The Grudge (2020) is a far cry from the 2002 movie, and an even farther cry from the Japanese legend that started the whole franchise. The pacing is messy, the characters are forgettable, the suspension is purchased with cheap jump scares and stereotypical "scary movie music". When it comes to good examples of scary movies, this movie is positively amazing. It's an amazing example of how to not make a good horror movie. It has all the classic stereotypes of bad horror movies: characters that have no intelligence, that are naïve, characters that are deemed crazy and yet not helped but rather abandoned, jump scares, messy story telling, and horrible cinematography. I could ramble on and on about how bad this movie was in general, but it would be better to speak in specifics.
Get Gone features modern horror icon Lin Shaye as the matriarch of a family of murderers. Mama, as Shaye's character is called, once found herself visiting the woods and deciding to stay after meeting a Fish and Game Ranger named Don Maxwell (Robert Miano). It's vaguely implied that Mama was kidnapped but the movie doesn't linger on this point.
I was super worried I've have to apologizes to Kristen Stewart for all of the jokes I've made about her acting career. I've compared a lot of the worst acting in horror to Ms. Stewart and I never exactly let up on her for her involvement in Twilight. I'm low key kinda glad this movie wasn't as good as it looked in the previews, because now I don't have to apologize.
Here's an idea for a movie: we have a group of people trapped, far away from civilization, and disaster strikes! They find themselves at the mercy of a mysterious creature killing them off one by one, and no one can hear them scream.
Originally, my intent was to have this post out in December. But, then I realized it was so close to the end of this decade that it would be better suited for after it was over. So, here we are. Happy 2020! This post is the best 10 horror movies from the 2010s, a wild decade if you ask me. There were so many great horror movies that this was hard to get down. This is probably the most recent moment of great horror.
Hollywood has an unwritten tradition of releasing a terrible horror movie in the first week of January; in previous years, we've had Escape Room, Insidious: The Last Key, The Forest, and The Woman In Black 2: The Angel of Death. This year's bad horror film? The Grudge.
Hammer Horror's Dracula (1958) has been respected as one of the greatest attempts at Bram Stoker's 19th Century novel ever. And yes, I can definitely agree that this is in fact the case. Now, it may not stay very true to the book, but the general concepts are kept the same. There's nothing really to critique negatively because Hammer Horror rarely stays completely true to its source material. Now, let's have a look at how me and this film have played out ever since I first watched it some ten years' ago...
Bela Lugosi as Dracula is one of the most iconic and remembered performances in cinema history. Even if you haven't watched the film itself, you know what it looks like. You know the kind of air Lugosi gives off - which is probably best described as something incredibly unsettling. Let's first take a look at my history with this film...
The 2019 Holiday Season, saw Gremlins being released back in theaters in many regions (as part of the film's 35th Anniversary). This includes screenings in Canada, the United States, and Europe.
This series has been such an incredible thing to watch - I would've never have thought about ten or fifteen years ago that I would've had the chance to find anything like this. Thank you Amazon Prime for bringing me closer to many documentaries, series etc. that I wouldn't have found otherwise. This is such an incredible series and even though I have a master's degree in this stuff - there's still so much I learnt about the rich history and culture surrounding this incredible and ever-expansive genre. Christopher Lee's narration is near-perfect, giving the series that extra little chill.
I absolutely love this show because it goes through the very best of old and obscure horror movies, concepts, actors and how horror films were introduced, loved and feared by all. There are some that I haven't heard of and some that I have watched mentioned, but most importantly - there is a lot to learn for someone who has spent a vast majority of their lives studying the art of horror movies both old and new. When I was studying horror, I loved to concentrate on two things: 1) how do films play on common themes of phobia between human beings and 2) how does the audience get satisfaction out of something so incredibly tragic as death, destruction and possession? Those were two questions that, in my time I wanted to answer. But, in this series it seems to answer both of those questions by reminding us of horror films gone by. Some of which the critics panned and some which they adored.