Magazine article Sunset

Movies: Scary West

Magazine article Sunset

Movies: Scary West

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A filmmaker doesn't need a particularly overactive imagination to recognize that the West is a place where anything can happen--the good, the bad, and the scary. From the early days of filmmaking up until the present, our hills, dales, shady woods, and temperamental shores have provided the backdrop for many a hair-raising caper. Here are a few of our favorites, featuring a strong sense of place, that are memorable for either camp appeal, bizarro sci-fi high jinks, or flat-out nail-biting thrills.--A.A.

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THE MOVIE        THE SETTING                  THE THRILLS

The Birds        The everyone-knows-everyone  A wealthy socialite (Tippi
(1963) Rating:   hamlet of Bodega Bay,        Hedren) plays a rather
PG-13            California, where gossip     complicated practical joke
****#            spreads faster than those    in the name of flirting,
                 irritable birds can fly.     incurring avian wrath in
                                              the process.
Planet of the    Malibu Creek State Park,     Astronaut George Taylor
Apes (1968)      near L.A. (Ape City); Page,  (Charlton Heston) finds
Rating: G        Arizona (desert scenes);     the tables turned when he
**###            Westward Beach, near Malibu  crash-lands on a planet
                 (the famed ending).          where advanced apes rule
                                              over primitive humans.
The Ring         The gray weather and sodden  People are mysteriously
(2002) Rating:   trees and landscape of       dying a week after
PG-13            Seattle and Puget Sound. … 
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