Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The babadook

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It's a rare movie that lives up to all the hype, but "The Babadook" does. Writer/director Jennifer Kent delivers one of the best horror films I've seen in a while, and certainly the best one this year. 

The story revolves around widowed mother Amelia and her son Samuel.  Samuel has the kind of behavioral problems that make me glad I don't have kids. One night before bed Samuel asks Amelia to read him a book he found on his shelf.  Once Amelia begins reading from "Mister Babadook" the problems begin.

The film is very claustrophobic with most of the action taking place in the family's house.  The look of the house and art direction in general are amazing.  The effects are refreshingly not CG, and it helps the feel of the film.

Jennifer Kent delivered a great movie and I can't wait to see more from her. 

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Ouija

 I went to see this last night and I was pleasantly surprised.  "Ouija" is a definite throwback to the days when they produced horror movies that had actual budgets.  Over the last few years we've been inundated with found footage and similar low budget fare.  A low budget horror movie used to be one that was under $10 million.  Now $10 million is considered a high budget one. 

"Ouija" also reminds me of the horror films of the 1980's.  There is some actual character development and the characters generally avoid doing stupid things.  The script even manages to throw in a twist, although it won't be a shock to most horror fans. 

In general this is a very solid "B" movie that deserves more praise than it's getting. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Spooky Empire 2014


Only five more days until Spooky Empire.  We'll be there all three days, then we're all hitting Halloween Horror Nights on Sunday evening. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Dracula Untold


It's a shame when so many things are done right in a movie, that they missed the most important one,the script. 

This movie looks amazing.  The effects are top notch, the sets and costumes look great.  While Luke Evans wouldn't have been my choice for Dracula, he does a good job showing the warrior side of Dracula. 

The problem is that there are far to many plot holes for the movie to be effective.  The way that Dracula becomes a vampire makes little sense, and without spoiling it, brings up more questions later.  The death of one character who is thrown from a 1,000 foot high cliff only to land perfectly on their back and with no blood is laughable.  Another issue is that you could have made this same movie and left out the Dracula name, and it wouldn't have changed it that much. 

As the first major studio Dracula movie since Dracula 2000, I was hoping for better. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Annabelle

I finally got to check this out tonight.  It's a well enough made film, but it was nowhere near as scary as it was made out.   I can't think of anything in it that made it deserve the "R" rating.

To me it felt like a made for TV horror film from the 70's.  Knowing what becomes of Annabelle in The Conjuring tends to blunt the edge of it's scares.

Not a terrible movie, but not a memorable one either.  

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Doctor Mordrid


Thanks to the good people at Fangoria and Full Moon, I now have a copy of Doctor Mordrid.  Thank you very much!

Doctor Mordrid started as an adaptation of "Dr. Strange" but after the rights were lost they retooled it. 

It should be interesting to watch. 

Monday, October 06, 2014

Pinhead vs Freddy

It will never happen, but this would be my ultimate horror movie crossover. 

Just imagine that one of the kids Freddy is tormenting tries to use Lemarchand's box to stop him.  Freddy might even kill a few of the other Cenobites, but in the end my money's on Pinhead.