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Let Me In (2010)
Beautiful 're-imagining' of an already perfect film.
A lot of what I'm about to say has probably already been said a million times over but it is safe to say that 'Let Me In' is a brilliant re imagining of perfection.
Currently I'm reading the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist and have also seen the Swedish original. I'm glad to say that the actors and actresses captured their characters and tell the story well.
Chloe Moretz is beautifully enchanting as Abby, the mysterious young girl who lives next door to social outcast, Owen (also played wonderfully by Kody Smit McPhee). Every scene she is in is eerily creepy yet has an air of sadness. Both young actors should be given high praise for their performances and I'm sure they already have.
The violent scenes, which are scattered throughout, break up what could have been a very slow piece. Abby is literally a killing machine and it shows in the horrific crime scenes she leaves behind. The movie doesn't follow to traditional vampire stereotypes. There's no signs of garlic or crucifixes etc. Abby is shown as a contorting monster who only shows her true nature when desperate.
Now for my own personal negatives. Obviously a movie cannot contain everything that is in the novel. BUT this remake has left out some scenes that were in the original that I thought were awesome. The main one I can think of was the 'Cat Scene'. If you've read the novel and seen the original, you'll remember how crazy weird that was. This wasn't included in the American rendition.
Overall, 'Let Me In' is one of my favourite movies of all time. It's eery, scary, touching and sad. I, myself, would consider it on the same level as the original it's based upon.
Scream 4 (2011)
A brilliant new entry.
I went into Scream 4 thinking it will be another so-so sequel to the awesome original from 1996 although I did have high enough hopes that it would be better than the lack luster Scream 3. Scream 4 was not so-so. Scream 4 was not only better than Scream 3 but also Scream 2. It's funny, gory and sometimes quite jumpy even making me jump out of my seat more than a few times. Ghostface is still as cruel and calculating but I believe the gore level had been kicked up a few notches in the years between the original film and the new release.
Character wise, there are some really strong, fun characters and some ones that I couldn't really care for. Obviously, the originals (Sidney, Dewey and Gale) were my faves along with the comical police woman. Gale is definitely at her sarcastic, kick-ass best. I didn't really like Hayden Panettiere's character; just thought she was trying too hard to be a tough chick but that is probably just me.
Plot wise, it's pretty much the same as the others just played out better.
Scream 4 is definitely the best out of the sequels, just topping number 2. Not as good as the original but which horror movies are?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
One of the best...if not the best TV series ever!
I am one of the biggest Buffy nerds on the face of planet Earth and if I were to recommend any long-running TV show, this would be it. But that's probably a little biased.
Buffy starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as a beautiful, young all-American girl who at the age of 15 discovered she was destined to become a vampire slayer, protecting the world from supernatural beings from hell.
During the course of the series, Buffy experiences normal situations that every teenager goes through (dating, school, social life etc) but with the added element of being a Slayer. Knowing that she shouldn't have the luxury of friends and family but having this means she's survived longer than any other slayer before her.
I believe that Buffy is one of the greatest TV shows ever made. This is because of how well written it is all the way through (yes, some seasons are way better than others) but as a whole they bring a story of happiness, sadness, action, romance and horror.
Everything about this story is relate-able to someone in some way or another but brings the fun and shock of vampires and monsters into the mix so it's not like one of the usual squeaky teen shows that have been cloned a million times before. :)
Very Strange and Disturbing Insight Into A Pair of Male Minds..
Haha, ignore the title; if you have seen this movie I'm hoping you don't know or ever know someone who would do anything that is depicted in this movie. If you do, break all relations!
Firstly, I had no idea what I was going to see when I sat down to watch 'Deadgirl.' What I ended up viewing was not only disturbing but had elements of dark humour, utter disgust and some really odd morals.
We're introduced to two college boys, JT and Ricky, who decide to skip school and check out an abandoned mental hospital. Or so it seems. They discover a woman, naked and strapped to a table. Ricky, being the more 'intelligent' lad, decides it's a weird situation and leaves. JT meanwhile, decides to mess about with this girl. He discovers that she's what appears to be a zombie and suggests to Ricky to use her as their sex slave.
Already, we're weirded out by JT's scarily psychotic suggestion. We are also divided on what this 'Deadgirl' was going to do. She's seemingly vacant on everything that's going on (and what happens) but also how she might be waiting for something..
There's lots of cool scenes including an infamous one featuring an unlucky guy's nether regions. Very gruesome and guaranteed to make anyone cringe.
The movie also features a scene where the two guys (and another friend who enjoys corpses) try to kidnap another woman. Said woman gets the upper hand on all three making for a humorous scene showing that these guys don't actually have any kind of authority or strength over a normal woman.
The music is also very cool and goes with the pace of the film beautifully.
The acting is pretty good on most parts, mainly from Noah Segan who played the freaky JT with perfect 'evil-ness'.
Overall, this is a movie that's only classed as horror for the kind-of dead/zombie girl. The rest is a movie that makes you wonder; would two relatively normal teenagers ACTUALLY have sex with a zombie?
Who knows? Original, spooky, gruesome and disturbing. Must add to your collection.
Saw 3D (2010)
Perfect Ending to a Genre-Inspiring Franchise!
Every year I get excited over the prospect of a new 'Saw' movie hitting me in Halloween. (I have been able to watch them eventually, just not at the cinemas!)
Saw 3D is not the best movie out of the franchise but it's definitely not the worst.
The good points: Firstly, the fact that Hoffman is still as evil as ever. Jill and, of course, Jigsaw are also present and these three characters really carry the film on their shoulders. The main guy we follow throughout the movie is not very likable at all but I'll get to him.
The traps are crazy including the first ever trap in a public place. This was cool yet I found it slightly disappointing. It didn't live up to the hype it was given and wasn't very long at all. The actors were awful, too. There is a wonderful garage trap which was wicked and featured Chester from Linkin Park as the 'tested' person. The infamous 'Reverse Bear Trap' also makes an appearance in another Saw movie. And the ever talked about twist at the end showing who the killer is. I was pleasantly surprised even though I had guessed it would be them. Definitely wraps the franchise up perfectly.
Now the bad. The acting in places was absolutely awful. Too over-the-top even for the circumstances the characters are in but still.
Tobin Bell has the least amount of screen-time in the whole series (unless you include the body on the floor in Saw). Such a shame because he really does bring Jigsaw to life.
I mentioned the lead character earlier who I thought was unlikeable. His whole story is boring and annoying. He just comes across as a complete douche-bag even when he's trying to save various important people in his life. Not a hero at all.
The 3D was also pretty lame considering it had been bigged up so much although it definitely looks better than post-converted 3D movies.
So, overall, Saw 3D is a nice wrap to the series and definitely a brill movie. One to watch and to add to your DVD collection. Saw will certainly be missed!
I'd rather jump in front of one..
"Train" has been described as a mash-up of "Hostel" and "Turistas" both of which are well-known titles in the torture-porn genre and both were good movies.
Scenes featuring an unlucky sap being skinned, disembowelled etc like a turkey shows exactly what this movie wants to do. No amount of eye-gouging and "Hostel"-style torture will save a movie so silly.
A team of American wrestlers are heading to a competition somewhere in Ukraine/Russia. They decide to go out clubbing in a town that only seems to have a seedy nightclub specialising in orgies and migraine-inducing strobe lighting. They stay for 20 minutes before being compelled to leave.
They miss their train, enraging their coach but are offered an independent one going to the same destination. Step on, pay the fare and enjoy the ride.
The students seem to shrug off the fact that the train only employs grimy European men. Or how their mate hasn't returned from his dare to run through the train in nothing but a jock-strap hours earlier.
Russian (I don't actually know what nationality) men are all human bulldozers that can move trains with a push. Trains are also magical in this movie, being able to disappear without a trace.
I won't actually say what the 'twist' is but you'll laugh; firstly at how stupid it is. Secondly, why anyone would fund a movie with something so shockingly silly.
Thora Birch was horribly miscast but did her best with what was given to her although I really can't see how someone so little could ever manage to do what she did to a man that BIG!!
The only thing I will say is that if you're looking for gore. Train delivers a lot of the red stuff. Blood and guts that'll make the most desensitized horror fan squirm.
"Train" is so flawed and filled with plot-holes that even the least experienced movie-goer could rip it apart in minutes.
Trick 'r Treat (2007)
Brilliant Halloween Movie!
Okie dokie! I have pointed out that there may be spoilers in this review as a precaution.
This movie will go down as a classic Halloween treat along with the oldies that is, if enough people get wind of it. Being a horror nut myself, I tripped on this one after browsing through the list on my TV box. I was not disappointed.
4 darkly-humorous, spooky, sometimes pretty gory and clever stories are all intertwined perfectly making it unique and a whole lot more intelligent than your average slasher movie.
A few well-known faces are also in the mix such as Anna Paquin and Brian Cox which also makes the movie enjoyable (especially as they're decent actors).
The stories themselves are very entertaining, my favourite being the "The School Bus Massacre". Very spooky and shows children really can be cruel!
I love the fact that this movie doesn't take itself too seriously but still manages to deliver a perfect mix of Halloween spookiness and good fun.
Best viewed with a group of mates, some beers and popcorn in the dark :D!