BEWARE THE MOON REVIEWS
I am doing so well on seeing new horror films, just give myself a pat on the back... "A mother concerned about her young son's disturbing behaviour thinks something supernatural may be affecting him."
I didn't know that much going into this film, but I feel I had heard it was creepy, and it is. The prodigy does very well with holding the tension, one scene, which I won't give away the jump, literally made me jump so much I think my soul left my body and a little bit of wee came out... It was good, I really wasn't expecting it, and it was one of the moments where you weren't actually that tense, well I wasn't anyway, and it still made me jump. It is just a movie that feels creepy.
I really did enjoy The Prodigy, it takes an old story, a possessed/evil little brat child story, and makes it something completely different, with a story idea that I had never even heard of, and it really worked. I just hate evil kids to be fair... and this is my second evil kid film in two days. My unbroodiness for kids has just doubled... Thanks to films like these, I just want animals when I am ready for a son or daughter...
Going back to the story though, I have never actually heard of this story before. I fully went into this movie expecting the normal possessed child, only for it to pretty much throw that all up in the end and just throw out the rule book along with it. And the ending, the ending is pretty much a punch in the face, followed by a poke in the eye. It's pretty bleak. Not going to mention it, you should know that by now, but it's bleak. I am weird though, and do like bleak endings, so I was very happy.
The Prodigy was overall a very enjoyable little movie. I had heard some good things through the grapevine, and I hands down agree, it's good. It also made me wee a little, which always makes a film good in my eyes, as that is hard to do, especially with no build up to it before. I was impressed and will be recommending this to anyone who wants something different with an evil child than The Omen...
Oh! Who would win in a fight, Damien, or Miles out of The Prodigy?! Let that sit in your brain for a bit...
Look at me watching fairly new horror films! I watched The Silence, with father, and tried not to compare it to A Quiet Place... "When the world is under attack from creatures who hunt their human prey by sound, a teenager who lost her hearing at 13, and her family, seek safety in a remote refuge. However, they discover a cult who are eager to exploit her heightened senses."
Watching The Silence it is very hard not to compare it to A Quiet Place, and then because you're kind of comparing them, you can't help but also bring Bird Box into it too, as they are all literally about being killed due to being about losing a main sense.
I have to say though, I think I actually preferred The Silence. I feel you shouldn't compare any of them, as, even though they are all similar, they are all also different and do have different takes. It's also not always fair in my eyes to compare - that's like comparing different pizza toppings, just have them all and enjoy them all.
I really did enjoy The Silence though, and I know pretty much why. Not only is it clever and tense, it brings in something that is scarier than most things in horror films, I feel, human cults and just what humans would do in this sort of situation. Dog eat dog type of situations. As Ally and Hugh head out into the open, a man appears from nowhere and just stands and watches them, until he tries to get them to join him. He is creepy, just standing and then as soon as groups and cults are mentioned in horror films, I go cold but also get a little excited. It's a very confusing time for me.
I find people scary in apocalyptic like this, I really do, they just make the whole thing seem much more realistic. That's why the Tom Cruise version of War of the Worlds scared me, back when I first saw it years ago. How the humans all act towards each other, killing for items and joining up and manipulating everyone - nahhhhhh. Like in The Mist too, with that horrible religious lady, Mrs Carmody, who no one likes...
I would say the cult people are the scariest things in this film, the actual creatures aren't so much. They are well done and great, but just not that scary, tense, but not scary. It did bring up a pretty deep question for me though... The creatures are being called Vesps, and are creatures no one has ever seen before, (obviously creatures that were let out of a cave, because people are stupid and too nosy for their own good...), so Vesps is a new word. But how did Ally, who is deaf, know the sign language for the word if she hadn't heard it before then? Is it because other words are similar, like Vespa? See, deep questions!
Honestly, I really liked this film, it might not be the most original film, but it's still highly entertaining. Only thing I would say, is I would have liked to have seen more of the cult, as they came in quite late in the film, and weren't in it a whole lot. Could have been super creepy!
Also, lesson to the film, next time, get rid of Grandma instead, if you've seen it, you know...
I liked this film overall, and would happily recommend it, dad even told mum she missed a great film, so he apparently enjoyed it too, and agreed about getting rid of Grandma...
Oh boy, what can I say about Sleepwalkers...? I didn't have high hopes. I had seen clips and photos and it looked weird from the start, and on top of that, someone told me it opened with a son and mum having sex. I had no idea what to really expect. "A mother-and-son team of strange supernatural creatures move to a small town to seek out a young virgin to feed on."
I feel like, with a lot of Stephen King films, the book of this would probably be better, as this is not a good film. It did really remind me of Thinner, as both were done by King but both were just weird and bad. I feel both had more potential than they were actually given.
And Sleepwalkers does indeed pretty much open up with a mother and son sex scene - it was not a scene I expected to be sitting through, but luckily, it wasn't very long - until the next one. Oh yeah, it happens a fair few times. (I just read Wikipedia and it doesn't mention why they have sex. I feel it is something to do with them being the last of their kind or so... or their power...I don't really want to have to Google more about incest sex if I am honest...).
Mother is hungry and needs food, but not just any food, virgin food is what she really craves. QUICK, everyone have sex, as long as you are of age and it is consensual! Charles, the son, has to go and find it, as mother is waaaaaaay too hungry and weak, and he finds himself a date to wine and dine and then eat. I say eat, more like kiss and suck the life out of her - which I didn't fully get in someways, and while doing that, he kills one of the best characters. Shocking.
If I am honest, this movie is so bad, it's not really that enjoyable. It's kind of funny in parts due to how bad it really is, but really, I kind of wished I had watched something else. It's just a bizarre film.
Best thing about it was the cat faces, as some of them kind of gave me some form of disgusted look on my face as I saw it - kind of like when you smell something bad. I also know this is a bad film as my favourite character was Clova, the cat. I love cats but they are hardly counted as my favourite characters in horror films... My car is named after Jonesy in Alien, and even he isn't fully my favourite character in that film - animals are more like Gods in films!
Good thing though, I have a cat, and the sleepwalkers are scared of them, so I wouldn't be killed by any of them... Bad film though, pretty weird and bad film... I did enjoy the cameos though, both Joe Dante and my fave, John Landis showed their faces - still couldn't save it though...
Just a small little review here as I know this film really isn't much of a horror, but I just wanted to say a few little things regarding it. "Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly dangerous things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined."
This film has been on my to watch list for a while, and after seeing a video on it on Youtube, I decided to go for it. It's a pretty clever little film to say the least, very bleak and unhappy, but clever. What We Need to Talk About Kevin does, is look at something horrific and very close to home with all of us seeing it on the news, and look at it from a different angle. A new angle.
Kevin does a horrific act, but instead of looking at his story, it looks to someone who notices it all, his mother. We Need to Talk About Kevin looks at the story of Kevin growing up and leading to the act, through his mothers eyes. The eyes of someone who sees what he is really like and someone who no one else sees, as he is completely different around anyone else.
It also shows that sometimes it isn't down to the upbringing of how someone is when they are older. Kevin is a horrible person, (and a little shit of a child. I hated him.), but yet, he had a loving family. His dad only saw him as a good son, and loved him, and his mum saw him as a horrible person and child, but still tried to help him. Yes, they both probably could have been harder on him, and maybe a bow and arrow wasn't the best idea for a present, but they tried, and he still was horrible.
I am glad I watched We Need to Talk About Kevin as it is a very well done film, that covers something we all dread from a different angle, but is still damn bleak about it.
Oooooh, I liked this, and so did dad! "Air hostesses Laura and Suzy welcome their passengers aboard flight 7500 from LA to Tokyo. Things take a turn for the worse when a supernatural force begins killing the people on board one by one." I just asked him and he said "Yeah, it was alright", quoted from the horses mouth. Alright means he liked it as he just said to me he hasn't seen a lot of good films recently - he's not grumpy though, just fussy with films.
Anyhoo, Flight 7500 really reminded me of one of the early episodes back in the first series of Supernatural, the Phantom Traveller, where a demon gets on board, and Dean Winchester hums Metalica to calm himself... Flight 7500 reminds me of the demon part, not the Metalica part - it is still good though...
I think this film covers a lot of what a good and entertaining film should have. Good characters, and an all round selection of them too. A good storyline, and one that takes you down a different path from which you were expecting from the start. It really did, I was expecting something pretty different if I am honest, it started going one way, and then by the end, I was kind of confused by the whole thing.
The ending was very out of nowhere and I was pretty damn confused by it. I actually still am I think too, a week or so later, and that is after Googling it a fair bit... I really did like it up until the ending, and I am not going to dislike the film just because I might be being a little thick.
Up until the ending, I was very much into this movie, it had some little creepy moments and was just an enjoyable easy film to watch.
I obviously won't mention the twist, the one I understood anyway, but what I will say, is it is a good one. I did not see it coming and I don't think dad did either. I wasn't looking for it, but the main thing is, it shocked me and I loved it.
Overall, I liked Flight 7500, its an easy and simple film to watch, until the ending that I did not get. Maybe I just didn't get it properly, who knows, but I still really enjoyed it!
I feel I really need to stop watching horror films with dates, because if/when it all goes to pot and I never see them again, if I ever watch this film again, it’s just a reminder of what could have been. Sob. I had a date where we decided to watch the worst films we knew about. And when I say worst, I mean so bad they are actually kind of fun to watch. After a bit of deliberation, we decided on Troll 2. I went into it not knowing that much about it, I had not seen the first one, but according to my date, I didn’t need to as it had nothing to do with the second – so that worked. Only part I had really seen is the infamous "Oh my goooooooddddddd!" scene. You know the scene...
What can I say about Troll 2, and where on earth do I start?! I might do it in little bullet points as I have a fair few points to say...
1. For one, something that annoyed me, they aren’t even trolls... Turns out, they are goblins...GOBLINS. It’s good I didn’t go into this wanting a film about trolls...
2. The family in the film also go on holiday to Nilbog. Get it? (My date couldn’t get over why they would go to somewhere with such a horrible sounding name.) Not only do they go on holiday there, they do this weird house swap with another family, a family who are literally the weirdest family and away with the fairies. Yeah, why not? Why wouldn’t you swap your whole house with a family like this, makes sense right...?
3. The goblins basically eat people who come to Nilbog, but can only do that when they have become veggies, and to do that, humans must eat this weird green stuff or brightly coloured liquid. Few things, both items of food look off and dodgy, to the point, I don’t think most would eat them as they would consider them off... Another thing, some of the characters except a free bottle of milk from a creepy shop owner. It is all he has in the shop and it hasn’t even been in the fridge – I feel I could do quite well in this film, as all of these shouts weird to me. When the family also arrive at Nilbog, they happily almost eat the food left on the table, the weird green stuff, after saying goodbye to the strange family, and no one but the son thinks this is weird.
4. The son only thinks this is weird though, due to his very creepy grandpa visiting him in visions and mirrors and warning him. A grandpa who died about 6 months prior to going away, where the mum says that he should be over it by now.
5. People literally go missing in this film, and no one who was with them seems to actually care. I won’t say anymore, as you might not want to know who does go missing, but all I am going to say, is there are no search parties.
6. Hands down, the best character: Creedence Leonore Gielgud. Damn, the actress acts this like her life depends on it. Second best: The priest with the good hair.
7. If you are watching this, and trying to take dating skills from it, don’t. Do not see a girl, with her clothes ripped running through some woods, and think, “Great, she looks single!”, and run after her looking for a good time. Do not do it.
I feel I have lot more to say about Troll 2, but I do want you to read it and not give up on my reviews due to dying from reading too much, so I shall end this here. I shall say, even though it is a very bad film, Troll 2 was some of the most fun I have had, film wise. At no point was I bored or regretting any decisions to watch it. Maybe not with a date next time though...
To sum Welcome Home up, it's pretty much a little known film, I had never heard of it, but with a pretty known cast. Saying that though, it's not all that shabby. "A couple's attempt at reconciling their relationship at a rental house in Italy is interrupted by the owner's evil plans."
I loved the idea of this, it sounded really cat and mouse-ish and I was so into that. So much into it that I spent about an hour watching it at the gym, and then came home and watched the rest. It's one of those that starts out with a friendly neighbour, who one of the couple likes, and one hates. I would like to think if it was me, and I was in a couple, (boo me), I would be Aaron Paul in this, who really is not keen on the friendly neighbour. He's pretty much on the ball, apart from a few little tits up moments, but 70% of the time, he's good.
Welcome Home is genuinely quite good at the tension, it's a slow burn, but it keeps building and building. Building from the neighbour, Federico, being all nice, to just kind of weird. It feels a bit like film The Gift. It's the same kind of storyline, just with a few more changes throughout it. I feel Welcome Home had a better ending. I was spinning with a lot of the twists, you think it's all over, but it just keeps throwing twists at you - it's great. One of the twists, I have to say, was a bit flat and did just seem to end - but no, it went somwhere else and my mind was changed, I was back into it.
I actually did really like Welcome Home, but for some reason I don't have much to say about it. I'm more than mellow about it, but I just don't have much to pick - maybe because I don't want to spoil any of the twists and they do seem to pop up throughout it. Maybe just watch it...?
Oh, man. Talk about a bit of a let down... "An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps, but soon suspects that the spa's treatments are not what they seem."
I had such high hopes with this film, after seeing trailer after trailer when it first came out, I was in from the get go. I was even still into watching it when I saw a video about how it was so bad and did so badly, it was pulled from some cinemas. I watched and heard this and still wanted to see it. Can you imagine my excitement when I realised it was on Netflix and I could finally see it!? I almost weed myself from excitement...and then I actually watched it. All 2 and a half hours of it.
As mentioned before, I had heard how A Cure for Wellness did so badly at the cinema, it was pulled from some, and how I feel about it, I can understand why. It's just not that interesting a film, and I hate putting down a film as I know how much blood, sweat and tears goes into it - but I just did not like this film. I just couldn't get into it. I liked the idea and the concept of it, a hospital that no one ever leaves - great. The actual film, no.
Parts of it, I liked, I feel if I said them though, they would count as spoilers, so I can't but there are sections that are creepy as hell. Especially a pipe and a throat, that's all I shall say.
I just really could not get into this. I liked the idea and I liked sections of it that were pretty creepy - but the rest just seemed a bit confused and not really sure what or where it wanted to go. It had potential but didn't really go with it - good effects though.
I FINALLY SAW IT. I FINALLY SAW THE NEW HALLOWEEN. Only a few months after it first came out... "Laurie Strode confronts her long-time foe Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago."
Without giving away any spoilers for how I felt about this film, and putting you off reading the rest of it - I loved it. Like most horror fans, I was stoked for it, especially because Jamie Lee Curtis was returning and John Carpenter was also involved - I had high hopes. Luckily, I was not disappointed. It's not perfect, but damn, it's pretty close.
From the get go, I was into this, I mean I nearly weed myself with excitement when I saw the opening credits, and they looked like an updated version of the original! I feel I also have to mention, this film is great at nods to the original and Easter Eggs, some I spotted but some are only for the real fans - and I have to say, I was never a massive fan of the original... I know! Don't hate me. I actually kind of preferred the Rob Zombie version to the original, and most people hated that one...
This one though, I liked more than both, it was just done so well in my eyes. It had a good story, it had some great gore, and I just was really into it. As I had mentioned before, it is not perfect, but not much is, and even if it isn't, doesn't make it bad.
One of the less perfect parts happens near the end, at a point I am not going to mention much about as to not spoil anything. It actually comes from Laurie, I am sad to say. Her and Michael comes face to face at some point, and without giving anything away, she doesn't come across sometimes as the most prepared of people. Being that she mentions numerous times that she has waited forty years to see him again, I just thought she'd have had everything little thing covered - like if you have the Queen for tea at your place, everything would be covered. Everything did not feel covered with Laurie, I won't say anymore, but after 40 years, she was not fully prepared.
I have to say, I really did like Halloween. I would say it's pretty much near perfect for a slasher film... There I said it, I loved it. It's fun, it's tense, it's got a great storyline, great kills, and a great villain and a great scream queen. One of the originals, may I add. Honestly, what is not to love?!
Watching horror films since like 2003, when I could stand dead bodies..