Barry Levinson, director of such modern American classics as “Diner,” “The Natural” and “Rain Man,” makes a surprising venture into the horror realm with “The Bay,” an unnerving fright fest about a coastal July 4 celebration that goes horribly wrong. Since this is such a departure for Levinson, we were curious to find out what his five favorite horror movies were. Here is his list, in his own words:
v “The Exorcist” (1973): “The Exorcist” has some gutsy filmmaking. It’s not trying to have fun with the horror like a lot of the films of today. It suggests that this very well could have happened.
v “Frankenstein” (1931): Great design for a monster. Classical form. And one of the great understated scenes of tension when the monster comes upon a very young girl. She accepts him without question. And we just wait for something terrible to happen.
v “Diabolique” (1955): The 1950s French film directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. As far as I know, no one was doing horror/thriller with as much originality as this film. This film has some fantastic imagery and incredible psychological tension.
v “Psycho” (1960): Again, all the great horror movies remain great because they did something outside the box. Killing a movie star as big as Janet Leigh was unheard of. Nobody did that. And to do it in the shower like that. Its now become an iconic moment (I actually made a good deal of fun of it in “High Anxiety”), but I remember my mouth kind of dropping when I saw it.
v “Let the Right One In” (2008): I don’t know if I would label this one strictly horror, but it certainly is terrifying. Shot against a cold, icy landscape, it’s as much a love story between the two children as it is vampire film.
“black girls rock 2012” (7 p.m., bet): Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King team up to host “Black Girls Rock 2012,” the star-studded gala that celebrates exceptional women of color. Performers include Brandy, Keyshia Cole, Ciara and others.
“SEAL Team Six: THE RAID ON OSAMA BIN LADEN” (8 P.M., NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC): “SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden” weaves interviews with archival footage to recount the mission that took down the notorious terrorist leader.
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