NOT SAFE FOR WORK: 13 Gruesome Decapitations
Evil Dead 2: Everything about this movie screamed humorous, drunken entertainment. Even a head soaring through the air. Or a head pinned in a bench vice, its lips still flapping away. Ash is one groovy son of a bitch, and this is one groovy scene that always stands out in the memory. There isn’t much more that need be said: The Evil Dead films are astounding and boast amazing shots.This just happens to be one of them.
The Omen: I’ll raise a little hellfire here by announcing my abhorrence for this film. It’s okay to hate me, but hear me out. The Omen never worked for me because the story itself felt particularly drawn out, tugged along by a director who failed to recognize that 15 fewer minutes could have elevated an often boring piece (I’m not sorry, dammit; it’s how I feel!) into a highly gratifying slice of celluloid. The downtime between the amazing shots just lasts too damn long, so much so that they steal away from the jolting scenes. And the jolting scenes are unbelievably impressive. The impalement shot is an absolute joy to behold; the sliding glass pane that separates Jennings’ head from his body is just a totally different animal. Shocking, shocking stuff that looks as though it would have been a better fit in an outright exploitation film. For the record, I’m glad it’s in this film, and not just another exploitation film. This was a true highlight.