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I already knew this film was going to be amazing because it’s French, and I still have yet to be let down by a French horror.  This movie was so random and all over the place but it was truly freaky and all the gore and violence was bizarre and spot on.  The story itself wasn’t really all that great, but it was so interesting and unique, you just go with it.  If I had to rate the story alone, I’d really only give it a 3.5/5.  However the gore really really makes up for it to the point that I ALMOST wanted to give it a 4.  The story centers around a girl who is training to become a nurse and is being mentored by an older caregiver.  She brings her from house to house as they assist elderly patients with medications.  One particular house is rumored to hold a secret treasure that our main character is too intrigued by to not explore it.  The house is haunted and once she and her boyfriend go to ravage it for the treasure, the ghosts come out to play…… and kill.  The movie is really entertaining and also scary.  The imagery of the ghosts and the ideas of some of the events are very haunting. There’s lots of really random gore, which I liked, and all horror genres almost seem to just bind together with how random everything goes.  Although this movie doesn’t get 4 stars, mainly because the storyline just wasn’t fucked up enough for me, I still think this is a must-see for all horror fans.  This really is a breath of fresh air from all the movies that stick to just one genre rather since this one explores and implements facets of all other horror genres. Get ready to take a gory and also confusing ride with this French flick.  Update me and let me know what you thought of the film in the comments.

Out of the Dark

Posted: March 23, 2017 in Paranormal/ Ghost Stories

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I guess the reason I decided to watch this film in the first place was because it wasn’t one of those mainstream Hollywood flicks; now I understand why. The first clue into how much of a disappointment this movie was should have been the fact that Julia Stiles was in it. Not to sound completely disrespectful (10 Things I Hate About You is life), but usually an underground film with a washed up actress isn’t going to be the next greatest horror masterpiece. The trailer itself was enough to convince me to give it a go, but the movie fell short on so many levels. First of all, the movie was a little too g-rated to really excite a seasoned horror vet like myself. There was no gore at all and it seemed to just be more jumpy scenes rather than disturbing ideas and gruesome imagery. The story centers around a family that relocates to a South American town that was invaded decades ago and all the children were murdered. Said town is haunted by the tortured little souls. I didn’t really follow the story that much because it was literally that boring. It wasn’t so stupid that it made my head hurt, but bad enough that I’m only giving this one 2/5 stars. It had good cinematography, so I’ll give it that, and the acting wasn’t horrific. However, I literally could not take the movie seriously because of the fact that the little girl had an English accent even though both of her parents were American. I get it, she was born in London yadda yadda, but seriously I just found that to be a hilarious touch and I would have maybe taken the movie a bit more seriously if they wouldn’t have randomly decided the child needed to be English. From the review I’ve just written, I think it’s pretty clear that I’m obviously not recommending this movie. It has some jumpy parts here and there, but for the most part, its just too “vanilla” to really satisfy an experienced horror fan. Go ahead and recommend this to some of your newbie friends, but definitely don’t waste your precious time watching this.

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Did you see the trailer for this film? Did you guys see it?  Didn’t it look so fricken badass and scary? Yeah………… That’s about as good as this movie gets, sorry guys.  I’m sorry to burst your “little bit of excitement” bubble the trailer just helped form in your head, but this movie is complete and utter, found footage bullshit. The trailer itself was much scarier than the film, and what a shame that 90 minutes was………

My initial reaction to the trailer was, “Wow, the old lady is so creepy, plus the twist with found footage and sleep walking? This movie is gonna be scary as hell!”.  20 minutes later, I manage to find a copy of the film online and delve straight into it, as the trailer had me convinced I would finally find an actual scare in a horror.  I have to admit, the director (Zachary Donohue) did think of some brilliant concepts.  Preying on an actual human degenerative disorder, Donohue attempted to make dementia look absolutely terrifying.  He failed. Literally, on every level. Some of the bits here and there were creepy.  But overall, the film was  typical, predictable, and similar to all the other found footage paranormal films, just with a new twist that didn’t play out as planned.

The storyline is actually quite typical. A student in university, studying something or other (didn’t really care to pay attention), decides to film a documentary on the degeneration of Deborah Logan as dementia sets in and slowly envelopes her into madness, and the strain it puts on the relationship between her and her caregiver daughter.  At first, I liked this idea.  Old people are creepy enough as it is (sorry Grandma), but featuring them mentally decaying through a found footage film just seemed scary on another level.  It definitely helps that Deborah, played by Jill Larson, is extremely frail and decrepit and quite frightening in appearance.  Anyways, she manages to completely submit to dementia and the results are not as scary as I expected from the trailers.  To be honest, I thought most of the scenes were just completely ridiculous and stupid.  I actually found more humor in the the stupidity of the “scary scenes” than I did actual scares.  The taping of the “found footage” wouldn’t be complete without an incompetent camera crew that couldn’t seem to stay out of trouble’s way.  This movie contained every paranormal found footage cliche in the book, which is mainly why I couldn’t take the film seriously. I thought the storyline was dumb as well and overall disappointing.  I barely was able to give this one 2.5/5 stars.  I think its safe for me to say, you can skip this film and take those extra 90 minutes to do something useful with your time (another horror movie, perhaps?).  This movie is not getting a recommendation from me. Anybody beg to differ? Leave your comments below, would love to hear what some of you have to say about this film. Cheers! x

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As a severe horror addict, I have learned through years of horror addiction that sequels are almost never a good idea.  I even went as far as to make a vlog explaining how and why horror movie sequels are seriously one of the worst things ever.  Yet, when I see a sequel for a horror movie I love suddenly becoming available on Netflix, the last thing I’m able to do is resist.  All the signs telling me that “Grave Encounters 2” was going to suck were right in my face, but my farfetched faith in this sequel is what led me to ignore those signs.  I’m telling you now, this is an extremely bad choice.  Not only is “Grave Encounters 2” one of the worst movies I have seen, it definitely wins an award for one of the worst sequels in horror.  I loved the first one, but I had to give the second movie a 0 out of 5 stars because, yes, it was seriously THAT bad.

The corniness factor of the movie at least made it a bit enjoyable at parts.  And when I say “at parts” I mean only about 2 minutes of the movie.  The rest is overplayed garbage that they already did in the first movie.  It would have been one thing if they would have made a real sequel, AKA a movie with a new plot that starts where the first movie left off.  Instead, the sequel copied pretty much scene for scene, everything from the first movie.  Remember when the cast of Grave Encounters decided to take their camera crew into an abandoned mental hospital to find out if it was haunted, and then it turned out it actually was?  For merely two hours of your life you can “enjoy” the same exact scenes with a different set of idiots freaking out at each other because they didn’t expect the everything in the first movie to happen in the second movie as well.  To me, this just shows laziness and a complete lack of creativity from the directors.  I can’t even stress how much the sequel is just a remake of the first movie with different yet still equally annoying characters and the same spooky jump factors they used in the first film.  If it was seriously that hard to come up with a new concept for a sequel, why bother even making one?

In a way, this movie reminded me of the second Human Centipede, in that some weird infatuated nerd decided it was his destiny to live out the first “Grave Encounters” and find out if everything he saw in the first movie was true.  Part of me thinks that the director’s intention was to humor the audience and the other part of me thinks that the director seriously had nothing better to do with his time than remake the original and then label it as a sequel.  There are no redeeming qualities in this movie whatsoever, no memorable gore scenes, no scary moments that made me jump, no characters that possessed qualities that could make the audience care.  Overall this movie is a waste of time, energy, and money.  Not only would I never pay to see this movie, I don’t understand what possessed the director to even put a penny into it’s budget.  However, if you really don’t believe me and you still want to tune into the movie, ensure that your eyes are closed for the duration of the film, that will most likely enhance your movie watching experience.

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When there is truly nothing else to do on a Friday night, Netflix always seems like a good option that will never fail you.  Unfortunately when you get to the horror movie section, its a bit like Russian roulette. I decided to tune into a film “Madhouse” and for once, it wasn’t the worse decision of the day I had made.  As someone that is a self-proclaimed “horror expert” I found this movie of little to no value to my typical taste in horror movies.  However, for someone that likes your average cinematic American horror, it is at least decent.  The story takes place in a mental institution, but I liked it because it wasn’t your typical funny farm horror film.  It was more of a psychological horror and had a twist at the end which made the movie semi-cool.   Obviously I’m not going to be that asshole that spoils the ending just in case there are people that want to watch (probably not though) but I will go through a short synopsis of what Netflix had to offer me on my Friday night.  Long story short: A psychiatric intern goes to work at a mental institution where a lot of shady and unexplainable things keep happening (typical).  People are dying, shit is getting messed up, and there is no logical explanation for what is going on.  The acting is beyond bland, the characters are stupid, and the plot is only slightly interesting (again this opinion is coming from a “horror expert”, horror noobs ignore this).  There were some jumpy parts here and there, but overall there was not enough “oomph” to make this film fantastic.  In fact the only way this film could have been fantastic would have been if they rewrote the script and killed off all the characters and provided new ones, but thats just my opinion.  If you are really into horror I wouldn’t recommend it, its too simple and bland. My final rating was 2 out of 5 stars because I didn’t actually hate the hell out of this movie, I just didn’t like it either. Even though I didn’t feel like this film was a complete waste of time, I would only recommend this to people that aren’t into the truly dreadful horror. If you actually follow my blog, I think its safe to assume that none of you fall into this category, so therefore, SKIP IT!

For a mainstream Hollywood movie, I had to give Sinister a 3.5 out of 5 stars because it was a little above average.  Rather than the bloodbaths I’m used to watching alone in my room, I actually opted to go out in public and watch a horror movie that is deemed normal by the rest of society.  Seeing as I am a complete gore/horror freak, this didn’t really cut it for me, but I was still pleasantly surprised with how much I DIDN’T hate the movie.  Despite the lack of blood, rape, brutality, necrophilia, torture, and abduction that typically attracts me to the horror movie genre, I still found the movie interesting enough for me to stay in the theater and not attempt to fall asleep in my half-eaten bowl of popcorn.  The storyline has something to do with an ancient monster that possesses children to kill their families and then takes the children to the “other side” or wherever the hell child-possessing demons choose to reside.  Ethan Hawke plays a father and a writer/ investigator of unsolved crimes.  He moves near houses where mass murders were committed and explores them, trying to find answers to how people have disappeared and why the police have been unable to crack the case.  He cleverly decides its a good idea to move into a house where an entire family was murdered so he can further his investigation on this mystery.  Little does he know, he is fucking with the WRONG force.  He discovers a box of video tapes in the attic, each one more disturbing than the next.  The movie was pretty bleh, but the video tapes were totally badass. Can you begin to guess why I think they are badass? Well it goes a little something like this.  The “home videos” he finds are actually recordings of each of the families that this “boogie man” has decided to kill.  Basically whoever is holding this camera is filming the family being tortured and then eventually killed.  Pretty gnarly right? You got mom, dad, and the kids dying in the absolute most fucked up ways.  Considering this is a Hollywood blockbuster, it didn’t take it to the place that exploitation films do, but I still found it mildly entertaining.

Throughout the film, you’re wondering not only who is killing these families, but who is sick enough to film the dirty deed and keep the tapes around for anyone to discover.  The thought of an entire family being murdered on tape is beyond unsettling, which was pretty much why I stayed interested in the movie.  The director, Scott Derrickson, struck a new level of terror and twisted sickness in the audience with his ability to make a movie about a truly horrifying yet realistic occurrence.  Whole families get murdered all the time, and the fact that the Derrickson made Sinister about this, truly intrigued me.  I don’t want to spoil the movie for anyone reading this, even though I pretty much did already in my first 4 sentences of this review, but I love the element of wondering if it was a serial killer or a supernatural force offing these families.  Unless you decided to completely skip my first paragraph, no its not a serial killer.  This “boogie man” is actually quite terrifying and the image is definitely freaky and original enough to stay in your head.  As far as the acting and plot go, it was pretty damn good, but hey, thats Hollywood for you.  I wouldn’t recommend this film to horror fans that are as intense as me, but if you’re looking for a decent/ almost good mainstream film, I would say go for it.  Don’t expect it to scare the absolute living shit out of you, but it’s originality and suspense make it quite watchable and I left the theater not feeling like I got ripped off for once.

As much as I want to proclaim Grave Encounters as an excellent movie, I only gave it 4 out of 5 stars.  The film’s concept is original yet overplayed.  A camera crew investigates an abandoned insane asylum in order to find out if there really are ghosts and spirits that lurk and wander around at night.  The camera crew interviews various “randoms” in order to build a backstory and begin to spook the audience.  However, for the first 45 minutes, I was kind of bored during the film.  The actors are corny and pretty typical if you ask me.  Throughout the film, I even found myself not liking the characters at all.  Alas, at the half-way point, shit starts to get real.  The plot takes a major mind-fucking twist and the viewer is filled with both question and confusion as the plot gets weirder and everything gets creepier.  As the ghosts of former patients begin to appear and scare the living shit out of the camera crew (not to mention the audience), the movie really begins turning into a masterpiece.  The characters still continue to be annoying as ever, constantly yelling at each other and never shutting the fuck up when the audience just wants a couple moments of silence.  The originality of the ghosts and the scare factor is pretty amazing though.  The plot continues to thicken and takes many twists and turns that I definitely did not see coming.  What makes the movie even creepier is that everything is filmed on hand-held cameras and the characterization begins kicking into gear.  As the characters slowly begin to lose their sanity, I feel like they are finally bearable to watch and more realistic.  Towards the end of the movie, there are some pretty good scares.  In fact, I about shit myself each time one of those ghosts just popped out from nowhere.  The ending is definitely the icing on top of the cake.  Not only is it a mind-fuck, but it is a cliff-hanger.  The absolute twist at the end is what makes the viewer fall in love with this movie and realize, “Hey, I just sat through 45 minutes of useless crap, but the ending of this movie just made everything worth it. I’m gonna go ahead and recommend this to my friends”.  So yeah, I’m going to go ahead and recommend this one.  It is worth the watch and its good enough to watch more than once (which I find rare).