mum and dad
Everyone can breath a sigh one relief for three reasons: 1, I watched the "scariest movie of the year", and 2, I watched it with mum and dad and 3, they actually had some strong feelings about the film! Even I am excited for this review and I know what's coming, pretty much...
"After the family matriarch passes away, a grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences, and begin to unravel dark secrets."
I went into this with an open mind, I had heard it was the scariest film of this year and the scariest film some had ever seen - scientifically proven too, apparently. I didn't believe this. I feel believing hype about something can ruin it, so I try not to go in expecting anything, and besides, I watch a lot of horror films, it's very hard to scare me. I don't expect to be scared from a film, I don't watch horrors to be scared, I just enjoy them and I have since I was into them. I went into Hereditary not expecting anything, and I am glad I did...
Hereditary is not a terrifying movie in anyway, it has creepy moments, and it uses them more than cheap jump scares, but I will definitely be able to sleep without being too scared from this. Mum and dad agreed too, dad said he feels I have made them watch scarier movies then this, and mum didn't like this at all. She got nervous throughout it, but after it said how crap it was. I for one think they are being a bit harsh, I liked it, I liked it a fair bit actually.
Hereditary is a very tricky movie to sum up, I watched it last night, and most of today I have spent Googling the shit out of it and also Youtube is great as I didn't fully understand then ending. None of us in my house was sure on the ending, and that was one of the reasons my dad wasn't a fan, he didn't like it as it wasn't all clear and you had to Google it to get it. (Some might not have, as we had an idea of the ending, but weren't 100%.).
Unlike my dad, I actually don't mind having to look into a film, I have looked into this a lot and watched a fair few videos in it, mainly the ending, and actually, I like it more after doing it. From looking at the ending I have actually learnt about build up to it too, and all the little easter eggs that have been missed - it actually makes me want to go back and watch it again. I would say that shows that it is not as scary as people said, but that it is actually a good film, and it is. It's very original and very well put together.
One thing I did like about Hereditary was that you had no idea at where it was going, none of us watching saw half of what happened coming. It doesn't really follow any rules, nor does it set anything up like most horror films, camera angles aren't set so you can see what's coming. And I also read that the trailer was made to be misleading, but in a good way, in the way that you wouldn't see anything coming, especially the ending. Kind of like Fight Club, and it made for an interesting film, a different and original horror movie for one.
Now, back to the whole point of why everyone is seeing this film, because it is meant to be the scariest film of the year. I disagree, I have no idea what the scariest film of the year is, I would probably say that Ghost Stories creeped me out more, but still, nothing really tends to scare me, even Hereditary. I didn't find it scary but it is pretty creepy, the music is some of the creepiest stuff I have ever heard to be fair, and some scenes will stay with you... This is a spoiler free review so I shall not be saying anything to ruin it for anyone, all I will say is that there are certain scenes and incidents that will come out of nowhere, punch you in the face and then stay with you for at least a few days after. Especially *THAT* scene.
I have to say though, as much as I liked it, I did feel a little let down with the ending, it kind of changed from what had been happening, and took it down another path and one that I find less scary in a way. Damn, this is hard not saying anything about it! Just go and see it!
Hereditary is a very well done film, me and my parents didn't find it scary, but I thought it had some stand out, shocking moments and is a well done film, one that I shall be watching again due to researching it. Turns out hype doesn't make every film bad...
I feel bad and like I am letting you down; I feel I have't written a 'Mum and Dad' review recently where I scared mum... and I feel I failed again. Yesterday we watched The Purge: Election Year, and as much as we all enjoyed it, mother wasn't pulling her hair out compared to zombies. "Former Police Sergeant Barnes becomes head of security for Senator Charlie Roan, a Presidential candidate targeted for death on Purge night due to her vow to eliminate the Purge."
I like The Purge films, we all do in my household, and this is no let down. With me I like the cat and mouse style of the first one, but this one creates tension and fear as most people would probably relate to it more. And what I mean by that is that in this film, people are stuck outside, and with no metal window panels or a high tech security system, like most people probably. I always feel like the Purge is an American thing and not an English thing, as our houses are not built for those big high tech security systems, the Americans in these films seem to have. Us English would just have to fight or hide... Maybe I would dig myself a bunker and hide in there, who knows.
I like all of the Purge films, I must say though, I haven't seen them all, haven't seen the newest one, but I did actually really enjoy Election Year. I liked the story from the oldest one, but I did find the second one and this one scarier as they are more relate-able - apart from most people aren't politicians. Talking of politicians, let's hope one very known one doesn't take this up as a good idea...
Being out there is scary, and this film makes you think about how you would cope if this actually happened, and damn, people are vicious in this. Again, back to my hiding in a bunker idea...
One good thing about this film, is the characters, each character is thought out and each different, the goodies you like and the baddies you hate and annoy you - just the way it should be. Don't even get me started on the young girls who come and try and still from the shop - brats. Annoying teenagers who try and steal, try and get their own way and even try and pin sexual assault on Joe - not nice at all! They do make their cars up with semi Christmas lights though... and play Party In The USA, and that is a damn catchy song. But nothing else is good about them, and without spoiling, they get what's coming to them.
They are nasty and one group surprise you and it's really nice and I may have let out a little "Awwwwwww".
Overall, I liked The Purge: Election Year, I would say, for different reasons, it is on par with my love for the first one. It's relate-able and you feel for the characters, along with a few twists and turns along the way. Yeah, I liked it.
Somehow, I managed to watch two films in one day, two very different movies and the one that was better is the one that was least expected to be the best - Deliver Us From Evil was the better one. "New York police officer Ralph Sarchie investigates a series of crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rites of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city."
Deliver Us From Evil is one of those films that pops up on a few list when you have those moments of weakness where you have no idea what to watch and turn to the internet for help. Mum had gone to bed and me and dad were looking for something to watch, this one popped up and I mentioned how I'd heard of it, apparently that is enough for my dad to say yes to. Straight off the bat, I liked the cast, Eric Bana is a pretty good actor, who just has a nice face, and his partner in the film is the one and only Joel McHale. Don't get me started on my love for that man, since watching him on The Soup, I would happily watch anything with him in it, and I do, shout out to the Joel McHale show, apart from Community, couldn't get into that...
Anyhoo, I liked the cast from the get go, and it was a horror, so I was pretty happy, happy all the way to the end I am pleased to say.
Deliver Us From Evil is actually a pretty good film, I didn't go in expecting anything really, and especially as I don't tend to be a fan of the whole exorcism thing, but this was not that shabby and I was into it the whole way through. It got later and me and dad both mentioned about finishing it the next day, but nope, was finished that same night. It's just an interesting story, and it never really slows to the point that it gets boring. It slows down, it's not always action and fights, a lot of it is though obviously, but it slows down to create tension and it does it well. Even included are the cliche kids toys, like a very interesting rolling owl that has a weird little hoot, and the good old Jack in the Box. (Who buys their kid a Jack in the Box anyway?! Those things are terrifying!)
The actual possessions and the make up was super creepy too, it wasn't over the top, just enough, just enough make up and screaming running people to keep you on the edge of your seat. Nothing fancy, just good old fancy simple possession make up. And obviously those people screaming, running and attacking people - especially in the end possession scene, shit hits the fan there.
Deliver Us From Evil definitely delivered something, and that is it delivers a very entertaining little movie. I was impressed and it past the time happily, good cast, good story and it was creepy. Little hidden gem on Netflix.
I finally did it! I finally watched 47 Metres Down, and I took the parents with me. "Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive." I was not let down by this film, and it made me happy due to my love of sharks...
I read a little about this film, when I say read, I used Twitter and skipped past any parts that could contain spoilers, and from what I gathered, this is a shit scary movie. Well, some people said it was shit scary and some people said it was shit but scary, pretty much 96% said that it was scary, and I believed this. Shark films tend to be very tense and scary, I don't know why, I just know if there is water and a shark, it'll be tense.
I was not wrong! This film is tense as hell...to start with. It starts off with the sisters meeting some random guys and thinking that cage diving to see sharks is a good idea - which it probably is, if it wasn't with random guys and for the cage to be very old looking and rusty... You know from the start this isn't going to go well, you've seen the trailer, you know what it's about, and it starts off as a lovely little trip, until the break in the cage... It is pretty terrifying, even just the thought, being trapped that far down in the dark with a lack of air - nahhhhhh.
47 Metres Down starts off as a very very tense film, like I am talking on the edge of your seat, doom feeling, until some time in the middle where I somehow chilled out. I have no idea why, somewhere around the middle of the film, I just wasn't nervous anymore and I went back to watching it like most horrors, not really nervous or scared. Don't get me wrong, the film was tense and the scenes played out well, like the situation and location was a great story and premise, but I just wasn't tense any more. Saying that though doesn't mean I didn't like it, I actually really enjoyed this film.
It was fun and had sharks in it, and some actually scary moments. It also didn't just work off jump scares, the tension is real thanks to the insane location that it was set in, and I actually liked the twist at the end, and I in no way saw it coming. It is hinted at though which just makes this film even better. I'd happily watch this and also the sequel that is out next year - would like it a bit scarier though, if I may say that...
Disclaimer: sharks are not monsters. Not monsters! They are not serial killers, do not believe these films where sharks go after humans and chase them down, sharks do not even like the taste of us, they only bite as they don't have hands to touch objects they don't like.
I enjoy shark films, but I don't believe the sharks in them, or fear sharks, and you shouldn't either. You've been warned if you go into their home, but they are not out to kill you.
47 Metres Down does the whole 'killer shark' thing really well as they have a reason to try and kill the sisters, the sisters are caught in the feeding frenzy done by the amount of chum in the water. In normal life, the sharks wouldn't be acting the same way. Love sharks! That is todays message. Thank you for your time and have a good day.
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?!
I was so thankful when this film was put on Netflix a few days ago or so, I had wanted to see it for a while and just hadn't really had a chance to watch it - thanks to Netflix, I had one. "In 1630 New England, panic and despair envelops a farmer, his wife and their children when youngest son Samuel suddenly vanishes." I watched this after watching Curse of Chucky so of course, I talked mum into joining me, and damn, this film had us scratching our heads.
The Witch was another hyped up film that I can clearly remember coming out and people were saying how weird and creepy it was - obviously it is going to take me like two years to see it. The Witch is definitely weird, 100% one of the weirdest films I think I have seen - but so damn intriguing, that's the thing, half the time you have no idea what's going on, but you can't help but want to watch it.
The characters all speak in old English and I am not good with that, even mother had no idea some of the time, all "thy" this and "thy" that. That mixed with scenes that are pretty confusing and where you aren't really sure what you're seeing, it makes for a confusing movie. Most of the time, I had no idea what on earth was going on if I am honest, from the darks scenes with the baby, to just all of the goat stuff - secret, I had to Google and Wikipedia it... I had to do both and I still would not be sure what I would be telling people if someone asked me about it.
The Witch is a slow slow film, it's definitely a slow burner - but one that kind of manages to pull you back in somehow, whether it be a jump scare, a death or just a damn weird scene - and there are a lot of those.
The Witch was good to keep you watching, I did get little tired sometimes while watching it, but I never would have given up watching it. I just wanted to know how it ends! I couldn't have gone away not finishing it and man, some of it is a bit intense - I can for sure see why people thought it was creepy, damn baby mush and Black Philip.
This film was so damn weird and just, I don't know what was going and still don't really know, even after Googling the life out of it. I just don't really know how to describe it or put it into words or review it. How I will sum up The Witch is just by saying, it will keep you watching and you will think of it for a bit after, even if that is just to work out what you just saw. It's not a bad film at all, it's just one that makes you think and one that you might think differently about compared to your friends. If that doesn't make you want to watch it, well, at least try it, it's too weird not to just get a taste.
I find I have a love and hate relationship with the Chucky films if I am honest. I like the films, mainly the newer ones, Child's Play, I wasn't so much a fan of, but I loved Bride of Chucky, and I did really like Curse of Chucky - spoiler alert on this review. What I don't like about these films is Chucky, and I shall get onto that soon... "Out for revenge, Chucky the killer doll infiltrates the family of a woman, her sister and her young niece."
I liked this film, I did really liked this film, it's simple and pretty much covers everything you want in a film. It has a strong lead character, in this film she is a woman and also in a wheelchair, what a great double whammy, extra strong character. You have the scares, (I watched this with mum, and mum jumped so hard she scared our cat who was asleep on her lap, and the gore was also very much there, thank god! It's also a very simple story, Chucky is back and obviously, he still wants to kill people - with this film though, you see more of the background of Chucky, which I actually really loved.
What I don't like about the Chucky films, this one and all the others, is the fact that no one seems to be able to fight him. He's a doll! He's a childs doll who is made out of plastic and is light enough for Alice, the little girl in this, to easily carry around with only one hand. How is it that hard to fight him off?! He has killed more people than probably Ted Bundy and Ed Gein put together over the course of all the films, yet he is not even a real person. I know it is only a film and it is all fake, but still, HE'S PLASTIC AND WEARS LESS THAN A SMALL CHILD. You could fight that off, surely?!
One thing I had heard about before seeing this film was about how Chucky looked, obviously, he is looking a bit more updated since the other films, and he is pretty much all CGI which is very different to the original movies. I actually don't think he looks that bad, you can definitely tell that he is made differently, very much so, but I like it. He can show much more emotion in these films and I thought his face was actually pretty creepy... I do like films made with simple make up and such, but I didn't think it ruined the film or such, he was creepy, it worked.
I really did like this film, and so did mother - quoted from her own mouth, "Mum, did you enjoy the film?", "YES". And yes, she really did answer just that and that loud and abruptly, she enjoyed it that much. She also was watching this the entire time, made me pause it to go to the loo and to cook and such, and did not fall asleep like some films, (sorry, Veronica.). It also ended well, with a nice little Chucky Cameo and a nice little jump scare to tie it all up until the next one... Also, Fiona Dourif!
Overall, two happy watchers in this household, Curse of Chucky went down very well - we do plan to watch something else as soon as I finish this, hopefully...
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