IMDB October Challenge: Day 4

This has been an extremely unproductive day, but an extremely enjoyable one as I’ve discovered some great horror, and one movie in particular which just happens to be one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time.  So, let’s get on with the show.

Smiley (2012)

Smiley doesn’t exactly break any new ground but it does try to stand out from the pact and offer a fresh concept to the slasher genre.  This could be the Candyman for the Skype generation, so parents, please let your children see this so they become terrified of chat rooms, video calls and all other forms of social networking with strangers on the internet.  For us adults, it’s not scary, but it is a fun movie with a lot of ambition and effort oozing from it.  Michael J. Gallagher is definitely a filmmaker to look out for in the future. 6/10

Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)

Why isn’t there more movies about scarecrows?  Sure, there’s a good few of them, but really they should be the new werewolf or vampire.  They should be making romantic movies for tweens with scarecrows instead of vampires and werewolves.  Scarecrows are incredibly cool and super freaky.  Now, I watched this expecting the holy grail of scarecrow movies, but what I got was something completely different.  This was more of a mystery as opposed to the scarecrow hack ‘n’ slash I was kinda wanting.  However, I still really enjoyed it.  It has a really great atmosphere, a great story and some great performances.  The gore and kills aren’t great, but it was 1981 after all.  I also love the fact that the true villains are the humans. 6/10

Slashers (2001)

 As you’ll soon find out, Maurice Devereaux who wrote and directed this is my new favorite person… but more on that later.  Slashers is a movie I’ve been meaning to check out for years, but I’ve just always ended up watching something else instead.  Well, tonight I bit the bullet and the gunpowder tasted great.  This is a fantastic satire on the society in which we live; a society where people are prepared to do almost anything for fame and money while the public watches them humiliate and degrade themselves from the comfort of their living room sofa.  Out of all the movies that have used reality TV as a plot for carnage, this one is the most overlooked.  I really hope they make many sequels to this, but unfortunately the already penned sequel is owned by a now bankrupt company.  Anyway, this is a really fun movie. 7/10

  

End of the Line (2007)

I just had to save the best one for last.  This movie is the reason why Maurice Devereaux is my new favorite person.  He funded this with his own money and hasn’t made anything since because he can’t get any studio backing, but this is an independent masterpiece.

Set in a subway, a train full of passengers comes to a halt.  On board, is a group of religious fanatics who await being paged to do ”God’s work” on Judgement day.  Well, they get paged and go on a killing spree believing they are saving the souls of their victims on the night of the Apocalypse.  The pursued victims however, not only have crazed cult fanatics after them, but they fear for their very own sanity.  This is raw, unrestricted, ambitious horror that reminded me of everything I love about the genre in the first place. I really can’t praise this enough.  If you like Clive Barker you’ll love it.  9/10

 Great day overall and I aim to top it as the Challenge progresses.  Please watch End of the Line peeps. I beg you.  It’s too good.

IMDB OCTOBER CHALLENGE: DAY 2

This is what I watched on Day 2. You really need to see this for yourselves. Who knew the Shaw Brothers were this weird?  This is one of the most bizarre movies I’ve watched in a long time.  It’s a complete train wreck to be honest, but it’s a damn enjoyable one.  It’s action packed, disgusting, weird and hilarious, all the while interesting as it explores religion, mythology and occultism. 7/10

IMDB October Challenge: Day 1

The IMDB October Challenge is a special time of year for many a horror fan and sparks huge excitement every year.  It allows us to discover new movies, revisit classics and share recommendations with each other.  What it really does though is just give us another excuse to watch horror movies.  October is a special time for many horror fan though, this one included.  I marked day 1 of the October Challenge by watching 3 movies, all of which were first time views.  So without further adieu, I present to you my thoughts.

The Woman In Black (2012)

It was torture trying to pick which movie I wanted to watch first.  After I weighed up my options I managed to narrow it down to ghost movies.  I also had to watch one my girlfriend could enjoy since she was present at the time, so I chose the remake of a movie I really enjoy – The Woman In Black.

It gets off to a great start and has all the elements you need to create a creepy vibe; there’s porcelain dolls, creepy little girls and a haunting score.  It’s made all the more better when the little girls jump from a window to their deaths.  For the next hour, the movie is almost identical to the original, but afterwards it throws in some extra part of its own and becomes slightly superior to the original, albeit not by much.  I really enjoyed this and I give it a 7/10.  *Insert generic Harry Potter joke.*

The Entity (1982)

Another first time watch.  I know what you’re thinking, how can I be a horror fan and only just seen The Entity?  I honestly couldn’t tell you.  It’s so uncool of me.  Even my mother has seen it.  Anyway, this was a fascinating movie as it was based on supposed actualevents.  Despite a sloppy script, this was a thoroughly enjoyable feature that ventured between slightly disturbing and hilarious.  Although I don’t condone rape, I think an invisible spirit with the horn is grounds for a kick ass horror movie.

Some of this was hilarious; the psychiatrist seemed to have an obsessive perverted fascination with all things sex.  Any time he talks about sex or asks about it just look at his expression and the look in his eyes and try and keep a straight face.  Anyway, great movie. 8/10.

The Wicker Man (1973)

I’m counting this as a first time viewing because every time I’ve tried to watch it in the past I’ve ended up missing it, either by staying up too late to watch it and falling asleep, failing to be home to watch it on television or some other unfortunate circumstances.  I’ve seen parts but not all of it.  Before I get started I should also mention I love Nic Cage’s remake and he’s my favorite actor.  The 1973 original however, has become an instant classic to me.

This is just so unique, funny, bizarre and original, all the while being a truly horrifying concept that’s sugar coated with gleeful characters, wonderful music, the beauty of mother nature and celebratory nudity.  It’s a low budget masterpiece.  Everything about it is just perfect.  10/10.

Overall, a very enjoyable first day to the Challenge.  I’m going to try and beat 31 movies this year due to my neglect of horror the past few weeks.  There’s so much movies I intend to discover for the first time, as well as some classics and gems that need a revisit.  I’ll keep you all posted here.

Hey Guys. I’m Back

Hello dear readers.  I apologise for not being very active of late, but I just just haven’t really been watching movies.  As some of you may know, I’m a HUGE wrestling fan and when I get into a serious wrestling mood it’s the only thing I watch.  Football/soccer has also taken up a lot of my television viewing time.  That’s what I’ve been watching for the last month or so.  I did go see Dredd and found it to be an inferior version of The Raid and not as good Sly Stallone’s Judge Dredd, but that being said, I still really enjoyed it.  I also watched About A Boy with my girlfriend and really enjoyed it, but hey, Hugh Grant is a legend.  Lastly, the only other movie I watched was American Beauty because my best friend had never seen it.  I thought this was a criminal offense and made him watch it.  He loved it and it reminded me of just how damn good it actually was.  It also made me schedule a rewatch of The Chumbscrubber for some time in the near future.

Anyway, now we’re in The Fall I’m really in the mood for some horror movies and I will be competing in the IMDB October Challenge, which is a lot of fun and starts tonight at 12am, so why not join up and join in?  The rules are 31 horror movies throughout October and 16 must be first time viewings.  Last year was my first year and I experienced the joys of Race With The Devil, Clownhouse, Highway To Hell andThe Last Exorcism for the first time, as well as revisiting gems like Waxwork andMoontrap.  I don’t have any movies planned this year, so feel free to send me recs.  I’ve been out of the loop with films of late and would appreciate some recs of great movies you’ve watched lately, especially new ones.  It doesn’t even need to be horror, although the October Challenge does.  I have a stack of unwatched DVD’s to go through so I’ll check out some of those and I’ll be watching Trick ‘r’ Treat and House With The Devil on Halloween night.  So keep tuning into the blog as I’m back, I won’t ever leave you again and I’ll review my October challenge here.

Grabbers (2012)

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Lisa Nolan is a workaholic police officer from the big city who takes a small assignment on a small rural island in Ireland while the chief is on vacation.  Ciaran O’Shea is an alcoholic policeman who starts his days hungover, sometimes in the cells, who works his way towards ending his days intoxicated.  However, when bloodsucking aliens invade the island and start munching on the townsfolk, they are forced to put their differences aside and discover how to beat the creatures.  With the help of the island scientist and the island drunk, they discover that the only way to beat the aliens is to get drunk.  Now all they have to do is convince the islanders to go and get drunk at a free bar the night of a storm.  Surely this isn’t a hard task for the Irish stereotype?  Well, it isn’t.  What makes this so good though is that it’s effectively the Irish taking the mickey out of themselves.  This is hilarious and is a future cult classic in the making.  If you like Tremors, Attack the Block and Shaun of the Dead then you’ll love the humor in this gem.  It isn’t scary, but it is damn well funny.

8/10

Just Checking In

Hey guys, just letting you all know I haven’t abandoned the blog.  I just haven’t been watching movies.  The only ones I’ve watched since my last update have been Kick Ass and Role Models with my girlfriend.  Right now, I’m hooked on TV shows (I rarely watch them so right now I’m catching up on all of them) and my other love, wrestling (when I go through wrestling phases I neglect work, friends, family and more importantly, movies).  Anyway, I’ll be back before you know it.  Have a great weekend everyone.

Super (2010)

Super (2010)

 

The past few years have seen superhero movies being spewed out more routinely than children for Kerry Katona, and even though most of them are incredible action-packed thrill rides, they don’t really offer much in the way of originality. When Matthew Vaughn’sKick Ass came along it was a breath of fresh air as it offered a new kind of superhero; the kind of superhero that everyone has daydreamed of becoming.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s had fantasies of becoming a masked vigilante from time to time.  James Gunn’s Super has been compared to Kick Ass and even accused of ripping it off, however, this was sitting in James Gunn’s drawer for years (well beforeKick Ass was even a graphic novel).  It’s unfair to compare both films though because they’re more different than similar; the similarities are the regular guy gone vigilante lead characters and dark humor, but other than that…  Super isn’t as mainstream appealing as Kick Ass and it isn’t made for a wide audience.  It’s made for those of us who enjoy movies with a completely warped sense of humor.  Super is most definitely, warped.

Frank D’Arbo (Rainn Wilson) is a fry chef in a fast food restaurant living a miserable life.  However, things get even more miserable when his drug addict wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him for her drug dealer Jacques (Kevin Bacon).  One night Frank has an anime tentacle inspired epiphany from God and decides to become a masked vigilante known as The Crimson Bolt.  His mission is to punish those who do wrong, whether it be selling drugs or raping or even queue skipping.  Ellen Page’s character Libby also adopts a role as his sidekick Boltie, and helps him beat up criminals with vicious glee.

Super is a fun, demented movie that doesn’t try to be anything other than warped.  This is the type of humor that appeals more to a minority of film fans.  Just when you start slipping into a comfort zone something happens and shifts gear in the blink of an eye.  Almost effortlessly, it shifts between goofy, hilarious and bizarre to graphically violent, dark and disturbing to sentimental and sweet and so on.  At its heart its a comedy, but it’s only for the darkest humor. 

Super is the product of a love for comic books but it also comes across as somewhat satirical to recent comic book movies.  Since Nolan’s Batman, many have went for the gritty approach to make superheroes seem more realistic and true to life.  Well, there’s none more true to life than Frank, an inept masked vigilante who beats criminals with a wrench.  The budget restraints also give this movie a gritty look, so perhaps it wasn’t intentionally satirical but I can see why people would make that observation.  According to Gunn, who started writing it 9 years prior to it’s release, it was a reaction to comic books and not movies.  When this script was in its early stages, comic book movies weren’t as huge as they are now.  I think it just goes to show that James Gunn is a talented writer with a great imagination and not some satirist of modern pop culture.

Super is what it is – not for everyone.  It’s goofy, dark, violent, sweet, hilarious, bizarre and made for a specific audience.  It comes across as the type of movie Gunn made for himself more than anything.  If you like dark comedy, superhero movies and violence then check it out.  If you hate superhero movies you might like this one because it’s unlike any other.  It’s demented fun and I for one adore it with all of my black little heart.

 
9/10