Bunny Lake is Missing (1965)
Director: Otto Preminger
Main Stars: Keir Dullea, Carol Lynley, Laurence Olivier
Storyline: A woman reports her daughter is missing but there is evidence that she ever existed
Review (Spoils): Anne Lake (Carol Lynley) moves to England with her daughter Bunny. She goes to pick her up after school and finds out nobody have seen or heard of Bunny. The police force of England cannot even find a record of the little girl and start to question Anne’s sanity. Even when the police question Anne’s brother (Keir Dullea) claims Bunny never existed but possibly was an imaginary friend when Anne was young.
This film is a great mind game, she Anne nuts or not is the question through the whole film. This leads to the twisted truth of the Lake family. This film plays the Alfred Hitchcock type feel. Not over haunting but spooky in the way the mind works.
Rating: Need a chance in your horror diet this one creepy film. Do not expect gore, monsters, ghosts or even jumps instead it leads in the mystery of the mind much like What Ever Happened to Baby Jane…?
Black Christmas (1974)
Director: Bob Clark
Main Stars: Oliva Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, John Saxon
Storyline: A sorority house of women is being stalked by a man who makes frightening calls and then slowly one by one murders them over the Christmas break.
Review (Spoils): When a stranger calls and freaks people out this is the film that I think top it’s off. We have a house full of women who are leaving for the Christmas holidays except for few left behind we have geeky Phyl (Andrea Martin), the drunk party girl Barb (Margot Kidder)and the beautiful and lovely Jess (Oliva Hussey). The film has lots of obscene phone calls to the house (the strange boy sound is great and eerie), the classic bag over the head, axe swings and the terrifying attic. Oliva Hussey steals the film when it came to acting in this film as she plays the innocent Jess who is secretly pregnant and her boyfriend Peter (Keir Dullea )does not like the idea of giving it up. Margot Kidder also did an amazing job playing up her character that might have resembled her real self at one time. The killer is film is just awesome and you can feel the crazy in his actions and the scene with the door and the eye is just classic.
Rating: This to me is the best Christmas horror film of all time and outside of that it is a great slasher film. Too bad it did not get the credit it deserves. Oliva Hussey is an amazing actress and it was too bad she did not continue to become a more important scream queen in the horror industry. Skip the remake and drink to this one!