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Initially I saw this movie trailer while watching “The Conjuring” and it intrigued me off the bat. However, my interpretation from the trailer was that people were wearing animal masks and “hunting” humans the way humans hunt animals. I was like cool, animal revenge film where they strike back and have human heads mounted above their dens in the forest, sign me up! It was however, a very different movie. First off hats off to the indie film makers who had this film in festivals for years before scoring distribution through Lionsgate for a theatrical release. Now it was, as I said, not the film I thought it was going to be but none the less still entertaining. The plot was strong, a massacre of an entire family was unfolding before our eyes, and even though the did do the dreadful “cut aways” durig the murders I normally don’t like they did feature in depth post mortal shots that were cool. Horror + any sort of mask = halloween costume success, so kudos for the marketing front. My favorite part? That a female was ultimately the victim turned villain and basically killed ass and took names, The cons? A few times the music sounded video-gamey and at a certain point it felt like a throw back to “Home Alone”. Ending was solid, surprises and gore to the last shot and open for sequels to come. So overall a good film for new film makers coming out the gate.
Well well well, James Wan has done it again. As a true Wan fan myself I have to say I was very excited to see this film particularly because it is based on the real events of 2 infamous paranormal investagators (Ed and Lorraine Warren). I noticed the people exiting the movie theater were torn between having loved it, or thinking it was too slow paced and not enough “horror”. Well first off, when doing a film based on true events you never want to “over do” so much so that the real story gets lost in the graphics and scare tactics. I think Wan was respectful in trying to keep balance between what really happened and movie theater entertainment. If you really think about it, and put yourself in that family’s shoes, it is terrifying! The thought of a home having a room full of demonic treasures is scary enough let alone the experiences the Perron family had to encounter in their home. No this was not a slasher film where every corner you turned let to a bloody end, but it was not supposed to be either. It did so well at the box office that they are already planning a sequel, you can count on my tickets!
I’m pleased to see horror has gone main stream with a bountiful amount of new horror programs on television. As you know by watching my show “Nightmare Nightcap”, I do love FX’s “American Horror Story”. All though to me AHS stands above and beyond all terrifying television, “The Bridge” is off to an excellent start. The concept is easy, crimes on the bridge between Mexico and Texas, who has territory? It stars a cold hearted psychopathic tendencies detective played by Diane Kruger. So far the diaglogue is good but I’m waiting for some gore to come in play. Yes they show some morgue and medical examiner scenes with cut up bodies but it’s done very scientifically, where’s the crime scene re-enactments? Hope they step it up in this department because I already have “The Bates Motel” for good story and dialogue, I need my “gore-whore” fix!
Headed out to the theater excited about this film “The Purge”, starring Horror’s new pretty face Ethan Hawke, only to walk away disappointed. I originally saw this films trailer when going to see “Evil Dead” remake and thought it looked like a fresh concept and it sparked my curiosity. Plot seemed brilliant, a nation that was allowed to commit even the most heinous crimes, including murder, over a 24 hour period once a year with no penalties or punishments in sight in order to subdue crimes from taking place all year long? Sign me up! Well I will say it did serve us with a delicious performance from actor “Rhys Wakefield” as a psychotic young man eager to partake in the years festivities by brutally murdering an innocent homeless man that found cover in Ethan’s home, just the right balance of prestige and chaotic in his character. However, the story was too weak for his performance to save the film. As a film maker myself I hate when “foreshadow” is simply a dead give away for what is to come, this movie was filled with them. I prefer to not see things coming and when I watch the film again I try and find little clues that I missed that could have tipped the scales. The end was also too abrupt and an obvious set up for the sequel, hopefully they will come back with a story as strong as the concept the next time around.
This month we spotlight the Horror Film Series, “The Collector” and “The Collection” which is currently in theaters. To hear what Vanessa has to say about this this new horror franchise tune in to Wicked Wolf Film’s original series, “Nightmare Nightcap” for all of the details.
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