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Faerie Tale Theatre (1982)
80's crack. Anthology series starring just about every star you can think of: ie Robin Williams, Vincent Price, Susan Sarandon, Mick Jagger, Pee-Wee Herman. Every episode is a different fairy tale ranging from the well known and innocuous to the dark, scary and obscure. Also Tim Burton and Francis Ford Coppola both directed episodes. Sets are great and the music is usually pretty amazing.
Best episodes in my opinion: Cinderella w Jennifer Beals and Matthew Broderick, Hansel and Gretl starring Joan Collins as a kid hungry cannibal and Snow White w/ Vincent Price, Vanessa Redgrave, and a dwarf named bubba.
Blair Witch (2016)
Not bad, just more of a wasted opportunity.
I liked Adam Wingard's previous films You're Next and The Guest, but this was a huge drop in quality for him. The characters are flat. You're never given a chance to get to know them. I'm not sure I even knew anyone's name until the end of Act II.
The cast is mediocre, with no one standing out as particularly strong. Not one of them is likable in these roles. Nobody was interesting.
Plot? There wasn't really one of those. The main character is the younger brother of Heather, from the original film, and he's still itching to find out what happened to her. He decides to go explore "the woods" and see what he can find. This curly haired girl follows him around with a video camera, and wants to document his search. I really have no idea if they were supposed to be "together" or just friends, but it clearly didn't matter. Anyway, along with their two friends, and a white trash couple who blackmail their way into tagging along, they trek on into those cursed woods.
After they walk and make small talk for about 20 mins of screen time, the film pretty much just re-enacts the events of the original film... to the letter. I mean, it's 2016 so these guys have a drone as well as camcorders, but yeah... if you consider that progress...
FFing to what actually matters. Is it scary?
I didn't think so. Also, it really comes down to what you find scary. If bump in the night / jump scares does the trick, you might think so. The last 20 minutes or so is pretty tense, but more on par with the climax of one of the better Paranormal Activity sequels in quality. Not bad, just meh
It's worth a watch, but save your money and watch it at home after it gets released on video.
Lost Souls (2000)
One of the most underrated horror films of the decade.
I can make absolutely no sense of each and every one star review which calls this film horrible as well as the 4.7 rating. It is unfathomable to me. The cinematography alone should warrant a rating of at least 5.
This is a subtle religious horror flick that I have to assume people rejected because of the lack of scares and gore. However, the performances, direction and cinematography are all top notch. Though Lost Souls was marketed to look like a demonic scare-fest, I would compare this film to the likes of The Exorcism of Emily Rose. In fact, I would not be surprised if the makers of that film borrowed quite heavily from this one, both in style and effects.
The premise is relatively simple: A small religious sect believe the coming of the anti-Christ to be near, sitting dormant in a human body.
The biggest praise that I can bestow upon this film is that over 12 years later, this film still looks like it could have been made yesterday. In fact, it looks uncannily more modern than a large majority of recent horror efforts. Lost Souls simply does not age.
Another popular factor in why this movie is so poorly rated and received is the fact that audiences just did not like the ending. I feel sorry for those that do not. The ending is original, and though it did not satisfy blood thirsty Hollywood horror fans, it is very much appropriate for this film. To put it simply without spoiling anything: faith is the central core to Lost Souls, those with it and those without. That is what this ending plays off of, and I think it's perfect. Please do not let any of these negative reviews divert you from seeing this film.
This is not End of Days or Stigmata. Lost Souls is not camp in the slightest. It is a dark, beautifully shot and well acted film that is significantly ahead of it's time.
Ken Park (2002)
makes pink flamingos shock value seem heartwarming, and no thats not a good thing
This movie sucks. There's no substance, plot, structure or point. It's a slew of teenage sex, and disturbing sexual situations and family dysfunctions that leave you feeling like you've just been raped by white trash itself. Kids was awesome, and I thought Bully was even better. But unfortunately the best way I can think to describe this film is, to imagine Kids without the plot, message, or impact. So basically just trashy underage sex and nudity. Larry Clark needs to get his sh*t together and stop making movies just so he can scam on the underage actors. If thats his aspiration he should just start trying to make his transition to barely legal porn director.
A Haunting (2005)
This show is pretty good. It's forensic files with ghosts, possibly even the same narrator.
Each episode is great, and despite the far fetched subject matter, manages to come off reasonably authentic. Even compared to a well made horror film, the dramatizations here are scary and suspenseful, and don't hesitate to make you jump.
For dramatic effect, there are interviews with psychiatrists, priests, and psychics galore, involved in each case that help to give the story a little more credibility and suspend disbelief.
It's really easy to just give in and believe all of these people and their stories.