My buddy Nate is also watching a ton of Horror films this October and he dug Darling, so I decided to check it out (You can track Nate's watching at his Tumblr: http://therearemonsterseugene.tumblr.com/ ).
The black and white photography is so beautiful, more stuff should be shot in Black and White.
Great little film, super tense. Definitely worth watching.
I was scrolling through the horror films on Netflix and this one caught my eye. Mostly because the title is Bloody April Fools and the synopsis mentions it taking place in December.
In Spain and Latin America 12/28 is the Feast of the Holy Innocents, a festival celebrated with pranks. The Spanish title of the film is Los Inocentes, which translates to 'the innocent' but whoever translated the film for English took the prank holiday too literal and tagged the April Fools into the title.
It's a basic youth slasher. In Spanish. Not very great, but, it was interesting to see how they basically retold Friday the 13th.
I feel like I'm not all that in to most of the more recent horror films, I feel like they all went down a path I didn't really care about. But so far this year I've come across several that I've dug. Hush is kinda a standard slasher/invasion film, but the final girl is deaf. This adds a whole new dimension to the story.
The way they handle her deafness is fairly interesting, and it really adds to the terror. Towards the end it does go a bit wonky, but overall I dug it.
So, The Final Girls isn't streaming. I'll have to head by a a video store and rent it.
But Nate also liked Creep so I watched that. It's another Mark Duplass movie. It's about a videographer who takes a job that goes weird, so I can related. I once took a gig where I went out in the woods with a bunch of strangers for a weekend. There's part of my 'work' where I just go places without quite knowing what I'm getting into which, does present some scary situations.
This one was pretty tense, and made a very watchable movie with 2 actors 1 voice actor and very little crew. Would recommend.
I trust my friend Nate, I mean he likes the worst possible baseball team, but other than that...I thought he had said he really dug Final Girl, so I watched it. It turns out he enjoyed a movie called Final Girls (which, I'll watch tomorrow). I was pretty confused because Final Girl wasn't very good.
The whole climax happens in the woods, and there are these really magical placed lights that look like lights, and I just kept thinking 'why are these lights in the middle of nowhere?'.
The movie does star Abigail Breslin, who is the titular Final Girl, so she didn't die after that movie with the yellow VW bus. I still miss my VW bus, those things don't handle front end wrecks well.
I'd probably say skip this one. The film doesn't look much better than the one sheet featured here.
This movie is not amazing. It's both a prequel and remake of the John Carpenter The Thing. The CGI has some horrible moments, which just highlight how great the creature effects were in Carpenter's version. I wish they would have incorporated less of the Carpenter film into this one, and let it be more of it's own thing. I'm also deducting points for not keeping Kristofer Hivju alive through the ending and into the beginning of Carpenter's Thing.
I was looking for something easy and quick to start off the month. Spent the first couple of days working at this big music fest that takes over a lot of Austin.
I dig Olivia Wilde, and was happy to see a different side of her in this monster/scientist centric film. This one was on Netflix, so I jumped in. The movie has some jump scares, and a pretty solid cast. It really isn't doing anything new or special, but, sometimes that's what you need. Seems like a decent starting place for a month that I know will be tough to watch 31 films in (I'll be hanging in Branson on a gig later in the month).
So, I didn't make it through 31 days of Horror, but I did end the month with two of the best slasher movies. I think a big part of the problem was the movies I picked...didn't really care for too many of them, plus I got busy and just ran out of time.
Not much to say about Halloween, everything about it is great.
Halloween II isn't as great, but Michael Myers continues to bring the terror.
I hadn't realized that Dan O'Bannon wrote this until Nate mentioned it. I had already added it to my Netflix queue because I want to see more Tobe Hooper films, but the O'Bannon-factor moved it to the top of the list.
Pretty good. The creatures are great. Story is missing a couple beats.
While it is based on the same H.G. Wells book as yesterday's Island of Lost Souls, this movie is quite different. And not in a good way.
The film's director Richard Stanley had developed a script for this film for 4 years and was removed from the project less than a week into shooting. A reason was never given, but it is probable that he was unable to rein in star Val Kilmer, which lead to his firing. John Frankenheimer was brought in to salvage the film, and, I guess he did what he could. Frankenheimer also had major problems with Kilmer and famously is quoted as saying "There are two things I will never ever do in my whole life. The first is that I will never climb Mt. Everest. The second is that I will never work with Val Kilmer ever again." This movie is a mess.