View Full Version : Best DePalma Film

09-07-2002, 08:09 AM
Brian DePalma has made some great horror films over the years, but there has got to be a single film that stands out as his best...so what is it going to be?

09-07-2002, 08:23 AM
damn, as much as i love Dressed to Kill, i had to go with the all time great Scarface as my pick ..... that movie is just so amazing

09-07-2002, 08:26 AM
DePalma has made some truly great films, but I've always thought that SISTERS is his best film, so I obviously voted for it. It is a brilliant psychological horror film, and I think it deserves more respect than it gets!

09-09-2002, 04:18 PM
Gotta show love to "The Untouchables"!

09-09-2002, 08:05 PM
My favorite is “Blow Out”. A really fantastic movie that doesn’t seem to get the recognition it deserves.

09-09-2002, 11:51 PM
Gotta go with Scarface! "Jew wanna fuck wit me mang?!?"
No votes for Mission To Mars? How can this be?:D

Joel Groce
09-10-2002, 08:39 AM
I would prob. have to go with "Sisters" with "Blow Out" coming in close behind!

Snake Plissken
09-10-2002, 09:20 AM
Best Brian DePalma horror film....... Carrie!

Best Brian DePalma film in general....... The Untouchables!

09-11-2002, 07:21 PM
I had to go with Scarface. There's just a certain quality to that film that makes me love every second of it. But Carrie and Carlito's Way were close seconds.

09-14-2002, 02:07 AM
There are a few De Palma films that I thought would have been much better had they had a different cast. I would have liked Snake Eyes but Nic Cage performance was really weak, IMHO. Mission Impossible could have been better also but Tom Cruise its hard for me to see Tom Cruise as a super spy badass.

Derrick Howes
09-14-2002, 09:54 AM
CASUALTIES OF WAR. The film has no faults, the acting is strong, as are the direction, screenplay, cinematography and the Ennio Morricone score is one of his finest.

09-14-2002, 11:59 AM
Even tho I really love CARRIE I Had to vote for DRESSED TO KILL, a classy and sexy thriller. Provoking and unsettling. One of his best ever.

09-19-2002, 12:07 AM
I love DePalma and had the pleasure of meeting him just last week!! I find it tough to choose between my four favorites which are CARRIE, DRESSED TO KILL, BLOW OUT and BODY DOUBLE. I went with Carrie because it's the one I've rewatched the most. Great poll.

09-20-2002, 07:22 AM


I had to go with this as I've been reading alot of Bret Easton Ellis, and this was Patrick Bateman's favorite film. Its easy to see why, this was a nice piece of bloody mayhem, and I also can understand why Ellis would identify with it.

bwana the clown
09-20-2002, 09:51 AM
Damn, this was a hard one to pick! I love so many of those movies, but I'm going for The Untouchables.

Phantom Of The Paradise would come an awful close second.

04-13-2003, 10:27 AM
Carrie, with Phantom of the Paradise, Body Double, Blow Out, Dressed to Kill, and Sisters not far behind.

04-13-2003, 05:39 PM
For me it is a very close call between BLOW OUT and CARRIE. I have an affinity for both films, but I guess his most realized and overall best work is CARRIE. BLOW OUT though is damn ambitious, and I still cannot get over the brutal ending that it has.

04-14-2003, 01:32 AM

sorry i got a little excited.

The Chaostar
04-15-2003, 07:12 PM
I had to chose between Blow out, Carlito's Way and Dressed To Kill. Voted for Carlito. it is by far the best thing he ever did, from a cinematic point of view.

hell ya!
04-16-2003, 06:30 PM
Originally posted by DefJeff
damn, as much as i love Dressed to Kill, i had to go with the all time great Scarface as my pick ..... that movie is just so amazing

My thoughts exactly:banana:

04-19-2003, 02:14 AM
The Untouchables would be my first choice.. Carrie my second.

04-19-2003, 05:45 PM
I can't believe no one else voted for "Phantom of the Paradise"! What a wickedly fun movie!

05-28-2003, 02:01 AM
Thought I'd revive this Poll because I just saw Phantom of the Paradise recently. It was pretty decent, but it's certainly no Sisters. Still, it's always a pleasure to see the lovely Jessica Harper in anything.

On another note, Femme Fatale is DePalma's second best film IMO, yet its not on the poll. How about adding it, Rhett? :)

05-30-2003, 09:07 PM
Scarface. I didnt even know he directed Mission: Impossible and The Untouchables, damn I'm stupid sometimes.

DVD Connoisseur
05-31-2003, 02:46 AM
Mission: Impossible - I've seen it countless times and still love it to bits. Tough call, though. This guy's made some very good movies....

05-31-2003, 05:59 AM
I love Blow Out, Carrie, and Phantom Of The Paradise, but I would have to say that my all time favorite and most watched DePalma movie is.... SCARFACE! I just LOVE that movie. :D

slasher vorhees
05-31-2003, 06:56 PM
I voted for Snake Eyes although Mission to Mars is real good too.

06-09-2003, 01:35 AM
scarface hands down

06-15-2003, 06:03 PM
Where is Femme Fatale? It's his best "gets-better-every-time-you-see-it" film ... even though he's done a lot of films that are just perfect on first viewing. Like Dressed to Kill, which got my vote :)

But I also love Raising Cain. It's my guilty pleasure.

06-15-2003, 09:08 PM
Femme Fatale wasn't on this list because I made the poll last September. I've added it now though.

Glad you liked PHANTOM, Justin. A very different film, and highly original. DePalma deserves credit just for having the balls to make a film that crazy.

I saw CARLITO'S WAY not too long ago, and while I really liked it, I thought it set itself up too much for comparison with the far better SCARFACE. The ending is fantastic, definitely something that DePalma gets away with despite revealing it right at the start. Still though, as far as his non-horror works go, nothing beats SCARFACE.

02-25-2004, 02:49 AM
Eh, My feelings as of late have changed obviously. I feel his best film now is Body Double.

02-26-2004, 12:04 PM
Allthough I like a whole lot of his movies, my favorite is definately The Fury. I love it's pace and atmoshpere. My second favorite is probably Obsession, what a classy and beautifull movie that is.

06-30-2005, 03:12 AM
Dressed To Kill

06-30-2005, 03:42 AM
Went with Carrie, though I also love Sisters, Dressed to Kill, Blow-Out, and (to a lesser degree Body Double).

06-30-2005, 04:03 AM
I haven't seen a whole lot of DePalma... I just bought Sisters the other day for $1.99 at the grocery store, and its the Criterion VHS. But I have yet to watch it.

I went with Blow Out.

Erick H.
06-30-2005, 07:02 AM
I'm a big fan,I especially like his 70's-80's output.It's a really tough call for me,but I went with the underated SISTERS,with THE FURY and BLOW OUT on it's heels.

06-30-2005, 02:45 PM
Had to go with Sisters.

06-30-2005, 05:09 PM

07-01-2005, 01:25 AM
I voted for Carrie even though I also really liked The Untouchables, Casualties of War, and Scarface.

07-01-2005, 06:23 AM
Blow Out... with The Fury and Scarface close behind.

07-01-2005, 01:35 PM
I went with Scarface, but I'm a HUGE De Palma fan who enjoys every single one of his movies and believe Carlito's Way & Snake Eyes are great films for several raesons.

07-06-2005, 11:26 PM
Lots to choose from but my favorite is Dressed To Kill.

07-07-2005, 02:24 PM
Casualties of War.

At least for once De palma had the confidence in his ability to stop copying Hitchcock.

07-08-2005, 06:50 AM
Carrie. One of the greatest movies ever and book for that matter

07-08-2005, 08:43 AM
Blow Out - the first De Palma movie I ever saw and the one that got me hooked.

Followed by Dressed to Kill, Carrie and Body Double.

I don't understand why many critics are so horrible to him, often accusing him of ripping off Hitchcock. I love Hitchcock AND De Palma, and I think De Palma often complements Hitchcock in his homages. Now why do the critics have no problem using the word "homage" in reference to other directors, but if it's De Palma they're talking about, they call it plagiarism?