So, 2017 has been a good year for horror movies at this point, but it is far from over! Here is still what's to come.
- Annabelle: Creation (August)
- Amityville: The Awakening (June)
- It (October)
- Cult of Chucky (October)
- Demon Hole (October)
- Cloverfield 2017 (October)
- Saw: Legacy (October)
See, we've got plenty to come! And, they look awesome.
Bradley Cooper did a horror movie? And I didn't know? And he was impressive in the movie? A hat trick of yes.
Cooper plays a budding photographer gagging for his 'big break' into professional photography. After his friend hooks him up with a major contact, and asks him to go deeper into the dark, sinister side of photography, this leads him down a path so unnerving and dangerous, he'll soon end up regretting it.
Suspense was practically stitched into the plot. As Bradley's character Leon becomes obsessed with capturing moments of sheer terror and unsettling confrontation, he ends up catching the attention of a dangerous looking man, played by none other than Vinnie Jones.
Mr Jones, based on his exterior, looks the part, and played it remarkably well. I've found with some of his roles, when he talks and intends to threaten and intimidate, it breaks the realism. However, he didn't utter a word throughout the whole movie. Which is explained in the epic climax.
As Leon becomes convinced this man is responsible for a series of subway killings, despite being armed with little evidence, he throws himself in harm's way many times. This has the viewer gasping repeatedly, questioning his intellect and common sense. If you suspect a man is a killer, why follow him?
As I say, Cooper plays crazy well. Too well. You can almost feel the desperation. He is obsessed. Reckless. He has no regard for his own safety. I loved him in this role, and would love to see him branch out and star in more horror movies. He was superb.
On a content level, the gore is tremendous. Horror gore fiends will have a field day with this film. Blood and guts are just for starters. I found myself cringing many times, and I thought I was basically immune to cringing at anything in a horror movie, having seen thousands of them.
An odd observation, but I myself can get slightly OCD when it comes to angles and symmetry. So I had an usual respect that few will have for the shots in the movie. There were some excellent angle shots and symmetrical masterpieces.
And for the most part, the movie's filter is dark and grungy, only adding to the disturbing, on-edge vibe that 'The Midnight Meat Train' exudes.
The subtle soundtrack only emphasizes this feel, working hand-in-hand with the colours, and strengthening the suspense. Horror movies can make the fatal mistake when incorporating a soundtrack. The loud boom suggests a surprise. Or a faster rhythm suggests something is coming. Here however, there were no clues or telltale signs that something was approaching. All shocks are unexpected. When Vinnie's character locks eyes with Leon, we shudder. That dude is scary.
And then there is the ending. Wow. I literally felt my mouth drop and my eyes widen. I had made brief guesses as to how the movie would end. I in no way saw this coming. Serial killer, maybe. Sick fetish, maybe. The actual way it ended, never saw it coming. It smacks you between the peepers.
A group of teens head off to Henry Island for a weekend of drinks, fornication, and general debauchery. But the fun comes to a screeching halt with the discovery of a body. From then on, things go from bad to disastrous.
If you are a sub-genre snob and have the false impression this novel is a generic island horror with the usual teen cast from a cheesy slasher flick, you'd be gravely mistaken. This plot is thoroughly thought-out. The characters are so well characterized, they could be real people. The shocks are delivered with expert precision. The mystery thickens with every page, becoming more unnerving, yet alluring. We are spellbound to the pages, needing to know who is responsible and why. But in-between this investigation completed by our protagonist Meg, more bodies turn up under strange circumstances. Were they actually accidents? Or is something more at work here?
Gretchen takes what could be stock characters, and molds them into believable people with justifiable behavior and motivations. Meg, our central character, smart, beautiful, and an all-around do-gooder. She, unlike most teens there, plans to lock herself away in the bedroom and get some journal writing done or work on her laptop, being a writer and all. You can't help but love Meg, a great role model and a character with extra bite.
Next, we have her best friend Minnie, who for me personally, was irritating as hell, until the conclusion to the story reveals everything....
We have a few guys, ranging from nice and chivalrous, to the typical aggravating jerks. The same rules go for the other girls. Pleasant, or intolerable.
A house full of teens is bound to result in drama of some sort, and most are already headed to the island with baggage, both literally and figuratively. So you know it's gonna get good, even without the darker side of the weekend inevitably veering the partying off course.
The author catches us off-guard with the bodies, and other morsels of information, enticing the reader continually until she smacks us in the face with a stellar ending.
When said and done, the ending reminded me of the new hit show on Netflix, '13 Reasons Why', but with a vengeance. You'll understand what I mean when you enjoy this novel.
Also, there were elements of the TV show Harper's Island, which I loved. An island horror with subterranean depths.
All in all, Gretchen McNeil takes a sub-genre of horror and adds her own secret ingredients: a sprinkle of mystery, a dollop of death, and a dash of drama, all iced in a tightly and neatly structured prose that flows effortlessly.
I highly urge all readers to grab a copy of this one. For those who don’t enjoy unnecessary gore or overly graphic scenes, don’t worry, this isn't overly gory. There is just enough, all of which is appropriate for the shock-factor.
It's all about the characters and the plot, but bodies are weaved into the plot, along with buckets of suspense.
My first McNeil mystery, but I promise, it won't be my last.
Love a horror movie set in the woods? Trees, dirt, sun, lakes, fresh air, tents, cabins, hiking, sex, alcohol, killers, monsters, psychos, toboggans and terror? This list is for you!
1) Cabin in the Woods
A huge conspiracy!
2) Wrong Turn
Cannibal hillbillies let loose in the woods!
3) Cabin fever
Eurgh. Graphic. Infection spreads.
4) Evil Dead
We all should know this classic. But then there is the remake too.
5) Wolf Creek
Those Australian's really know how to do horror.
6) Eden Lake
The Brits know how to get our blood pumping when a couple find themselves running from a gang of hooligans.
A woody horror with an edge.
Believe the unbelievable.
9) Friday the 13th
Another classic. He is coming for you.
10) Evil Things
Low budget horror movie in the woods? Yes. Awesome and horrifying? Yes.
From Supernatural creatures, deformed hillbillies, murderers, and more, this list should wet your appetite for some woody horror!
How can I explain Harper's Island? Okay, think 'I know what you did last summer' on steroids!
Let's start with the backstory. Seven years ago a man named John Wakefield headed out on a murder spree on this little island, butchering, hanging, and killing several people. The tragedy still haunts the place, lingering in the air. To say that name is highly frowned upon, would be an understatement. Everyone wants to forget and move on. Some managed to do
so until an island native returns with his bride-to-be.
They are planning an epic and romantic week of fun, climaxing in their wedding. Henry, the groom, invites longtime friend, Abby Mills, for the week.
Abby, whose mother was murdered by John Wakefield, hasn't been on the island since that dreadful night. She left her father, boyfriend, and life and headed far away. Now, after all these years have passed, she has to once again tread those shores if she hopes on being there for her close friend as he heads into matrimony.
As the week moves along, people disappear. Some are quick to jump to conclusions, others are hoping there is a reasonable explanation. Is John Wakefield back, despite Abby's father (the Sherrif) having shot him years ago? Is it a copycat? Or something far more insidious? While denial is a tactic commonly used to deal with mysterious and unsettling situations, you can't deny that something is horribly wrong when bodies start turning up.
Do you enjoy a good 'whodunnit' story? Then you'll love this series! Every episode keeps you guessing as more people are killed and the mystery thickens as revelations are revealed. Who is doing this?
As a horror fan, I was impressed at the diversity of deaths. Gruesome. Gory. Messed-up. Excellent!
But don't get the wrong idea. It isn't gore for gore's sake. What makes this series addictive and unique is the backstory and the ongoing enigma of these deaths and the perpetrator.
And of course, it wouldn't be interesting at all if we weren't invested in the characters in some way or another. We instantly develop a kinship with Abby Mills (Elaine Cassidy). She's suffered a great deal, losing her mother, and finding the body herself at such a young, impressionable and innocent age. The relationship with her father (Jim Beaver) oozes tension and unresolved drama. Their complex family dynamic is intriguing, to say the least.
Then, adding more weight to Abby, is Jimmy (C. J. Thomason) her love interest before she upped and left after Wakefield's killing spree. He was left broken-hearted, wounded, and alone. Luckily, he's gotten over it and is thrilled to see his old flame.
We have the wedding party, offering the viewers the typical douche bag groomsmen and vapid bridesmaids, providing comical relief through debauchery and mischief. Though, sister to the bride, Shea Allen (Gina Holden) who I personally adore as an actress, offers us a character with depth: a protective mother, loving wife, and well-rounded individual.
Obviously there is a romance element, with the entire week dedicated to a wedding. But we find ourselves tangled up in the love of another couple.
As a fan of the outdoors and great scenery, I loved the setting. Filmed on Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada, set the mood perfectly. You could almost feel the branches rustling against your skin. Feel the wet waves rolling in. Smell the oaky scent. Feel the rustic, earthy, yet alluring vibe to the island. A wonderful soundtrack meshes well with the natural backdrop.
Bucket loads of shocks. Powerful twists. Most episodes end in cliffhangers. Casual drama unfolds within the terror.
If you enjoy horror, mystery, thrillers, dramas, then I suggest you watch this immediately. Download it, or if you have Amazon Prime, it's available on there. Either way, you'd be missing out if you didn't add this to your list!
Ever since the original vampire 'Nosferatu' graced our screens many years ago, actors, producers and studios have teamed up annually, to give us plenty of vampy action! From horrifying, action-filled, original, and more classics. So if you're into this particular kind of fiends, check out the list below.
1) '30 Days Of Night'. One of my personal favourites, starring Melissa George and Josh Hartnett, both of which are sensationally talented actors. In a small Alaskan town, a natural phenomenon occurs where there is actually 30 days of night. Most head to visit family friends during this time, or stay inside. Because roaming around in the dark can be dangerous. Especially when it's dark all day for thirty days. Oh and then there is the faction of blood-thirsty vampires! These vampires, in my opinion, are the scariest I have come across. The prosthetics, foreign language, and super strength. A great vamp flick, undeniably.
2) 'Dracula 2000'. Moving on, we go back a few years to one of my first vampire movies. I can still watch this today and get the chills from the vampires. They are slimy, creepy and very strange. Gerard Butler plays the role of Dracula in this, and does a mighty job. In this movie, Abraham Van Helsing, who has a history with Count Dracula, discovers a group of antique thieves have broken into his storage and stolen a coffin in hopes that it holds great wealth. It is his responsibility to go and seek out his daughter as she is the first person Dracula will seek out if he becomes whole again. But will he make it in time?
3) 'Underworld'. An action-packed vampire movie revolving around a feud with werewolves. Kate Beckinsale stars, hacking, slashing and defending her kind. Less scary and more adrenaline-packed with epic fight scenes, and family-based storyline as two different breeds of monsters go head-to-head!
4) 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer'. Some may argue that this is a cheesy, horrid movie. But it is one of my guilty pleasures. I love this movie. Kristy Swanson plays a young teenage girl who deals with boys and school during the day, and vampires by night. She comes from a long line of women who are endowed with supernatural strength to battle all forms of evil. It is a little campy and more funny than creepy, but that doesn't distract from it being a good watch. Then we can't forget, if it wasn't for this movie we wouldn't have been blessed with the incredible TV show starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. So we owe a lot to this movie!
5) 'Interview with a vampire'. Most will know this one, starring Brad Pitt & Tom Cruise. A vampire tells his epic life story. His loves, losses, betrayals, solidary existance that comes with being a creature of the night, and the relentless hunger that he cannot control. A great vampire flick and an instant classic in my eyes.
6)'The Lost Boys'. Come on, who hasn't seen this? Horror/vampire fan or not, it's an all-around great movie. Two young boys are relocated with their mother to a strange town. But it's about to get a hell of a lot stranger when the older boy becomes enthralled with a girl who happens to be in involved with a group of even stranger people. They can morph into bats, fly, and seem to be oddly strong. Oh, and they have fangs and drink blood. Another classic with a great soundtrack!
7) 'Blade'. Another action/horror movie starring Wesley Snipes. He obliterates hoards of bloodsuckers, while being one himself. Whopping stunts, comedy, and interesting storyline. This did well and went on for two more movies, even luring in Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel into the third one.
8) 'Fright Night'. Classic or remake, you can't go wrong. A guy tries to expose the existence of a vampire who has moved in next door. I love the original for the melodramatic effects and truly eerie vampires, along with that awesome soundtrack. Yet the remake, with Colin Farrell, has a different vibe. Farrell does an enviable job of playing the vampire next door. I'd personally watch both if you somehow haven't seen either.
9) 'Van Helsing'. Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale team up in this terrific vampire film. With the addition of werewolves and other creations. This is more action orientated, yet the vampires are still creepy. Dracula has a plan to take over the world in a rather impressive way. It is Van Helsing's responsibility to stop this plan, with his team of course.
10) 'Daybreakers'. It's 2019, a deadly plague has transformed almost everyone into vampires. With blood supplies low, and desperation increasing, the vampires need to find a way to yield more of that juicy plasma. Meanwhile, a researcher is in league with a group of 'good' vamps, in an attempt to save humankind. An intriguing concept for the future, pushing out the zombie infection as the plague that is apparently going to happen according to hundreds of movies. This explores what would happen if we fell victim to a disease that mutates us into bloodsuckers. Thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining.
I know, I know, I am late to the party. 'True Blood' is an epic supernatural series that ran from 2008 - 2014, produced by HBO, that I recently binge-watched. And boy am I glad I did! This show is brilliant for so many reasons.
This show is set in a time where vampires don't just live in our nightmares but in our world. They are a part of society. They have officially come out....of the coffin.
Some are humane and just want to be treated with dignity and respect, which is known as 'mainstreaming', complete with drinking a blood-substitute drunk called Tru-Blood. While others are vicious creatures that want to take control and destroy humans.
We explore new rules, both in society and vampire abilities as well as weaknesses. Both are intriguing and unsettling. Vampires are fighting for equal rights, facing oppositions from a cult of vampire-haters known as the Church of the Sun. They are you typical bigoted, small-minded, hateful, dumb cult determined to exterminate all vampires.
And vampires themselves, have their own laws and regulations, doled out by sheriffs of counties and states. Killing humans and other legions of the undead have consequences.
But vampires aren't the only creatures that make appearances. We see werewolves, shifters, gods, and more! Each season brings a terrifying and superb new threat to a small town in Louisana. In the end, despite their initial resistance, they realize vampires are the least of their concerns, especially when all hell breaks loose.
In this brave new world, we follow Sookie Stackhouse, a waitress with a rather peculiar ability. We grow attached to this blonde lady as she falls in love with a vampire and repeatedly throws herself in harm's way to protect him and the townspeople. She is loving, kind, open-minded, spiritual, and unbelievably brave.
Let's not forget passion! If nudity and sex scenes offend you, I'd give this a miss. Jason Stackhouse, Sookie's brother, is a player, flashing flesh while sexing women more often than showering. But he's not the only man who regularly exposes himself, or woman for that matter, love, romance, and naughtiness are this town's bread and butter. Sweating, panting, and bed-banging are the background music to the show. But it's not just sex for the sake of it, these scenes of lust are suited to each character and their relationship/s.
While I have never personally visited Louisana, I feel this show perfectly depicts the type of people that would inhabit a small southern town in the United States. You'd have the bigots, religious folk, genuinely kind people, crazy people, gossipers, normal citizens, hard workers, and on and on. This cast of quirky characters are extremely entertaining to watch and partly drive the show, they bring a sense of normality to break from the supernatural craziness.
But wait, this is a horror show, right? There'd better be gore! Well, you're in luck, there is. From pints of blood, cannibalism, graphic scenes of violence, and moments so gross you can't practically smell the stench of rot and decay, aided by remarkable acting.
There isn't a weak link in the entire cast. From do-gooder Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), man-whore Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten), passionate vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), hilarious chef Lafayette (Nelson Ellis), anger-fuelled Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley), honourable bar owner Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell), complex good / bad vamp Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and others, they bring commitment to each role, spellbinding us in their performances as their characters develop and darken.
Breath-taking. Shocking. Scary. Tense. Addictive. Rule-breaking. Unique. Genre-barrier-exploding.
For those who love gore, death, monsters, unconventional romances, hilarious yet annoying townsfolk, unbelievable twists, and turns, I'd heed you to get started on this amazing show. A Little tip, it's on Amazon Prime! Or you can purchase the DVDs or Blu-rays.
Whatever the case, get on it!
Have the past few horror movies you've seen not been that great? Are you in a bad horror movie slump? Wanna snap out of it? Then this list is the perfect way to do so. I guarantee that these movies will chill, frighten, and horrify you! From breathless tension, jump-out-of-your-seat moments, and scarring scenes of terror, this list has it all.
1) The Conjuring.
With Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, this movie revolves around strange goings on in an old house. While many horror movies have that same premise, this one stands out from the rest. Genuinely scary!
A young boy has a rather strange ability of dream-travelling. Sounds cool, it isn't. Not when he leaves his body vulnerable to possessions from various demons. Also, starring Patrick Wilson, alongside Rose Byrne, this is sheer terror in a film. Jumpy. Tense. Frightening.
An author prepares for his next novel, predicting another bestseller. His research takes him into darker places than he ever imagined, including tapes of family deaths in the attic of his new house. A house where many a murder took place. Truly unnerving and constantly unsettling.
4) Evil Things.
A group of young people head out to a cabin to celebrate a birthday. They expected laughs, alcohol, frolicking and good times. They didn't foresee being stalked by something beyond their comprehension. Low budget but terrific! This film challenges horror movies with Hollywood budgets as it achieves genuine thrills and chills.
5) Insidious 2.
I know, I know. Sequels don't seem to be popular with horror fans, personally I love them, if they are done for the right reasons and add to the story. This one does. The family are now suffering the consequences of the dream-travelling child and what they went through to get him back. Now the horror is a little closer to home. Again, sensationally sinister, but the part that will haunt your dreams about this movie, is the villain: mind-numbingly horrifying.
6) Lights Out.
Stemming from a short film, comes a feature length movie of perfect horror. Sticks to all the rules, yet doesn't get boring or predictable for one second. A young girl helps her brother battle a supernatural being that's been plaguing him. Many jumps. Many scares. All woven through an intriguing story.
7) 30 Days of Night.
Vampires have never scared me, until this movie. Darkness consumes an Alaskan town for a month, leaving it vulnerable to attacks from unnatural beings. The fear factor of this movie is the vampires. Disturbing fiends. Foreign language. Blood-thirsty. Smart. Strong. They are the beasts that monsters have nightmares about. Melissa George and Josh Hartnett star.
8) Paranormal Activity.
A home invasion by a ghost. Sounds overdone, right? Wrong! This movie actually offers goosebump-moments in abundance. Tip, if you are one of those annoying movie watchers that can't pry their phone or tablets from their hands, even during a movie, maybe forgo this one, or leave technology at the door. This is only terrifying if you pay attention. The horror is in the subtly and realism.
9) Don't Breathe.
While scariness is slight, there is a wealth of tension practically throughout the whole movie. Never have I watched such an excellently tense movie. A threesome of youngsters break into a house, hearing the owner is blind and therefore weak and disadvantaged to a burglary, should he wake up. They didn't take into account that this man isn't your typical blind person. Tense. Tense. Tense. You have to watch this!
10) The Visit.
Do some old people creep you out? They will after this movie. Two kids reconnect with their grandparents only to discover these aren't your ordinary Gramps and Grams. Something is seriously wrong with these senior citizens. Steady pace stitched with bizarreness and creepiness, that leads to a superb yet horrifying ending.
What originally started as a short film - a rather chilling, impressive one - has now become a full-length movie. I had high hopes for this feature as I really enjoyed the short. And the movie didn't disappoint.
In short, Rebecca must uncover the horror behind her younger brother's terrifying encounters with an unnerving and creepy being. This forces Rebecca to relive some disturbing and upsetting childhood memories of her own.
With a complex family situation, we delve into the mystery of a creature that can only attack in the dark. Shine a flashlight on them, or turn on a light, and they disappear. But the second that source of light goes out, it will get you!
Teresa Palmer (Rebecca) takes the lead with some terrific acting, portraying a truly sympathetic and empathetic older sister torn between protecting her younger brother and saving her mother. Despite her obvious beauty, this girl can act. Too often, movies only care about the appearance of their performers. If they look the part, that's all that matters, disregarding the importance convincing performances have on the story. Palmer shattered this genre convention by giving us a sensational portrayal of Rebecca that didn't relent for a second. Her commitment to the role was obvious. She guided us through the story with frightening grace.
Gabriel Bateman (Martin) didn't do bad either, hacking through the plot with a vulnerability that made us nervous and emotionally attached to the young boy. Putting a child against such scariness, I feel, makes the horror all the more unsettling. He's a boy, what can he do? How can he defend himself? Then you can't help but be compassionate towards him, given his difficult home life.
And of course, we can't leave out the mother, Sophie (Maria Bello) who a few will recognize from 'Demonic' and 'Coyote Ugly'. Her acting chops are superb, exposing us to a shaken, anxious woman struggling to cope with her life. Yet despite her inner and outer demons, her maternal instincts are admirable and give the story teeth. There was nothing but realism in her interpretation of a suffering mother, subtle yet explosive.
As for the director and writer, David F. Sandberg, known for some brilliantly spooky short films, this movie was his feature debut. I strongly believe - and hope - we'll be seeing a lot more from him soon.
David respected the genre, and the audience, by avoiding monotonous and irritating genres cliches. He made this monster, along with the rules of horror, and exploited that in unique and compelling ways.
Everything, from the cinematography, soundtrack, effects, costume, script, and pace, all hit the mark. Overall, 'Lights Out' is a cleverly crafted, passionately produced, perfectly rendered horror movie that ticks all the boxes. I highly recommend you watch it. It's currently available to rent from Redbox from $1.50!
New to Redbox! This is a must-see movie. No question. You'll love it!
Tense? Tense doesn't even begin to describe this movie. Without a shadow of a doubt, this is the most unsettling, disturbing, and unnerving movie I've ever seen. And I've watched a lot!
It is relentless. The tension never stops, and the story just keeps unfolding and taking bizarre twists.
My mouth was pretty much always agape throughout the movie, shocked beyond belief. Then there was my chest aching, as I kept holding my breath, afraid for the young intruders.
I applaud the writers Fede Alvarez & Rodo Sayagues, for creating such a unique, original movie. There aren't many movies to compare this too. I hope that changes. I hope this movie starts a trend of truly breathless and constantly tense films.
I heard and read a lot about this movie before finally biting the bullet and renting it. But when a huge hype has been made, there is always that niggling fear that it will never match up. 'Don't Breathe' not only met my expectations but far exceeded them. I haven't stopped talking about this movie since, spreading it around the horror world like a viral infection.
In short, you have three thieves working their last job. They each have various motivations, but two of the three really want out. They discover a house in which plenty of cash is stashed away. The owner is an old man, what harm could he possibly do? They sneak in, steal the money, and sneak out. Easy. They have done it many times before. But, unbeknownst to them, this job will have many unexpected surprises.
Hats off to the actors. Honestly, there wasn't a weak link in the entire cast.
You have the young girl whose reasons for stealing are selfless, Rocky (Jane Levy). This girl is one tough b*tch. Her home life isn't desirable. You can understand why she has resorted to crime.
There is the nice guy, Alex (Dylan Minnette). I personally liked how Alex considered the consequences of each crime. He advised they never bring guns as that goes from burglary to armed robbery, lengthening their potential criminal sentence. Rocky and Alex see eye-to-eye.
But there has to be a character who causes conflict, right? Besides the old man, that would be Money (Daniel Zovatto). He's the typical jerk, who cares about money, shocker. He is the reason things go from bad to worse. He lights the fire that starts the chaos.
Then, of course, we have the old man (Stephen Lang). What a superb performance. I had conflicting thoughts about this character. One side of me hated him. Another side found myself rationalizing his actions and view of the world, given his experiences. He was a complex and terrifying character.
Overall, I couldn't have asked for more from a movie. It had everything. It left me with an aching chest, trembling hands, but an urge to watch it again. I will be purchasing a DVD of this movie without a doubt, this has to go in my permanent collection.
If I haven't got you itching to see it by now, all I can say is this. Tense. Intriguing. Unforgettable. Unusual. Shocking. One-of-a-kind. WATCH IT!
Netflix hits the mark yet again with one of their original movies!
Most horrors of this era are focused on fast, fake thrills. Kill scenes strung together by mundane scenes. They lack a buildup or great characterisations. This movie respected the story and the characters.
In short, a psychiatrist attempts to recover from a violent attack by a former patient, by diving back into the world of psychiatry. But there is so much more to the story, some of which I didn't see coming at all!
I loved how the movie really gives the viewer an inside look at the world of psychiatry through the eyes of our protagonist Dr. Jane Mathis (Vinessa Shaw). How the mind works has always been a fascination of mine. Most horror movies that touch on this subject matter, rush through the details of patient progress and get to the action and horror. This film offered a deeper look into the mind and the process of how one is guided when aspiring to overcome trauma.
With a steady pace that slowly fills with tension and suspense, it exceeded my expectations. There is always that fear, that you put effort into a movie with a gradual progression rather than kill-scene-kill-scene, that the ending won't be worth it. Well, don't waste your time worrying about that with this film. I vividly recall my mouth opening at the first twist, then at the second twist, I was flabbergasted.
Also, props to the filmography department, there were some beautiful shots tying the film together. Also, you have to respect a movie that doesn't deafen us with an abundance of loud sound effects to coincide with the 'jumpy' bits. This movie is cleverer than that. It relies on making us at first unsettled, and our own anxiety thickens as we have been programmed to expect something to happen when everything is quiet, especially at night. Sometimes something happens, other times it doesn't. We as an observer pick this up fast. This is partly what keeps us on edge throughout.
Did I mention it's genuinely creepy? If you are wanting a heavy serving of blood and guts, you'll be disappointed. This film serves us a generous dose of creepiness instead, without constantly falling on guts hanging out or heads being chopped off. However, there are some bloody moments, but they were essential to the visceral shock the audience needed to empathize with Dr Mathis and truly understand her struggles. When most people experience trauma, they don't have to go back into a career that revolves around dealing with trauma patients. And while at first she tackles easier cases, her guilt eventually leads her back into more serious cases. Could they drudge up memories? Could they hinder her progress? Watch and see!
All in all, a steady pace, chills, intrigue, and a mind-blowing twist within a twist, make this movie well worth watching. Add it to your Netflix list ASAP!
Have you missed any of these horror gems on Netflix? If you have, I suggest you get watching!
1. The Den
3. House of Wax
4. Queen of the Damned
6. The Uninvited
8. The Amytville Horror (2005)
9. Would You Rather
What are you waiting for? If you've missed any, add them to your Netflix list ASAP!
Don't get prematurely depressed about the Christmas season ending, as you have a lot to look forward to in 2017! For example, these gems coming to our Netflix accounts in January!
The Shining - January 1st
It Follows - January 13th
Bates Motel (Season 4) - January 21st
Sharknado 4 - January 27th
Ripper Street (Season 4) - January 28th
Antibirth - January 30th
Some horrors you may or may not have been aware of. That have already arrived!
- From Dusk Till Dawn (Season 3)
- House of Wax
- The Devil Dolls
- The Good Neighbor
So, what takes your fancy? A dash of werewolf? A sprinkle of witch? A peppering of suspense? A dollop of horror? A drizzle of chaos? A glazing or originality? Whatever takes your liking, this show is guaranteed to please.
From creator John Logan comes this refreshing, riveting, and addictive show: 'Penny dreadful'. Horror fans, bow before this man, he has brought you a truly incredible series!
We are in Victorian London, which is fascinating enough from a historical point-of-view, but then comes the turmoil. We have a man who discovers a monster lurks within him, which he struggles to control. Then, we have a prim and proper young lady with a rather interesting past, who has caught the eye of a truly evil being, who will not rest until she is his. Add this with a Doctor we all know very well - Dr Frankenstein - and his creation. Or is it creations? Oh, and let's not forget Mr Dorian Gray himself, who has supernatural abilities and many-a-fetish that needs to be fed.
So, have I piqued your intrigue yet? No? Well then try this on for size. The setting is not only alluring but realistic. We can truly imagine how it would have been to live in the 1890's in London. The vast difference in that part of history - when all said and done, isn't that far in the past - is unbelievable. From how they passed the time, the popular jobs, society, technology, politics, law enforcement, homes, traveling, and how people conduct themselves. We see everything, from rich to poor, sane to crazy, and weak to strong.
The characters themselves are just as important as the storylines unfolding with a perfectly controlled, steady pace.
Eva Green portrays a tormented Vanessa Ives with elegance tinged with the constant knowledge that something is seriously wrong with her. I seriously enjoyed watching Ms Ives, from her social gatherings to the supernatural threats she faces. I hope to see a lot more of Eva Green landing roles in the horrorverse.
Josh Hartnett (Halloween H20, 30 Days of Night) is no stranger to horror. However, this role is more than the leading man in a horror flick, this role is a challenging one to take on. But no surprise, he tackles it with remarkable skill. A werewolf is one thing, roar! But, the man who is dealing with it is another entirely. He stresses how bad living with the darkness truly is. Not to mention, he is an American living in Britain, with family seeking him out, wanting him back.
Those are just two of the brilliant characters within the show. The acting, as a whole, is practically flawless. Every actor has taken their role seriously and while keeping the spirit of the myth alive, have also brought their own twist to it. Which is just as important as keeping the memory of that being alive in my eyes.
Thus far, we have superb acting, captivating storylines, and a detailed and enticing set. As usual, the visual effects and makeup team have clearly worked hard to portray scenes of brutality, as well as bring creatures and monsters to life!
All in all, this show is perfect in every way. It is currently on Netflix, and I highly suggest you hop on over and get started. Episode after episode, you are glued to the screen, amidst a spell if you will. Be sure to comment on this blog if you plan on watching it, or have already started to watch it.
Well, how do I even begin to describe this show? It truly is one-of-a-kind in so many ways. This is a show that will never be forgotten and I assume will be looked upon fondly by almost every viewer. As original as it is exciting. As unsettling as it is controversial. Black Mirror sets a new standard for sci-fi TV shows, which is already sky high since the release of Stranger Things. Sci-fi fiends are loving it. And with more seasons to come, things are just getting started!
Okay, so, small tidbit. This show was originally a British show, but Netflix bought it and gave it a third season. Was it to save the show? Did the Brits not appreciate it? Or did Netflix simply offer much more money? I have to say, Netflix has a keen eye when it comes to fresh talent! Anyway, I digress. Black Mirror is an anthology series. Like American Horror Story, except each episode is a new storyline and new set of characters. Think of short movies for episodes. Although, some episodes do reach up to one hour and thirty minutes (the average length of a movie), but most, unfortunately, are only forty minutes or so. The only downside? There aren't many episodes per season, say around five or six. I predict this will change as the show's viewership increases when word of mouth begins to spread.
Black Mirror explores technology, culture, politics, the future, society and many more aspects of our world. It goes deep into how the future could turn out, especially from a technology-based stand-point. From how we engage, to the new rules that law could enforce, to how we entertain ourselves, all angles are explored. The originality - aside a huge list of pros - is just one thing that makes this show great. Having a TV show existential crisis? Seeing the same overdone plot over and over? Then look no further, I guarantee you won't have seen anything like this show.
Word of mouth must have at least spread to Hollywood, as some named celebs are hopping on board and starring in the show! From Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World), Alice Eve (The Raven, Sex & the City 2, ATM), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones), and Michael Kelly (Now You See Me).
This series seriously forces you to think: what if? What if some of this did happen in the future? Some possibilities for how the world could end up are incredibly frightening. Social media has already taken hold of most humans, from Facebook to Twitter, everyone is on the internet. Some can maintain 'everything in moderation' whereas most of our doomed population are constantly scrolling through their feeds like mindless zombies, not caring or feeling, just bored or addicted. Pastimes such as art, reading, hiking, traveling, spending time with family and friends (without posting on social media) is becoming incredibly rare. We all have a voice. But this show tells us that our voices could become dangerous and potentially fatal to many fellow humans.
One thing I assure most people will feel when watching this - besides amazement, tension, unease, excitement, and fascination - is nostalgia. As a nineties child, I remember when bike-riding with friends was how you passed the summer holidays, or bowling or swimming. Now, kids are addicted to pointless video games or various forms of social media. Black Mirror poses so many serious issues.
It will make you feel guilty for having a social media account with any website, regardless of moderation and still enjoying physical things and socializing with real flesh-and-blood human beings.
However, we go far further than social media. The explorations are endless. I am beyond eager to watch the next season and see what other original ideas they come up with. But the ideas themselves aren't the only boast-worthy pro of this show, it is all in the execution. From acting, effects, script, filming, and soundtrack, everything is thought-out. No aspect has been left to chance. Detail is everything.
So, if I haven't got your buds wet yet, feel free to check it out for yourself!
WARNING: THIS SHOW IS MOREISH. IT MAY LEAD TO CALLING IN SICK FOR WORK OR CANCELLING SOCIAL EVENTS IN ORDER TO WATCH JUST ONE MORE EPISODE...THEN ANOTHER....
What a wonderfully unsettling, mind-boggling, addictive, and impressive first season to a TV show. Of any genre, this show is fantastic, as it is horror, it is extraordinary. Horror TV shows have a habit of being loved or hated. Especially when that TV show is based on a well-known horror movie and they have a difficult audience to please.
We all know Silence of the Lambs, an iconic movie starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster. And then we have the follow on: Hannibal, mixing it up with Julianne Moore. Either way, these movies are spectacular.
So, how would you even begin adapting these movies for a series? You have to capture the sick and twisted mind of a serial killer and cannibal, obviously. But in a show, you must have other storylines ongoing, with characters that are loved and characters that are hated. This show manages to achieve perfection. I was wildly impressed, for many reasons.
Firstly, the cast is sensational. Hugh Dancy, who plays Will Graham, a young FBI criminal profiler who has an uncanny and disturbing ability to empathize with serial killers. The more he is asked to interpret crime scenes in his own way, the deeper he delves into the darkness that lurks in his mind. We are just waiting for him to crack. With plenty of dream montages, we are constantly on our toes as to whether or not he has slipped from sanity and transformed into a killer. Hugh Dancy does a phenomenal job of portraying a man struggling with inner demons and striving for normality.
But of course, we can't forget Dr Hannibal Lecter: a renowned psychiatrist and of course, serial killer and cannibal. This challenging role is played by Mads Mikkelsen, and quite well I might add. He has the ability to play a sophisticated serial killer with a liking for good food and wine, as well as the finer things in life. Yet, his sinister desires are kept stowed away, with not one person suspecting his involvement in strings of murders. I found these two characters to be particularly enticing. Yet, all the cast are very talented, from other FBI employees to Will's lady-friend Dr Alana Bloom, who has her own struggles, fighting the battle between heart and head.
The music is suited flawlessly to the atmosphere of each episode. The producers chose to have - fitting with the air of quality - orchestra music running throughout most scenes. This fits well not only with the intended feeling of the show but its slow pace. That is another reason this show snatched my attention. Most shows have quick scenes and a fast pace, everything happens at superhuman speed leaving us to ponder while attempting to watch the action unfold onscreen. Not this time. Hannibal scenes, for the most part, are steady, dramatic, often tense, and utterly addictive. You can't look away from the screen. It's not just the action and murders that are enticing, it is the conversations themselves. Whether we are watching a scene in Hannibal's office while he talks with a patient, Will at home overthinking events, or a dinner party at Hannibal's home, we are intrigued. The script is fantastic, adding to the vibe of the show, and blending exquisitely with the characters and how we would expect them to talk and interact.
Yes, but how is the gore? Graphic! As we horror fans need it to be! We have the running storyline of Hannibal and Will, but each episode also explores serial killers and their various fetishes. Some scenes had me putting my dinner aside for a few minutes. Bravo to the special effects makeup team!
But seriously, what a total mind-f*ck. We are shoved into Will's psyche, feeling and witnessing his struggles so vividly it feels firsthand. From messed up dreams, special effects, creepy music, and of course his breakdowns! Add this with endless twists and turns on a blood-covered road, and you have a hit show that respects the movies yet brings something more to the story and characters.
Bonus? Gillian Anderson stars! Would you expect anything but a stellar performance?
If I haven't given you enough reasons, let me spell it out for you: WATCH THIS SHOW! I am eager to see how everything develops after being left with an epic climax!
As a fan of what I call 'Handy-Cam-Horror', I loved this movie.
It was fresh. It was real. A little too real for my liking!
There are no flashy effects and extreme costumes. We have an American couple living together. They live aside their best friends. Life is perfect. Until, home invasions start.
Someone is on the loose, breaking into people's homes in their neighbourhood. If that isn't bad enough, the American couple are expecting a baby. So, in-between shocking news updates on multiple home invasions, wondering if their house will be next, they have the added stress of a baby on the way!
As we are openly told that everything is being filmed from a camera phone, everything has to look real. And, it is. Everything from the interactions between characters, to the decor, represent your typical homes and conversations. I am sure everyone can think of someone they know who are just like this couple. Which is what makes everything all the more realistic, and thus alarming. You feel as though you're holding the camera, walking around your home in the dark, with a dangerous individual on the prowl...
Don't let the movie's attempt at realness fool you, there are a few genuine chills in the lead up to a shocking climax.
Also, we are given small chunks of clues as to how the movie ends, without evening knowing it!
Overall, a simple but effective horror movie that is entertaining and unnerving.
This may be my favourite season of American Horror Story to date! Hotel pushes the boundaries in several ways.
As usual, we have a very talented cast including, for the first time, Lady Gaga. Not only does she rule the world of music, but her acting chops are remarkable. Her role is complex, to say the least. A countess who likes to rule and be admired. I found myself hating her character, then in the next scene, loving her. You follow her on a rollercoaster of an emotional, sexual, bloody ride.
Let's not forget the handsome Mr Matt Bomer. He had a small role in season 4 (carnival) that led to a recurring role in season 5. He is as great of an actor as he is beautiful. He is love-struck and wounded through the majority of the series.
Sarah Paulson isn't bad either. And by that, I mean she is sensational. Hypodermic Sally, a drug addict with severe emotional problems who
gives us so many powerful scenes. All she wants is to be loved, but seems doomed to be alone for eternity. Her needy nature becomes unsettling. The boundaries she is willing to break to find a soul mate are truly terrifying.
And of course, Kathy Bates is phenomenal! She plays Iris, the mother of Matt Bomer's character. She transitions from devoted, loving mother, to a merciless woman on a mission. Despite initially only being there to look over her son, she develops a kinship with Liz Taylor (Dennis O'Hare). This power couple go from strength to strength.
Speaking of Liz, a straight crossing dressing male who identifies as female is exotic, powerful, and undeniably captivating. There is a lot more than meets the eye with Liz, as you eventually find out.
So, that's the 'normal' cast. But we also have the appearance of serial killers! As a fan of true crime I was ecstatic at the arrival of well-known serial killers popping up, as well as one that runs the show. In one particular episode, we witness an annual meeting of some of the world's most infamous serial killers. This is surreal, bizarre, and excellent. Easily, my favourite episode of the season.
Let's not forget, this is a horror series. Therefore, heaps of blood, death, and chills are injected into every episode. Not to mention, unseen and explosive twists and turns as you try to escape the Hotel, but find you are beginning to enjoy the madness.
It has to be mentioned that this show is revolutionary in many ways.
One, it explores gender fluidity, sexual orientations or lack thereof.
Two, we look deeper into the fine lines between love, power, devotion, and hate.
Three, in the horror world, it takes multiple sub-genres and tangles them into a horror puzzle that we just love to solve.
Also, props go to the makeup department, both special FX makeup and more subtle makeup to give the undead a pale glow. Also, I can appreciate that a great deal of effort clearly went into choosing the location and the actual hotel, as well as other settings used.
As I expected, the costumes, especially Lady Gaga's are strangely sensational. But all costumes are superb.
Overall, this season ticks all the boxes, and then some! I eagerly await the next season and how they will bring horror lovers more great, unforgettable TV.
Well, what a season. I wasn't sure what to expect with the second season. Sometimes a series can have an awesome pilot season and then tank rather quickly. However, I was pleasantly surprised by Scream's second season, for so many reasons.
We delve deeper into the characters, old and new. I particularly loved Emma's (Willa Fitzgerald) clearly anxious state of mind when coming back to a place that was the stage for so much death and bloodshed. Her acting is sensational. We clearly feel her struggles of coping with PTSD. She obviously took a leaf from Neve Campbell's portrayal of Sydney in the Scream movies, in regards to honestly portraying a tortured woman coming to the realization that the killer is back and it is all happening again.
Emma isn't the only character that provides excellent entertainment. I was shocked by Brooke's various meltdowns played by (Carlson Young). In season 2 she deals with her fair share of trauma. Public breakdowns become a running theme for her. Bravo to Carlson! Brooke's turmoil was excellently expressed.
Let's not forget the talented Bex Taylor-Haus who plays Audrey. She is stuck in an undesirable situation, truly trapped and helpless. Her helplessness makes us love her more and truly feel bad for her. She made a mistake and feels incredibly guilty for that. Noah, as usual, eventually comes to the rescue. But, not in the way you'd think....
We have a collection of new characters that came into the second season, with Kiana Lede playing Zoe Vaughn. I adored Zoe. Her character was a fresh dose of boldness the show needed. However, in the spirit of honesty, I do have a problem with the character of Gustavo. Whether it was the actor who played him, or the character, I had trouble feeling anything for him: hate, love, or anything in-between. I was slightly irritated with him a few times but mainly indifferent. His character served no purpose in the season. I highly advise a new character to come in if a season 3 does happen.
Moving on, the plot thickens. The past isn't the past anymore. History comes back to bite them in the ass!
They up the gore considerably. Blood, carnage, butchery. The killer or killers are merciless this time around.
We have to appreciate that Scream TV pays homage to classic horror movies. Episodes are named after well-known horror movies. Then, we have several scenes that have clearly been inspired by horror movies. One particular scene, involving Brooke, is clearly taken from a classic horror movie. Except they added more horror to this. I yelped with excitement at this scene, flashing to an iconic scene from a horror film, and how the Scream producers / creators had added their own brand of crazy to this iconic moment.
Let's not forget what Scream TV is steadily becoming known for, its breath-taking cliffhangers! Every episode leaves you gasping for more. Fortunately, I watched this on Netflix and could binge watch the season. It proved impossible to have to stop due to obligations when they end every episode with a powerful, alluring climax that leaves a million questions but not one answer.
They may have taken inspiration from the horror culture, but Scream bursts with originality. From deaths, twists, character relationships, technology, and settings. They manage to simultaneously please the Scream fans, while satisfying all horror lovers. They add a lot more to this show than 'whodunnit'.
Two exceptional new characters, including Keiran's feisty aunt and sketchy cousin bring tension to the season. That's all I will say of them.... excellent acting from Sean Grandillo who plays Eli.
I am keeping my fingers crossed for a third season. Despite the initial reservations horror fans had about the movie franchise being turned into a TV show, I think we can all agree this series is becoming rather epic.
Watch out for these Horror TV shows hitting Netflix!
- iZombie season 2 - confirmed
- Supernatural Season 11 - confirmed
- The Vampire Diaries Season 7 - confirmed
- The Originals Season 3 - confirmed
- Murder Maps season 2 - confirmed
- American Horror Story Hotel season 5 - confirmed
Well, what a movie!
I adored The Conjuring but deep down worried the second movie wouldn't measure up, as is often the case with sequels in any genre. However, I was amazed. Not only was it as good, it may actually be better than the first one!
First off, continuing from the first movie, it was terrifying. Whether you are talking about the nun, the old man, or otherwise, The Conjuring 2 proved to be genuinely terrifying, and as a horrorbuff, I don't say that lightly. Whether you like chills, jump-out-of-your-seat moments, or sights so disturbing they plague your conscious and subconscious for days afterwards, this movie will hit the spot.
Again, Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson (Lorraine and Ed Warren - the paranormal investigators) were marvelous. We get to delve deeper into their characters and see what really scares them. Throughout the movie, Lorraine is paranoid that she is ignoring warnings about her husband's untimely demise. So, every time he gets in touch with the other side, we worry something may happen to him.....
We also get to see more of their relationship and how they perfectly suit each other, as well as dipping into their history.
But let's not forget the victims of the haunting, the brave mother Peggy Hodgson (Frances O'Connor) and her children. Peggy's portrayal of a British single mother in what I like to call vintage Britain was second to none. As a Brit living in America, I felt a ton of nostalgia, as well as fear, watching this movie. I imagine non-Brits would find the culture fascinating. It added great depth to the movie by taking the haunting to the United Kingdom. You have the family dynamic which is excellent, then how this dynamic changes when the hauntings start. Even more, when the whole family becomes convinced by the hauntings.
Rarely do reviews give credit to the props, costume, and set department, but here I must. Again, having family that was around during this time, and living in similar conditions in the UK, I was impressed by how realistic and genuine the settings were. Whether it be the school, the house, or the street; everything was brilliantly British
Then, of course, we have the effects. Again, they added to the horror. From hovering people, moving objects etc, they were superb.
One thing that surprised me was the length of the movie. It came in at 2 hours and 14 minutes! I was overjoyed, as most horrors barely reach an hour and thirty minutes. I was also overjoyed, as the movie didn't feel that long. The pacing and structure of the film was handled with expert precision, giving it a well-balanced feel. It wasn't slow but also wasn't rushed. Every scene had significance and was needed for the story and characterizations.
James Wan, the director, is fast becoming a horror legend. So far he has created gems such as the Insidious movies, the Conjuring movies, and Lights Out (which I hear is petrifying). This man knows how to play on our fears and give us new ones! This is the first director I have come across in a long time that can scare, intrigue, amaze, and captivate in every movie. I eagerly await more works from this talented director.
Speaking of which, the spinoff movie 'The Nun' has been confirmed and will be released in 2017! So we at least know we will get one movie from Wan in 2017.
This was a great movie. A slow pace guides us through a manor with a troubling past. I know, cliche, right? But this past was so much more disturbing than I could have ever imagined. This was a past that I actually felt could be real, in the early 1800's perhaps.
Although there were a few scares and unsettling moments, this movie would have been more suited to the thriller / drama genre. There were explosive scenes of emotion and conflict, so much so that I found myself thinking 'that was incredible acting', rather than, 'that was terrifying.'
I feel most horror fans may be disappointed with the movie due to most horrors giving instant gratification to its viewers. People don't have to work when watching a horror movie anymore, everything is instant. You have everything at the click of a button in 2016, and this has bled to stain our movie culture too. Except, this one. 'The Disappointments Room' isn't constricted by the usual simple plot, abundance of gore, questionable acting, and obvious use of music to build up to a scare. The plot in this is interesting, there is minimal gore, the acting is sensational, and all cinematic devices are used in moderation.
Speaking of which, Kate Beckinsale shines in this movie. Her portrayal of a strong, independent, stubborn woman, with a horrible past who is now dependent on medication, is fabulous. There is one particular scene towards the end of the movie where her acting is exceptional! She is one of a few actresses that is both beautiful and genuinely talented. The supporting cast were also impressive.
Even though there are movies set in manors that have a paranormal threat endangering future residents, this one stood out from the crowd. This movie won't blend into the many horrors I have seen set in manors and mansions.
On that subject, the scenery was spectacular. The slow camera panning from shot to shot absorbs all angles of the manor in its creepy glory and its location.
I was surprised to find some comedy mixed in, which provided temporary relief from the chilling history of the place. You have an uncomfortable yet hilarious professional relationship between Kate's character and her hired contractor.
We are actually left with a cliffhanger in regards to the condition of one character. I can't recall a horror movie doing that for many years. At least, not one that I have seen. This was refreshing.
Overall, 'The Disappointments Room' wasn't disappointing at all. With a slow pace, morbid history, outstanding acting, a few chills, and brilliant scenery, it proved to be entertaining and unsettling.
1) From Dusk Till Dawn, Season 3
When: 7th September – Original in CA, LATAM, BE, FR, DACH, UK/IE, India, Italy, Spain – Weekly Episodes
2) The Amityville Horror, 2005
When: 1st September
When: 1st September
4) Jaws 2
When: 1st September
5) Jaws 3
When: 1st September
6) Jaws: The Revenge
When: 1st September
7) The Wicker Man
When: 1st September
8) The Walking Dead, Season 6
When: 15th September
9) Penny Dreadful, Season 3
When: 17th September
10) Scream, Season 2
When: 30th September
Well, John Goodman shows just how versatile his acting is in this thriller/horror/suspense movie. Personally, I have always loved John Goodman, my favourite performance of his was in 'Arachnophobia'. He plays a man whose intentions are unclear as a cloud of mystery hovers above his head. One minute we are skeptical of him, the next we love him, then we hate him. Our opinion of him constantly changes.
A car crash, a woman in a bunker, her captor is apparently her saviour as the world is in peril, but is he lying?
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, another sensational actress who is no stranger to the horror genre (Final Destination 3, The Returned, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, The Thing). She plays the leading, and only, lady, save for a brief encounter with a strange woman who attempts to get into the bunker. Her portrayal of constant suspicion, faked submission, and fear, is remarkable. She mimics the audience's emotions, journeying us through the movie superbly.
With constant suspense, bizarre findings, and sketchy characters, we are never fully relaxed.
But, what I really loved about this movie, was the twists. It was essentially three movies in one. You have the prisoner scenario, which moves onto a potential infection that has brought the earth to its knees, then another sub-genre of horror blows our minds at the end. Speaking of which, the climax was fantastic. I did not see that coming!
The pace was mixed, sometimes slow and dramatic, other times fast and energetic, and it would change with a second's notice. Hence the feeling of never being able to fully relax, which I adored. Few horror movies make you a slave to the atmosphere, but this one does, and it does it fantastically.
Let's not forget, this is horror. What would a horror movie be without some violence, blood, and painful, shocking deaths? Fear not, if you enjoy those, this movie will satisfy your craving.
A unique horror/suspense/thriller movie that I believe will be enjoyed by many!
With the release of the sequel, I recently purchased The Conjuring. I wanted to familiarize myself with the storyline, just in case. I can't believe that I had forgotten just how fantastic this movie is! It has all the elements of a superb horror flick, and in my opinion, no weaknesses.
The acting is incredible. From Patrick Wilson to Vera Farmiga, otherwise known as the 'horror power couple', there are no weak links among the cast. Patrick Wilson is no stranger to the genre, starring in the first two Insidious movies, not to mention an abundance of other great films. Vera is also no stranger to spookiness, playing Norma Bates in the critically acclaimed TV series 'Bates Motel'. These are two of the strongest horror actors I have ever seen on screen. They are worthy of being listed among horror legends such as Neve Campbell, Jamie-Lea Curtis, Christina Ricci, and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
I was pleasantly surprised to see Lili Taylor, who some may recognize from the Netflix original series 'Hemlock Grove', or 'The Haunting', where she co-starred among Hollywood legends such as Catherine Zeta-Jones and Liam Neeson. Her portrayal of a possessed mother was chilling yet enticing.
Working hand-in-hand with the terrific acting are the many skilled special effects makeup artists. They ensure that the demonic possessions look real and of course, petrifying. Then we have the special effects in general. From flying objects to characters dragged across the floor by spirits, there is no shortage of impressive and scary effects.
Speaking of which, the movie genuinely was horrifying. I was wearing a sweater of goosebumps for most of the movie. Most horror movies are satisfied with a few quick scares, but not this one. This film wants to mortify you, and it does! Whether it's the possession, the actual spirit, the moving furniture, or unsettling history, something will truly haunt you in this flick.
The originality of the story was inspired. Without giving away too much, we have a malicious spirit who wants to inhabit an individual. This is just the tip of the iceberg. The history of the house and spirit is both fascinating and unnerving. All of it is neatly tied together in a well-paced and expertly structured movie.
Overall, a scary, addictive, and original horror movie that will become one of your instant favourites!
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