Scary Movie Reviews D
:: Dark was the Night :: 2014 :: Jack Heller ::
A logging company awakes a Wendigo (look it up, then prepare to be let down by their interpretation) by cutting down too many trees, and it creeps into the local small town and the sheriff has to deal with it. This movie really surprised me, it looked like a low budget snoozer that would be maybe pretty enough to interest me, but nothing special. Instead, the acting was pretty good, the story interesting, and the atmosphere was downright creepy - loved the cold light filter on the cameras that turned all scenery blueish. I’ve always been a sucker for the woods. Worth a watch if you like horror movies and don’t mind cheesiness, but you probably won’t like it if you’re a big budget type.
:: Darkness :: 2002 :: Jaume Balagueró ::
Totally lame. Just another story about a kid seeing child ghosts. For some reason, the house is filled with dirty, mechanical antiques. And at one point towards the end (I fast forwarded a bit to see), there was some nonsense with a dude tying up Anna Paquin and getting his medical equipment out. Don’t bother.
I know this is a short review, but frankly, I don’t have much else to say about this movie.
:: Die Präsenz :: 2015 :: Daniele Grieco ::
Rad. This is kind of a German Paranormal Activity. A guy, his girlfriend, and his best friend go explore a medieval castle to attempt to find evidence of the existence of the ghosts of an old count and his victims. The movie relies on night vision and effects like the camera cutting out or signal interference. It was kind of nice that it was in German - I really had to pay attention! This movie is nothing new, nothing terribly interesting; particularly for this late in the game on found footage films. Worst of all, there's very little action, and focuses on a TON of tropes: children’s drawings, freaked out // easily possessed sleepwalking woman, guys who can sleep through seemingly any noise. There was eventually some pretty cool mirror play later in the movie, I always love that sort of stuff, when the image in a mirror moves on its own. But, nothing spectacular. Probably better to just watch the first Paranormal Activity again, but decent for a few jumps if you’re out of original horror movies. They could have done without the inexplicable demon/dragon noises every time somethings strange happened, too.
:: Don’t Breathe :: 2016 :: Fede Álvarez ::
This movie was ludicrous. But scary. I got free tickets through a horror Meetup group here in Philly. I left work, and took an incredibly enjoyable 3 mile walk through downtown to the movie theater. It started the way so many do, with young adults having stupid conversations and laughing and poking fun at each other. I get it, I’m not the demographic for that part of the movie. Basically, some folks get together and decide to rob an old blind man who supposedly had a lot of money stashed away. When they break in, the film really gets scary. The fuckin’ anxiety almost killed me. But, as if to say, “Hey Joe! Don’t be too freaked out.” the movie quickly devolves into one of the stupidest pieces of garbage I’ve ever seen. I don’t want to spoil anything for you, so I won’t. There’s a good, anxiety-producing movie hidden in this one, but they had to ruin it.
P.S. Just couldn’t help yourself with the goofy speech about no gods, eh? I think this movie was made for teens.