Deck the halls with dead bodies falll la la la la. Tis the season to get scary fallll la la la la.
Happy October guys and welcome to my SHOCKTOBER!!!!! I will be doing a horror movie review every day for Halloween. I know that we are on the 4th but I’m going to but the first four reviews into this post then I will do one each day up to the big day. I will also but a list of all the movies I will be watching and reviewing at the end so you can watch along and review to.
So with that being said lets get started…
1st October – As above so below (2014) 1 hour and 33 minutes.
Directed by John Erick Dowdle and written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle, As above so below takes place below the streets of Paris in the very spooky Catacombs. A team of explores venture into uncharted corridors of the Catacombs to find the philosopher’s stone however they uncover the dark secrets that live down there.
This film is set out like a found footage movie and I though that they actually do this very well. There are multiple cameras one hand held and three on peoples heads so we get to see quite a lot of what happens because we have multiple views.
The setting is a really unique. Ive never seen a horror film set in the Catacombs before. The Catacombs are quite spooky as they are as it is filled with the remains of over 6 million people. The Catacombs intently gives you a claustrophobic feel and a really unsettled one knowing about all the remains that are down there.
Spoiler: I really loved the concept of the film. The film takes inspiration from Dante’s inferno and the seven layers of hell. The lower the explores go the lower they go into hell and each layer follows the layout of hell from Dante’s inferno.(Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Anger, Heresy, Violence, Fraud and Treachery). Even thought it is not send out right and not all the layers are seen in the film but it is a really fun concept. For more explanation on this you can watch this video from FoundFlix to explain this more.
I didn’t like how our main girl Scarlett (played by Perdita Weeks) seemed to have a degree in everything and can speak every langue (apart from one but she knows someone who can because of course she does). So when they come across any puzzle or problem in the Catacombs she finds the answer so quickly that there is never really an suspense when it comes to that because you know she will solve it in the end.
You didn’t get to know some of the characters very well so when someone does did or something happens you don’t really feel for them. I complete forgot about some of the people in this film because they is not much time exploring them.
All the action happens in the last 20 minutes. Its like the director though “there is not enough action quick though everything in at once”. There was to much in such a sort amount of time that it felt like a different film at some points.
The last thing I want to point out is that at one point our main girl Scarlett goes a part on her own but she takes her head set of so that the camera could see her. At some point I could help put think about the vlogger arm she must have running of her life.
Should you see it/ Score:
I think if you like a slow burn movie and your interested in the concept I would say see it but for people how like a more action packed film will not like this.
I give this film a 3.5 out of 5.
2nd October – The Void (2016) – 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Directed and written by Jeremy Gillespine and Steven Kostanski. The Void starts when a police officer takes a blood socked man to a understaffed and partly abandoned hospital. They all start to experience strange and violent occurrences the seem to have something to so with a group of mysterious hooded figures.
The practical effects in this are amazing. They are gory and there cool. They remained me of something out of salient hill or residents evil. The creatures are disgusting but absolutely brilliant.
The action starts pretty quickly so theres no waiting around for the gory it pretty much happens start away. The risk is also laid out pretty quickly too so you really feel suspense and you feel for the characters.
The atmosphere to this film is really creepy so your drawn in. The set design really adds to the creepyness of the whole look. It looks actually the way it should to fit in to this world. The lighting also adds to the affect of the creepyness and can really add suspense to the whole place.
The story draws you into the mystery of whats happening and keeps you guessing and makes you so desperate to know whats happening and why.
The story is so good up until the ending. Then its just confusing you are left not knowing whats happening and some of the plots and characters are never explain probably or sometimes not at all. It just leaves a lot of questions that aren’t going to get answered and thats really annoying. And thats something I just cant get over. There is never a conclusion and nothing is spelled out for the audience not even a little bit so I just got lost and I think a lot of people did too.
The characters never really get explored so when characters die and the others are feeling and showing this grift and great loss but we just don’t feel it and we just don’t care at all about them.
One minute the good guys and bad guys are about to shot each other of hack each other then literally in the next scene they are working together and are taking orders of each other and that left me very confused. Why would they be doing that ?
The hooded figures are very underused. They not really used at all and are just they to stand in the background which was a same because they did look creepy.
Should you see it?/ Score:
I would say if your going to see this movie stream it. It is not worth buying it. If you like creatures and special effects your going to like them in this but the over all story is confusing and nothing gets resolved so many people will be turned of by that.
I give this a 2 out of 5.
3rd October – Triangle (2009)- 1 hour 39 minutes
Directed and written by Christopher Smith, Triangle follows 6 passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump on another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas.
I really liked the premise of this film. Not knowing whats happening when they first board the boat. The mystery draws you in and keeps you guessing.
The lead actress Melissa George (who plays Jess) does a great job in selling us her characters and her struggle and fight to stay alive and get back to her son.
The mystery of whats going on is soon gone and then your just following Jess around trying to get of the boat which gets pretty boring.
Spoiler: The kills in this aren’t really creative. They either get shot or cut. The only kill that any good is victors (played by Liam Hemsworth) its the only one thats different and made me cringe a bit.
The mystery of why the boats there or why it dose what it dose is never explained which is annoying. Why is it there? Dose this happen to other people or only the 6 people we see? These questions are never answered.
Spoiler: Once you have learnt what sort of character Jess actually is all good feelings for her are gone. We learn she has a son with a disability but she treats him so bad and we see her smacking him in the face for accidentally knocking over some paint. I instantly lose feeling for her and felt like she was a bitch. Even though she tries to make things better its just to late and I don’t care for her. I don’t feel sorry for her that she has to keep going though the day and the ship.
Should you see it?/ score
There are a lot of plot holes and some character directions that I don’t agree with. There was lots of promise but it just disappointed in the end so SKIP IT.
I give it a 1 out of 5
4th October – Funhouse Massacre (2015) 1 hour and 30 minutes
Directed by Andy Palmer and Written by Ben Begley Funhouse Massacre is about six of the worlds scariest psychopaths escape from a local asylum and proceed to unleash terror on the unsuspecting crow of a halloween funhouse.
I love this film. Its a funny, gory, fun slasher film that I didn’t know I needed to see. The gory starts of right at the beginning so there is no waiting around for it to get started. The jokes in this land really well and multiple times I was laughing out load.
There is no lack of gory and kills in this is is a massacre. There are some really good, fun kills too. The psychopaths are really fun too my favourite by far is Dollface (played by Candice De Visser) who reminds by of a more sadistic Harley Quinn.
I think the setting is a really fun one. People think that these kills are all part of the haunted house act which is so a fun concept.
I don’t have many dislikes for this film. The only one I really have is that a few of the psychopaths didn’t really get explored but and there just there for a few scenes. I would have liked to see them more and maybe even a showdown with each of the psychopaths a bit more because some get taken out pretty easily.
Should you see it?/Score
I think you should definitely see this film. Its funny and gory and its so much fun. So get on Netfilx and see this now!
I give this a 4 out of 5
So there we are all up to date. Tomorrow I will be reviewing Child’s play which you can find on Netflix. I will leave a link to my movie chart down below so you can see what movies I will be doing and you can watch along.
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