mum and dad
Know those films that you feel have fairly misleading descriptions or trailers? Well, I would definitely say this is a film, in my eyes, that comes right at the top of that list. "Haunted by the patients he failed to save, an extremely burned-out Manhattan ambulance paramedic fights to maintain his sanity over three fraught and turbulent nights."
If I hadn't said enough already, I have a massive, maaaaaaaaaaassive DVD collection, it's literally what I collect - that and blazers but that's a story for another day. I feel everyone should collect something - collect, not horde - and DVDs is my thing. Not any films though, just horror films, so, from that, you can imagine what my collection looks like...
I bought Bringing out the Dead a while back as the parents were intrigued to watched it too, so I had to wait for them - which let's be fair is always gold.
Bringing out the Dead, to me, sounds like it's a creepy little number about a guy who can see dead people who haunt him as he couldn't save them - what you get is actually a sort of black comedy indie movie, with crazy camera effects and a very young Nic Cage slowly going a wee bit mad. What is my fault about this film, is that I didn't read the back of the DVD properly, and I didn't see that it does mention how it is a comedy - that was my bad. However, I did realise, dad told me, that it was a comedy before we started watching it...
I bought it thinking it was a horror, mentioned it to the parents thinking it was a horror, was excited to watch it due to thinking it was a horror, but, as mentioned, I did know it was a comedy before watching it. I feel if I went in thinking it was a horror and then it turned out to go more down the comedy route, it may have changed my mind on how I felt about it. But nope, knew it was a comedy and still didn't like it. I didn't even want to finish it, none of us did - we just wound through to the end...
I just really could not get into this film, I was definitely counting the clock and wishing for it to end, like an awkward doctors appointment. I'm not sure if it was down to the horrible camera effects or just that I wanted more, like more gory scary dead people and less of the characters losing their mind. I liked the concept of the story, I really did, and the cast were great, just a really great well known cast.
But it really did just seem to fall flat for us all. I wanted it to end and it turns out mother was thinking the exact same thing, dad was the one who said we should go straight to the end and even doing that it really was not that great.
Great cast and concept but just a flat film that I am very glad I only spent a pound or so on... - I would make some joke about how I'd rather watch the new The Wickerman instead, but that wouldn't be a lie. Even though it's a tragic film, I do secretly enjoy it and tend to watch at least the bees scene when it is on...
I LOVE AN ANTHOLOGY FILM, and this is one all about a great time of year; Halloween. "Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents." I had heard various things about this film, not all good mind you, but I was willing to give it a try, as I do every film. One thing that made me really want to see Tales of Halloween, other than it being a horror film, was the cast, especially hearing John Landis had something to do with it. I'll be honest, I didn't know what he played in it, or whether he directed it or so, but I was in, just hearing he had something to do with it, I was in.
As this is also an anthology, I am going to do it in a slightly different way, I am going to review each section separately, as I feel each story has its own charm and mind behind it - ones that you need to hear about.
Sweet Tooth - Sweet Tooth is a fairly simple story, just following a simple urban legend story about a young boy whose parents eat all his Halloween candy, so he kills them - that old chestnut. This follows the old cliché of the babysitter telling the kid the story, but then admitting to it being fake...or is it?! Hmmmmmm. I don't want to give it away, if you can't work it out already, but it's fun, it's nice and easy. Not the most thought out story of the lot, but it's just easy and started the whole movie off well.
The Night Billy Raised Hell - This one is a weird one - shout out to Barry Bostwick in a crazy little costume that makes him very much unrecognizable. Long story short, kid tries to egg a house, is taken on a crazy Halloween night by the Devil and is tricked into doing pranks - pranks that get more awful as the night goes on. As I stated at the start, this is a weird one, and one that I didn't think much of during it. It was going down the obscure route in some ways, and seemed to be just one to fill a gap or so. That is, until the end... I loved the twist to it, I adored the twist to it, the ending is one of the best ones and most original and one none of us watching saw coming. It didn't make the segment better, but it definitely tied it up well - and I just want to say, this segment is not awful, just not my favourite.
Trick - I have to say, this one kind of plays on my dislike of most kids... this story is about a group of friends, all having fun, drinking and smoking, when one answers the door to a dressed up little girl who out of nowhere stabs him. The whole segment then turns into a massacre run by kids, and killing the adults all in very original ways. Again, this one has a twist, a twist that we got kind of understood. It's quite low budget in some ways, so the last scene kind of looks a little fake - and that's what put us off with the idea of the twist. Put us off in the way we weren't sure if it was real or not - I really hope that makes sense. It's a good twist, but it is one we weren't sure if we were right with what we were thinking it meant...
The Weak and The Wicked - This again is another weird one, not one of my favourites at all. Bullied teenager basically pulls out all the stops with getting revenge on some bullies with some type of monster on Halloween night. It's okay, the scene when you find out what the bullies do is harsh, and monster looks great, and the last death is bloody, but they are the best things about it. It's like fifteen minutes and it passes the time, it's pretty fun, not the best but it's fun.
Grim Grinning Ghost - This one is probably my favourite out of all of them if I am honest. A woman leaves her mums Halloween party after hearing a spooky story about a ghost who follows people, on her way home, her car breaks down and she has to walk the rest of the way - I don't think I need to explain anymore. I feel you can see where it's going without me telling you - which I wouldn't anyway as I wouldn't want to spoil anything for you. This one is scary, it's damn creepy and mum was very very stressed out by it. It's a simple story, a well known story and one that is well loved - great! Best one of the bunch. Only thing I would say, you can see the ending coming from a mile off due to a camera angle, I would have liked a little trick and then a scare - that's all...
Ding Dong - Ohhhh, another weird one. This one the ending is very weird and not fully clear at all. A couple are sad to not a child, especially the woman, and the woman seems to be some witch type who realllllllyyyyyyyy is broody - I don't know how else to explain it! That's pretty much it. Pollyanna McIntosh is very weird and creepy in this, and is probably the best thing about it, after her transformation anyway - creeeeepppyyyy. The rest is weird.
This Means War - Ever seen that Christmas film called Deck The Halls where Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito fight over having the best Christmas lights? This is basically that film, but done with Halloween decorations on Halloween... It's pretty damn fun, and entertaining and just strange but in a good way. And again, an ending that you really don't see coming. It pulls you in and distracts you from an ending you can't see coming - simple. Not award winning but entertaining. And more bloody than Deck The Halls.
Friday the 31st - Ohhhhh, this is a weird one, but I actually really liked it. I don't know how to describe it though, slasher serial killer kills his victim, and then an alien beams down... Doesn't it sound great but so damn weird?! It is, you'll watch it thinking, "What on earth?", but you'll "Awwwwww" over the alien and you'll just have a great time watching this insanely original little segment!
The Ransom Of Rusty Rex - This was the one I was wanting for, my favourite John Landis makes a cameo, and it's pretty good too even if he wasn't in it! Two criminals kidnap a rich guys kid hoping for a massive ransom, only for the dad to actually not want the kid back. It's a very interesting concept to say the least, and I liked it - you don't expect the whole story at all, at all. It's got pretty much everything in it but romance, all fitted into about ten or so minutes. I liked it a fair bit - and I am not being biased due to Mr Landis, I promise...
Bad Seed - And here we are, with the last little segment, and probably the strangest of the lot. Killer Pumpkins. Nothing more to say. Killer pumpkins on Halloween. What more could you want?! The only thing with this one, it has a little twist, and the idea of the twist is good, but how the twist is actually done and shown, is a little limp. Especially when this is to end the entire film. Apart from that, this is just a turn your brain off type of segment which is sometimes what you need, right?!
I did really like Tales of Halloween, I liked that it was an anthology, I loved the cast, (great thinking with having Adrienne Barbeau doing the voiceover between the different sections in the same way she did during The Fog - so damn clever!), and the stories were all original in some ways and it all just kept you on your toes. Kind of like a more family friendly - kind of - version of The ABCs of Death. This is the anthology you'd watch with your nan, the other - nope.
Guess what?! Me and mum were off on the same day and I managed to rope...I mean persuade...her into watching a horror film with me. I had a good one lined up too; As Above so Below, one that I had been recommended a good few times and always looked good whenever I saw the trailer. "When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead."
From the get go, I had not a lot of sympathy for the characters, Scarlett, the main British girl, obviously she would be British, decides for her History course she wants to go and see some history. Not too bad I hear you say, learning history is not too bad and is a good thing to learn, right?! WRONG, it is wrong when you decide you're going to learn about History by visiting the Catacombs, the Catacombs of all places!
Now, if you don't know what the Catacombs are they are basically tunnels under Paris that have been there for hundreds of years, they are open to the public at times, but only certain areas. Meaning, you're not allowed into parts under there, and for good reasons too. People have gotten lost under there and have never been seen again, people have also reported seeing ghostly images and movements down there too - all stuff that makes you want to break in and see, yeah?! Noooooo. I would not go into the forbidden parts if you paid me, honestly, no, nah, nahhhhhh. But these people do, and obviously it does not go well, and I really have no such sympathy for them, at all. Things start going tits up, and I find myself sitting there just watching and thinking, well, you made your bed... I am a nice person really.
Apart from the characters being really stupid, As Above so Below is not that bad a film. It's a fairly well done film in my opinion, confusing but I liked it. The images that the characters see and how they tell you about their lives and all the little secrets people have - I liked it. Saying that though, I think that was what it was showing, bad little secrets people have done in their lives - I haven't Googled it yet, so that's what I got from this film. See, this is what I was saying, it is a little bit confusing... Mum at one point asked me what the significance with all the things they were finding was, and I said that - and then doubted myself and said "I think". This film makes you doubt yourself, after this, I am going to Google this mother - I am on it, fingers crossed I picked the story in the way I was meant to...
I liked As Above so Below, I am very glad I finally saw it, very glad, it's entertaining and once it gets going, you'll keep watching. (Bit slow to start with, but keep with it, Mother almost gave up..). The last half of the film is good, and creepy, and I did really enjoy all the creepy noises and images and people they saw, and there was even a little chase. I liked it, simple. I wouldn't watch it in a hurry again, but it was good and fun. What else do you need for a weekday horror film with your Mother?!
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