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Cool: Suspiria (2018)

Cool: Suspiria (2018)

6. 6. 18

A remake of an old horror classic…Suspiria.

 

 

A young American dancer travels to Europe to perfect her dancing in a renowned dance academy. She quickly comes to unravel the academy’s sinister history when a series of grisly murders ensue.

The film stars Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, and Chloe Grace Moretz. Take a look at the teaser trailer…

The original Suspiria came out in 1977 and was directed by Italian horror great Dario Argento. I haven’t seen the original, but it needs to be on my list. This remake will be in theaters November 2, 2018.  Enjoy your Thursday, be blessed.

 

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Best of 2017: Film

December 23 / 17

Hello! Best of 2017 has come to a close and what better way to close it with the Best of Film. 2017 gave us what we needed in this department. The big blockbusters and the small indie hits. Here is the top ten…

 

 

Wonder Woman

 

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Don’t want to ruin it for those who haven’t seen it, including me!)

 

 

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

 

 

 

Thor: Ragnarok

 

 

 

Kong: Skull Island

 

 

 

It

 

 

 

Annabell: Creation

 

 

 

Wind River

 

 

 

Justice League

 

 

 

Murder on the Orient Express

 

Spiderman: Homecoming and Alien Covenant are not on the list, but both these films did well for this year. Can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring.

 

 

Image source: Cinema Blend & Variety

 

 

Film Review: Annabelle Creation

August 14 / 17

Hello…hope everyone had a good and resting weekend. Saw Annabelle: Creation Saturday and I wasn’t disappointed. This is a prequel and better than the first Annabelle film.

Creation takes place twelve years, 1955 after a doll maker, Samuel Mullins (Anthony LaPaglia) and his wife Ester (Miranda Otto) lose their only child, a daughter named Annabelle ‘Bee’, to a horrible accident. They decided to open their home to a nun and several orphaned girls. Everything seems to go well, that is until one of the girls discover the dollmaker’s crafted dolls in a forbidden bedroom …..opening a sinister entity.

You shouldn’t be in that room……

Produced by James Wan (director of The Conjuring and Insidious films) and Peter Safran, director David F. Sandberg ( Lights Out) takes the lead in this prequel.  Of course this time we get the real story of how this creepy doll got its start.

What I like about this film and The Conjuring films is that you really don’t need a whole lot of blood, gore, and guts to make it scary. What makes a good horror film scary is the unknown. You know that feeling you get when you walk down a somewhat dark hallway, you feel the hairs standing on the back of your neck and on your arms, you get anxious….You get the picture. With this film, you get that sense.

Sandberg doesn’t disappoint with the whole gimmicks of what a good horror film needs. Does this film show too much? Nah, not really. The plot may be somewhat lacking, though. You’re trying to fill in the holes of the whole film, but again you get the backstory about the doll and how it all ties within The Conjuring universe.

The film topped the box office by $35 million. In all fairness, Annabelle: Creation is just what you need if you’re looking for a good scare. A really good scare.

Annabelle: Creation – B

 

 

Hope you enjoy your Monday, be blessed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Film Review: It Follows (2015)

July 27 / 17

Picture yourself at the park enjoying the scenery, minding your own business, just enjoying the day. That changes completely when you see a woman half-naked, disheveled, but the face is just not right. There is no smile, no anger, just no emotion…She’s slowly walking towards you. The other people in the park don’t even know she’s there, that’s because they don’t see her, but you do…..

This is the premise of It Follows. Confused? Well, you shouldn’t be. This supernatural horror film is different from films that you’re used to seeing. It keeps you guessing and you want to know more.

Jay Height is your average college student. Everything is going well in her life. She has her family, her friends, her health, and now a new boyfriend name Hugh. The pair ends up making out in his car after a date. Everything is fine, but Jay’s world changes for the worse. She learns from Hugh that she inherited a curse, all by having sexual intercourse. He tells her that an entity in the form of someone she knows or a stranger will pursue her and she is the only one who sees it. Doesn’t matter where she goes, this entity will follow her and kill her. Once she’s dead it will pursue the person who passed this curse to her, her boyfriend. All she has to do is pass it along to someone else.

It knows where you are…..

Interesting concept. What is this entity? Where did it come from or how did this start? Those are the questions that you’ve probably asked yourself.   Some critics have interpreted this film as a parable about STDs, AIDS/HIV.  Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell he explains:

“I’m not personally that interested in where ‘it’ comes from. To me, it’s dream logic in the sense that they’re in a nightmare, and when you’re in a nightmare there’s no solving the nightmare. Even if you try to solve it.” Mitchell said that while Jay “opens herself up to danger through sex, sex is the one way in which she can free herself from that danger … We’re all here for a limited amount of time, and we can’t escape our mortality … but love and sex are two ways in which we can – at least temporarily – push death away”. – Wikipedia, Rawson-Jones, Ben (2015-03-08). “Exploring the horror of It Follows: David Robert Mitchell interview”. Digital Spy & Lyne, Charlie (2015-02-21). “It Follows: ‘Love and sex are ways we can push death away’”. The Guardian

Trust is another subject that you see in this film. After what her boyfriend tells, her, at this point Jay is struggling to trust others, even her own family, and friends. You get the sense that she’s also struggling with other issues within herself. Not only is there a fear of trust, but also the fact of being intimate with someone is something else altogether.

Again, we don’t know where this thing comes from, no motive, not even a face. That is what makes this film stand a bit. The film may lag in the middle, but it definitely has some jump and tense moments. You feel for the main character and what she goes thru. You feel the need to protect her just as her loved ones do.

It Follows has a unique formula that stands out and makes the viewer even more curious or more cautious.

It Follows: B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

image source: Slash Film & FilmGrab

 

 

Film Review: Hush

December 17 / 16

Hello….I’ve recently seen this film on Netflix and I actually quite like it. Hush is one of those films that gets you tensed up in knots and not knowing what to expect around the corner. Directed by Mike Flanagan (Oculus), the film stars Kate Siegel as Madison ‘Maddie’ Young. Maddie is an author, who is deaf and mute. At 13 years of age, she lost her hearing due a bad bout of bacterial meningitis. She lives in isolation in a perfect home in the woods. She’s not entirely alone. She has her neighbor and friend Sarah (Samantha Sloyan), who wants to learn sign language and loves one of Maddie’s books. Unfortunately Maddie’s perfect isolation is broken when a serial killer enters the picture. He realizes that Maddie can’t hear, so what does he do? He’s gonna take advantage if it, but as he soon figures out that it won’t be easy.

I remember what director Rob Reiner said during Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments. “I personally don’t get scared at the Freddies or the Jasons and the whole thing because I know it’s made up, but when it’s a real person who could actually harm you, that to me cuts deeper than anything else.” This is seen countless times in film, television and in the real world. Hush is right up there. We see a guy, a normal looking guy, but unfortunately he’s a killer.

Another point is that your peace and quiet get disrupted in many ways. In this person’s case, her isolation and peace is terribly interrupted. Not only she can’t hear or speak, but having your peace taking away is scary enough. The film may start slow, but it starts to build momentum. You really feel for this character and what’s she’s going thru while she’s trapped in the situation. I like it when a film makes you feel on edge and I was rooting for the character to survive, by any means necessary.

With both director and star writing the screenplay, I feel that this film is worth watching. Enjoy the rest of your Saturday, be blessed.

Hush: A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This Weeks’s Favorite Scary Movie: The Conjuring

October 16 /16

Hi and hello. Starting each week I’m choosing some scary films from past to present and on October 31, Shadowbox will have either 30 or 20 countdown of the most scary, disturbing, horror films of all time. This week we have The Conjuring. Directed by James Wan, this film is base on one of the paranormal cases of Ed and Lorraine Warren. The film stars Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Lili Taylor, and Ron Livingston.

 

 

In 1970, paranormal investigators and demonologists Lorraine and Ed Warren are summoned to the home of Carolyn and Roger Perron. The Perrons and their five daughters have recently moved into a secluded farmhouse, where a supernatural presence has made itself known. Though the manifestations are relatively benign at first, events soon escalate in horrifying fashion, especially after the Warrens discover the house’s macabre history.

 

 

They should’ve added this……….

 

I’m sure most of you have seen this film already, but if you haven’t you might want to see it, but please with the lights on. I just had to go there didn’t I? I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. Come back this week for some great news, updates, and what nots. Be blessed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This Week’s Favorite Scary Movie: The Howling

October 9 / 16

Hi! It’s late, but who cares.

Starting every week of October, I’m letting you guys know what my favorite scary films are. I’m sure most of you know this film. Based on the novel by Gary Brandner and directed by Joe Dante, The Howling is one of those films that gives you the eerie creeps and you keep wanting to look over your shoulder. The film stars Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, and Christopher Stone.

In Los Angeles, television journalist Karen White is traumatized in the course of aiding the police in their arrest of a serial murderer. Her doctor recommends that she attend an isolated psychiatric retreat led by Dr. George Waggner. But while Karen is undergoing therapy, her colleague Chris, investigates the bizarre circumstances surrounding her shock. When his work leads him to suspect the supernatural, he begins to fear for Karen’s life.

A clip 

 

 I would’ve hauled tail and never look back!

Hope you enjoyed reading this. This film has become a cult classic along with other great werewolf films and the werewolf transformation is just great. Can’t wait next Sunday to show you my next favorite scary film.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Scene: Horror Film Festivals 2016

October 5 / 16

Hello! I’ve searched and found a treasure trove of horror film festivals. I mean it’s not October without horror film festivals right?


HORROR FILM FESTIVALS IN OCTOBER 2016

 

Fangoria Fear Con / October 7-9, 2016 / Temple, AZ

 

Sacramento Horror Film Festival / October 7-9, 2016 / Sacramento, CA

 

Eerie Horror Film Festival / October 7-9, 2016 / Eerie, PA

 

Atlanta Horror Film Festival / October 13-16, 2016 /Atlanta, GA

 

Scream in the Dark Film Festival / October 14-16, 2016 / Omaha, NE

 

Screamfest Horror Film Festival / October 18-27, 2016 / Hollywood, CA

 

Freak Show Horror Film Festival / October 21-23, 2016 / Orlando, FL

 

San Antonio Horrific Film Fest / October 21-23, 2016 / San Antonio, TX

 

Bloody Horror International Film Festival / October 27, 2016 / Ottawa, ON

 

If you live near these cities and you’re a horror fanatic, you better get to these festivals. There are many more horror and other festivals. Go to www.everfest.com to see what kinds of festivals they have. You can either sign up with your email or connect with Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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