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The Dreadful Ten: Top 10 Horrors We’d Like To See in 3D, Part 2!Fearful Features,Movies/TV,News Ken W. Hanley
Six months ago, FANGORIA posted an edition of our beloved Dreadful Ten column focusing on the fright flicks we would most want to see in 3D, if ever given the chance. And while post-conversion 3D has a bad name among the horror community, the process can be used for good or can even enhance the experience, especially in the cases of JURASSIC PARK or PREDATOR. Hell, in Europe, it’s nearly routine for classic genre titles to get 3D Blu-ray rereleases! Therefore, we decided to add another batch of terror titles that this writer would love to see in the third dimension, whether it be for their incredible FX make-up or cinematography that is begging for the increased depth…
- FROM DUSK TILL DAWN
While GRINDHOUSE nearly made it to the top of our last 3-D list, another Rodriguez/Tarantino mash-up leads off our new Dreadful Ten, and rightfully so. With Richie’s head-trips, the intense opening stand-off and the entire last half of the film, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN would be an awesome experience if given the immersive visual treatment. And what fright fan wouldn’t mind seeing Santanico Pandemonium’s unforgettable and sultry dance in 3-D?
- NIGHTBREED: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT
Who wouldn’t want to spend a two hour trip inside a world of monsters and mayhem, especially that from the mind of Clive Barker? NIGHTBREED: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT is seemingly perfect for a 3-D conversion, adding a sense of terrifying intimacy to Decker’s attacks as well as more depth to Midian itself. Even the natural cinematography on display frequently offers images that would feel organically striking in a 3-D presentation!
- Francis Ford Coppola’s DRACULA
Known for all of the amazing in-camera effects captured by Coppola & Co., just imagine Coppola’s lavish and classical world of DRACULA in 3-D. In fact, by adding that extra dimension of depth, the film would not only be more befitting of one’s senses, but the already-scary film would likely get even more frightening.
- THIR13EN GHOSTS
A guilty pleasure among many horror hounds, this remake would have been perfect in 3-D had it been released a decade later. The spacious cinematography, layered production design and the presentation of the ghosts are merely visual reason enough, but compound that with the William Castle origins of the film and THIR13EN GHOSTS could have been a stupendous 3-D creepshow.
- NIGHT OF THE CREEPS
How would NIGHT OF THE CREEPS improve in 3D? Actually, in almost every respect: the space opening, the B&W prologue, the in-your-face FX shots and the pulp-inspired cinematography would all work in the third dimension. And then there’s Tom freakin’ Atkins, who only becomes more badass in 3D; just ask Patrick Lussier & Todd Farmer!
- A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
The nightmares? Freddy Krueger? The bloody kill scenes? Wes Craven’s defining horror film may not have been shot in 3D, but it’s nearly shot for the format, considering the incredible use of depth throughout. And considering Craven had the film shot in a more surreal fashion than most fright flicks, the immersive experience could become all the more mind-bending.
While Argento’s SUSPIRIA wound up on the last list’s honorable mentions, there’s no denying the Italian horror master’s obsession with changing perspectives and incredible visuals would play incredibly well in 3D. At the very least, a 3D Argento film would almost be worth the conversion for the mere fascination factor of it all. After all, who wouldn’t want to dig deeper into INFERNO’s fantastic realm of murder, witchcraft and nightmarish surprises?
- THE DESCENT
This one is a no-brainer. What’s more claustrophobic than THE DESCENT? Finding yourself inside that world a little deeper, making the experience more intimate and dread-inducing.
With an incredible practically-achieved monster and tons of in-your-face visuals, Stan Winston’s directorial effort would make for a frightening 3D experience. The world built in PUMPKINHEAD feels so real and engrossing even before the titular terror hits the screen, and there’s a real sense of depth inside every rural setting throughout the film.
- BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
Though many Universal Horror films could vie for the #1 spot, including (ironically enough) THE INVISIBLE MAN, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN has some of the most haunting visuals in horror cinema history. And James Whale plays with depth and cinematography throughout the film much more experimentally than he did with its predecessor; just imagine Pretorius’ little people in 3D, or the myriad close-ups that feel as if they pop out from the screen as-is.
And now, here are some honorable mentions who unfortunately didn’t quite make the cut…
Romero in 3D: DAWN OF THE DEAD / DAY OF THE DEAD
With DAWN OF THE DEAD already impressing audiences across the Atlantic with its European 3D re-release, one imagines how well DAY OF THE DEAD could play with a similar post-conversion treatment.
Hooper in 3D : THE FUNHOUSE / INVADERS FROM MARS
Tobe Hooper’s colorful, chaotic stylings made our honorable mentions last time around, yet much more of the filmmaker’s oeuvre deserves to be seen in the third dimension as well.
3D Remakes: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS ‘86 / THE BLOB ‘88
With state-of-the-art FX and classically-informed storytelling techniques, these films could really grab the audience in a completely new way and never let go if presented in 3D.
‘80s Horror in 3D: THE LOST BOYS / CHRISTINE
Both films that are punctuated with stunning cinematography, the imaginative worlds of THE LOST BOYS and CHRISTINE would definitely be worth exploring if offered in 3D.
Sci-Fi Horror in 3D: CUBE / HARDWARE
Gorgeous, clever and brilliantly shot, both CUBE and HARDWARE are scary sci-fi flicks that would feel utterly immersive if given a 3D HD rerelease.