Monday, November 12, 2012

American Horror Story Asylum "Tricks or Treats"

Instead of just writing a play by play recap, this week I just recorded my random thoughts as I watched the show. Like to read 'em, here they go!

Show opens where it left off with this dude chasing horny Leo's horny wife. She locks herself in a cell. We cut to Lana's wife talking to her friends about recanting. She gets killed by the creature.

Who says "Ups my game" in 1964?

They bring in a guy who is possessed and do an excorcism and we learn that sister Jude used to be a floozy when she was in her 50's. (Okay, we learn that it was about 15 years earlier, but they chose not to have a younger actress play the younger Sister June.) We also learn that the psychiatrist may have been adopted. 

They have an exorcism and then the demon jumps into Sister Nervous and she is not nervous anymore.

Dr. Crazy has a fetish for nuns. He hires a prostitute to have dinner with and wear a nuns habit. She finds some photos of women in bondage, some of them with no heads which freaks her out and she escapes. 

Kip tries to escape with Grace and Lana, but Lana blows the whistle because she doesn't want Kip to escape and she has a bit of a crush on Grace, in my opinion.

I'm starting to get into this now, just like last year. I was very meh about the first episode, and then "that's interesting", about the second episode, and then the third episode is was hooked me. I think that this year will be like that too.

Go back and read the Episode 1 Recap: "Welcome to BriarCliff

American Horror Story Asylum "Welcome to Briarcliff"

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We open with horny Adam Levine and his horny wife, who apparently needs no foreplay just creepy surroundings. She is excited that the legendary "Bloodyface" was held there. They have a sex scene that seems more like a one night stand than a married couple. They do the silly horror movie, let's go see what that noise is stuff and end up getting his arm chewed off by something.

We cut to a gas station attendant in the 50's who is married to a pretty black woman. We see him get ridiculed by his white peers for this. They contrast the earlier sex scene with a more tender love scene with this newlywed couple. Alma goes to get something in the kitchen, and we next hear her screaming "help me". Kip grabs his gun and runs to help her, but everything lights up in the house and it looks like she has been abducted by aliens. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Special Halloween Vlog

I haven't had the chance to vlog in a while. I started out reviewing reality shows (because I love them), but due to my schedule I can't keep up with that in a timely manner. I mean, who wants to hear me talk about what happened on a show a full week after it happened? So this is what I am about to do, rather than make individual vlogs about specific shows, I am just going to talk about whatever I was able to watch during the week (including movies and Internet videos) and upload on Mondays.

Read My Review of Paranormal Activity 4

Read My Review of Sinister

Read My Review of V/H/S

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Paranormal Activity 4: Movie Review
This Fall has been pretty good to horror movie fans because of the number of releases that came out. Resident Evil: Retribution, The House At The End Of The Street, The Possession, Smiley, V/H/S, Sinister, Paranormal Activity 4, and Silent Hill Revelation have all come out in the last two months. I finally got around to watching Paranormal Activity 4. 

Let me just tell you that I am a PA fan. The first movie f*¢ked up my life for a week, mostly because of the similarities between my home and the one in the movie (my bed faces the same direction in the bedroom as theirs with door on the left side of the bed, I have a similar chandelier, and a large arched doorway to the living room). I liked PA2 even though I thought  the family was unlikeable. I even liked PA3 with all it's little nods to Poltergeist. The trailer for PA4 had me with the Xbox Kinect  and the ADT alarm saying "Front door open" (Ask me how I know it's ADT.) My point is that I went in feeling pretty positive about this sequel. What follows are my spoiler filled thoughts as I had them during the movie.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Carrie 2013 Remake: Color Me Not Impressed

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Take a look at the official teaser trailer for the upcoming remake of Carrie.

Let me start by saying, that I am not against a remake of Carrie, just don't say that it will be more faithful to the book when it clearly isn't. My rule of thumb for remakes is that they have to improve upon the original or take a different approach entirely, otherwise they are pointless. For example the American version of The Grudge was pointless, because it did not improve upon Ju-On, nor tell the story differently in any substantial way. Whereas the American version of Let Me In (also starring Chloƫ Grace Moritz), really did take the Swedish Let The Right One In and give it a different spin, although it left out a very important detail about one main character that the Swedish version left in. Maybe they thought that it might blow our puny little American minds. This looks to be more the former, than the latter.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

First Image from The Evil Dead Remake (2013)

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Check out this deadite! She definitely looks more sinister than the ghouls in the original. I usually do not look forward to many remakes, but I am very positive about this one. While Evil Dead is a cult classic, it was far from a masterpiece. There are a ton of other genre movies that could be improved upon. I am against remakes of movies that where awesome like the 1998 Psycho remake, or the announced Poltergeist remake. They failed to improve upon Psycho, and I have a hard time seeing how they could improve upon Poltergeist. Now if they want to remake Poltergeist III, I say go for it! How cool would it be if remaking sequels became a thing. Nightmare on Elm Street 2 anyone?

Monday, October 15, 2012

American Horror Story: Asylum (1st 5 minutes!)

The day before yesterday I watched the 1st fives minutes of American Horror Story: Asylum (Sorry kiddos, embedding has been denied). It was posted in the American Horror Story Circle on Google+. I am a fan of the first season of AHS and of their interactive marketing. Remember their companion sites, and the family portrait site?

My hopes are high that they can deliver a season two that is as good as season one. I wish they were still up on their interactivity. Have you seen their American Horror Story House Call site? Apparently last year you could set yourself or your friends up to get a house call from an American Horror Story character, scare tactics style. I haven't seen too much interactivity this year aside from some video shorts on their Facebook page, and of course their Google+ circle. Anyway, I look forward to Wednesday night's premiere.


Sinister: Movie Review

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I recently wrote in an earlier post that "When just the trailer freaks you out, there is a good probability that the movie can too. It's from the creators of Insidious, a movie that wrecked my life for a week. I mean, I seriously had to sleep with the cartoon network on every night for a week. I have to see this with a crowd!" Boy did I overestimate this. I am not saying that it was a bad movie, it was far from it but scariest of the year? No. This is the second movie to have made that claim. The promotional material for V/H/S which I reviewed last week made the same claim. 

That preview looks awesome doesn't it? I really thought that this movie was going to be super scary. It had atmosphere, and it built up a lot of tension, but it wasn't truly scary. It had some imagery that would be considered scary if it had not been shown to us in the commercials 50leven times. This is a case of all the scary scenes being shown to the audience in the previews. This movie's trailer basically spoiled the movie for the audience. It is just not fun knowing what every fright scene is going to be because you've already seen it in the commercial or trailer. Bad. Bad advertising/marketing and or promotional department. Now, go sit in time out and think about what you have done.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

V/H/S: Movie Review

First off this was not the scariest movie of the year. Not even close. I would say that it was the most convoluted but I watched Detention a few days before seeing this. I do like that this was an anthology. Some of my favorites from childhood were anthologies (Creepshow, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Tales From The Darkside: The Movie etc.) This movie has 6 stories, but only 3 of them are good. Story 2 with the dude bros at the motel. story 5 with the girl and guy on video chat, and story 6 with the guys looking for the Halloween party. If stories 3, and 4 would have been edited out of this movie it would have been an improvement. 

The main story that functions as the backdrop and segway between stories is engaging enough, but the movie really gets cracking during the second story with 3 college fairly unlikeable college guys getting in over their head in a motel room. It then almost screeched to a halt with story 3, which is about the most boring couple in the world running into trouble on the road. Story 4 is only marginally better than story 3, but not by much. The movie picks back up with story 5, which has a twist ending that I didn't see coming. Then it has a strong finish with story 6 that will have you on the edge of your seat. That's about all I can say about this movie without spoiling it. If you want to read on be prepared to be spoiled.

In case you missed it - SPOILER ALERT!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Trailer Talk: Most and Least Anticipated Horror Movies

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If you know me, then you know that October is one of my favorite months! Most of the TV networks, and cable channels start showing horror movies, and many film companies release their horror movies during the month of October. Some movies I can't wait to see in the theater, others I would watch on TV at home on a Friday night with some popcorn, and others I'd only watch if there was nothing else on. I have made a list of my most, in-between, and least anticipated horror movies based off of their trailers alone. I have created my own rating system that rates the movies: Netflix, $Dollar theater, Matinee, and Opening Night.

Let's start with the movies that look just aight.

First of all, can we stop with this filter? I mean it was cool when Rob Zombie used it for "The Devils Rejects", but it's getting really played out. I'm getting a "Wolf Creek" vibe from this movie. I remember how the trailer for WC claimed that it was so brutal, and scary. Then I went to see it and was so let down. It was slow, boring, and they barely showed any gore. Not that I need to see gore for a movie to be good, but I feel that if a horror movie isn't scary or suspenseful, then at least make up for that with some decent gore.
$Dollar Theater

Sunday, September 16, 2012

I'm a Blogger, a Vlogger, and a Podcaster Now

I may have mentioned before that in addition to my love of horror movies, that I am also a reality TV junkie. I had been kicking around the idea of writing about the shows that I watch, but talking about them seemed so much more fun! I have very few people in my daily life that I can talk to about reality TV. I had the same issue with the whole horror movie and B-movie interests, which is one of the reasons I started blogging in the first place.

The other reason was because I was required to start a blog as part of my second undergrad degree program. I was surprised that I ended up enjoying this so much. One of the best things to happen was to hear from my readers and discover that they are from all over the world. That is awesome! I thank you so much for reading and commenting and sharing my random musings! Special shout-out to The Vern, from Video Vanguard, who was the first blogger to welcome me to the blogging community.

I am now in a master's degree program, which is why I haven't been blogging as frequently. However, I have 2 month's in which my courses will be online, so I plan to be much more prolific. I have just began vlogging on YouTube, and podcasting with Freq Media Entertainment. No worries, I will still be reviewing horror movies here, and I will be adding my thoughts on some reality shows. I am also planning on doing video reviews on horror movies. I haven't decided whether I will review only new horror movies, classic or both. Let me know what you think, and feel free to suggest movies to me as well.

A book is in the works as well. Can you guess what it is about? I wish that I could give you details, but then I would have to.......make you sign a non-disclosure agreement. I am exploring self-publishing avenues, and plan to have the book available as an eBook first. In the meantime and in between time I will still be writing here and for Freq Media.  So for the next few months I plan to review:

American Horror Story
The Scifi Channel Original Movie of the week
Various B-horror movies (New and Classic)
Paranormal Activity 4

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Featured in The Lamb!

I am super excited to announce that What Did I Just Watch was recently featured in The Large Association of Movie Blogs (Lamb). Thank you so much to The Vern from Video Vangaurd and Dusty Wallace from Dusty on Movies! I am very happy to be a member of LAMB. 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Movie Review: The Inn Keepers

I was originally interested in seeing this because of the back story. I had seen House of the Devil, and was impressed with the early 80's feel slow burn quality of the film. I lived in Connecticut for most of my life, and took summer classes at Central Connecticut State University, so seeing that area of the state in a the movie was an added bonus. I heard about this movie when reading about the filming of House of the Devil. The director Ti West and his crew stayed at The Yankee Peddler Inn, in Torrington, CT. They all experienced "vivid dreams and spooky experiences" while staying there. So what's a creeped out horror director to do? Go there and film a horror movie!

Here are my random thoughts while watching The Inn Keepers.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Piranha 3DD: Review

It has been a while, but I’m back with a new review! My apologies for the delay, I have been busy preparing for the launch of my “What Did I just Watch” podcast with Freq Media Entertainment, and still working on my master’s degree. Despite all that, I found some time this weekend to watch “Piranha 3DD”. You already know that I have a special affinity for B-Horror and Grindhouse movies, so you would think this movie would be right up my alley, right? Let’s just say it didn’t do what I think it was trying to do.

I understand that it was trying to be tongue in cheek bad, but there is so bad that it’s good [see also Hatchet or The Toxic Avenger], and then there is just bad [see also Dylan Dog]. This movie belongs in the latter group. First off, I cannot remember any of the characters’ names. If I don’t care enough about the characters to remember their names, I certainly am not going to care what happens to them. When fatalities occur, my reaction was, “meh”, and “who cares?” (in my best Joy Behar voice).

This movie also insults the intelligence of the audience. O.K. I understand that those of us that want to watch gory creature features are regarded as having lower standards than those who watch high brow independent foreign films, but the two are not mutually exclusive (I enjoy watching both types of movies. Take that Hollywood!).  A prime example of this happens when two of the lead characters go to visit the scientist from Piranha 2 and discover that the piranha can chew through steel. What do our protagonists do next? They go to the lake and one of them jumps in to check the grate.  First, why are you jumping into piranha-infested water? Second, whether the grate is in tact or not does not matter since we already established that the piranha could chew through metal.

The only good things about this movie is that it did not shy away from being gory, it had Gary Busey and Christopher Lloyd in it (Yeah David Hasselhoff was in it too, but much like the whole Chuck Norris thing I never got what the big deal about him), and the special effects and 3D were pretty good except for the few time when you could clearly see that they were using rubber fish, but then I kind of like stuff like that. One of my favorite movies is Basket Case, and they used a foam latex puppet filmed in stop motion at times as the monster in that. As a matter of fact forget Piranha 3DD even exists and just watch Basket Case.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Movie Review - Bully (2011)

I saw two movies this weekend, back to back. One was The Cabin in the Woods, and the other was Bully. Of the two Bully was the bigger horror movie, so I’m writing a review of that first. Going into the movie, I didn’t expect to have too much sympathy, because I am part of generation X. We were the last to come through pre- “cyber-bullying”. In my day (hold on while I go shake my cane at the kids on my lawn), bullying meant someone or a group of people were literally kicking your @$$ on a daily basis.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Does The Hunger Games Rip-off The Running Man or Battle Royal?

There has been a lot of talk about The Hunger Games recently. I have read the comparisons to Battle Royale, to The Running Man and even to Logan’s Run and Dangerous Game. I have read that The Hunger Games topped $15 million in advance ticket sales. Unfortunately, I even read some of the racist tweets from people who were angry that characters from the book that were described as having brown skin in the book, were actually played by people who fit that description in the movie. I promised in a tweet that I would watch The Running Man, Battle Royal, and The Hunger Games and see for myself if there are any similarities.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Devil Inside: Audio Movie Review

You asked for it! Here it is.

Lady Shasha, Bad Gyal Terri, and Honky Dave discuss "The Devil Inside" [Spoiler Alert!], Ghetto Movie Theaters, Beyonce's baby, the best and worst demon possession movies and Terri Crew's wrinkled head.
Warning: This podcast contains strong language.

This podcast has been brought to you by Freq Media Entertainment in association with i95 Entertainment.