see the sacrifice reminds me of nights we’ve had sitting around the fire and talking. Who knows who is at the next site over, and what are they doing?
That’s it for this week’s Top 3! Next time around we will be looking at my top 3 Dinosaur movie picks! Start thinking about yours! As always, thanks for taking the drive-in wherever you are!
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