Harry and the Hendersons
dir: William Dear
scr: William Dear and Bill Martin & Ezra D. Rappaport
Oscar Winner: Best Makeup
Family finds sasquatch and takes him home. Works in its own wacky family-friendly comedy way. Brilliant casting: John Lithgow in Lithgow mode, of course; Melinda Dillon as a deadpan-irked but also devoted wife and mom, duh; but a pre-Poirot David Suchet as a French bigfoot hunter?! GENIUS! Impressive makeup effects aid in Kevin Peter Hall's sweet execution of the titular Harry. I love a movie that knows what it is and embraces it.
The Lost Boys, Prince of Darkness, and more - after the jump.....
dir: Kathryn Bigelow
scr: Kathryn Bigelow and Eric Red
The Monster Squad
dir: Fred Dekker
scr: Shane Black & Fred Dekker
dir: Jackie Kong
scr: Michael Sonye
dir: Jack Sholder
scr: Jim Kouf (writing as Bob Hunt)
House II: The Second Story
dir: Ethan Wiley
scr: Ethan Wiley, inspired by an original story by Fred Dekker
Prince of Darkness
dir/scr: John Carpenter (writing as Martin Quatermass)
Priest, physicists, and researchers investigate a mysterious cylinder whose contents could mean the end of the world. Upsetting throughout, a bleak meditation on the powerlessness of both faith and science to fully confront Evil. A sprawling cast, maybe too much so - the number of people who go off alone, then go off alone to look for the person who went off alone, is...a lot. Yet Carpenter gets away with it, not just because of his expert handling of atmosphere, suspense, and disturbing images, but because of the depth of the work, the questions raised, the debates held between Victor Wong and Donald Pleasence.
dir: Gary Goddard
scr: David Odell
He-Man, stuck on Earth, must return to Eternia to save it from Skeletor. Introduces more characters than it knows what to do with. Makeup, costumes, sets: a hoot, impressive in scale, imagination, execution. I didn't mind it.
The Lost Boys
dir: Joel Schumacher
scr: Janice Fischer & James Jeremias and Jeffrey Boam, story by Janice Fischer & James Jeremias
Brothers discover their new hometown is a haven for vampires. I love this movie, from the groovy ponytail saxophone man on the pier to the pot-loving grandpa, from Edward Herrmann's awful suits to the candle-lit vampire lair. Zeroes in on sibling dynamics without sacrificing depth of the mother - thanks be to Dianne Wiest! Great soundtrack, score.