Director: Ari Aster
Main Stars: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Ann Dowd, Mallory Bechtel
Storyline: A grieving family after the grandmother passes away starts to have strange occurrences happening to them.
Review (Spoils): As Annie’s (Toni Collette) mother passed away herself and the rest of the family start to have strange things happen to them and odd tragic events. Her husband (Gabriel Byrne) in denial as her son Peter (Alex Wolff) struggles to fit and goes into blank outs, her daughter Charlie (Milly Shapiro) struggles period and is odd. As trying to figure this all out they start to play with the supernatural and see connection somehow to the grandmother.
This film relies mostly on the tension of the family members. From many tragic losses and then gripping with the strangeness that is haunting the family not just at home but even in the outside world. You can feel the tension between the mother, the father and the son which escalates as more tragic events surround the family and breaks the mothers mind down. When Annie meets Joan, things start to peel open and things of the supernatural are experienced even more.
We get a mix of things within the movie besides the awesome music scores such as beheadings, headless bodies, burnings, a few bodies crawling on walls and ceilings (done very well like Exorcist III), some blood and gore, nasty head banging and naked standing bloated bodies. The film grips on haunting and jump scares and like I mentioned before family tension.
Rating: I personally can say I enjoyed this film a lot. Sure, some of the images is nothing new that we have not seen before but the tension alone within the family is the horror of the film. You can feel the stress and the struggle and can relate and for that this film was done very well. Sure, when the film starts unfolding the secret there really is no surprises and you may even groan but the film was still worth it. Both Toni Collette and Alex Wolff stand out the most and did an amazing job on the character development. Go checkout this film and All Hail Paimon!
Director: Michael Dougherty
Main Stars: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Conchata Ferrell, Krista Stadler, Emjay Anthony, Stefania LaVie Owen, David Koechner
Storyline: A young boy wishes for things to be like old times for Christmas, Krampus grants his wish.
Review (Spoils): Young Max wants an old fashion Christmas and writes a note and it gets read out loud at the dysfunctional Christmas dinner. This prompts Krampus to appear that night and grant his wish. One by one the family Christmas gets ripped apart so that poor Max will be happy.
First off its spring why this film now? Well I have a young family I try my hardest to get this horror films in whenever I can. This film is like Gremlins meets Pumpkinhead with a nice touch of one liners and comedy. A nasty winter storm is background scenery of this film while we have hoofs, monster goblin elves, stabbing candy canes, creepy clowns, harpy angel dolls, killer teddy bears and the classic gingerbread men all on the hunt in the name of Krampus. Oh and of course the man himself in all his long tongue and massive horned glory. A nice chocking of Christmas lights and some interesting scenes as Krampus grabs the children one by one but do not expect a gore or blood drive in this one. the film had enough scenes that was action packed but was expecting a lot more of the horror.
Rating: This film was not as dark as I thought it was going to be. I was expecting more jumps and some red stuff but instead we had some character build, one liners, the beautiful Toni Collette and the best part of the film the killer gingerbread men. This could of used more blood….
Fright Night (2011)
Director: Craig Gillespie
Main Stars: Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Toni Collette, David Tennant, Imogen Poots
Storyline: A teenager suspects his next door neighbor is a vampire.
Review (Spoils): Ok remake time. I normally do not review the remake before the original but it’s Fright Night and the original really was not that great. Same storyline as the first one from the 80s with Charlie (Anton Yelchin) is a geek is now in with the in crowd and realizes from hints of disowned follower nerd that students are disappearing in town and it is because a vampire named Jerry (Colin Farrell) is living next door to him. This is film is fun and not fun like the cheesy 80s version but actually entertaining. Colin Farrell does a good job playing the hunky bad ass next door neighbour who does not like people finding out his secret, Anton Yelchin is very entertaining as the geeky Charlie on the hunt to prove to everyone that he is not mad and there are vampires in town. David Tennant stole the show for me as the tv character Peter Vincent which I love the Chris Angel type direction they went instead of the Vincent Price way the original did. The only down fall for me in this film was two things and the sad part they are major things.
The CGI really stunk in this film is certain places. I mean really stunk, I hate when people do blood in CGI just spend the cash on the red liquid. My next bitch fest will be on the actress Imogen Poots I just did not get her character. Really …? You’re not that great and the scene where she is being dragged in a grasp by Jerry at the bar was just lame and even lamer was the “I want sex scene” really? So teenage dumb and just stupid it could have been left out of the damn film. Sorry she is probably a great actress but her character was just weak and she acted like the queen of hotness in which she is not in the film. Sorry you do not pass as the girl next door… nice try.
Rating: Not often but it does happen where the remake out does the original and this is just one example. Don’t get me wrong it does not take much to outdo the original Fright Night so it’s not an amazing horror film but it does get bonus for the Peter Vincent character and the fact that did not do the relationship between Charlie’s mom Toni Collette to Jerry because then it would be a bad Lost Boys rip off. Grab a six of Bud and enjoy!