Tag Archives: Horror

The Shrine

11 Mar

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The Shrine | 2010 | Director: Jon Knautz | Site | IMDB
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The Shrine is about a young reporter trying to write a story about a backpacker that goes missing in a small eastern European town.  She notices several people have gone missing in this area over the years and takes her boyfriend and another reporter with her to investigate.  When they arrive in the village the townsfolk are less than welcoming and try to run the group of reporters out of the town.  The acting in this movie could have been a lot better but obviously it was a low budget indie film Continue reading
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Cold Fish

26 Feb

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Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

12 Feb

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Tucker and Dale vs. Evil | 2010 | Director: Eli Craig | Site | IMDB
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Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is a spoof on the traditional backwoods hillbilly horror story. Tucker and Dale are a couple of lovable red necks heading through Appalachian-esc mountain woods to their vacation cabin. As a result of their looks and some accidental deaths all around them they are believed to be Deliverance-style sadist murderers. This is a horror comedy filled with tons of laughs and jumps. Not since Shaun of the Dead has a film of this style been made so well. Complimenting humor with scares and gore Continue reading

The Darkness 2 Demo

9 Feb

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The Darkness 2 Demo | First Person, Shooter, Action | 2012 | Site
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I loved The Darkness when it was released in 2007. Which was only amplified by my love of Mike Patton. The Darkness 2 Demo only reveals a tiny bit of the story from what I’ve gathered is as follows. You are still the antagonist gangster from the first Darkness, Jackie Estacado. The demo starts with Jackie captured by a, lets say, evil looking crippled gentleman seeking to take his powers. Ok, enough guessing about the story. Quad wielding, which these games have hailed as their bread and butter, is back and feels great Continue reading

Paranormal Activity 3

1 Feb

Paranormal Activity 3

Paranormal Activity 3 | 2011 | Directors: Henry Joost &
Ariel Schulman | Site | IMDB

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Paranormal Activity 3 is the origin story for the first two Paranormal Activity films. In the film young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible man named Toby that resides in their home. I did enjoy this movie; however it was my least favorite of the three Paranormal Activity films. There were some great scary moments and you are guaranteed to jump several times. If you are like us the best place to watch this and the previous two films will be in bed late at night. It adds to the atmosphere considerably and undeniably adds some points to the score. I felt that the scares came in this film a little too quickly and a little too heavy handedly. What really makes these types of films work is the sense of not knowing. Is this really happening or is it all in our heads? Paranormal Activity 3 makes the mistake of revealing too much too soon. The story reveals too soon that the things happening in this house are not the in the imagination of the characters, but something definitely more unsettling. As soon as you know something paranormal is occurring the insecurity and a are considerably alleviated. The problem I have with this is that once the ghostly antagonist is revealed anything goes. There are no more rules governing the horror. This takes me out of the film. What makes this type of documentary style horror work for me is keeping the threat ambiguous. Once you know where the threat is coming from it becomes less threatening. I wanted to be strung along a little bit longer before the scares were revealed. An aspect of the film I really enjoyed was the family lineage thread that is sewn through each film. It continued through this film and was one of my favorite, if only, plot points. The director and writers strategically and smartly continue what ultimately could be a great narrative throughout these films. The ending will surprise you, but may not frighten you as well as the previous films. You know what you are getting with Paranormal Activity 3, great scares and tension.


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Paranormal Activity 3, obviously, is the third installment in the Paranormal Activity franchise. This film gives you a look into the two sisters, Katie and Kristi, pasts and how their haunting began. Expectedly, this movie brought the usual jumps and scares that the past two films had. I did not particularly care for the ending of this film. The cheesy outweighed the frightening in the last 10 to 15 minutes. I did enjoy the idea they chose to make a movie to show you how it all began. I was never really scared watching Paranormal Activity 3, despite one or two screams, but I did have some pretty terrible nightmares afterward. Do watch this film; but not before going to bed.


Paranormal Activity 3 Trailer

The Innkeepers

25 Jan

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The Inn Keepers | 2012 | Director: Ti West | Site | IMDB
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The Inn Keepers is the story of the final weekend of the Yankee Pedlar Inn, where two employees are determined to discover if the hotel is haunted. I enjoyed this film but was left feeling a little let down. I enjoyed the director Ti West’s first film, House of the Devil, a great deal. Having built a lot anticipation for his next film I blame myself for being slightly disappointed. The two main characters in the film are great but that is where I felt my biggest disappointment. I wanted more from them. I wanted more of their story either backstory or interactions. There are some good scares and the film has great atmosphere. It’s a good old fashion scary story reminiscent of the Shining or Poltergeist. The director, Ti West, and the crew actually stayed at the Inn in the movie while filming House of the Devil where they experienced some unexplained phenomenon. I got the impression the film was slightly autobiographical which in turn made me like it more in hindsight. Definitely worth seeing, an all around good creepy film.

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In the last weekend of the Yankee Pedlar Inn being open, two of the employees set out to prove it is haunted. This is the second film from the director of House of the Devil, Ti West. I feel like this movie could have been so much more. The acting just missed the mark and was very awkward. After learning how West came up with the idea to make the movie it made me enjoy it more and essentially give it a higher rating than I originally had. If you like Ghost hunting shows or just like haunted hotels definitely give this movie a watch. There is a twist at the end you may or may not see coming.


The Innkeepers Trailer

Audition

5 Jan

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Audition | 1999 | Director: Takashi Miike | IMDB
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How can you not love this movie? It is a modern horror classic with a huge payoff ending for horror lovers. This is one of my favorite Miike movies of all time. A nice slow burn of a film leading you in one direction then a perfect gore filled, life-changing ending. You will not forget this movie whether you like it or not. I like it Continue reading
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