Scary Movie Reviews B
:: Backcountry :: 2014 :: Adam MacDonald ::
So, I have thing, in which I “judge a book by it’s cover,” or in this case, a movie. And I looked at the cover for this movie for awhile, and had read the descriptions, and kept deciding not to watch it. Then Katie and I got on a real kick of watching survival movies, so we did! And guess what? I liked it! More than I thought I would! There were a few parts of it I found really stupid. Why didn’t he take a map? And what the hell was up with that dude in the woods? Real swing and a miss in my book. Lots of silliness. But at the end of the day, it was a legitimately spooky, and kind of sad, movie. You just have to survive the cheesy first fifteen-ish minutes. I hate that buildup stuff, the everything-is-too-perfect stuff. I find it unnecessary, except in movies where it’s an integral part of the story - and to do that, it usually needs to be much longer and much more in depth. Anyway. Too much negativity. The acting is alright, and the movie is so tense as it goes on that you forget about how silly the beginning is! Not for the faint of heart.
:: The Battery :: 2014 :: Jeremy Gardner ::
This movie was fun! If you want to survive in this world as a B grade horror film, you’ve got to have fun. And I don’t mean funny, like slapstick or anything. I mean, I want to watch the movie and feel like the people in it and the people who made it had fun, and are proud of what they did. It’s a beautifully shot movie, following two friends as they drive around the woods and country through a zombie apocalypse kind of thing. The makeup’s not great, the acting’s not great, but it’s fun! I know, 69 isn’t a fantastic score necessarily, but I do really recommend you watch this movie. There’s a real sweetness to it. And the writer/director/main actor pulled this entirely together on a $6000 budget. I’d say that’s pretty darn good!
:: Beyond the Gates :: 2016 :: Jackson Stewart ::
OK, so the numbers don’t really reflect it, but I actually liked this movie quite a bit. Maybe I need to add another character. Indomitable spirit? Fuzzy vibes? Likability? I don’t know. But I like this movie, and that it feels nostalgic in a good way, and that it feels like a passion project. But it falls flat in a LOT of ways. The acting is nothing to write home about, and the casting is frankly a little odd. The theme music was INCREDIBLE, and then the music throughout the movie is entirely forgettable. I loved that it was about those VHS board games. We still have some of them in our house - my spouse and I never play them, though, because we don’t have a VCR anymore, ha! This movie spends way too much time in the buildup, and then the final action scene feels like it’s a minute long. And then the movie’s over! I found myself thinking, but what’s the resolution? I don’t want to spoil anything, so I won’t, but I have one huge, niggling thought about the end of the movie that bugs me. I’m going to put it way down at the bottom of the page in case you DO want to read it. Anyway, not a bad movie!
HOW DOES HE GET THE GAME BACK IF THEY SURVIVED?!