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.
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