Director: John Carpenter Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis & Tony Moran Synopsis: A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish adolescent girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets. Rating: 18 Runtime: 91 minutes
Horror films don’t come much more iconic than John Carpenter’s Halloween. The film was made on a small budget, and was directed by a man who only had two full length features to his name at the time, while surely no one involved could have had any idea as to just how a big a hit Halloween would become. Halloween introduced audiences to The Shape, aka Michael Myers, brought Jamie Lee Curtis into the mainstream and also set about making a whole new set of rules that the horror genre is still abiding by today. Read the rest of this entry »
Director: Drew Goddard Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth & Anna Hutchison Synopsis: Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods. Rating: 15 Runtime: 95 minutes
I’ve had several discussions on the merits of The Cabin in the Woods, and how I believe it to be one of the best horror films, not just in recent years but possibly of all time. Mostly, I have these conversations with myself, because that way I can always win, but sometimes I do venture out of my comfort zone and try to talk to other human beings. And the one thing that I always struggle with when it comes to The Cabin in the Woods, is that I can’t really tell anyone anything about the film, which makes it an incredibly hard sell and somewhat awkward to review. Read the rest of this entry »
As a special treat for Halloween, myself, Zoe and Jade have all prepared our essential viewing selections for you to peruse. We have all picked three films that no Halloween night can do without, and that we find ourselves going back to each year without hestitaion. Check out our selections after the jump.
Hansel and Gretel (Henjel Gwa Geuretel in its original language), is a visually scrumptious retelling of the original tale from the Brothers Grimm. In spectacular fashion it brings to life all of the horror of the original tale in a refreshing new way to awaken a sense of dread and fear in the audience that is inherent to all horror films, but through a dark fantasy tale that is similar to films such as Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) and The Devil’s Backbone (2001). It is very Del Toroesque in its tone, but certainly more horrifying as it builds suspense throughout its narrative so that its audience is constantly left guessing to which genre the film even falls into as it jumps between horror, fantasy, fairytale, and thriller. Read the rest of this entry »
“One, two, Freddy’s coming for you.
Three, four, better lock your door.
Five, six, grab your crucifix.
Seven, eight, gonna stay up late.
Nine, ten, never sleep again. “
So, anyone who knows me and my taste in movies , knows that there are basically 2 big no-no’s when recommending movies for me to watch. They are non-English Language movies and Horror movies. I’ve never liked horror movies and I can’t even explain where those feelings came from. Did I get scared once as a kid? or perhaps it’s just a genre that doesn’t speak to me? Dunno (and probably never truly will know). So, when Kieron asked me to review a horror movie for his Scarefest, I was a bit concerned as to what I’d decide to watch. I was truly at an impasse. But then I realized that one of the best things about being a part of this blogging community is that I knew that if I reached out to some of my fellow bloggers, perhaps they’d be able to give me some ideas for a scary movie to watch that I’ll (hopefully) enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »
Trick ‘R Treat
You know, it took me years to get to this thing because I am not really an Anna Paquin fan (though I am thawing a little). A fellow blogger finally twisted my arm enough to at least just try it, and it pretty much instantly became an absolute favourite of mine! This is essential Halloween viewing for me every year, and I don’t think that there will be many horror fans that don’t like this one. Trick ‘r Treat is tremendously underrated, something that makes this an even better gem in my opinion, but undeniably one that deserves the praise it has garnered and to be shared.
“Samhain, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, also known as Halloween. Pre-dating Christianity, the Celtic holiday was celebrated on the one night between autumn and winter when the barrier between the living and the dead was thinnest, and often involved rituals that included human sacrifice.”
SYNOPSIS: Five interwoven stories that occur on the same block, on the same night. A couple finds what happens when they blow a jack o’ lantern out before midnight, a high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer, a college virgin might have met the right guy for her, a group of mean teens play a prank that they take too far, and a hermit is visited by a special trick or treater. – via IDMB Read the rest of this entry »