Today is an extremely sad day. We all found out that the great horror icon himself (Wes Craven) has passed at the age of 76. The man created some of the best horror movies to date, along with 2 highly successful horror franchises that will continue to live on and show his legacy. Not only did Wes Craven help define the horror genre, but he also helped revive it when many horror movies were terrible in the late 90’s (Exception of Scream). Since you’re all following me, I’m pretty sure you’re all aware that Scream is my all time favorite horror movie franchise ever and hearing this news is terrible, but all that’s left to be said is thank you for the scares and for the memories. You will forever be the greatest horror director and will truly be missed!! Time for a marathon!
Review: Alien is a horror movie, that is a part of one of the most well known franchises based on the alien creature. I actually have never seen the whole movie, but since I picked up the Alien Anthology box set I just had to give it a watch. Alien was a great movie and I did enjoy the film, but unfortunately the movie really didn’t live up to the hype for me. Don’t get me wrong though like I said Alien is a fantastic movie, but everyone was making it seem like it was so much better than it actually was.
The story for Alien was very well planned out and truly delivered. This movie focuses on a space crew that is traveling back to earth but encounters problems along the way. After searching an unexplored planet a creature manages to board the ship and starts to cause havoc for the crew. Alien provides us with good plot twists and some nice thrills. How was the acting? The acting in Alien was off the charts. Sigourney Weaver and Tom Skerritt both had excellent performances. The supporting cast all did great with their roles as well, this was just an all around great acting performance from the Alien cast.
Alien provides the viewer with some good scares and great kills. Now the movie wasn’t that terrifying there were a few good scare scenes, but nothing crazy. Most of the time I was just sitting there waiting for something to happen, I just wish that this movie could have given us some more frightening scenes. Although, the movie really did deliver when it came to the kill scenes, they gave the viewer a shot at gore and some good thrills. Sure, there could have been more blood, but what they gave us was fine. Check this crazy scene out. Overall I loved the movie Alien and thought that it was a entertaining movie. The story was entertaining and did do a good job with keeping me into the movie. The acting was very well done, Sigourney Weaver and Tom Skerritt were both enjoyable to watch. The only thing I can really say about the movie is that I wish it had more scare scenes and gore. The kills were great, but the alien didn’t really look all that scary compared to the AVP alien. You can kind of say the CGI helped make that alien scarier, but I can honestly say this movie was great. I do prefer the movie Predator though, nothing tops that! If you haven’t seen Alien yet, I absolutely recommend you watch it!
Director: Eli Roth
Starring: Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson and Eythor Gudjonsson
“Three backpackers head to a Slovak city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.”
Hostel is a trilogy I’ve been eager to review for a while and now, I’m ready to get on board to write my opinions. I saw this movie originally a few years ago and I was obsessed with it and what it had to offer and now, I can think about this movie in a whole new light. I’ve always found this movie’s base incredibly absurd and genuinely interesting: The Elite Hunting group is something that I’ve always wondered about, could it really exist in these kinds of places or not?
Within the entire introduction to the movie, we’re treated to dingy and unsanitary shots of a torture chamber that is accompanied by uneasy music and a faint whistling. This whole collection of scenery and audio is instantly unnerving and gets you on edge, ready for what may happen during the course of what you’re about to watch. I think that this selection of imagery prepares you as an insider as to what is really going on within the movie, this makes you feel a little more included as part of the journey.
As we delve into the story, we’re introduced to three typical ‘lads’ Oli (Gudjonsson), Josh (Richardson) and Paxton (Hernandez) that are vacationing across the world in search of drugs, girls and a good time. I find that Paxton’s character is highly dislikable during the first part of the movie, his harshly misogynistic tendencies start to interfere with the enjoyability of the movie, though it does in fact add to his character progression. Whereas Oli is likeable as a highly charismatic party-boy and Josh shows more of an introverted, personal approach to life, which is why I relate to and sympathise with him more. The dialogue works well for this movie, though some lines were delivered worse than others. I was a huge fan of Jan Vlasák’s performance as the Dutch Businessman and found his character to be horribly uncomfortable yet truly tragic at the same time. During the course of the movie, we’re aware that these three young guys will do anything for a quick fling with a slutty woman and this ends up with horrible consequences for them. Some characters we’re introduced to such as Kana (Jennifer Lim) and her young friend Yuki (Keiko Seiko) have such a sad amount of screen time, yet are lovely additions to the cast. The same can be said for Svetlana (Jana Kaderabkova) and Natalya (Barbara Nedeljakova) who have more screen time but definitely add to the overall quality of the cast as a whole. The two are charismatic yet intensely uneasy to watch, tying the whole thing together perfectly. During the second half of the movie, the character seem to improve dramatically and that’s where things really start to get interesting and you really start to get to know each character who then has depth to themselves. I started to like Paxton half way through and began feeling sympathetic toward him and his struggle despite the fact that he decided to be a hero and investigate the situation. One character that did ruin things a little for me was the German surgeon (Petr Janis) who added more of an uncomfortable comedic value to one of the more important scenes in the movie and I did feel it was a little overdone. Cameos and additional cast were amazing, I enjoyed Eli Roth’s cameo in the Amsterdam coffee shop and also Rick Hoffman’s entrance as the terrifyingly exhilarating American client.
With all that being said, the story does start off a little bit rushed, and things to actually kick off relatively early on in the movie, unlike others but I actually think of that as a good thing. I often find that movies tend to always wait until the last ten minutes or so to really show the good stuff but Hostel is different and doesn’t even lack character detail, which is a good thing for me. Soon enough we realise along with the characters that things are little more than they’d bargained for when they end up in a small Slovakian village with the promise of no holds barred action with some incredible girls. When our main trio of travelling guys enter the infamous Hostel, they find out that they are sharing a room with two gorgeous female roommates and that’s a huge win for them, especially seeing two of them are ready for a fling. Without much introduction, the group goes for an innocent night of clubbing and then they proceed to have sex with the girls they’ve found and usually, sex scenes in horror movies can be well done but these, just like the rest of the movie feel wrong and a little bizarre. But that may be due to the fact that they’re all doing it in the same room. Soon, when the trio’s ‘king of the swing’ Oli goes missing and coincidentally Kana’s friend Yuki goes with him, things start to get fishy and that’s when the naivety comes into play. Josh and Paxton eagerly try to find him to no avail and soon, after feeling woozy at a bar, Josh goes missing too and it’s up to Paxton to ‘solve the mystery.’ This is really where things start to get interesting, as Paxton begins investigating into his friends’ disappearances as now, Kana is no longer around after saying she’d leave for the train with him that day. Upon insisting he finds his friends, Paxton is taken to find out the truth about Elite Hunting and the following of sadistic rich folk behind it.
Within Hostel, the gore is really well done and it definitely makes you clench your toes at the best of times as you see scenes of cut tendons, drilling into knees and lots and lots of vomit. The cinematography and the overall direction of the movie has this off coloured unsanitary colour scheme to it which adds to the uncomfortability factor of the entire movie, and I think that works in Hostel’s favour. You really get to see a darker side of humanity with unhelpful police officers and corrupt children that’ll do anything for a stick of gum. The whole movie is clever and intense and I really enjoy talking about it. The soundtrack on top of everything else really makes for a stand out film as a whole, each track fits the scene it’s used in to make everything come to life that little bit more.
Personally, I do really adore this movie, and I think it’s got one of the best endings to a horror of all time. It’s an excellent look into revenge and hostility toward wrongdoers. I’ve also seen the directors cut ending that really changes the character of Paxton, as we see him as a kidnapper and actually then feel sorry for the Dutch Businessman instead. The alternate ending doesn’t entirely work as a solid, reliable ending to the movie so I’m glad they didn’t include it as the final cut. All in all, I really would recommend Hostel to any horror fan.
I’m also currently changing my rating system to skulls out of 10 instead of 5. This gives me a much wider range to work with. So I give Hostel a sold eight skulls out of 10 (☠☠☠☠☠☠☠☠).
Plot – This film starts off with the good guy doll company remodeling the burnt good guy doll, which if you remember from the end of the first film is Chucky. Chucky then tracks Andy down to a home where he is living with his foster family. While in the house Chucky switches place with another good guy doll that was in the house and continues to try to possess his body. The rest of the film just mainly consists of Andy trying to convince his foster family that Chucky is trying to kill him. Will the notorious serial killer finally get what he wants?
Review – Child’s Play 2 was actually a very solid sequel and I actually think it was better then the first film. I really don’t know for sure what makes this film better then the first Child’s Play, there is just somethings about this movie that I just really enjoyed. One thing I enjoyed about this film was seeing the relationships of Andy and his new foster family develop, especially the relationship he starts to grow with his new foster sister. I liked how in the movie we have the two kids who’ve had tough lives join together to fight against the evil Chucky. I also loved that they put more dark comedy in this film. Whenever Chucky was getting ready for a kill he always said some funny line that just made the scene way more amusing then it probably would’ve been. It was really funny to see how much Chucky was trying to get Andy in trouble with everyone and it was even better because he did it with some dark humor. The story line and acting in this movie was great, I really enjoyed every second of this film. Andy was a little bit older in this film and you can tell that he really improved his acting, he did a great job with his role in the film and the supporting cast was great as well. There were plenty of great kills and kill scenes in this film. In this film we see more of Chucky, which leads to a more entertaining film. Overall this film is absolutely worth watching it brings us a more entertaining Chucky with a great story line that is very enjoyable. The dark humor like I said before did great things for this movie. If you haven’t seen this movie yet I absolutely recommend that you go watch it. You wont regret it!
I give this movie a 9.5/10
I just watched this movie with no expectations of it being any good but honestly I was wrong. This movie was one of the best Chucky films I have ever seen with maybe an exception of the original Childs Play. The movie starts out with a Chucky doll being delivered to a family home of a paraplegic women named Nica and her mother who was named Sarah. The same night that the doll comes Sarah is found dead from a stab wound and the police proclaim her death to be a suicide. So the next day the sister of Nica whose name is Barbra comes to the house with her husband, daughter, nanny, and a priest. Alice who is the daughter of Barbra finds the Chucky doll and keeps him. That night Nica with the assistance of Alice cooks dinner for everyone and this is the first time we see Chucky attempting to kill someone in this film, he takes rat poison and pours it into one of the plates of food. Unfortunately it wound up being the priest and he started feeling weird so he left early and this caused him to get in an accident which wound up removing his head. After that occurs the movie is just about everyone trying to survive the night and Nica finding clues about Charles Lee Ray and the doll Chucky which makes her come to the conclusion that he is killing everyone in the family. This movie really didn’t have the slasher vibe like all the other Child’s Play movies had, this Chucky film was straight out horror it was made to just scare the shit out of the movies viewers and honestly I think it did well. The setting of the movie was creepy as hell it was in a creepy, dark mansion type of house and it just looked scary. The doll on the other hand looked a little weird I liked the older look of the Chucky doll but this doll did fit with the movie it was creepy just like the film was. There wasn’t that many kills and the kill scenes really weren’t amazing but the horror vibe of the film actually made up for that. The ending of the movie in my opinion was amazing like honestly it was so good, I don’t think I have ever seen a better ending in the other Child’s Play films. Overall I really liked this movie I thought it gives the audience a great scare and it was a great addition to an already good franchise, I thought the movie fit very well. At first while I was watching this movie I was looking for the motive like why did Chucky come to this home and why is he killing these people and they showed why more towards the end and I thought it was fantastic, how they connected the original film to this one. Basically back in 1988 Charles Lee Ray was obsessed with Sarah from the moment he met her and he killed her husband and basically took her captive so he can be with her. The cops come and since she somehow told the cops he stabbed her in the stomach while she was pregnant with Nica which is why she became a paraplegic. So the cops start to chase him and this is where they show Charles Lee Ray running into the toy store with all the good guy dolls and basically you know what happens next cause I am pretty sure everyone has seen the first movie. Now when I saw that I thought it was the perfect motive for him to be killing this family, it is basically revenge. I think the directors/writers did an amazing job with the story line of this film and connecting it to the original movie. I can’t believe how much I liked this film but if I liked it I know all of you will too, so I absolutely recommend you go and watch it if you haven’t already you wont regret it and you will see a great story and great ending!
I give this movie a 9/10
This film is another very good vampire classic that still gets mentioned and talked about till this day. This movie is named Fright Night based on the show in the movie called Fright Night with an actor named Peter Vincent in it who plays the role of a vampire slayer. The movie is based around a kid named Charley Brewster who is basically just a normal high school teenager who we see from the very beginning is basically obsessed with the new neighbor that is moving in next door. Ever since a girl gets murdered that he saw going into the house next door he gets suspicious and continues to watch and spy on the guy next door. Which is when he sees his about to bite into some girls neck with his fangs. So basically the whole movie is about Charley trying to get people to believe that his neighbor is a vampire and nobody believes him. I will never forget the first encounter when Charley brings the cop to the neighbors house and tells the cop that the guy is a vampire and the reactions that they both had were priceless! Well after that the neighbor gets angry and comes by Charley’s house and gives him an option if he leaves him alone he will do the same, but Charley doesn’t listen which makes the vampire try to kill him but thankfully for Charley he gets saved by his mother waking up. So the movie after that is just him trying to kill the vampire before the vampire gets him and he tries to get the help of Peter Vincent to take down the bloodsucker. Which leads up to some good events and a great ending. Overall I really loved the movie it was so funny and made me laugh while keeping the frightening horror vibe. The story line was good and the actors did a good job as well. It is a really entertaining movie that will keep you entertained and on the edge of your seats. If you haven’t watched it yet you should go watch it. It’s on Netflix!
I give this movie a 8.5/10
Halloween (1978)- The original Halloween film that was directed by John Carpenter was legendary. The story line and everything was perfect from beginning to end. The movie opens up with Michael Myers killing his sister and being sent away which is all we really need to know, we don’t need a motive or anything I love the mystery behind it. Even as we get further along into the movie after Michael escapes from the psychiatric prison he doesn’t start killing right away he just stalks his victims for the majority of the film and during that we slowly learn why he would go back to Haddonfield and we eventually find out that Lorie(Jamie Lee Curtis) is Michael Myers sister. So Overall the story was great. Now to get to the actors, Jamie Lee Curtis did an amazing job with her first major lead role as Lorie. Donald Pleasence also did a great job at playing Dr. Loomis who was the psychiatrist of Michael Myers, he also even brought a little comedy to the film but very little. All around Halloween had a pretty good cast. Now to get to the part that makes the slasher films which is the killing scenes. There really isn’t that many kills in the movie but the film did have some solid killing scenes. Myers was very crafty when it came to killing, he stalked his victims for awhile and when he felt it was the right time he would move in for the quick and silent kill. I loved the killing scenes in this film. I feel like they could have showed more, but there was just something about the way Myers killed his victims and how he would jump out and surprise them just made it more exciting. Overall I loved the film and would give it a 9/10.
Halloween (2007)- The Halloween remake that was directed by Rob Zombie was actually worth watching, I liked the film but I didn’t love it. The story line was basically the same as the original but Rob Zombie added more of Michael Myers childhood in the beginning. Instead of jumping to Myers killing his sister the movie opens up with you seeing how screwed up Michael Myers family was and shows him killing rats. We also see how he is kind of bullied at school and he basically doesn’t have the best life. After the scene when Michael gets in trouble and the school looks through the bag and finds pictures of all the animals that Michael has killed, this is when we first see Dr. Loomis. After that we see Myers first killing and then eventually it gets to basically the same story line as the original. Overall the story was pretty good, I thought that they added a little too much information about Myers but it turned out being a solid story. Now to get to the actors, Malcolm McDowell did a very good job as the character Dr. Loomis. The rest of the actors on the other hand I thought were not so good, I just think they didn’t do a good job. Now to get to the killing scenes of this film. The remake of Halloween had a lot of kills and they were pretty brutal and most of the scenes were pretty intense and scary. I loved the killing scenes and Rob Zombie did a great job with them. Myers was also bigger and scarier in general. Overall this was a solid remake to an amazing classic. I would give it a 7.5/10
So in my opinion the original was better then the remake. But the remake was still good and I think you should watch both films.