So. Many. Movies. I wanted to watch some scary movies this week. So, I did. There are so many classic movies that I skipped, but I got to watch 7 films that I’ve never seen before. So far with this challenge I’m finding for nearly every movie that I’ll never revisit, I find one I really like. This week is definitely no exception.
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I like to start my week with something fun and campy. This movie was Perfect for that. It’s a great black comedy from New Zealand that has tons of Heavy Metal references throughout. It’s a fun fish-out-of-water story with zombies. Plus it includes the BEST 4th wall break that I’ve ever seen.
Tim and I were talking about horror movies and the subject of Ouija 2 came up. Since our conversation piqued my interest I figured I should watch the first one to get some backstory. Turns out it’s about teenagers screwing around with a Ouija board. Shocking. Sure the plot is a little contrived, but it’s actually a decent little horror flick. It doesn’t end where you might expect, and the big reveal isn’t super original (I can count several other movies that use the exact same device off the top of my head). We’ll see where the sequel takes us.
Wow. Kate Siegel slays in this slasher/thriller. The movie doesn’t spend any time whatsoever with the killer’s motivations, which is awesome. I don’t care why he’s attacking people. He is, she’s in danger, there’s your picture. I watched this on a recommendation from Tim, and I’m glad I listened to him (for once).
I saw the lineup on this movie and had to watch it. It’s a Scorsese film starring Nick Nolte and Robert De Niro. That sounds like a knockout. Well it isn’t. Nolte isn’t a clear good guy. De Niro has a weird accent, but does a good job playing psychotic. Jessica Lange is probably the most believable person in the whole thing. Overall there are some good scares, I spent too much time cringing at Scorsese’s weird transitions that made it look like I was watching a Dark Shadows rerun. Also there’s a religious subtext that comes out of left field right at the climax. Don’t watch this movie, let your view of Scorsese remain as it is.
I was really looking forward to this one. I liked it, but I wanted to really like it, and I didn’t. Don’t misunderstand, it’s a good movie. The acting is great, the setting is spooky, but it just never plays off as a horror movie for me. Right when it starts being the movie I wanted, it takes a break from that, and then it ends. I really didn’t dig everything with the goat. The trailers and promotional materials made it seem like it was this central piece to the narrative, and I suppose it is, but they don’t give it the credence needed. I have more thoughts, but it’s probably just going to turn into drunken ramblings after a few minutes. Buy me a beer and I’ll tell you all about it.
There’s a reason people don’t tend to make period horror movies. This one does the World War One stuff super well, but the horror moments are super lacking. Though Andy Serkis carries a bitchin’ Webley.
Closing the week out with a remake of a classic. It’s very good. In fact the weakest moments of the film are the throwbacks to the original. Also I feel that Melissa McCarthy wasn’t used to her fullest, but Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon fucking kill it. I am, quite unexpectedly, hoping for a sequel.