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Saturday, October 30, 2010

31 More Days Of October Terror: 10/30

Day-thirty (Halloween eve!)

The Tenant
From Paramount Pictures
Original Theatrical Release Date: June 11th, 1976

The Tenant is my favorite Roman Polanski film. Even more than the unsettling Rosemary's Baby, this picture packed more of a wallop for me. Like the best of his work, this film dives deep into the realms of paranoia, and here he himself stars as a man who is unraveled by it's mystery. What I also really dig about the film is it's utter defiance in being a straightforward genre piece. As Polanski is covering themes he's dealt with before, he's freed himself up to take them in very strange places.

Through all the horror and sense of impending doom there's also a current of comedy. And as pitch black as the comedy is, it really gives the film another level to play on. Polanski never lets the film become so somber or so grim we're we can't have any fun with it. He hooks you in and takes you on a sometimes very bizarre, but also appropriately dark and enjoyable ride. Plus the film co-stars the ever hot Isabelle Adjani. You can't go wrong there.

One of the scariest moments ever in film history... Roman Polanski in drag


Maynard Morrissey said...

One of the greatest movies ever made, still a bit underrated

Cinema Du Meep said...

I agree... I think it constantly gets eclipsed by Rosemary's Baby. Both are rather terrifying in their own ways.

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