But the problem still remains that by the time you see it now, you’re going to feel like you’ve seen it before. We all know what happens when a crazy killer calls his victims. We’re used to the close-ups on the victims’ faces. We’re used to the dramatic music and screaming at the characters; “don’t go in there”. But when you watch this, take a moment to acknowledge that this was really the film that streamlined those trends in horror movies.
But is it a good movie? It’s okay, but it’s severely dated and you know what’s going to happen before it even gets going. The acting and production quality is average, but the direction is incredibly impressive given what he had to work with. You’ve seen all of his tricks before, but I’d almost say he does them better than any of his successors. Plus, the POV shaky cam was a creative and cool way to intensify the scenes while at the same time giving a mysterious feel to the film. It gives you a claustrophobic feel that definitely creeps you out at times.
For fans of the film, I think you owe it to yourself to check this one out on Blu-ray. I remember catching it on cable many years ago and that transfer was horrible. The DVD was just as bad, to the point the film was almost unwatchable. But they’ve done a relatively nice job with the Blu-ray.
Midnight Q&A (20:19): This appears to be a Q&A after a special screening of the film, presumably of the remastered version. The questions are pretty decent and Bob Clark answers them with some good detail. You won’t get anything too juicy, but he does address some questions that a lot of people have about the film.
Interviews with Olivia Hussey, Keith Dullea and Margot Kidder (63:08): Everyone gives a great and candid interview. No one gives the “best movie ever” type of interview you expect from these kind of features. They were honest and open with their lives and their parts in the film. Margot Kidder was especially good in her interview and you can tell she had a lot of stuff to say, but held back. Either way, I enjoyed these interviews.
There are also some Previews and some Hidden Sound Bites which actually change the film a little bit.
There are some Previews