Oct 31, 2014

Review: Return of the Fly (1959)

With a surprisng amount of depth, The Fly rose above its B-movie roots to be a more than competent movie. With some pretty serious implications and some slightly horrifying elements, it's just as good a movie as David Cronenberg's version. Just in a different way. Sadly, director Kurt Neumann died only a month after the premiere and never saw his movie become the hit that it did.

No doubt that it's too much to hope for Return of the Fly matching its predecessor from just a year earlier. At the very least it was nice to be able to look forward to Vincent Price back as Francois Delambre. The man is like silk onscreen and would probably never look out of place in any kind of role. Ever. He probably should've been the one cast as Genghis Khan, not John Wayne. They say hindsight is 20/20 though.

Review: The Conjuring (2013)

I heard a lot about The Conjuring when it was released in July of 2013. It generated a lot of word of mouth and made a killing at the box office, in the summer no less instead of the month of October as you'd think. I'm not the type to go see horror movies in theatres though. I'm too much of a baby for that, but I knew I'd see it eventually.

With Malaysian director James Wan at the helm who boasts titles like Saw and Insidious, there did appear reason for me to hope that The Conjuring could be a good horror movie. I was a little leery though about writers Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes who are credited with titles like Whiteout and the 2005 House of Wax. The Conjuring however is based on true events, centered around Ed and Lorrain Warren who were paranormal investigators beginning in the 1950's. They were best known for their investigation into the real Amityville Horror case, so there's definitely a good solid base there at least.

Oct 30, 2014

Review: The Fly (1958)

After having seen David Cronenberg's The Fly, it was only a matter of time before I'd see the original 1958 version. While it was certainly gory and special effects laden, it had some pretty significant dramatic touches that made it a pretty tough movie to get through. Add in Jeff Goldblum's superb performance and you've got yourself a sci-fi classic.

Interestingly enough, I've actually already seen a Kurt Neumann directed sci-fi movie before in Kronos. Although fun in a B-movie kind of way, I was expecting a bit more out of The Fly. Based on a short story by George Langelaan which was published in Playboy magazine, I was expecting a lot more in fact. If the remake was so good, then this had to be good as well right?

Oct 29, 2014

Review: Mr. Sardonicus (1961)

Another entry in the gimmicky William Castle schlockfests, Mr. Sardonicus required audience participation to further the story. In order to decide the fate of a certain character, audience members were asked to relay their opinion with glow-in-the-dark cards. With a thumbs up or a thumbs down, the ending would apparently vary depending on what the audience would vote.

According to the "legends," only one ending was ever shown. However, it would appear that William Castle never shot another ending at all and it was all just a marketing ploy to attract people to check out the movie. The technology to "choose" an ending in theatres didn't exist at the time anyway, so it's all pretty amusing to think about now.

Oct 28, 2014

Review: Paranômaru akutibiti: Dai-2-shô - Tokyo Night [Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night] (2010)

So it's true that Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night is not officially part of the American Paranormal Activity series. I just couldn't stop myself from seeing it again and writing a review for it. I live for weird stuff like this and it's just too wacky that there's somehow a Japanese sequel to Paranormal Activity.

I'm curious though as to how this movie was allowed to go through at all. You would think that Paramount, which distributes PA movies, would want to prevent a movie like this from ever coming out. Oren Peli actually got credit, was that all that was needed? It seems to have done quite well at the Japanese box office, but I guess it never had a chance of making big money worldwide. Maybe it's just not worth the fight to go all across the Pacific.

Review: House on Haunted Hill (1959)

William Castle was known to be an expert at making B-movies. His filmography dates back to the early 1940's, pretty much ten years before Roger Corman made his first movie. What was unique about Castle though were his promotional talents along with implementing different gimmicks that were executed during his movie showings. Strangely enough, he also happens to be the producer of Rosemary's Baby.

The gimmick he used for House on Haunted Hill was a skeleton with red glowing eyes. Attached to a wire above the audience, it would "float" out during the climax. I don't know about you but that just sounds like a lot of fun. I'm not sure if it actually scared people then, but it's kind of sad you don't hear about things like that being done anymore because I think a lot of people would have a momentary heart attack. No one would expect it. Word would get out pretty quick though with everyone having a smartphone, so only the first viewers would really get a kick out of it.

Oct 27, 2014

Review: Afflicted (2013)

Afflicted caught my attention from a review that fellow blogger Peter Pluymers did a while back. You can find check out his blog here: My Opinion as a Movie Blogger. The fact that it's a Canadian film and that it happens to be a found footage horror film made it stick out in my mind as something I should definitely see.

Directed and written by newcomers Derek Lee and Clif Prowse who have only done shorts before this, also star as the main characters in the film. It's crazy to think that with only $318,000, they were able to shoot scenes in Barcelona, Paris and Italy with pretty good special effects thrown in for good measure. Although it didn't make back its budget theatrically, I hope that it's doing well on video and any other mediums because it deserves it.

Review: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)

I still can't believe how disappointing Paranormal Activity 4 was. All the same, I'm kind of anxious to see if Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones can right the ship. I think that's just me getting greedy from how well the second and third sequels worked out. I mean a decline was bound to happen at one point. Law of diminishing returns right?

In all, Paranormal Activity is a horror franchise that's somehow been able to stave off the usual decline in quality for sequels. Maybe the makers had made a deal with a demon or something? With movie number 4, it would appear that the deal has gone south. PA:TMO isn't a straight up sequel, but more of a spin-off that tries to clear the air before Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension comes out in 2015 which I believe will be a direct sequel to PA4.

Oct 26, 2014

Review: The Fly II (1989)

David Cronenberg's The Fly is an insane movie, just pure insanity. It's horrifying, it's disgusting and it's a real heart wrencher truth be told. So it's no wonder that a sequel had to be made right? A shame that the only returning actor is John Getz. It is however directed by Chris Walas who was responsible for the creature effects in The Fly.

Walas has no previous experience in directing. But all the same, it wasn't a terrible idea to hand the reigns to the guy who did such a good job for the effects right? I wouldn't automatically think so anyway, but there are some risks for sure. Can Walas manage to do as good a job on the special effects as he did for The Fly and direct a decent movie at the same time? There's a lot of juggling there for sure but I was ready to give him the benefit of the doubt anyway.

Review: Zombie Apocalypse (2011)

Zombie Apocalypse is one of the collaborations between The Asylum and Syfy. It's the kind of collaboration that is sure to disappoint many who happen to tune into the movie on TV or rent it without being aware of who The Asylum really is. There's money to be made on schlock like this though and The Asylum is going to make it. They've practically cornered the market of ultra cheap productions that astound at times with their badness, so good for them.

In terms of production values, this is probably on the higher end in terms of what you usually see out of The Asylum. They've also managed to lasso Ving Rhames and Taryn Manning into starring roles, so there's that I guess. Manning never really got out of the shadows of 8 Mile and Hustle & Flow, but really Rhames? I suppose that movies like Rogues Gallery and Piranha 3D in 2010 signaled the beginning of the end for him, which is too bad.

Oct 25, 2014

Review: Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies (2012)

Leave it to The Asylum to ripoff a movie like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Based off a 2010 novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, it made some noise for depicting Honest Abe as some kind of vampire bounty hunter. I think we can all agree that the whole thing sounds pretty awesome, history be damned. So a movie sounded like a great idea if you ask me. Too bad the end result wasn't very good.

2012 was clearly the year of Abraham Lincoln. We had Steven Spielberg's Lincoln with the almighty
Daniel Day-Lewis playing the role of Lincoln and of course the already mentioned Tim Burton produced Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter which featured Benjamin Walker in the starring role. With The Asylum jumping into the fray and changing Lincoln's target from vampires to zombies, you'd think that Bill Oberst Jr. as Abraham Lincoln is in over his head. Surprisingly, you'd be dead wrong.

Oct 24, 2014

Review: Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)

I think we can all agree that to a certain extent there are just way too many sequels out there. Hollywood thrives on established properties though which are safe in comparison to developing a new property. Paranormal Activity is also an extremely profitable property and the movies only cost a few million to make. It also helps that the return on them is pretty incredible. PA4 was able to make almost 29 times more than its initial budget which is bananas. No one can deny that Paranormal Activity movies are a smart investment.

Directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman return for this installment which would appear to be a good thing. Paranormal Activity 3 after all was surprisingly good for a third movie in what could've just turned into a tired horror franchise. It wasn't the case though, so they deserve the opportunity to continue their work.

Oct 23, 2014

Review: Gone Girl (2014)

Leaving out Alien 3, there are very few directors who are as consistent as David Fincher is. Alien 3 isn't quite his fault anyway because from what I understand there was a lot of studio interference. It was also his first movie and part of a hugely popular and established series, so I think we can cut Fincher a bit of slack for that one.

Getting to the main topic at hand, Gone Girl is adapted from Gillian Flynn's identically titled novel from 2012. After attracting some interest from just a manuscript for the book, she even wrote the script to the film. Staying faithful to the source material, Gone Girl integrates the typical David Fincher style that I love and will keep loving. 

Review: The Fly (1986)

I think it's been years that my sister has been asking me if I'd seen The Fly yet. Strict adherence to my system of movie selection has kept me away from it but luckily for me, my girlfriend decided that she wanted to see The Fly. Of course I'll need to go back to the original movie as well as it's sequels eventually, I knew before watching it that I was in for something special with David Cronenberg's version.

I really respect David Cronenberg as a director even though I've hardly seen anything he's done. Most of what I've seen are his more recent films like A History of Violence, Eastern Promises and Existenz. There's lots more for me to see, but The Fly definitely represents an important pinnacle in his career and I'm happy to finally have seen it.

Oct 22, 2014

Review: Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

Paranormal Activity 2 did something that very few horror sequels manage to do; be a competent movie. In fact, it was just a little bit better than competent if you ask me. It may not explore anything all that new, but it added some bells and whistles to the formula that were very effective in creating some scares. That mainly being the use of multiple cameras showing more than one room in the Rey household.

Now it's more than easy to be completely skeptical of Paranormal Activity 3. It's a true prequel compared to Paranormal Activity 2 which is more of a prequel and "midquel" at the same time. Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman take the helm of this installment, both who had just come off success with their documentary Catfish. The results are honestly surprising.

Oct 21, 2014

Review: Dark Skies (2013)

Marketed as a movie with the same producers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious, Dark Skies definitely holds promise. At least for me anyway because of the fact that it's got aliens! Whenever a horror movie is about aliens I just can't help but think of The Thing or Alien. I pretty much set myself up for disappointment each time, but that's life isn't it?

I've never seen Insidious before, but it does look pretty promising at first glance. Paranormal Activity on the other hand is up there in terms of scariness, but I understand that it isn't for everyone. Dark Skies had actually been recommended to me in the past from someone who doesn't appreciate the found footage style of Paranormal Activity one bit. As a traditionally filmed horror, I was definitely interested to see what Scott Stewart could bring to the genre with Dark Skies.

Oct 20, 2014

Review: Zonbi asu [Zombie Ass: The Toilet of the Dead] (2011)

I don't really know what to say. There's actually a movie that exists called Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead. I've actually watched a movie called Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead. I'm definitely still alive but I'm not sure if I'm the same person anymore. I knew going in that I was in for something off the wall with a title like Zombie Ass, but nothing could have prepared me for what this movie is like.

It's pretty clear that Noboru Iguchi has made ZA:TotD with the North American market in mind, to bring us his flavour of Japanese weirdness. Case in point. it premiered at a film festival in Austin, Texas and only came to Japan five months later. Iguchi is no stranger to bizarre but intriguing movies with works like Karate-Robo Zaborgar and RoboGeisha, but I don't think he's ever gone as far in weirdness as he does with Zombie Ass. I shudder to think if I'm wrong.

Oct 19, 2014

Review: Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

I'm a pretty big fan of the first Paranormal Activity movie except for its extremely disappointing ending. That doesn't stop it from being a powerhouse in scariness and it's definitely not a movie you want to watch on your own, especially if it's late at night. It does a great job at suspending disbelief and patiently builds itself up as things progressively get worse and worse for the main characters.

This is my second run through the series (not including Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) and I remember my anticipation before seeing this movie. Or was that dread? Both feelings were probably mixed in there. Paranormal Activity 2 despite its title is in fact a prequel to the first movie. More specifically, it takes place before and during the events of the first film so there are some familiar faces from the first movie that we get to see again.

Oct 18, 2014

Review: Hocus Pocus (1993)

I never saw Hocus Pocus growing up and it would seem like I really missed out on something. At least that's what it sounds like. For a film which didn't do that well at the box office, it's a bit surprising just how well it did in terms of VHS/DVD sales as well as TV viewership over the years. Now part of ABC's 13 Nights of Halloween programming, it's the most watched movie of the entire lineup with a record 2.8 million viewers in 2011.

There's always the risk of running into one of these cult-following movies and coming away disappointed. A lot of the time I find myself siding with the critics, who weren't so impressed with Hocus Pocus when it was released. With a 33% score on Rotten Tomatoes, it's not very reassuring.

Oct 17, 2014

Review: Abominable (2006)

Bigfoot is really cool isn't he? I mean, just imagine seeing some big, hairy and smelly beast roaming about and leaving huge footprints behind. I've watched a couple Bigfoot specials on TV in the past and I guess I'm just drawn to the absurdity of the whole thing. No I don't think Bigfoot actually exists, but he's just fascinating to me.That's why it just sounds like an awesome idea to put Bigfoot in a movie.

Bigfoot could be the makings of an interesting horror movie no? Maybe it's just me, but I can see it. I suppose that the only thing a movie like that would be good for is what could be categorized as a Bigfoot slasher. It could be done right though! With just a touch of irony I think it could be pretty fun. Anyway, I guess I'm just crazily intrigued by the novelty of a movie with Bigfoot. I want Abominable to work so bad.

Review: Paranormal Activity (2007)

The first time I saw Paranormal Activity, I didn't watch it alone and I'm glad that I didn't. I'm not sure if I would've been able to fall asleep that night if I did. I saw it with my sister who I would consider a veteran of the horror genre, but luckily also not the kind of person who's constantly saying to watch the next part or warning me of any scary bits. She was just there as a silent companion, there to listen to me swearing when stuff got out of hand.

That being said, Paranormal Activity is not the kind of movie you want to watch on your own. Especially if it's late at night. In the same vein as The Blair Witch Project, it's a found footage film that was extremely cheap to make and delivers big on the scare scale. It features pretty much just two actors and one stationary camera in the home. That's all it takes.

Oct 16, 2014

Review: The Mist (2007)

With The Mist, Frank Darabont continues his love for Stephen King stories following adaptations of The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. Based on King's 1980 novella, The Mist has apparently been on Darabont's wishlist for a long time. It's definitely pretty different in terms of the kind of material Darabont has done in the past so I was interested in seeing how he handled the sci-fi and horror elements of the story.

It's been a long time since I've been hearing about how good The Mist is. I knew the story involved mist and something in the mist. I also knew that there was some hyper religious lady too, but that's really all I knew about the story beforehand. It's better to go in more on the blind side anyway. I'm the kind of person who tunes out people who talk spoilers about movies that I haven't seen, so I was pretty much where I wanted to be before watching The Mist.

Oct 15, 2014

Review: Grave Encounters 2 (2012)

The first Grave Encounters isn't the greatest horror movie ever but it had enough for me to like it personally. The biggest problem with it in my opinion was giving a physical appearance to the paranormal activity going on inside the insane asylum instead of keeping everything in the mind of the viewer. Oh, that and the pretty poor CGI. What happened was that the scares started getting less effective the more the film went on.

That's definitely something of concern for a sequel. If the scares were already getting a bit stale, what are the scares going to be like in Grave Encounters 2? The Vicious Brothers move on from directing to only writing the script which is another point of concern. This is John Poliquin's first real directing job so I guess we'll just see what he can do.

Oct 14, 2014

Review: Grave Encounters (2011)

Grave Encounters doesn't sound like anything all that original. It's about a group of people who lock themselves inside an abandoned insane asylum overnight, all shot in a found footage style. I was all the same intrigued by the subject because there's definitely some scary stuff you could do. Abandoned insane asylums are scary to pretty much everyone right? This was filmed in a real one that was closed down a year after the film's release. The production does a great job at making the asylum look abandoned for quite some time though.

I don't watch enough Canadian films as I've said before, so Grave Encounters is a chance for me to rectify that. Directed by "The Vicious Brothers," or otherwise known as Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz, there's something special about Canadian horror and I'm hoping that GE can add something there. The film apparently has a cult following and there is a sequel, so there is a chance that I might be in for a pretty good ride.

Oct 10, 2014

Review: World of the Dead: The Zombie Diaries (2011)

Somehow, terrible British zombie film The Zombie Diaries got the green light for a sequel. Michael Bartlett and Kevin Gates return to the helm, but for what I'm not quite sure. Is there really anyone asking for a second helping of bad acting and some of the most boring zombies to grace the screen?

I suppose I'm being harsh here. I mean maybe Bartlett and Gates have learned from their mistakes. Maybe they've learned how to properly take advantage of doing a movie in found footage style and maybe they've been able to get an injection of funds to cast some better actors as well as a proper makeup specialist to make those zombies at least a little more convincing. Let's hope the dialogue is a bit better too.

Oct 9, 2014

Review: Carrie (2013)

Remaking Brian De Palma's Carrie is a big deal. Stephen King doesn't seem so enamoured with the original but then again, he doesn't seem to really like any of the adaptations of his books now does he? Personally I really like Carrie quite a bit. De Palma wraps everything up with a stylish bow and Pino Donaggio's score is pretty top notch. In terms of a horror film, it only kicks into overdrive in the last quarter of the film and man is it horrifying. It's pretty hard to forget the imagery of those powerful scenes near the end, that's for sure.

Kimberly Peirce has a big challenge to come anywhere close to matching the original. I do think that she's a pretty good candidate in terms of being able to deliver the goods though. Or maybe not though because she quite literally hasn't done much since 1999's Boys Don't Cry, which was brilliant all the same. It's tough to say. With Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore in tow, at the very least there's no way this film can be worse than mediocre right? No way can this be worse than the 2002 TV movie remake right?

Oct 8, 2014

Review: Double Jeopardy (1999)

Double Jeopardy reminds me dangerously of The Fugitive. In The Fugitive, Richard Kimble played by the almighty Harrison Ford is framed for the murder of his wife and subsequently hunted down by Tommy Lee Jones. DJ features Libby, played by Ashley Judd, framed for the murder of her husband and subsequently hunted down by Tommy Lee Jones as well.

OK I suppose it's a bit of a loose connection, but I still made it quite a bit while I watched Double Jeopardy. I'm sure that DJ is also the kind of movie that bothers lawyers like mad with its use of the Double Jeopardy Clause of The Fifth Amendment. What's for sure is that you have to be ready to shut off your brain for any of the legal stuff in here. On a sidenote, I was excited to see Normand Corbeil as the composer of the score since I had loved the music in the video game Heavy Rain which he was responsible for. It was a score with a ton of weight and I enjoy listening to it outside of the game.

Oct 7, 2014

Review: Carrie (2002)

Here we are back again with another version of Stephen King's novel Carrie, this time as a TV movie. Apparently this was made in the hopes of spawning a TV series, but poor ratings put a stop to that. Although a quick look at director David Carson's filmography is a bit concerning, at least the filmography of writer Bryan Fuller looks promising. 

It'd be easy to be all up in arms about there being a remake to such a classic film like the Carrie wouldn't it? I think that we can all agree though that a remake is far more desirable than a sequel though. The Rage: Carrie 2 demonstrated that perfectly. I mean, the worst that can happen is that it'll be mediocre right? I don't think they can't screw up Carrie that bad.

Oct 6, 2014

Review: The Zombie Diaries (2006)

We can all thank 28 Days Later for bringing back zombies with a vengeance. It's up there as one of my favourites of the genre, most being part of George A. Romero's filmography. Unfortunately, the zombie resurgence means having to deal with all the junk films that will also try to take advantage of what's popular at the time.

Looking at the IMDb score as well as the Rotten Tomatoes entry for The Zombie Diaries would seem to indicate that it's not a very good film. I tried to avoid making that assumption. It's shot in a quasi-found-footage style as far as I can tell so it could be interesting. TZD is also a pure independent effort from Englishmen Michael Bartlett and Kevin Gates, so I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Review: 11/11/11 (2011)

I'm kind of curious as to why The Asylum decided to go ahead with this "mockbuster" of 11/11/11. Was Darren Lynn Bousman's 11-11-11 really making that much noise before its release? Bousman is known as the "director of Saw II-IV" so I guess that does count for something. With a title that's so similar, 11/11/11 also has some real potential to trick unwary movie watchers who are looking for 11-11-11. At the time of writing this even Wikipedia is confused about this film, saying that it made almost $6 million at the box office with a citation from the Box Office Mojo entry for 11-11-11.

Anyway, I think I may have some sort of sick fascination with watching The Asylum's crap. I get to watch what is usually some big production and then I can look forward to a cheap copycat movie that never fails to astound. Astound in the sense that you wonder how anyone could be willing to take part in a production like this. Like really, how does it feel to know that you are in what will be a certifiably bad movie? I wish I knew.

Oct 5, 2014

Review: 11-11-11 (2011)

Darren Lynn Bousman is a long-time veteran of the Saw series. From Saw II to Saw IV, he was at the helm. With 11-11-11, he goes from the gorno genre into the biblical horror genre which I think we can all agree is a pretty big shift. The big goal he has now is to create some real scares without the use of any kind of gore-tactics. 

11-11-11 sounds pretty cheap right off the bat though. Released on November 11th, 2011, its title refers to some big scary thing happening on that day. This is completely Bousman's movie as he also wrote the script, so I was all the same curious to see what he'd been able to come up with. It wasn't a movie he was able to get distributed very widely in North America unfortunately, mostly having to settle with foreign releases. I remember seeing 11-11-11 posters here in the Montreal subway system at the time though, so I guess we had one of the 17 domestic theatres in town which is pretty cool I guess.

Oct 4, 2014

Review: Death Becomes Her (1992)

All the right ingredients seem to be there when it comes to Death Becomes Her. Starting with the director, Robert Zemeckis is a great one with more than enough great titles to his name. Then you got Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis in starring roles which sounds great. Death Becomes Her is a black comedy though and usually it's the kind of thing that's pretty divisive. I find myself liking black comedies more often than not, but it remains to be seen if I can count this one among the ones that I like.

The other notable thing about Death Becomes Her is that it won an Academy Award for Visual Effects. It dates back to 1992, so there's a strong possibility that the effects are completely outdated and might look awful. We'll see though, but at the same time I don't want to be too harsh just because the effects might look bad now. They were good once upon a time and as long as they don't dominate the movie, we're good.

Oct 3, 2014

Review: The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)

If I were a movie director, I know the last thing I would want to direct is a sequel/remake/reboot or whatever of a movie that's considered to be a classic. Carrie isn't for everyone but I think we can all agree that it's certainly memorable as far as horror goes. I don't envy director Katt Shea one bit. She came into the production after the previous director quit over creative differences and even had to re-shoot what was already done. Add in the weight of trying to match up to the original and I'm sure it wasn't a walk in the park to shoot Rage.

Although a cameo was offered to Sissy Spacek, only Amy Irving who played Sue Snell returns. It's set in the same town after the events of Carrie and the story is connected by Carrie White and Rachel Lang having the same father. There are some differences to both stories but Carrie and The Rage: Carrie 2 are disappointingly similar. Rage seems more like an attempt at modernizing the original for younger crowds who never saw the original. I could just recommend ignoring this one and watch the original but I got a duty here.

Oct 2, 2014

Review: Carrie (1976)

I think I was maybe twelve years-old and my parents wanted to introduce my sisters and I to a classic horror film. That film was Carrie, based off a book by Stephen King and in multiple ways, I was completely scarred by the end of it. The movie features a girl locker room scene full of nude actresses, Sissy Spacek's character getting her first menstruation and some more scenes that are way too awkward to watch with your family. 

Besides the stuff NO ONE wants to see with their PARENTS in the same room, Carrie is horrifying in many ways and made me swear off horror movies forever. Yes, I'm pretty sure that this is the movie that made me never want to see any more horror movies for the rest of my life. It took me a couple of years to get over my fear but since then I've been watching horror films as much as I can to make up for lost time. Watching Carrie again was like fighting with some old demons and having a chance to put it all to rest. No parents either so that's good.

Oct 1, 2014

Review: The Uninvited (2009)

From the same producers that made the American remake of the Japanese horror film The Ring, here they are back again with a remake of Korean horror film A Tale of Two Sisters. I really liked A Tale of Two Sisters a lot. It was beautifully shot, the setting was unbelievably atmospheric and it just had this really creepy vibe the whole way through. Kim Jee-woon who directed the film also penned the story which was also quite complicated.

You know pretty much right away that the story is going to be simplified for North American audiences. It's a business decision and I understand why it has to be done. That doesn't mean I have to like it though. It'd be easy to just compare The Uninvited to A Tale of Two Sisters the whole way through and call it a day. To be fair to The Uninvited, I tried my absolute best to try and distance myself from comparing it directly, because there's just no way that anyone can recapture the spirit of AToTS. It really wasn't that easy to do, trust me. I think I only really partially succeeded.