I'm sure there's been a thread going about a list of Double Feature, but I figured I'd do this anyhow. I feel that there are many ways films can intersect, and usually when one puts together a Double Feature there is some particular theme, some similarity either on the surface or nuanced between the lines. My list, I'll have to say, surprised me because, I usually keep these on the surface, and I made myself think... This list is comprised of horror and—what I would call—fantasy.
These films together make sense on a subtle level. Carpenter was definitely inspired by the Italian Giallo and most importantly, the style of Argento. If the first seven or so minutes of Halloween keep you on the edge of your seat, the first fifteen of Suspiria will have you Homer-dancing on the floor.
2.Nightmare on Elm Street/ Inception
Ok, so it's a far stretch, but I would say that Inception is a fantasy film. Either way, it deals with dreams, delves into the darkness that we as humans don't always wake up and remember. Nightmare on the other hand, deals with dreams you don't wake up from. Kudos to both films for diving into the subconscious and coming out glorious and daring.
3.The Thing/ Close Encounters of the Third Kind
These two, in theme, could not be farther from each other. And that's why they are on the list together. It's good alien vs bad alien. Bottom line.
4.The Last Circus/ Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Clowns are creepy. In both of these films they are the creepiest. I will eat cotton candy to both, and cry at the end.
The subject of alienation comes to mind. Oh, and both leads are women. While Carrie is about a girl who will not be able to hone her skills until it's too late, May is devilishly good at what she does to the extent of blatant psychosis acted out to the extreme.
6.Texas Chainsaw Massacre/ The Devil's Rejects
Sun. Sun plays a very important factor in both of these films. Can this type of shit really go down during the day? I would say, if it really does, these films prove that its almost scarier that it does.
7.City of the Living Dead/ Prince of Darkness
Both films have priests. Have fun with that.
8.Evil Dead/ House of the Devil
Time... seems... to... fucking... creep... and one would think that would become boring, but it doesn't in either film. I love how time seems to stop. Though the situation in each film is quite different, you really feel the loneliness of the characters.
9.Creepshow/ Tales from the Hood
Two of the best horror anthologies?
Incorporated in both films is the movie goers lair, the place of refuge where we can escape into the conglomeration of all our imaginations without having to deal with them directly, the movie theater. Granted, I wouldn't want to eaten by flesh eaters who come out of the movie screen, or get offed by some random crazed killer, but wouldn't it be a hell of a ride to watch these things on the big screen......