Posts Tagged ‘horror’

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#8: Saw

January 14, 2011

Yeah, so somehow I managed to see the third one, but never saw the movie that started it all!

So what’s it about?: Two strangers wake up on opposite sides a room, padlocked to pipes, and a dead guy in the middle of the floor.   As the two set out to play the game they’ve been forced into by an unknown outside party known only as the Jigsaw killer, chaos ensues.

The Good: Okay, so this film is actually not horrible.  The idea of such a creative serial killer who gives his victims a chance to fight for an escape is actually kind of cool.

The Bad: Well, sure, the acting is over-the-top, but that’s to be expected.  My biggest qualm was that the coolest things about this franchise are the traps, and there really aren’t many in this film!  Though that does give the movie a plot instead, which is definitely better in the long run.  Ah well, the price we pay for a story.

The Verdict: As far as slasher films go, this is actually okay.  It’s not scary, it won’t stick with you, but it will entertain you with enough blood and gore and thrills for a whole 90 minutes without you groaning over how intensely bad the production is.

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#74: Daybreakers

March 8, 2010

So what’s it about?: In a world run by vampires, humans are an endangered species, causing a mass food shortage and ensuing chaos.

The Good: In a world where vampires have become brooding sparkle fairies it’s nice to see them return to their ruthless blood sucking roots.  And this was not a bad film by any means.  It looked cool and the story was cool and the gore was cool.  And while it definitely could have easily gone down that direction, the climax did not depend on any developing romance, which was refreshing.

The Bad: Maybe a little over dramatic at times, and maybe a little funny at times when it shouldn’t have been.  But for a January film it was everything it needed to be: entertaining and original enough.  Too bad the poster is lame.

The Verdict: For any fan of vampires, this is a must see.

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#70: Psycho

December 22, 2009

It turns out with all this movie theater going I’ve been doing recently (and who can blame me, it’s Awards Season!) I have neglected the fact that there is still a plethora of classic movies out there that I have never even watched.  And upon a recent realization that I’ve never seen an entire Alfred Hitchcock film, I figured that fact needed to change immediately!

So what’s it about?: A woman on the run after stealing $40,000 decides to check into The Bates Motel where some chaos ensues.

The Good: This movie is suspenseful as soon as the credits start and the creepy score is cued.  The shots were beautifully done, the story well formulated, and the acting was spot on.  Plus, any movie that can be suspenseful even when I know how it ends is good in my book.  Bonus points for Norman Bates being the cutest, most unassuming psycho killer of all time.  No one would have suspected him of anything, and that made it all the more scary.  And may I add that after watching this and The Haunting I’ve come to the conclusion that all horror movies should be filmed in black and white.  The shadows and lighting add a whole new level of scary and preys on a universal fear of the dark, when our eyes only see black and white.

The Bad: Frankly, despite the fact that it is wonderfully shot, the famous shower scene is, well, kind of laughable.  I mean, they did well with their limitations, but the should have done less.  Frankly, if a woman is stabbed multiple times in the back and slides down the shower wall, the wall is not going to remain white!  And I’m not saying it needed more gore (the cleanliness of the scene was almost refreshing in a sense) but the shots just needed to be retooled so there was no need for gore.

The Verdict: If you haven’t seen this, don’t put it off like I did and go watch it (it’s streaming on Netflix)!  This is a classic for a reason, and it’s a classic that stands the test of time (unlike the now laughable Exorcist).

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#54: The Haunting

December 15, 2009

As one of two people who actually enjoyed the remake, I figured I should check out why everyone thought it sucked by viewing the source material.

So what’s it about?: A group of “researchers” move into a haunted house in an attempt to prove the supernatural.  Subsequent supernatural chaos ensues.

The Good: WOW.  Okay, I understand now.  This movie is hands down a classic of horror.  So simple, yet in its simplicity it is truly suspenseful and maintains a grasp hold on that suspense without ever having to show anything.  And the cinematography and design of this movie is just so perfectly creepy, especially the use of mirrors.

The Bad: Okay, as with all older movies, some parts just come across outdated and a bit cheesy.  And this movie def has a couple of those moments.  And the main character’s inner monologues were just annoying and useless.

The Good: Worth seeing, especially for any self-respecting fan of the horror genre.

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#49: Killer Klowns from Outer Space

November 19, 2009

So some colleagues of mine were talking about this crazy movie at work, at it sounded like a barrel of laughs, so I figured I should probably watch it.

So what’s it about?: Killer Klowns land in their circus tent space ship and ensue ultra campy chaos.

The Good: Hahaha, this movie is HILARIOUS!  A little on the creepy side, especially if you have a clown phobia, but honestly how scary are clowns that wrap you up in cotton candy and drink you through a crazy straw?  Really, though, this movie is a golden B horror flick.  And bonus points for a kick ass theme song.

The Bad: Well, the script and the acting are pretty laughable, but honestly that’s part of the fun!

The Verdict: It’s the Snakes on a Plane of the 80s, only better.

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#43: 28 Days Later…

November 3, 2009

28dayslaterEven after my Halloween movie fest, I wasn’t satiated of the hunger for blood, guts, and screams, so I decided to watch this might-be-a-zombie film.

So what’s it about?: A man wakes up alone 28 days after a possibly zombie apocalypse.  As he attempts to survive and figure out what the hell happen, chaos ensues.

The Good: This is a really good film.  It’s not scream your head off scary, and you’ll be able to sleep at night, but it’s a really creepy film.  The acting is superb (btw, what the hell happened to Cillian Murphy?).  The writing is good enough to where the scenes are entirely realistic and heart-stopping.  And the film was shot beautifully.  WOW.  And this movie officially cemented Danny Boyle as one of my fav directors.

The Bad: Well, um, the only bad thing is this movie is categorized as a zombie film.  Okay… NOT a zombie film.  The Infected are in no way reanimated corpses, nor do you need to destroy the brain to kill them, nor do they seem in anyway as mindless as true zombies.  In fact, they’re more like vampires than zombies.

The Verdict: Watch this movie.  It’s a good movie, it’s not too scary, and it’ll make you think.  Can’t wait to get my hands on 28 Weeks Later…

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#42: Interview with a Vampire

November 1, 2009

interviewwithavampireAnd, finally, to end my Halloween scare-athon, I had to turn to the most overused monster of today: the vampire!

So what’s it about?: A 200 year-old vampire recounts his tale of his travels and ensuing chaos.

The Good: Kirsten Dunst was freaking amazing as the child vampire.  In fact, she outshone her cast members by miles.  And while the movie dragged on (more on that later) the ending was awesome!

The Bad: Well, we already know my opinions on Tom Cruise, and they haven’t changed after seeing this movie.  But I do have to say it wasn’t all his fault.  Lestat and Louis have to be the second lamest vampires of all time (the first, of course, being the ultimate brooding stalker Edward Cullen).  No wonder the musical bombed!  First of all, all they do is whine all the time.  Secondly, wtf was with the hair?  Okay, seriously, the fact that when you turn into a vampire your hair all of a sudden gets styled and frozen in time?  Lame.  And then there’s the whole only sometimes having supernatural speed.  Basically the whole thing was a stretched boring mess, with a total of three genuinely intense moments.  Well, for me, three is not enough!  I chose this movie so that I wouldn’t be so scared I couldn’t go to sleep, I wasn’t counting on it to actually put me to sleep!

The Verdict: Maybe the Team Edward fanatics and Anne Rice fans will like this film.  But I like my vampires with a little more umph.  But definitely check it out for Kirsten Dunst’s performance.