31 Days of Horror: A Compilation of My Favorite Horror Films. Day 23: The Ninth Gate


The Ninth Gate (1999)

Why I love it:

  • It’s not really a horror movie, but a suspense/thriller. However, it still made my list due to the plot which centers on a rare book dealer who has been hired by professor Boris Balkan to authenticate a book that is believed to summon the devil. 
  • Johnny Depp plays the main character, Dean Corso and he does a good job of portraying a sleazy book dealer.
  • The people who are after the book are wealthy a la Eyes Wide Shut and it touches on the notion that there are secret satanic societies that exist among the elite. 
  • It’s a movie about occult books and I love occult books. 
  • The movie is filmed in various places in Europe which gives it both a romantic and mysterious appeal.
  • It was produced, directed and co-written by that little goblin, Roman Polanski. Polanski brought us his first satanic-themed film, Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and his wife was Sharon Tate, one of the victims of the infamous Manson murders. Polanski has been involved in a number of questionable circumstances which causes me to suspect him of belonging to one of these satanic secret societies. He sure knows a lot about these sinister groups it seems. 
  • The scene where Corso finds his dead book dealing business partner in the form of the Tarot’s Hanged Man. 
  • The scene where Corso finds the Baroness Kessler dead in the wheelchair with her tongue hanging out. The part where her wheelchair goes speeding into the flames is hilarious. 
  • The scene where Boris Balkan crashes the satanic ceremony.
  • The scene where Balkan tries to open the 9th gate to achieve invincibility and immortality, but to his chagrin, he only manages to achieve self-immolation. 





31 Days of Horror: A Compilation of My Favorite Horror Films. Day 4: The Believers

The Believers

Day 4: The Believers (1987)

Why I love it:

  • It’s a combination of horror, suspense and psychological thriller all rolled up into one.
  • The plot is essentially about a cult that engages in the ritual sacrifice of children in exchange for wealth and power.
  • The prominent use of black magic–namely a particular brand of African juju.
  • The religion of Santeria is prominently featured as a combative force against the black magic being used. 
  • The plot is steeped in truth: According to reports, there are people in the upper echelons of society that practice ritual sacrifice in exchange for wealth and power (i.e. Illuminati).
  • The special effects and make up are pretty good for an 80’s film. 
  • The trailer scared the crap out of me when I was a kid which for me, meant it was a must-see. 
  • There’s a nice twist at the climax of the film which will make you question how well you know your friends and loved ones.

The Believers spirit man