I did my top 20 horror and SF films last year, and found doing the lists to be more fun than expected, so in a massive bit of logic here’s my top 20 films adapted or inspired from comics. I need to point out I mean comics, not ‘superhero comics’ which is a lazy, and incorrect way to describe a wonderfully varied medium and it’d also cut out some bloody good films!
Number 13 is unlucky for some in David Cronenberg’s adaption of A History of Violence, based upon John Wagner and Vince Locke’s comic of the same name.
A History of Violence is a hard film to watch if you’re the sort of person who believes violence solves nothing, or the person who thinks violence is a short cut to making things work. As a film it forces you, the viewer, to think and consider your own opinions so unlike a lot of films on this list where good and evil are drawn in large sweeping strokes, A History of Violence tells it’s story in small movements with the occasional sharp explosion of violence.
It’s an astounding film with any number of fantastic performances, especially from Viggo Mortensen and Maria Bello as the couple central to the entire story, with a special word for a blinding Ed Harris performance. Also, Cronenberg is at the height of his game here as he makes events unfold with an increasing cold horror which is simply splendid. I’ve not went into plot, because frankly, this is a film best seen with as little prior knowledge as possible but be warned, it is brutal and it is violent but it’s a hugely rewarding film not to mention one which shows comics can inspire films which aren’t men in rubber outfits hitting each other.
On the subject of men in outfits hitting each other, next time it’s a kicking and a half..