Monday, April 13, 2015

The horrors of Mega-Con

I went to Mega-Con in Orlando this weekend.  Here are some of the horror related Cosplays I saw and a couple of shots of Norman Reedus.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

It Follows

At least it was a roomy backseat. 
I saw this last night and I really enjoyed it. I wouldn't say it was the scariest movie I've ever seen, but it was the most original concept.

It was shot beautifully, very reminiscent of "Halloween". There were lots of wide shots and it made you start scanning the background for things. 

The set design felt very real too, the houses actually looked lived in.  Many movies have perfect looking homes and it never quite feels real.  These are houses that have dirty walls, mismatched furniture and cluttered rooms. 

 My biggest complaint is that they never really got into the history of the creature. I wanted to know why it was doing what it does.

I've had worse dates honestly.
 The actors feel as real as the surroundings. These aren't the typical pretty teens who look like they came from a modelling shoot. , who was amazing in "The Guest" continues to shine here. 

Writer/director has earned a place in horror history with this one. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Taking of Deborah Logan

I wasn't keen on the idea of another found footage film, but I'm glad I took a chance on this one.

Written by Gavin Heffernan and Adam Robitel and directed by Robitel as well.  The pair did a great job with the story and Robitel creates some truly creepy imagery.

What distinguishes this from other found footage films is the story.  It's more than just people in the dark shouting.  The characters all have developed stories and don't behave in typical horror movie fashion.

Jill Larson does an amazing job in the titular role.  He transformation is amazing and terrifying.

This is a very impressive debut from Adam Robietl and I hope he does more in the horror genre. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Digging up the Marrow

In the past you could be surprised by a movie, hard to believe I know.  There are whole websites devoted to nothing but movie spoilers now.  Even if you don't look at those sites the information filters down to you through Facebook or other social media sites. 

I went into "Digging Up The Marrow" knowing as little as possible.  Writer/director Adam Green has kept most of the details about the movie secret, and that's a good thing.  I could have dug around on the net and found out more, but I chose not to. It was the right choice.

The absolute best way to see this movie is to go in blind.  Just start watching and slowly get dragged into the world. 

I'm not going to give any more details here, just watch it. 

Ray Wise really knocks it out of the park in this movie.  He's always an actor you can count on to deliver a great performance, and he's at he top of his game here. 

I only have one real complaint about the movie.  The weird jazzy soundtrack at the beginning seemed out of place. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

 I went to a convention this weekend and they had a very interesting panel.  They got the cast of "A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge" together and let them reflect on the movie.  It was very cool to see the whole cast and hear their stories about the film. 

The whole cast, the venue was pretty small too.  Easy to get seats. 

Clu Gulager and Robert Englund

Director Jack Sholder, who also directed "The Hidden"

Robert Englund

Sunday, February 01, 2015

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)

This is how you do a remake.

This is one of the best examples I've ever seen of how to remake a movie. Inside of doing a standard remake, this movie took a different route.  It acknowledges the events of the first movie and even that there was a movie made about the events. It builds on the events of the original and makes its own mythology. 

The movie has an interesting style where it cuts in shots from the original film, and it's very different from the standard slasher fare. The actors all look age appropriate too. One of my biggest pet peeves about horror movies is when they have a 35 year old playing a teenager. 

Congratulations to diretor Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and writers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, & Earl E. Smith for delivering a great horror film.