Movies I’ve seen in October 2012

Carrie holds up well for most part, but it could have been been fleshed out a bit more. The remake is on the way and I’m looking forward to seeing how Kimberly Peirce handles her take on the Stephen King novel.

If you’re looking for a cheesy horror with some good laughs, Basket Case is for you. The effects can be a bit crummy at times, but I admire this flick for pulling off so such with it’s low budget. On top of this, we get some boob shots, and that’s always a plus when it comes to horror flicks; they go together like milk and cookies.

If you want to start getting acquainted with the Universal Monsters, start with The Invisible Man. It’s aged wonderfully in terms of effects. The Invisible Man is a fascinating character thanks to Claude Rains, and some scenes will have you rolling in laughter.

Dead Silence is a silly mess. I can’t explain it without referring you back to my review.

The Stepfather plays on real fears and director Joseph Ruben mostly plucks the right strings to make us think; ‘Are we really safe with the people we love?’.

While I think this serves as a worthy sequel, it avoids the simplicity of the original due it’s many subplots, but I guess you gotta switch gears when you’re attacking a sequel. Yuzna deserves a pat for maintaining  faithfulness of the original while bringing the franchise slightly somewhere different.

I wasn’t expecting much from The Campaign, but the camaraderie between Ferrell and Galifianakis results in some hysterical moments.

House is like a bizarre experimental horror. I encourage you to avoid seeing any trailers or clips and just dive right on in. It will be a much richer experience that way.

Even with all it’s fiddly-diddly faults, Leprechaun provides enough hilarity if your intoxicated. Scenes like the Leprechaun killing a man with pogo stick will have you pleasantly entertained. Also, Davis looked like he was having a blast in the role, with an impressive make-up and costume job to boot. I don’t think I could watch this movie again without an audience, so I guess that’s how you should view it. Some friends and a few cold ones by your side.

Frankenstein has inspired so many media outlets, it’s impossible to ignore this classic – sure it switches gears half-way through and some stuff is questionable in terms of character development, but I’d give this one a watch; it short and you’ll be captivated with the stuff this flick tried to get away with in the 30′s.

The Fog slightly drags in the middle for a short period of time, but that doesn’t stop this classic ghost story from giving you the hibbie jibbies. I suggest a hot beverage, blanket with the lights turned down for an entertaining experience.

Paul Dano continues to impress me as he plays a novelist with writers block in Ruby Sparks. This is clever and a much more complex story than the trailer presented with an interesting message.

Unless your apprehensive when it comes to mannequins, Tourist Trap is without a doubt an entertaining viewing. It does haves it’s hiccups along the way, but it moves at a nice pace over them with a mystery that will keep you tuned.

I did enjoy Audition, but the change in pace was a bit bothersome, even to the point where it didn’t feel like the same movie I began to watch. You will be left with a lot to think about.

Troll 2 is not the worst movie of all time; I can give you a list of real pieces of garbage. There’s enough surreal moments of hilarity in there to keep you entertained. I found while being amused at the films cappers, it did feel like time slowed down, and that’s never a good sign. I must have checked the remaining time at least six times.

Best Worst Movie reveals the sincere passion these fans share for this one movie, from making new friends to dressing up as goblins. We also see the other side of the coin like wrecked careers and frustration that came with this disastrous movie. I highly recommend this documentary, even if you haven’t seen Troll 2.

This low-budget one hour Canadian film will appeal to fans of badly dubbed Kung Fu movies, Nazis, video games, demons, cyborgs, rubber masks and trashy action movies from the 80′s…it even has love. Manborg is intentionally bad, and while that could have backfired on director Steven Kostanski, it succeeds on what it sets out to do – It’s lovable trashy fun.

I found Midnight Son to be a be repetitious and slow pace. While I’m not a fan of vampires, this flick does nice job at doing something different with historic blood sucker.

An ex-whore’s spirit gets transferred into a gun that is used to take down a villainous french mayor. The low-budget film is fun, but it’s message is laid on a little too strong at times.

What began as an exploration into a common fear we all share (invasion of our home), turns into a typical and dull horror.

Adam Green, Tobe Hooper, Corey Fledman, along with other horror personalities, take you through the slasher genre. This is a documentary all slasher fans will love.

A fascinating look at the death of spaghetti westerns in Italy, to the rise of cop and gangster films that dominated the italian scene throughout the 70’s. The documentary is a tad too long, but seeing how Italian directors worked during that era is quite a spectacle.

Like 3D, I’m growing weary of the found footage film craze, but withV/H/S I thought that the portmanteau format might breath a breathe of fresh air into what is now an exhausted and clichéd sub genre. Six directors would band together to direct their own short tale, and I found that to be another exciting element. What kind of varied horror would six different directors bring to the table?….well…nothing.

Unfortunately, the brilliant Christopher Lee only get a little screen time. We’re mostly lead my a bunch of characters who really brought nothing special to this sequel.

Katharine Isabelle is a fantastic lead, delivering her sarcastic lines with great timing. The films got some great gore, stylish set-ups and great character development.

Among Friends  didn’t set out to win prestigious awards for it’s cinematography, score, acting etc. It set out to be a thrill ride in my eyes. It’s funny, but looming with a nice pace to it that will keep you engrossed with characters who bounce off each other with a swiftness. Don’t let the low budget put you off, just sit back, relax and enjoy this gem of a flick.

This documentary presents an idea and doesn’t really know where to run with it. The whole film felt like a set-up to nothing.

A great parody of the 1930’s Frankenstein. The cinematography is impressive and marvelous to look at through all the wild laughs.

Once again, Kelly tries way too hard. What is presented as an easily to follow mystery, turns into a jumble of nonsense.

John Carpenter’s music combined with Dean Cundey’s cinematography really immerses you into the halloween spirit, but unfortunately this flick moved way too slowly to keep me entertained. Season of the Witch would have worked much better as part of an anthology film.


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