Since I have spent the last 30 days writing a mini review for every horror movie I watched through the month I figured on the last official day of Halloween I would take a break from a review. Instead of just watching 1 movie on this day I watched a few so I figured I would share what I watched through pictures....enjoy and Happy Halloween!!
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Sleepy Hollow- Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) is dispatched to Sleepy Hollow to help investigate a series of grisly deaths. As he gets further in his investigation he learns the sorted history of Sleepy Hollow and its inhabitants and also the Legend of the Headless Horseman. Believing this is just a myth created by the town, Ichabod sets out to use science to help prove that it is a town's person that is responsible for the killing and not a headless horseman. But, when Ichabod experiences the Horseman for himself he starts to rethink his plan on solving these murders. This is a re-telling of the classic story of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, but this is done with Tim Burton's style. I have always enjoyed Burton's style of direction and the vision he uses when creating his films. Johnny Deep always shines in Burton movies and this one is no expectation, with the supporting cast of Christina Ricci and Christopher Walken as the Headless Horseman you can't really go wrong. Sleepy Hollow has such a great combination of suspense, horror, humor and a bit of love thrown in for good measure that it is worth the trip to Sleepy Hollow.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Tucker & Dale vs Evil - When Tucker and Dale decide to spend the weekend fixing up their vacation home in the woods they get mistaken for psychotic killers by a group of college kids when they rescue one of their friends. As the body count accidentally starts rising Tucker and Dale try and figure out the cause of all the bloodshed while one of the college students has his own agenda against Tucker and Dale. This movie is hilarious from beginning to end. It is a great combination of comedy and horror, which is a delicate balance that a lot of horror comedies can't get right. I loved that the typical things that Tucker and Dale do throughout the film are given such a great comical spin and with the addition of some great killings just makes the movie all the more solid.This is actually a great starter film for someone looking to get into horror, but isn't ready for all the blood and gore that can come with it. Trust me when I say that a trip with Tucker & Dale into the woods is well worth the adventure.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Hollow - A group of friends decide to have a getaway at their friend's grandfather's cottage, but good times are not the only thing on the agenda. Located near the property is a huge and looming tree with a horrific past. It is said to be the place where couples have hung themselves in a suicide pact. As they delve further into the tree's legend, friendships will be tested as they struggle not to be the tree's new victims. This is another found footage film, but with a British cast, but sadly that doesn't even help this movie. Although it is touted as an investigation into the legend of this tree that is really barely ever covered and when it is spoken of it is in brief sections with hardly no further explanation. Instead this movie is more about the interlocking relationship of this group of friends including unrequited feelings and betrayal. This film is slow, boring and doesn't play to anything horror at all, trust me the end does not come soon enough.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
The Hitcher - When Grace and Jim decide to getaway during their Spring Break their trip takes an unexpected and dangerous turn when Jim unwittingly gives a ride to a stranger. While on the road, the hitcher attacks them to which they fight back and ultimately end up throwing their violent passenger out of their moving car. They think their nightmare is over, but the cat and mouse game has only begun. This is a remake of the classic 80's movie starring C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Rutger Hauger. This film does follow the original, but they upped the blood and gave it a more dark overtone. Sean Bean is brilliantly sinister in his role of John Ryder, the hitcher and the rest of the cast gives a standard, but entertaining performance. Although not as good as the original it is an entertaining road trip.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Carrie (remake) - Carrie White a social outcast with an overbearing, psychotic and religious mother learns that she is not like other girls, she can move things with her mind and those powers will be tested at the prom! I think everyone is pretty familiar with Stephen King's Carrie played by Sissy Spacek and granted no one will ever be as good in that role as her Chloe Grace Mortez does gives a good showing for it. For those that are curious for all tense and purposes this movie is a paint by numbers remake of the original including dialogue, with a few minor changes and additional scenes, but don't let that defray you. I have to say overall, this does play like the original, just a bit faster, but it's worth a trip to the prom on this one.
Friday, October 25, 2013
I Sell The Dead - When Arthur Blake is set for execution by beheading for being a murdering grave robber he decides to reflect on his life to a local priest, Father Duffy. As Arthur delves into his beginnings as a grave robber he tells stories of the undead, reanimated and other worldly grave robbing adventures. This is a cute and slightly charming movie, the story moves at a nice pace and throws in a few little comic drawing of characters to change up the story a bit. I did think it was going to be funnier than it was, but it wasn't completely devoid of comedic moments and there is a nice surprise in the story that I enjoyed. Overall, I Sell The Dead is worth a dig.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Underworld Evolution: After killing Viktor and learning the truth about her past Selene and Michael are on the run from the coven. But, when Marcus, the eldest and first vampire accidentally ends up being awakened he decides to release a new breed of monster on the world with the help of his twin brother, William, the first werewolf who is so dangerous he has been locked away for centuries. I get a lot of flak for loving this series as much as I do, but I don't care. I almost enjoyed this sequel more than the first one. I loved how they expanded more on the character's back stories. This sequel amped up the action and blood, which makes the vampire and Lycans battles that more lovely to watch.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The Reef - When a group of friends charter a boat on holiday they assume it will be good times on the open sea. But, when their boat capsizes they are forced to make a decision stay with the sinking ship or try and swim for help. I am a sucker for a creature feature, add a shark to it and I am going to watch it. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, the directing is great and the acting is solid. There is a great level of suspense in this film that is missing in a lot of shark based movies. The Reef was filmed in 5 weeks with the use of real sharks no CGI and that makes all the difference. With the combination of suspense and add in the fact that it is based on a true story this movie is another great example to stay out of the water.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The Serpent and the Rainbow - Dr. Allan is sent by a pharmaceutical company to extract a possible drug used to zombify a local man in Haiti as he explores the mystical and deadly world of Haitian Voodoo he will discover that there is no where to run not even in your own mind. This film is based off the book with the same name by Wade Davis. Even though I have never read the book I am pretty sure it plays out better than this mess of a movie. The plot seems not as concise as it could be with at times feeling like parts of the story were missing. The characters were uninteresting and the acting was over the top and at times just down right bad. The horror and suspense is typical of an 80's horror movie that just doesn't hold up over time. You will wish zombification on yourself while you sit through this debacle of a film.