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The Babadook (2014)
It's technically 'Drama' but I'll take it over the POV Horror crap Hollywood is spitting out any day
Untreated depression is quite horrific and if you think this movie is stupid then you've never had a parent tell you that they wish you were never born. Original, poignant and well-acted, I found myself losing sleep as this bogeyman is as about as real as they come. The story goes a bit haywire towards the very end with the stabbing sequence but as with depression, it usually gets worse before it gets better. It's a little hard to place this one as it could even be a children's story for those affected by depression. Imagine kids knowing they are not alone in what they are experiencing? Usually, they are much too young, too frightened or simply don't know how to reach out on their own.
The Prowler (1981)
I hope Joseph Zito got the help that he needed ...
I have not seen nor do I plan to see a snuff film but from what I've heard about them, The Prowler (1981) is pretty close. The aforementioned director, Joseph Zito, plays out these death scenes as if he were getting real pleasure from them. It's scary and uncomfortable to watch to say the least and I can't think of any other slasher movie to come close. With others, there is always an underlying sense of humor and/or a question of believability but this one is relentless. Even the cat and mouse scenes are frightening. Let's just put it this way, it's December 2014 and upon this first viewing, I'm creeped out. I think a lot of it too has to do with zero character development - either that or the 1981 dialogue was lost on me. It starts of painfully slow and you don't feel a connection with anyone which sort of places you directly in the shoes of the killer. Not sure if this was intentional but it's kind of genius. 7.5/10
A $165,000,000 trainwreck
This film is tripe. Synonyms - cheese, crapola, dreck, muck, rubbish, sleaze, slop, slush, trash. Related Words - camp, kitsch, claptrap, humbug, nonsense, bomb, clinker, clunker, dud, lemon, stinker, turkey; mess, muddle, shambles. The one good thing about this movie is that it made me want to view Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey again. Not even IMAX saves this film and an 8.9 rating here is proof that Hollywood owns IMDb. You'll be better of getting your reviews from Rotten Tomatoes because this movie isn't at all fresh. Christopher Nolan, you had me with Inception but you lost me here. Please leave the 'blockbuster' drama to Steven Spielberg and the planetary Sci- Fi to Ridley Scott & James Cameron. Thanks.
As Above, So Below (2014)
So bad that I had to watch it twice
These movies are cheap to make but they must stop now. When a mastermind of horror like John Carpenter has a script ready for The Thing 2, why on earth are the studios trying to feed us this drivel. This is a 4.3 movie at best and the ratings hustle is the only thing that's scary about this POV horror movie. Please people - stop paying to see these POV/found footage movies and the studios will stop making them. I waited for it to be uploaded online and I viewed it twice because I couldn't believe how bad it is. Did someone tamper with it before uploading it? Did I miss something? Were my expectations too high? Nope - it;s garbage.
Horror filmmaking at its finest
This is quite possibly the scariest thing I've ever seen. Even scarier is that the actual caller was not convicted despite direct evidence connecting him to other calls similar in nature. You are what you eat and if Super Size Me didn't put you off of fast-food then this movie surely will. I took a pause just now to put myself in the manager's shoes but there is no way in hell that I would comply with this caller - no matter how busy and/or flustered. And if in fact the caller said the district manager was on the other line, why not ask to speak to the DM? Yes, she was bullied and brainwashed but have a fraction of a brain. When a drunk fiancé is called in, I knew it would go from downhill to crash and burn. 'Napoleon Dynamite' gave us a comical look at rural America while 'Compliance' shows us its horrors.
Devil's Due (2014)
No wonder Eli Roth liked this film
I can only imagine Eli Roth liking this film because it nods to 'Hostel' in that tourists are easy prey. Devil's Due sucked balls through a coffee stirrer and the only thing due is my time. One would think that this is the last nail in the coffin of the POV/found-footage genres but as I type this, 'As Above, So Below' is now in theaters competing for the worst POV/ found- footage film of 2014. PLEASE STOP. It must be economical to make these types of films but if you are a failing company, go out with some dignity. I streamed this for free and to think that I nearly hopped on a subway to travel to the cinema and pay to see this? This isn't even worthy of a drive-in movie double feature.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
Bonafide proof that society has been dumbed down
This re-imagining is proof that society has been dumbed down and for serving as concrete evidence, it gets 10 stars. This 'thing' also proves that Hollywood is lazy, desperate, greedy and soon to be nothing more than a page in the annals of history. The original Nightmare On Elm Street franchise made history and Time Warner would have been smart to quit while ahead. I could even stomach their pairing of Freddy and Jason but that's it - THE END. There is no Freddy Krueger without Robert Englund and wasn't he killed off in Freddy vs. Jason anyway? Please people do not rehash this. Put your money on developing new stories or reach further back than this if you must take on old ones.
Missed this in the cinema and it would have been worth the ticket price
Lesson learned: don't believe the haters on IMDb. This one starts out fast - perhaps too fast which could explain the brother 'snapping' and committing murder once again. Was it the mirror or was it mental illness. Perhaps I'm thinking too heavily about this but good psychological thrillers tend to do that. The history of the mirror as told by the sister could have very well been her believing what she wanted to believe. To entertain the supernatural would leave even more questions and a few hiccups. Why not just leave the mirror out of sight / out of mind? Why isn't anyone else taken in by the mirror during auction or repairs? And just what made the sister think that she could ever outsmart it? Not at all a waste but not air-tight and so I give it a 6.
The Signal (2014)
Apparently, ballpoint pens don't work in outer space...
I really wanted to dislike this as there's nothing worse than spending money on a movie ticket and figuring out the twist ending less than halfway through the film. Not sure if it's factual or not but Fishburne's response to his pen not working tipped me off. I actually fell asleep once the major clues started rolling in as the story was no longer interesting. For those twisted minds who have seen just about everything worth seeing in the Science fiction and Mystery/Suspense/Horror genres, there is no pay-off here in that there is no backstory. Three students are abducted and subjected to alien experimentation - THE END. The story ends up being a tale of cat & mouse with no escape. I initially walked out feeling unsatisfied but overall it's smart, beautifully filmed and well executed. It's not bad but it could be better.
You're Next (2011)
This movie IS the business!
All the negative reviews I have seen pretty much fault this film for being an American rip-off (or remake) of Asia's To Sir with Love. To Sir with Love may just be the better film and I'm sure I will catch it eventually but the fact is: You're Next ROCKED! Everything from cinematography to scoring to pacing... it even had a good bit of humor with a few laughs coming by way of comic kills. It's been a good while since a movie made me squirm in my seat and the ending had me on my seat's edge "quietly" commenting... what my voice didn't say, my hands did. It's that kind of roller-coaster. Another reviewer took the words right from my fingertips and if released thirty years ago, this movie would indeed now be a cult classic. It's thirty years out of time but with all the atmospheric horror films of late to rely on generic Discovery Channel/ Ghost Hunter scares, You're Next is right on schedule. If you enjoyed horror films such as Black Christmas (1974), Halloween (1978) and the best installments of the original Friday the 13th franchise, drop everything and go see this film.(!) Oh yeah... another thing I loved is that there is no lead-up to a sequel. You're in, you're out, you're done.