Desember 06, 2019

Review Open Water (2003)


Shark Week: Day 6

Open Water

I've been meaning to get around to this movie for what feels like forever and I'm glad that I did even if similar films have come out in the meantime.  Shot on DV and with real sharks there was no CGI used unlike well, pretty much all modern shark attack films.

Listen straight up this is a film with 2 people in the water for most of its runtime. If that sounds boring to you because you want to see sharks chomping humans into pieces then go watch Deep Blue Sea again cuz that shits dope but if you don't mind a slower paced film that focuses more on suspense then by all means check this out.

The kinda terror this movie delivers is well beyond just an animal attack.  Yeah you could get muched by a shark but if you don't there's dehydration and exhaustion which in turn leads to drowning.  That alone is more than horrifying enough to think about.  At least the sharks are quick unlike the slow torturous death from just being alone out in the middle of the ocean.

The handled DV cameras and real sharks make this film feel incredibly real.  This is the kinda movie that gives you panic attacks while watching it.  Sure other movies like The Shallows and 47 Meters Down kinda took a similar idea and threw a bunch of money and fx at it but this low budget effort is just as effective.

It's runtime is only 80 minutes which is nice and there's enough going on so the film doesn't overstay it's welcome.  It's hard to pull off a couple characters in 1 location for the majority of a film especially when that location is as non-descript as the ocean but I feel like they did a great job.  They managed to make extremely little incredibly terrifying.

Available on Amazon Prime and Hulu.

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Desember 05, 2019

Review Jaws 2 (1978)


Jaws 2

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water Hollywood made a butt load of money on the first one so here we go again.  Much like that other Speilberg animal attack film series with a handful of sequels, while the first one was a classic the follow ups tend to range from "ok" to dookie.

This happens to be one of the just "ok" ones.  While Chief Brody is back the films lack of other adult characters hinders this one. Quint and Hooper are sorely missed. Instead the film is populated with younger faces most notably Brody's son Michael and his friends.  They feel like the same kinda generic non-descript camp counselor fodder in a Friday the 13th film.  They should of have just thrown a hockey mask on the shark (I know I know this predates F13). Seriously I kept forgetting which one was Michael and which one was the Mayor's son since they all just shaggy haired white boys.

Brody's characterization in this might be the best thing this movie has going for it.  He's a haunted man from the events of the first film and absolutely dead set on not letting this happen again much to the detriment of his job, family, and friends.  Brody's gone a little shark crazy and many believe he's overreacting. Of course we know he's right.

This also though leads to one of the weirdest aspects of this film.  Since none of the deaths can be obvious shark attacks since then Brody will be proven right, all the deaths are like tangentially related to the shark. It's like the shark is gaslighting Brody. There's one scene where a woman hilariously pours gasoline all over herself before exploding.
It's not terrible but often feels like a half hearted retread that can't hold a candle to the original. Its still better than 99.99% of SyFy original shark attack movies.

And while I'm not the first person to point this out its absolutely worth reiterating that THE MAYOR FROM JAWS IS STILL THE MAYOR IN JAWS 2!!!!! That asshole knew and didn't close down the beach. This is why it's crucial to always vote.

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Review Demon Wind (1990)


Demon Wind

Listen I would love to give you a deep thorough analysis of this film.  I'd love to discuss character arcs and themes.  I'd love to watch this through the lens of gender studies or how it relates to the political climate at the time.
But for the life of me I HAVE NO FUCKING CLUE WHAT'S GOING ON IN THIS MOVIE!

There's a karate magician and someone turns into a doll and explodes and there's a flying sexy demon zombie and there are satanic cults and an incredibly old murder mystery, and a cabin that allows you to cross dimensions and time and magical, super strong ghost children and if you put a gun to my head and demanded that I explain how all these things fit together then the walls would be splattered with my brains before they even pulled the trigger.

This movie has so much shit going on.  Every line is either some needlessly complicated stretch of exposition or a terrible one-liner that absolutely never fails to miss it's mark.  This is the kinda bat-shit bonkers malarkey I live for.  God bless this maniac.

There's a ton of incredibly gooey slime monsters that all look like they're melting and they explode green slime when shot.  The main actor is terrible but then in the third act something so incredibly fucking weird and confusing happens and I'm not sure what I was watching but it looked like a rejected Star Trek alien race character was trying to fight Pizza the Hut on goat legs and behold it was glorious.

It's terrible and wonderful all at the same time plus it's name sounds like a fart.

Available on Amazon Prime and Shudder (including the always recommended Joe Bob Briggs hosted Last Drive-In version). #horror #nothorror #horrofanatic #horrorlover #horrorjunkie #horroraddict #horrorfan #horrorgram #horrorfilm #horrormovie #horrornerd #movieoftheday #moviereview #filmreview #instagram #instagood #instafilm #instahorror  #horrorgeek #shudder #thelastdrivein #Joebobbriggs

Desember 04, 2019

Review Curse of Chucky (2013)


Curse of Chucky

With a divisive previous entry and the longest gap between sequels, Don Mancini delivers basically a soft reboot.  What basically feels like the start of the 3rd wave of Chucky films we actually go back to the first film for inspiration.  The goal is to make Chucky scary again.
After 2 very comedic films this one slows the pacing down and focuses much more on suspense and building a sense of terror.  Unlike the first film, we know Chucky is alive and a killer, but still choosing to keep Chucky's activities in the shadows and off screen actually helps ramp up the creep factor, something thats been missing since maybe the first couple of films.

Of course it's deliberate slow nature and stripped down plot could be due to the fact that this is the first film in the franchise not to have a theatrical release so it presumably has a smaller budget.  But luckily it's well written enough that if this was a limitation then it's not too noticeable.

Of course not everything works.  I love Brad Dourif but there are some flashback scenes and I'm sorry but he does not pass for 25 years younger especially when you then show a scene from the first Child's Play actually showing us what he looks like 25 years younger.

Also the look of the doll itself has changed and seems to have drawn the ire of a certain amount of fans. I'm not crazy about it but at least when he's not moving he actually looks like a child's toy and not something designed by a prop department to look purposefully creepy, I'm looking at you Annabelle.

While the previous  entries' continuity isn't ignored it's kinda gently pushed to the background so this story can start fresh and not be bogged down by 5 films worth of mythology. Overall it seems to work for new fans and old ones who may have been spurned by the comedic tone of previous films.  And if you are a long time franchise fan there is certainly something for you. Make sure you watch the unrated cut and stay through the credits.

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Review Cult of Chucky (2017)


Cult of Chucky

Check out my post from 10/6/17 for my initial views.  But how does this re-watch hold up?

Per some of the comments I've received regarding this whole franchise revisit it seems that Cult is pretty divisive.  But this is my page and in my opinion I happen to think this entry is fucking dope.

Upon revisiting this entire franchise I'm gaining more of a respect for the entries that truly set out to do something different and goddamn is Cult different.

Franchises have a habit of repeating a formula that works so I'm always going to champion stuff that breaks the mold. Cult has some straight up weird fucking shit going on but while it's not afraid to be different this entry does have something that's been missing since the original entry and that's a genuine sense of not being sure if you can trust what you think is happening.

Before everyone knew Chucky was the killer (in the first entries brilliant reveal) there is a real sense of mystery and uncertainty going on.  This entry manages to bring back that feeling by introducing multiple plot elements we haven't seen before along with an unreliable main character.  Sure it's not the first film to be set in a mental hospital and use the fact that the main character might be crazy to obfuscate the story's true intentions but it sure is a welcome change of pace for this series.

Of course the other big plot element that keeps us on our toes is the introduction of multiple Chucky dolls.  Which one is alive? Are more than one alive? Is any of them alive?  Again this genuinely adds an air of suspense that previous entries were greatly missing.

Of course this all culminates in a pretty bonkers climax that completely blows apart the established rules we've come to know and gives us the clear message that anything is possible for the future of this franchise.  This along with the reintroduction of some long time franchise players make this film an absolute blast for franchise fans.
It might not be for everyone but I'm sincerely impressed that 7 films and 30 years later this franchise can remain unique and  inventive.  Bravo, Mancini, bravo!

Desember 03, 2019

Review Crawl (2019)


Crawl

I champion films that break outside the studio formula all the time and occasionally in my excitedness it comes across like I'm dismissive of all studio horror films or fans of these films but in reality that's not the case at all.  Crawl is one of those movies made inside the studio system. It might not be the most original idea (see Burning Bright) but goddamn does it work.

It probably helps that it's made by a team of people who got their start outside of Hollywood but have also proven before that you can make solid genre pictures inside the system that aren't compromised.  That team would be producer Sam Raimi and director Alexander Aja.

After a quick intro and set up this film gets going fast and luckily for us it turns up the screws and never lets up for it's entire and fairly short runtime.  It's lean and incredible tight.  The film knows exactly when to just slow down and let the tension build, it's much more interested in suspense then gore (though that doesn't mean there isn't any). Listen I start to panic when I hold my breath too long while taking a shower so certain scenes in this film (like a completely submerged tunnel someone has to swim through) just kinda fuck me up all sorts.  But it's not just the rising water as THERE ARE GODDAMN GATORS that happen to pop up at the most inopportune of times.

As I get older "monsters" are no longer scary, shit, but drowning and wild animal attacks? Fuck me, that shits real.  This the type of film that causes empathetic panic attacks.
Ultimately this mashing up of sub-genres (disaster film and animals attack film) is a solid lean ride and at under 90 minutes it should be enjoyable for everyone.  This to me is the perfect type of fun enjoyable summer horror film.

Plus the gator eats a white girl with cornrows so good for the gator they're obviously not all bad.  #horror #nothorror #horrofanatic #horrorlover #horrorjunkie #horroraddict #horrorfan #horrorgram #horrorfilm #horrormovie #horrornerd #movieoftheday #moviereview #filmreview #instagram #instagood #instafilm #instahorror  #horrorgeek #crawl #gator

Review Climax (2018)


Climax

I love that "dance" is a sub-genre of horror films.  It can be a grueling painstaking endless quest for perfection or a primal almost animalistic reaction.  It surprisingly lends itself to horror almost too well, the majority of "dance" horror films being some of the best the genre has to offer and Climax is no different.
Gaspar Noe is one of my favorite working directors today. (I had the closest to what could be called a religious experience watching his Enter the Void i.e., I got high and thought I was dying). Many studio or "hollywood" films can often be monotonous, and I think that's why many gravitate toward the genre.  Horror in itself can be formulaic but at it's best it's truly subversive, a break from what we're used to, with a goal to take us out of our comfort zone.  The provocateur Noe is always looking to take people outside their comfort zone.  It's a match made in hell.

The film pulsates, its rhythmic backbone carries us through the entire runtime.  The soundtrack is flawless.  The camera beautifully weaves between characters, carefree and floating on instinct yet as amazingly choreographed as the dance sequences themselves.  And then shit hits the fan.

Someone's disconnected the brakes on this ride and Noe is hurling us straight down into hell.  The music and dancing continues as the descent goes on.  Madness has a soundtrack and it's EDM.  It's climax (buh dum tish) is truly Clive Barker-esque both visually and spiritually.  Guys this movies a trip.

So yeah I loved it and it's one of my favorites of the year but it's absolutely not for everyone and I'm sure some will hate it and some will tell me to fuck off but whatever.  I can't wait to take that trip again.

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Desember 02, 2019

Review Child's Play 3 (1991)


Child's Play 3

Child's Play 2 was an unexpected banger and while CP3 is not by any stretch a bad film it does feel like the franchise is started to spin it's wheels in place.  There are some changes from the previous films yet they're fairly superficial.

It's been only a year since the release of CP2 but this film jumps 8 years in the future.  This gives us an older Andy, now in a military academy.  While the change of scenery is nice it's still the same story just this time Chucky's found a new child he wants to enter... uh I mean...he wants the boys body... uh yeah you know what I'm talking about.

The new setting does allow for some cool set pieces involving a lot more characters.  Chucky's meddling results in a tragic round of wargames where he replaces paint cartridges with real ammunition.  I don't know if those paint bullets are a thing cuz all I know are paintballs and that sure ain't it but either way it's a cool idea.

The films biggest saving grace is that damn little foul mouthed fucker again.  I say it with each film but the fx of Chucky doll itself improve with each outing.  Apparently this is the first time where the animatronics are computer assisted and the improvement in his facial expressions and dialogue syncing is noticeable and top fucking notch.
Seriously the film is decent, its not gonna win any new fans but if you enjoy the exploits of the psychopathic plastic predator than it's more than worth checking out for Chucky's twisted charm.

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Review Child's Play 2 (1990)


Child's Play 2

Slasher films can be some of the most formulaic the genre has to offer. Sequels can often result in half-baked repeats of the previous film.  Yet somehow that scrappy little killer doll comes back with an absolute banger of a sequel.

First right off the bat the animatronic doll has greatly improved.  The fx were great in the first one but now they're damn fantastic. Chucky is able to pull off way more facial expressions and small ticks allowing his sleazy charm to really shine through combined with the pitch perfect Brad Dourif returning to imbue this once lifeless doll with actual personality. Most on screen killers have the benefit of an actor to embody their monster, what the sfx crew does here cannot be praised enough.

Andy's back too and now he's been placed in the foster system after his mother's been sent to a psychiatric hospital when she wouldn't keep quiet about the killer doll.  The cast is populated with recognizable genre vets who help bring some depth to an already strong script.  Child's Play 2 is a rare sequel that manages to follow in the originals footsteps but never feels like it's repeating itself.

And then the climax set at the Good Guy manufacturing plant is one of the highlights of the entire series. Genuienely suspenseful and frightening it's a also an fx heavy setpiece that does not disappoint.  This film goes out with a fucking bang.

Child's Play 2 is a surprisingly worthy follow up to the classic original that is sure to satiate fans who wanted more of the pint sized serial killer.

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Desember 01, 2019

Review Child's Play (2019)


Child's Play (2019)

At this point if you've pooled together every time I've written about remakes you could probably put together a small novel... or a novella I guess, yeah that's it. But whatever here we go again.  I'm not opposed to them, I only ask that they be different.  I have no interest in watching the same exact movie with the same exact story beats just with different people and a "hip" soundtrack.  Luckily Child's Play 2019 is very much it's own movie.

Keep an open mind and divorce yourself from the original series because there's a lot of fun to have with this movie.  Thankfully this film takes a very different approach, in fact it feels more like a killer robot film than a killer doll movie.  They smartly tie that into our technology obsessed current culture.  With smart phones, smart tv's, smart refrigerators, and pretty much smart "whatever we can jam a computer in and connect to the internet" you no longer have to worry about just Chucky cuz he can connect to almost anything in our lives.

Brad Dourif is irreplaceable but Mark Hammill does a great job with avery different take.  This Chucky has a naivete to him.  He's learning and often misunderstands.  He doesn't start malicious and there are even moments where I actually felt bad for this little robot.  It's a great take on the character and absolutely works for this film.

Aubrey Plaza is hella likable, Brian Tyree Henry is great in EVERYTHING, and the kids are fun.  It's gots laughs and some pretty great gore fx plus a third act that in traditional Child's Play fashion is straight up bonkers.  Yeah it looks like they left the original Chucky in the dryer after it  got stung by a bunch of bees but the rest of this film is so much fucking fun, plus the ugly little fucker kinda grows on you.

I was hesitant because the original Child's Play is still going strong and i wholeheartedly support that franchise and it's continued existence but I think there's more than enough room in this world for both.

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Review Child's Play (1988)


Child's Play

One of the most iconic villians in horror history. Seriously who wraps pants in a box that's the exact size of the hottest toy out now for someone's birthday? A seriously evil person that's who.

Ok this one is kinda personal for me. When I was just a wee lad I vividly remember going to get some ice cream and having to walk past a video store (y'all remember video stores right?) And they had the poster for this film in their window and just the poster alone scared me so much I wouldn't go get ice cream.  Let that sink in. A poster scared a child so much they didn't want ice cream.

Now the movie itself? It's fucking awesome. Its a genuinely well crafted horror film with some fantastic fx that still hold up farely well today. Besides the voodoo stuff which is just a means to an end (i.e., get serial killer into doll) which feels a bit of it's time (the whole moral outrage of Satanic Panic) the film still straight up slays today.

Director Tom Holland manages to have his cake and eat it too.  For a little more than half the runtime he wisely keeps the doll to the shadows leaving the audience to question the absurd notion of a killer doll only for Mrs Barclay to call Chucky's bluff in a fantastic scene where the doll is forced to reveal his true self in her hands.

Think about that for a second.  If an inanimate doll came alive in my hands it would not only be the scariest thing in the world but I would be forced to question my very understanding of the fabric of reality.  The nature of the universe I've come to understand is completely wrong. So before some internet tough guy says "I don't think Chucky's scary I'd just kick him in the face." Well to that I say "you good sir are ignoring the existential nightmare and true terror in the existence of a 'killer doll' so good luck kicking that in the face." .
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The movie magic they pull off in bringing this doll to life is just amazing and head and shoulders above any CGI today. The practical fx bring a real weight and physicality to Chucky. Of course it doesn't fully work until you add the amazing Brad Dourif whose iconic voice truly gave life to an iconic slasher.